Earthworm on the Terrace and UJEP

Vegetables, barrels with earthworm, herb garden. These were unusual scenery of the meeting that took place on September 11, 2019 in Ústí nad Labem. The topic of the event, organized by Jan Macháč and Marek Hekrle on behalf of UJEP, was the presentation of the benefits of community gardens in Ústí nad Labem with the subtitle “Or the cultivation does not stop there.”

If you are interested in the previous outcomes of the economic evaluation for individual SMART measures, look here.

You can see if a community garden is working or not in your neighborhood on the community garden map created by Kokoza.

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Community garden in Ústí nad Labem

Jan Macháč and Marek Hekrle will attend the informal meeting in the community garden of the Earthworm on the Terrace. It will present its results of the economic evaluation of community gardens in Ústí and the benefits of these gardens not only for the members themselves, but also for the wider surroundings.

The meeting will take place on September 11, 2019 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm directly in the Earthworm Community Garden on the Terrace, in Větrná Street on the North Terrace. Our environmental economists will talk: “What are the benefits of our community garden? Or it does not end in cultivation”.

Partial research results from the SMART CITY – SMART REGION – SMART COMMUNITY project will be presented.

Ecosystem services course in Dresden this time

In the winter semester of the academic year 2019/2020, a Czech-German selection course for students of UJEP, Hochschule Anhalt in Bernburg and TU Dresden will take place. The course “Identifying and Assessing Ecosystem Services Provided by Urban Green and Blue Infrastructure in Dresden” will move to Dresden, Germany this time.

Course leaflet with all information.

The course has been running for several years, we have already informed about the last year and its results

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Czech Envi Thesis

The Czech Envi Thesis competition aims to raise awareness of solutions to environmental issues from the perspective of the social sciences. The competition is open to authors of bachelor and master theses that were and will be defended by the end of September 2019.

The competition is organized by the Institute for Economic and Ecological Policy at the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem. The jury will consist of leading Czech experts across universities and other scientific institutions in the Czech Republic.

Link to the competition:

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Urban greenery in the hands of students from all over the world

The International Summer School on the Integration of the Concept of Ecosystem Services into Urban Spatial Planning took place at UJEP on 17-21 June. Students from all over the world came to us. They were acquainted with specific methods of mapping and evaluation of ecosystem services.

The Summer School was run by two faculties – the Faculty of Socio-Economic and the Faculty of Science. The aim of all-week activities was to acquaint students with selected methods of mapping and evaluation of ecosystem services and incl. their application in a specific model territory.

Czech Radio report and accompanying video

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New solutions to old problems: Smart City in Brno

At the URBIS SMART CITY FAIR on June 5, 2019, a seminar will be held, bringing together experts, scientists, university and municipal representatives, and striving to shift the problem solving in the Smart City concept. The motto of the event is: “Move communities and cities together in the right direction”. All who are interested in the topic are welcome. Participation in the seminar is also a ticket to the fair.

Come to be inspired by discussions with experts, scientists and university representatives who work with communities and cities. The Smart City seminar – find new solutions to old problems with the help of (not only) university experts can be registered through this registration form. The seminar is free of charge, after registration the registered person will also receive a code to get a free ticket to the URBIS SMART CITY FAIR.

More information about the seminar and the current program can be found on the website of the Union of Towns and Municipalities of the Czech Republic (I am sending an interim invitation and an overview of the speakers).

Video invitation card

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Smart region forum Ústí region

At the end of 2017, the Smart Region Concept Document Ústí nad Labem Region was created. In this paper, the Commission has taken the Smart Region to aim for cities and regions to work together to develop Smart concepts. After more than a year of working group activity, specific sub-concepts are created, data inventories are performed. All this leads to how to connect not only data, but also people, citizens and visitors to the Ústí Region. For better development, Commissioners have decided to hold discussions with many experts and one of them was Jan Evangelista Purkyně University.

The Smart Region Forum of the Ústí Region was the name of the event whose organization was in charge of the Ústí Region. The event took place on 25 April 2019 in Chomutov and was composed of three parts. One of them was the Smart Region conference, which focused on coordinating Smart Region and Smart Cities concepts. The second part was the Smart Water conference, which focused on the solution for sustainable development of the Ústí Region and the last one was the Technodays fair. Within Technodays, there was a presentation of companies of technical and craft fields.

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Commission Smart Region

SMART Projects

Water in cities: Organica Water and us

Smart and water? Water purification can look different, we have been inspired where the purifier does not have to be hidden from the city’s residents and can become a valid part of the holiday zones.

On 5-6 March 2019, a two-day study visit to Budapest took place, organized by the Union for the Establishment and Maintenance of Green in the framework of the “Smart and Green – On the Spot in Visegrad Cities” project. This project is thematically friendly to the “Smart city – Smart region – Smart community” project, which is also addressed by the research team from UJEP, for which Marek Hekrle attended the visit.

The study visit focused on successfully implemented examples of smart wastewater management and blue and green urban infrastructure. An important purpose of the visit was also the interdisciplinary drawing of ideas and knowledge about smart technologies and the establishment of international cooperation among participants from the Visegrad countries.

Figure 1: Exterior of WWTP Organica water. Budapest.

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SMART Projects
Smart city – Smart region – Smart community

Smart City: Options for Interdisciplinarity

What does “smart city” mean for a sociologist, geographer, economist, artist, designer? We will look for answers at a workshop that will focus on the possibilities of interdisciplinary collaboration in research on ‘smart cities’, with a primary focus on topics related to the socio-economic development of Ústí nad Labem.

The event will take place on April 25, 2019 in the FSE building in room 223 from 10 am to 1 pm and is open to all UJEP employees and students of various disciplinary orientation as well as to the public.

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The workshop is supported by:
CZ.02.2.69 / 0.0 / 0.0 / 16_027 / 0008492
U21 – High-quality human resources to strengthen the international environment

From Texas to Ústí to UJEP

Conference Planning, Law and Property Rights will take place next year under our baton. Our colleagues attended this year’s conference in Texas to take over the relay and bring the next year to Ústí nad Labem at UJEP.

The main organizer of the conference is the International Academic Association Planning, Law and Property Rights. She took her motto: “Planning matters. Law matters. Property matters.” The association draws particular attention to the complicated relationship between public and private land use matters.

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