News and Activities
Find out about important dates and events within the competence field “Metropolitan Research”.
07.12.2017 German-language conference organized by the research field “Urban Health” in cooperation with the Emschergenossenschaft
17.10.2017 Inaugural event for the English-language public lecture series “Ruhr Lecture”, which investigates the transformation of the Emscher area
Activities in the competence field “Metropolitan Research”
Ruhr Lecture: River-Ecosystems in Transformation – Conversion of the Emscher
This year the RUHR LECTURE is organized in cooperation with the Emschergenossenschaft and is dedicated to the Emscher Conversion. The series showcases the broad range of disciplines involved in metropolitan research in the University Alliance Ruhr: Researchers from all three universities as well as experts from the Emschergenossenschaft give insights into their current work. While the main focus lies on the Ruhr Region, experiences from other metropolitan regions are included in a comparative approach.
Since 2013, the RUHR LECTURE has been organized by the Institute of Geography at Ruhr-University Bochum and the Faculty of Spatial Planning at TU Dortmund University. In 2016 they were joined by the Joint Center “Urban Systems” at the University of Duisburg-Essen. As of the winter term 2016/17, the RUHR LECTURE is organized by the newly established competence field Metropolitan Research of the UAR. The series is part of the activities of the SURF-Network Ruhr (Urban and Regional Research Network Ruhr).
Ruhr Lecture poster and dates
Coordination council of the UA Ruhr establishes competence field
In a meeting on 1 June 2017 the coordination council of the UA Ruhr officially established “Metropolitan Research” as the first competence field of the UA Ruhr. Prior to the decision, a recommendation to that end had been made by the research council of the UA Ruhr during its meeting on 2 March 2017. A concept paper, developed by the coordinators in cooperation with several actors from the three participating universities, served as a basis for the recommendation.
Cooperation with Emschergenossenschaft: Memorandum of Understanding signed
The Emschergenossenschaft and the competence field “Metropolitan Research” have agreed to closely collaborate in the inter- and transdisciplinary academic monitoring of the Emscher area’s transformation in the final phases of the Emscher conversion between 2017 and 2021. Representing all members of the competence field, the coordinators have signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), together with the chairperson of the Emschergenossenschaft, Dr. Paetzel. The MoU documents the format of the cooperation.