20 April 2014

Master Class with prof. dr. Andreas Faludi

Dear PhD researcher,

We'd like to draw your attention to a Master Class with prof. dr. Andreas Faludi celebrating his contribution to the field of Spatial Planning on the 12th of June, 2014.

On June the 13th,  2014 Andreas Faludi will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Groningen. The day preceding this festive event we organise a Master Class with a selection of PhD researchers in the field of Spatial Planning. In this Master Class, we will discuss the topic of territorial cohesion and its importance for the work of PhD researchers on different planning related topics.

The Master Class provides the opportunity for five PhD researchers to pitch the relation between their research and the work of Andreas Faludi and receive feedback from the master himself. Additionally a maximum of 20 PhD researchers have the opportunity to join the pitches and participate in a discussion with Faludi during the second part of the afternoon. We will discuss a number of statements concerning the meaning of the concept of territorial cohesion provided by the PhD researchers themselves. Andreas Faludi is asked to choose - on the spot - a number of statements for discussion.

We invite you to share your views on territorial cohesion and the links with your own research:
-          Pitch your link with Faludi´s work in 5 minutes and get direct feedback from participants, including the master himself!
-          Send in a statement about the importance of territorial cohesion and join the discussion!
The afternoon is structured as follows:
11:00 Arrival with tea and coffee and a “poster session” of all pitches and statements
11:30 Welcome by organising committee
11:35 Introduction by Andreas Faludi on the 'tipping points' in his academic work. 
11:45 5 pitches with feedback from Andreas Faludi and short discussion with the audience
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Discussion of a number of statements, selected by Andreas Faludi
15:00 Short Break
15:15 Discussion of a number of statements, selected by Andreas Faludi
16:15 Wrap up and reflection on the day
16:30 Drinks
17:30 Option to join for dinner in the city centre

The Master Class will take place at the nice location "Het Kasteel" in Groningen. The location can be easily reached by foot from Groningen train station (see for a map below).

If you are interested to participate, with an active role in either the pitch or the discussion, please send us the following information before the 5th of May 2014:
-          Your name, affiliation and contact details
-          If you want to pitch your work: think of a catchy title and send us 150 words on your research in relation to Andreas Faludi's work.
-          A one sentence statement on the importance of territorial cohesion for your work or for spatial planning in general. Optional argumentation for the thesis not exceeding 150 words. 

Send your material to k.castro.arce@rug.nl and j.f.meekes@rug.nl before 5th of May.
From the material sent in we will make a selection of maximum 25 PhD researchers for the pitches and the discussion. We will contact you before the 20th of May on selection for the Master Class.

We hope for a nice event with a free discussion, hopefully with some crazy pitches and statements that stir discussion and reflection.

Warm regards,

Jessica de Boer                                                                                                                            jessica.de.boer@rug.nl
Karina Castro-Arce                                                                                                                     k.castro.arce@rug.nl
Jasper Meekes                                                                                                                            j.a.meekes@rug.nl
Eduardo Oliveira                                                                                                                         e.h.da.silva.oliveira@rug.nl