The City of Flows: Urban Planning of Environmental Flows (2019, Volume 4, Issue 1)
Edited by Rob Roggema
Complete issue: www.cogitatiopress.com/urbanplanning/issue/view/126
Table of Contents:
City of Flows: The Need for Design-Led Research to Urban Metabolismwww.cogitatiopress.com/urbanplanning/article/view/1988
By Rob Roggema
Design for Disruption: Creating Anti-Fragile Urban Delta Landscapeswww.cogitatiopress.com/urbanplanning/article/view/1469
By Rob Roggema
Developing a Design-Led Approach for the Food-Energy-Water Nexus in Citieswww.cogitatiopress.com/urbanplanning/article/view/1739
By Wanglin Yan and Rob Roggema
Mapping the Flow of Forest Migration through the City under Climate Changewww.cogitatiopress.com/urbanplanning/article/view/1753
By Qiyao Han and Greg Keeffe
Incorporating Metabolic Thinking into Regional Planning: The Case of the Sierra Calderona Strategic Planwww.cogitatiopress.com/urbanplanning/article/view/1549
By Juanjo Galan and Daniela Perrotti
Planning for a Prosumer Future: The Case of Central Park, Sydneywww.cogitatiopress.com/urbanplanning/article/view/1746
By Lisa McLean and Rob Roggema
Governing the City of Flows: How Urban Metabolism Approaches May Strengthen Accountability in Strategic Planningwww.cogitatiopress.com/urbanplanning/article/view/1750
By Cathrin Zengerling
21 February 2019
15 February 2019
Everything Change, Volume II features 10 stories from our 2018 Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest, along with a foreword by our lead judge, renowned science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson.
12 February 2019
7 February 2019
How we use Instagram to communicate microbiology to the public
We started using Instagram because we both felt a deep sense of wonder when viewing microbial organisms through the microscope, and thought this was something that could be shared. As PhD candidates in microbiology laboratories, we were viewing microbes daily. When looking for an online platform for sharing this content, Instagram ticked a lot of boxes.
Instagram is an image-based social-media platform on which users share photographs and short videos (of up to one minute) with optional written captions, and interact with other users by liking and commenting on the content they share. Although several social-media platforms exist for the sharing of visual information, Instagram is the simplest to use: you don’t need any video- or photo-editing skills beyond the application, for example, which makes it straightforward to post videos and photos directly from your phone to the platform.
Instagram is also a thriving community. Since its launch in 2010, user numbers have steadily grown, hitting 1 billion in 2018 and making news along the way, including when 50 million people — equal to the population of Spain — ‘liked’ a picture of an egg. Along with its expansion has come the popularization of the selfie. Many accounts are dedicated to lifestyle and beauty content. A growing body of scientists is there, too, sharing imagery from the lab, field, microscope, data figures and selfies in interesting and informative ways.
Instagram’s algorithm can work like a positive-feedback loop. You post an image or video that is seen by some of your followers, and Instagram will monitor how many of those viewers engage with your post by liking or commenting. The more engagement the post gets, the more people Instagram will show it to, either by bumping it to the top of followers’ feeds, or by adding it to a curated collection of posts in Instagram’s ‘Explore’ section, which is seen by followers and non-followers alike. We’ve found that regular posting — once daily or every other day — keeps your audience engaged, which encourages more viewers. Posts can be organized into categories by adding up to 30 hashtags covering topics as broad as #biology, or as specific as #loxodesrex, which helps interested users to find your images in a sea of content.
We’ve found that predicting what will go ‘viral’ is nearly impossible (the tardigrade or ‘water bear’, however, is an invariably popular subject), and instead recommend posting a wide range of content within your niche, and experimenting with different visuals and captions. These approaches have taught us what draws the most interest. To generate new content, we often find ourselves expanding the diversity of organisms we examine far beyond the scope of our projects, which in turn increases our understanding of microbial ecology.
Constructing the captions that accompany each post and keeping track of their impact has given us experience in how to communicate microbiology with a tone that is understandable and relaxed, yet informative. A brief text explainer of the image and its significance is sufficient. The goal is to stimulate interest and conversation, rather than to be conclusive. Followers will soon ask you questions if they want to know more. We’ve found that questions can lead to exchanges about the basic biology of a cell, the nature of consciousness and intelligent life and the role of climate change and pollution in shaping ecosystems. The more you engage with your followers, the more you’ll get back.
