Kick-Off Meeting of the JPI Urban Europe/Belmont Project “Creating Interfaces”

From the 18th to 20th of June, 23 participants from Romania, Poland, UK, Sweden, the US and Germany met at EIFER in Karlsruhe for the kick-off workshop of the project “Creating Interfaces – Building capacity for integrated governance at the Food-Water-Energy-nexus (FWE) in cities on the water”.

Besides intense work on the further definition of our common goals and approaches, the participants had the opportunity to visit the “Energieberg” Karlsruhe as well as the Rhine River and to enjoy the view of Karlsruhe and the surrounding area as far as France from the Karlsruher Turmberg.
This three year-project has started in May 2018. It unites 11 partners from research, civil society organizations and industry coming from six different countries in Europe and North America. The project is funded in the framework of the programme Sustainable Global Urban Initiative (SUGI) Food-Water-Energy Nexus. This programme has been set up by the Belmont Forum and Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe based on funds of the EU and national funding agencies. The kick-off meeting for the different SUGI projects had taken place in London one week before the Creating Interfaces kick-off in Karlsruhe.
The project “Creating Interfaces“ addresses capacity building for the urban FWE-nexus, making the FWE-linkages understandable to the stakeholders (government, science, business, and citizens), and facilitating cooperation and knowledge exchange among them. It will develop and test innovative approaches for local knowledge co-creation and participation through Urban Living Labs in three mid-size cities on water: Tulcea, Romania, Wilmington, USA and Slupsk, Poland. Complemented by previous research and a citizen science toolbox, these Labs comprise a user-defined co-creative approach where research questions, problems, and solutions are decided and implemented with stakeholders themselves.

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Contact EIFER: Dr. Jochen Wendel, Pia Laborgne

Project partners: European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER), Nicolaus Copernicus University (NCU), University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), Pracownia Zrownowazonego Rozwoju (PZR), University of Delaware, Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development (DDNI), 52°North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software, Vizzuality, University of Warwick, Plantagon International, KTH Royal Institute of Technology