21 February 2019

The City of Flows: Urban Planning of Environmental Flows (2019, Volume 4, Issue 1)

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

15 February 2019

Disentangling the Governance Configurations of Strategic Spatial Plan-Making in European Urban Regions

:::Limited free access to::: Disentangling the Governance Configurations of Strategic Spatial Plan-Making in European Urban Regions -- This paper is aimed at assessing and disentangling how territorial governance configurations influence contemporary practices in strategic plan-making in 14 European urban regions. -- This work has been developed as part of the hashtagconcurwsl project at Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL coordinated by Dr. Anna Hersperger.


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.

Science Fiction for a sustainable future - The ASU Center for Science and the Imagination has released the highly anticipated 2nd edition of their hashtagclifi anthology 'Everything Change.' This remarkable set of 10 short stories features a forward by hashtagscifi legend Kim Stanley Robinson. Each of the included stories were selected as the finalists of ASU’s 2018 global climate fiction contest. Everything Change is free to read, download and share by following the link. hashtagsciencefiction hashtagclimatefiction hashtagclimatechange


12 February 2019

Special Issue "Cultural Heritage and Regional Development Policies"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainability of Culture and Heritage".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019
Guest Editor 
Prof. Dr. José Cadima Ribeiro

School of Economics and Management, University of Minho, R. da Universidade, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal
Website | E-Mail 
Interests: Regional Economics; Tourism Economics; Cultural Tourism; Regional Development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,
Since the eighties of the twenty century, theoretical and policy approaches to regional growth and development have tended to emphasize the importance of mobilizing endogenous resources and capabilities of territories to fight backward economic situations or enhancing social wellbeing. No matter if dealing with urban or rural territories, those strategic approaches do make sense as any territory is endowed of some sort of resources, including cultural heritage ones, material and immaterial. Some resources are easy to identify and assess, such as financial and physical assets, others are less visible and difficult to appraise, like human capital or reputation. Of course, resources endowment is not enough to ensure employment and wealth creation as economic activity requires the co-operation and co-ordination of sets of resources and the needed capabilities can be absent.
The way to look to regional development has followed a parallel time path to the increasing of the tourism industry and, mainly, with the role cultural tourism began to play on the world tourists flows. Nowadays, motivations to visit a destination are very diverse and can range from the desire to get an educational experience from a cultural heritage destination to just use some free time. This opened a new door to the development of some territories, namely those which were able to preserve their patrimony and cultural attributes, and of engaging the local community on the tourism development process, as common residents and other local stakeholders are an essential component of the tourist experience and of the sustainability of any tourism strategy relying on heritage and authenticity. The understanding of tourists’ perceptions of a heritage destination and the motivation behind choosing to visit such a site are also essential keys to develop successful marketing strategies and positioning any destination.
This way, to look to the success or the failure of a tourism strategy implies to address not only the issue of territories resources endowment, the adequacy of the regional public policies designed to take profit from the tourist resources available at the destination but also the commitment of the local community on it, as well as the capacity of the destination to supply a product which addresses the potential costumers needs and preferences. Besides, the information on the product supplied as to reach the potential market segment.
Therefore, this Special Issue provides a forum to discuss the potential of cultural heritage as a contributor to regional and local development and the design of regional and local policies aiming to positining the destination at the tourist market, addressing the issue from conceptual approaches to more empirical ones, including case studies. In this regard, successful cases are welcome as well less succeeded ones, as one can also learn from failure.
Prof. Dr. José Cadima Ribeiro
Guest Editor
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  • Regional resources endowment and singularity of the tourism product
  • Cultural heritage and authentic tourist experiences
  • Regional sustainable tourism strategies
  • Residents commitment towards tourism development
  • Cultural heritage and tourists' visit motivations
  • Tourism employment creation and growth of regional economies
  • Regional infrastructures and facilities and tourist potential
  • Natural and cultural heritage preservation and tourist potential
  • Regional policies and local tourism development
  • Case studies

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7 February 2019

Reposted: How we use Instagram to communicate microbiology to the public (source: Nature)

How we use Instagram to communicate microbiology to the public

Social media is a powerful tool for science communication. Instagram’s image-focused model is no exception, say Hunter Hines and Sally Warring.
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.
Hunter Hines sampling microbial mats in a freshwater spring
Hunter Hines samples microbial mats for organisms such as tardigrades and small ciliates in a freshwater spring.Credit: Hunter N. Hines @microbialecology
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.
Microscopic life
Clockwise from top left: a ‘green sun animacule’, likely in the genus Acanthocystis (viewed at 400x under phase-contrast microscopy); a tough tardigrade ‘water bear’, collected from a spring in Florida, that has ingested microbial food (phase-contrast microscopy at 200x); a tardigrade moulting eggs into its shed cuticle; and a ciliate contorted into a heart after feeding on various filamentous algae and cyanobacteria (200x under differential interference contrast microscopy).Credit: Hunter N. Hines @microbialecology
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.
doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-00493-3
This is an article from the Nature Careers Community, a place for Nature readers to share their professional experiences and advice. Guest posts are encouraged. You can get in touch with the editor at naturecareerseditor@nature.com

The European Week of Regions and Cities

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
We are inviting you to submit a proposal that relates to one of the following six themes:
  1. The Future of the EU and the roles of the Regions and Cities #EUBudget #Cohesion #Post2020 #ERDF #Subsidiarity #Democracy #Demography #InternationalCompetition #Digitalization
  2. A Europe Closer to Citizens #TerritorialCohesion #Cooperation #People #Places #Urban #Rural #LocalCommunities #Migration #AdministrativeCapacity
  3. A greener Europe #EnergyTransition #ClimateChangeAdaptation #CircularEconomy #RiskManagement #EuropeanSolidarityFund
  4. A more socially integrated Europe #Youth, #HealthyAgeing, #Migration, #Health, #Education, #Sport, #Culture
  5. A smarter Europe #DigitalTransformation, #SmartSpecialisation, #SME
  6. A more connected Europe: mobility #Youth, #HealthyAgeing, #Migration, #Health, #Education, #Sport, #Culture
Session Format
  • 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 office@rsaeurope.org
Details and feedback from last year’s University Sessions are available at https://bit.ly/2WHEwdU .

Special issue in European Planning Studies Spatial planning and place branding: rethinking relations and synergies

Introduction:  Kristof Van Assche, Raoul Beunen and Eduardo Oliveira  Rethinking planning-branding relations: an introduction . https:...