News & Highlights
Guest scientist from Santiago de Chile
Our department had a warm welcome for Francisco de la Barrera from Santiago de Chile, Pontifícia Universidad Católica, Institute for Geography. He stayed with us from June 18 to 21, 2017, for scientific exchange. His field of interest is at the cutting edge between urban growth patterns and their pressure on the natural ecosystems, especially along the Andean foothills. During his stay we discussed new fields of research in the frame of international calls focusing on sustainable innovations for urban development.
Guest scientist from Ecuador
Our department had a warm welcome for Pablo Cabrera-Barona from Ecuador who presently works at University of Salzburg, Austria. Based on his background on ecology and planning, he stayed with us on June 14 and 15 for scientific exchange. In the
he presented his research methodology and respective results on „Health Inequalities with Emphasis on Deprivation and Healthcare Accessibility”. In the Integrated Project
he discussed the topic „From the ‘Good Living‘ to the ‘Common Good’ – an economic-spatial perspective” with us.
Positioning paper published: Urban greening and social justice
Together with an interdisciplinary team of international social and environmental scientists, colleagues from the department of urban and environmental sociology as well as the
The paper discusses current challenges of a sustainable and green urban development set against the background of growing socio-spatial inequalities in cities and unsolved justice issues. The authors suggest six concrete prerequisites for a green and socially inclusive development, e.g. the acknowledgement of existing trade-offs between social and ecological processes, the inclusion of different opinions, wants and needs into planning, a focus on multi-actor governance as well as a political contextualization of the debate. The publication draws on results of an international workshop at UFZ on 1 June 2015 with 25 participants.
UFZ is partner in the project TEACHENER
The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, UFZ with the Departments Urban and Environmental Sociology and Monitoring and Exploration Technologies is one of the seven partners in TEACHENER, a project co-financed by the Erasmus+ strategic partnerships programme of the European Commission, which aims on integrating social sciences and humanities into teaching about energy. TEACHENER is a 3-year project which started on 1st September 2016. It is coordinated by Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun (Poland) and will be implemented by seven partners in four EU countries: Poland, Germany, Czech Republic and Spain.
TEACHENER aims to fill the gap between social sciences and humanities and energy teaching at universities in Europe, by transposing social sciences and humanities knowledge to the domain of higher technical education. The partners will design an “Edu-Kit”, a flexible set of teaching modules covering various topics associated with social aspects of energy, and will test these teaching modules at technical higher education institutions and during two Student Winter Schools. Through TEACHENER, graduates of technical energy studies will gain interdisciplinary skills, knowledge and competencies in social sciences and humanities, enabling them to better respond to the needs of the labour market related to the shift to knowledge society and a fair energy transition with new or adapted job profiles. The coordinator of the TEACHENER project at UFZ istogether with .
Guest scientists from China and Colombia
Prof. Dr. José Fernando Jiménez Mejía and Mr. Mauricio Ramírez Arias from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia are scientific partners in the DAAD project “Risk assessment of airborne particulate matter”.During their visit at the UFZ from June to August, both colleagues studied the impact of urban structure and local meteorology on air quality and urban climate in Medellin by means of regional and micrometeorological modelling.
Dr. Sheng Zheng, Department of Land Management, Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, was our guest scientist in July, 2016. He investigates with spatiotemporal geostatistics the urban air quality and vulnerability during extreme environmental situations. Integrating data from ground-based measurements, satellite remote sensing, land use and meteorology parameters will contribute to an improved understanding of urban air pollution. This cooperation between UFZ and Zhejiang University is planned to be intensified in further projects.
Research stay at the German Institute for Japan Studies, Tokyo
Dr. Conrad Kunze visited at the German Institute for Japan Studies in Tokyo as a visiting scientist. During the stay he learned more on local approaches of promoting renewable energy incollaboration with Japanese and international scientists and practitioners. He participated in the creation of a comparative study of renewable energy politics and practices in Japan and Germany.
Research stay in Medellin, Colombia
During a 14-day research stay within the DAAD-project „Urban Risk Environment“ in Medellin, Colombia (Feb. 2016) several mobile measurements have been undertaken to study the individual exposure towardstemperature, humidity, particulate matter and noise. By combining the environmental data with GPS-position and time, it is possible to reveal spatial-temporal differences in the complex urban context. With an integration of land use data, meteorology, data from stationary measurements and urban climate modelling it is intended to gain a more complete understanding of the exposure patterns of citizens. The project includes the exchange of scientists until end of 2016. The colleagues from the „Laboratorio de Calidad del Aire“ at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNAL) will visit the UFZ in summer 2016. The cooperation with the UNAL is planned to be intensified in further projects.
Final meeting of the fellows from A. von Humboldt-Foundation
On January 13th, the Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks welcomed the fellows of the international scholarship for climate and resource protection in Berlin. Since 2010, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards scholarships for international
Mr. Abdelrhman Mohamdeen attended and presented the results of his work in the project "Micrometeorological studies of urban air in Cairo for the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change ", which was supervised by Prof. Dr. Uwe Schlink in the Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology during the last 9 months. The study aims to understand the climatic conditions in three different urban morphologies in one of the Subtropical-Megacities, Cairo.
The technique used in this project shows very interesting preliminary results, and is going to be replicated in four different cities on different continents. The purpose is to strengthen the practical implementation of environmental research, and to support decision makers with better and clearer visions.
UFZ - Exhibition to the 1000 years jubilee of the City of Leipzig
The long-lasting cooperation between the City of Leipzig and our department led to this year's November exhibition at Neues Rathaus, Leipzig:
reflected by urban research at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research.
In the context of the 1000-year anniversary of the City, the IP Urban Transformations developed the multi-media exhibition which is now shown at UFZ in Leipzig, Building 1.0, until end of January 2016.
As a long-lasting product, the most relevant parts of this specific urban research on environmental development will be published in a brochure.
CLAVE Workshops in Santiago de Chile
During an intensive 10-day research stay in Santiago de Chile (October/November 2015), the CLAVE research group held a series of workshops in order to discuss research results regarding urban vulnerabilities and adaptation to climate change, evaluate the adaptive capacity of municipalities as well as barriers to the implementation of adaptation measures.This included an overarching transnational workshop (world-café), six municipal workshops as well as a workshop with academics experts from other Latin American cities (México, Bogotá, Lima y Buenos Aires). Furthermore, a panel discussion was organized at the Regional Government with representatives of different sectors (academics, NGO, ministry, private sector) in order to discuss the preparedness of Santiago de Chile to climate change. Here, a key note speech was given by scientific expert Patricia Romero-Lankao from NCAR in Boulder (Colorado).