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Keeping Cities Moving: Sustainable and Innovative Urban Mobility

September 22, 2020 | Live Web-Talk

In conjunction with Climate Week NYC, one of the biggest climate summits of 2020, the University Alliance Ruhr, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and the German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New York, invite you to a live web-talk on

Keeping Cities Moving: Sustainable and Innovative Urban Mobility

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST, LIVE Online


Alexander Mirescu
Chief Resilience Officer Founder and CEO, RESILIÉNT/CITY
Fellow, World Economic Forum - Healthy Cities and Communities Platform

Ani Melkonyan-Gottschalk
Director of the Centre for Logistics and Traffic
University of Duisburg-Essen

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the mobility industry particularly hard, while also providing short relief to cities otherwise fighting smog and pollutants through high levels of travel and transport. How can we use this moment to re-define and adapt urban mobility to shift towards sustainable modes of transportation and supply chains for the future? How can we prioritize accessible service, public health, and urban development while keeping down pollution? If efficient and affordable public transportation is one aspect that made cities attractive, what will a post-COVID-19 world look like for urban mobility?

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COVID-19 and the Future of Our Cities: The Future of Work

September 23, 2020 | Live Web-Talk

The University Alliance Ruhr, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability and the German Center for Research and Innovation invite you to the third event in our series Covid-19 and the Future of Our Cities.

The Future of Work
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST

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Ray Gastil
Director of the Remaking Cities Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
David Lewis/Heinz Endowments Directorship of Urban Design and Regional Engagement


Grant Ervin
Chief Resilience Officer
City of Pittsburgh

Ute Klammer
Director of the Institute for Work, Skills and Training
University of Duisburg-Essen

Michael Leischner
Head of Climate Protection, Air Pollution Control and Noise Abatement
City of Dortmund

Samantha Maurer Fox
Assistant Professor of Urban Anthropology
Lehigh University

Part III: The Future of Work

The current pandemic accelerates profound societal shifts that will have lasting effects on how we work going forward. With many employers successfully transitioning to remote work, we can expect more companies to shift an increasing part of their workforce to remote working models. At the same time, many organizations respond to the economic impact of the current crisis by reducing their full-time workforce and replacing it with contingent workers. While gig workers offer employers greater flexibility and lower costs, they often do not enjoy the benefits that their full-time peers expect. Moreover, moving jobs out of company office buildings into home offices changes the ways in which we organize our work as much as it impacts the urban fabric of our business centers.
How can we ensure that remote and hybrid work models address inequity and guarantee a social safety net that includes basic provisions such as health insurance, child care, sick leave and other forms of assistance? Do we need policies for new compensation models for our “essential” and yet chronically underpaid workers such as retail salespersons, cashiers, and janitors? If companies drastically reduce their office spaces, how can we creatively reuse these abandoned spaces? These are some of the questions that our panel of experts will address during our transatlantic conversation on Covid-19 and the Future of Our Cities: The Future of Work.

The Series

COVID-19 has hit cities particularly hard, some of them harder than others. The extent to which cities have been affected depends on a variety of factors including, first and foremost, the approaches taken to address the outbreak. However, the current pandemic also highlights an urban fabric that is divided along class, gender, race, and income as much as it reveals the vulnerability of supply chains, the strengths and weaknesses of social cohesion in urban neighborhoods, the need for mass transportation alternatives, and the increasingly blurred boundaries between work and residential environments, among others.
Once they reemerge from their lockdowns, what will cities look like in the months and years to come? How do we make our cities more resilient vis-à-vis future pandemics and the consequences of climate change? This series of online conversations brings together urban planners, community leaders as well as experts in fields such as public health, sociology, logistics and transportation to help us understand how COVID-19 will affect how we think about the city of tomorrow.

Virtual Education Fair Canada 2020

September 24, 2020 | Virtual Study Abroad Fair

Meet virtually with UA Ruhr, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and other international universities from the comfort of your home. Chat live with representatives from universities and professional schools during the fair. Learn about undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, diplomas, and certificate programs at home and abroad. Ask about admission requirements, and available scholarships. Taking a gap year? Visit the student travel booths to find out more about gap year options, including work abroad. Check the webinar schedule on the fair's website, and see which institutions are attending here. Pre-register for the fair for FREE here

Future Forum: Building Biopolis

October 14-17, 2020 | Virtual Event

We are proud to present some of our research on cities and climate at this year's Future Forum, October 14-17, 2020.

Workshop: Sustainable Supply Chain Management in Urban Areas on Friday October 16, 2020, 12:30-1:30 PM EST. Preliminary Program.

With the rise of the service economy, the demand for express transport has soared, making urban economies increasingly dependent on transportation systems with more frequent and customized deliveries. This requires not only a higher frequency of urban freight distribution, but also improved organization and management. Urban areas often pose economic and environmental challenges to efficient distribution of merchandise. Congestion within cities results in additional costs and delays. Restrictions to street access for trucks, pickups and deliveries pose additional constraints. Congestion and noise also have a negative impact on urban residents, affecting a city’s livability. Air pollution caused by traffic is a serious environmental concern for many cities as well. Urban logistics has become a salient sustainability issue.
How are these issues being addressed? What are some of the successful strategies and cutting-edge technologies that have accelerated distribution in urban areas? Join our speakers and share your innovative ideas during our workshop, which will include two global logistics experts, Prof. Uwe Clausen (TU Dortmund University) and Prof. John-Paul Clarke (Georgia Tech).

Urban Soundscapes: Throughout the Future Forum, listen to a sound installations and discussions on the importance of sounds in urban areas with artists and researchers. More details to come soon. Preliminary program.

23rd Annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education

October 22-23, 2020 | Virtual Colloquium

Join us for a panel on "Fostering Entrepreneurship for Engineering Students at Universities in the U.S. and in Germany" at this year's virtual Annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education. This session will bring together professors, administrators and entrepreneurs to discuss best practices and challenges in developing successful entrepreneurship programs on university campuses. Representatives from the U.S. and Germany will present their approaches in teaching engineering students entrepreneurial skills and developing successful infrastructures on and off campus for academic incubators. Program.