These accounts also provide connections outside the lab, and expose us to increasingly diverse communities. Our activities on Instagram have led to ongoing collaborations with artists, film-makers, industry professionals, community groups, start-ups and non-profit organizations from all over the world. S.W.’s account, @pondlife_pondlife, for example, is currently exhibiting images of microbial life at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and works with several educational organizations throughout New York City, running workshops on microscopy. Combined, @pondlife_pondlife and H.H.’s account, @microbialecology, have more 100,000 followers from all around the world, and we continually receive positive messages from people who have never had access to a microscope and are fascinated by what they are seeing in our posts.
Our time on Instagram has left us thinking that there is much public interest in the daily workings of science, and that many researchers could find a following for their work, from audiences with specialist-level interest to those with no familiarity with science. Instagram can be seen as a microphone for amplifying newly published research and current projects in real time to a much wider audience than conventional scientific publishing can manage.
We hope that we are also showing microbes and microbiology in a positive light for the general audience, and are increasing public awareness of microorganisms as part of Earth’s biodiversity.
As scientists, we produce a tonne of visual data in many different forms. If you’re looking for a way to share yours with a wide audience, Instagram is a fantastic place to do it. We find the community on Instagram to be engaged and engaging, and we see the platform as an ideal tool for scientists to share information freely on a potentially unlimited array of subjects.
Each year the RSA takes a lead in partnering with the Commission and Committee of the Regions in organising the "University" workshops and a three-day student and early career Masterclass. Now, we seek your ideas for sessions in the "University".
The European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionsWeek) is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance. It is held in Brussels, organised by the Committee of the Regions and the European Commission's DGs for Regional Policy and Employment and brings together 6,000 local, regional, national and European decision-makers and academic experts in regional and local development. More info: https://europa.eu/regions-and-cities/home_en
Participation in the EWRC is an excellent opportunity:
- to showcase current academic research to policymakers and practitioners.
- to interact with range of actors in cohesion policy – politicians, policymakers and practitioners.
- to reflect on key themes for future research – these engagements are frequently thought provoking and challenging
- to allow practitioners and policymakers to gain new contacts and insights into academia to support their work locally
- The Future of the EU and the roles of the Regions and Cities #EUBudget #Cohesion #Post2020 #ERDF #Subsidiarity #Democracy #Demography #InternationalCompetition #Digitalization
- A Europe Closer to Citizens #TerritorialCohesion #Cooperation #People #Places #Urban #Rural #LocalCommunities #Migration #AdministrativeCapacity
- A greener Europe #EnergyTransition #ClimateChangeAdaptation #CircularEconomy #RiskManagement #EuropeanSolidarityFund
- A more socially integrated Europe #Youth, #HealthyAgeing, #Migration, #Health, #Education, #Sport, #Culture
- A smarter Europe #DigitalTransformation, #SmartSpecialisation, #SME
- A more connected Europe: mobility #Youth, #HealthyAgeing, #Migration, #Health, #Education, #Sport, #Culture
- Sessions may be either 90 minutes or 150 minutes long.
- Sessions should be submitted with indicative chair/moderator and for a short session up to three speakers from within European countries (there is the possibility to invite speakers from outside the EU but special permission will be required from the funders to cover this) for a long session additional speakers may be proposed but session organisers will need to provide funding for them. For clarity the Commission will normally fund the travel and accommodation for the chair/moderator and up to three additional speakers.
- The submission should make clear how the organisers will make the session interactive for example, engaging with the audience either through use of technologies such as slido, offering audience polls, word clouds etc or through an innovative session format with non-standard speakers etc. Organisers should assume that the audience will be primarily non-academic.
Submission Deadline: 5pm CET, 13th March 2019.
To submit your proposal and details please go to https://www.regionalstudies.org/events/17th-european-week-of-regions-and-cities-brussels-belgium/ and "click here to register". For questions or in case you have problems using the Google form, please contact Klara Sobekova at email@example.com
Details and feedback from last year’s University Sessions are available at https://bit.ly/2WHEwdU .
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