During the six days of events organized by REPAiR consortium partner Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization (IGiPZ) in middle of October 2017, REPAiR community had the opportunity to meet, comment, discuss and present its work. Executive Board meeting took place on Sunday afternoon, 15th of October, where important organizational issues of the project were discussed. Monday and Tuesday, 16th-17th of October, was held REPAiR Consortium Meeting where almost 50 participants, including project partners, external key stakeholders and members of the REPAiR User Board took part. From Wednesday, 18th until Friday, 20th of October, the scientific conference Warsaw Regional Forum 2017 “Space of flows” took place, where 6 papers directly connected with the REPAiR project were presented. Namely, one conference’s session gathered REPAiR researchers to present findings in which 15 researchers took part, while project coordinator Arjan van Timmeren presented a paper “Towards resource-efficient city regions. Integrating resource flows and mobilities” as a keynote speech.
Here is a short summary of the activities took place during the heart of this REPAiR Week in Warsaw, the 3rd Consortium meeting:
The aim of the meeting was to:
- discuss ASMFA and relation to LCA;
- develop a better and shared understanding of the concept of wastescape;
- share Methods and Experiences from the first year of the PULLs;
- explore challenges and potential solutions in knowledge transfer between case studies;
- present GDSE development;
- deeply understand the challenges towards a better waste management and circular economy in the Łódź Agglomeration.
Monday, 16 October 2017
Consortium Meeting was held in the Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization – Polish Academy of Science, in Warsaw, Poland. After welcoming and opening greetings by the director of the Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Marek Degórski, project scientific coordinator Arjan van Timmeren (TUD) gave an opening speech and summarised the project progress so far. The meeting started with two presentations of projects which are in common with REPAiR project: ESPON project „Territorial Futures” (presented by Marek Degórski – IGiPZ) and H2020 project „SMART GROUND” (presented by Csaba Vér – BIOKOM).
The rest of the presentations, discussions and workshop panels were strongly dedicated to REPAiR project and its challenges:
- Plenary session WP3 and WP4 – Introduction to ASMFA methodology and relation to LCA – Carolin Bellstedt (TUD) and Sue Ellen Taelman (UG)
- Parallel workshops WP3
- How to map Wastecapes?
- How to do an MFA?
- WP1 Management and official reporting to EU / Improving internal communication – Ni Yan and Alexander Wandl (TUD)
- WP5 Methods and Experiences from the first year of the PULL/update PULL handbook/roadmap until summer 2018 – Hilde Remøy (TUD) and Libera Amenta (UNINA)
- Parallel sessions WP7 / WP4 – Viktor Varjú (RKI) and Marcin Dąbrowski (TUD)
- WP7 Knowledge transfer
- WP4 Expert panel
- WP2 – GDSE development and roadmap until summer 2018 – Jens-Martin Gutsche (GGR), Max Bohnet (GGR) and Gustavo Arciniegas (Geo-Col)
- PULL leader and data captain session
- Usability feedback stakeholder session
- Updates WP 3/4/8 and roadmap until summer 2018
The working day finished with consortium dinner.
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
A whole day study tour was organized to Łódź Agglomeration area, in order to understand the challenges towards a better waste management and circular economy in Polish case study. During the coach tour, Marcin Wójcik (IGiPZ) and Karolina Dmochowska-Dudek (UB member) gave the presentation about the spatial structure and spatial processes that occur in the Łódź Metropolitan Area.
In Stryków municipality headquarters members of REPAiR project consortium were welcomed by the deputy mayor of the commune Bożena Motylińska and member of user board of REPAiR project Wioleta Głowacka. Later on, deputy mayor gave the presentation about the commune. This presentation was followed by the presentation of Ryszard Nowakowski on the initiative for the creation of a waste sorting plant for the association of a dozen municipalities situated north of Łódź city. The REPAiR WP6 team Andreas Obersteg (HCU), Cecilia Mezei (RKI), Arianne Acke (OVAM) and Konrad Czapiewski (IGiPZ) presented the results of the stakeholders’ survey within works of the respected work package. After the lunch Mayor of the commune, Andrzej Jankowski took the participants on the short excursion through the Stryków logistic parks.
In the afternoon hours, the members of REPAiR project met with Marcin Pluta (UB member), mayor of the Brzeziny commune claiming to be “the first circular economy commune in Poland”. At the beginning, the group visited the sewage treatment plant and example of wastescapes. Later on, there were interesting visit in the local recycle center followed by a long discussion. At the end mayor Pluta gave the presentation about Brzeziny as a smart town and Arjan van Timmeren (TUD) led the panel with REPAiR User Board Members. Participants were back in Warsaw in the evening hours.