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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Summer School 2020: Edible City Solutions: One step further towards resilient and sustainably productive Cities

IRI THESys is hosting its Summer School 2020 on Edible City Solutions

27 September - 2 October 2020
IRI THESys offices, 4 Floor, Friedrichstraße 191, 10117 Berlin


Edible City Solutions (ECS) respond to critical urban challenges of our time by catalyzing resources, people and places to create more resilient urban food futures. The majority of humans now live in cities and are thus exposed to urban environmental conditions that often compromise human health and wellbeing, while also threatening natural resources. Ongoing urbanization regularly diminishes green space per capita and intensifies the need to counteract environmental injustice, rising crime rates and the exclusion of vulnerable groups from participating in urban socio-economic systems and their wealth. In addition, rising costs for maintaining urban infrastructure and for mitigating climate change call for sustainable and innovative solutions to holistically strengthen urban resilience. Therefore, urban green infrastructure is being re-thought as a way of linking recreation areas and traditional nature-based solutions. These nature-based solutions (NBS) are defined as ‘solutions that are inspired and supported by nature, which are cost-effective, simultaneously provide environmental, social and economic benefits and help build resilience’.

The Edible Cities Network (EdiCitNet) Project is going a step further by deepening the social dimension of the above definition:

Over the last decade, efforts to implement traditional NBS, such as recreational parks, vegetation lining urban roads, small and medium-scale green space on and surrounding residential buildings, have been intensified and up-scaled. However, these NBS have not been able to significantly increase social cohesion as they mostly encourage citizens to ‘stay and use’ but not to become actively involved on-site. In contrast, initiatives based on edible urban green space directly and lastingly involve citizens in social processes, ranging from co-design to co-implementation and long-term co-management of evolving edible green spaces. The vision of productive urban landscapes as a focal point of the social fabric of our cities promises a strategic step towards the development of sustainable, livable and healthy cities.

Many more examples of proven ECS have already been implemented in the 5 EdiCitNet Front Runner Cities:  Rotterdam, Andernach, Oslo, Berlin and Havana. However, the true potential of these activities remain constrained by fragmentation and a limited focus on local context. EdiCitNet will overcome this current state of fragmentation and isolation by connecting and piloting front-runner solutions with the strong demand for innovative urban regeneration strategies in the 7 EdiCitNet Follower Cities: Berlin, Sant de Feliu de Llobregat, Sempeter pri Gorici, Letchworth, Montevideo, Carthage, Lomé.

Programme (download)

Application - Deadline: 20 April 2020 

Applications are invited from motivated international city administrations, small and medium-sized enterprises, non-governmental organisations and of course doctoral researchers. The Summer School is free of charge, including materials, lunch and coffee breaks. Accommodation as well as transport to and from Berlin will be paid. Spaces are limited, therefore admission is based on application.

Required documents for application are:

Please send your application documents by email to jeannette.latino@hu-berlin.de by 20 April 2020 23.59pm GMT. Applications received afterwards will not be considered. We hope to let you know the outcome of the selection process by 20 May 2020.

Kathrin Klementz
Photo:Nina Dwerlkotte
Adminstrative coordinator


Jeannette Latino
Phone: +49 (030) 2093-66336
E-Mail: jeannette.latino@hu-berlin.de

Tobias Krüger Photo: Andresa Süß

Scientific Coordinator

Dr. Ina Säumel, Research Group Leader
Phone: +49 (030) 2093-66379
E-Mail: ina.saeumel@hu-berlin.de