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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 952327.

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World Urban Forum on 27th June 2022

One of the HES-GEO teams "SOCIAL PROCESSES AND URBAN RESILIENCE" (Katarzyna Gorczyca, Łukasz Fiedeń, Magdalena Miśkowiec, Agnieszka Świgost Kapocsi) co-organized a poster session at the World Urban Forum "WUF".  It is the largest and most important event all over the world devoted to the development of cities, co-organized by UN Habitat, Polish Ministry of Regional Funds and Policy and the city of Katowice.

The poster session, co-organized by the HES-GEO team concerned the subject of Green Cities and was one of the blocks of events implemented as part of the European track (European Track of WUF 11, Transforming European Cities: for a Better Europe, for a Better World). During the poster session, 39 posters related to the subject of green cities were presented. The topics of the posters referred to the issues of spatial planning in the creation of green cities, the use of architecture in greening cities, referring in city planning to the development of urban blue and green infrastructure, and involving stakeholders in creating green cities.

The HES-GEO team also presented the results of research on the involvement of local communities in the processes of shaping green areas on the example of Zakrzówek. On the poster entitled “Butterfly effect for environmental justice in urban areas. Case study of Zakrzówek in Kraków, Poland” the team presented how the development of green areas can involve local stakeholders in the fight to maintain the existing green use of naturally valuable areas.

Geospatial training in Berlin on 22nd-24th June 2022

The second part of geospatial training for the HES-GEO Research Teams took place at the Humboldt University Berlin and was prepared by the team of the Geography Department: Dagmar Haase, Tobias Kuemmerle, Tobia Lakes, Benjamin Bleyhl, Bakhtiar Feizizadeh, Julian Oeser and Sebastian Scheuer. Again, 15 young researchers from the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management (Jagiellonian University, Poland) took part in the three-day workshop.

The training started with learning the basics in theory and application of a PPGIS. Mix of theoretical background and hands-on (test) sessions was supported by the App MyDynamicCity software. Next topic of the day - System analysis and modelling included such issues as system theory, system setup, system modelling (components, functions) and respective applications and examples, with the use of VenSim PLE and Simile software.

Broad-scale habitat modelling was the topic of the second day. The participants were learning about ecological theory, methodological tools for building, evaluating, and analyzing habitat models, analyses and mapping of habitat using semi-automated methods (Google Earth Engine, R). Finally, multi-criteria analysis (MCA) and index development were introduced, supported by GIS software (ArcGIS, QGIS). Such topics as setting up a multi-criteria analysis and integrated indicators, workflow for indicator development, spatial and geospatial analysis and respective applications and examples were covered.

With this workshop the training programme for the HES-GEO Research Teams was completed.

Scientific writing training in Leuven on 6th-7th June 2022

At the beginning of June 15 young scientists from the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management (Jagiellonian University, Poland) went to Leuven to take part in the two-day workshop on scientific writing organized by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (Catholic University Leuven, Belgium).

The training was led by Anton Froeyman. He advised the participants how to pick a journal and how to write a paper (in theory and practice), how to write an abstract. Then he put some attention to published papers: how to get read, get cited and how to turn a paper into a conference presentation. Some differences in publishing books and publishing papers were also highlighted.

More detailed relation of the event and the accompanying field trip is available on the HES-GEO blog.

Geospatial training in Salzburg on 20th-22nd April 2022

The first of two planned geospatial training for the HES-GEO Research Teams was prepared by the team of the Department of Geoinformatics Z_GIS at the Paris Lodron University in Salzburg. 15 young scientists from the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management (Jagiellonian University, Poland) took part in the three-day workshop.

First day topics included Copernicus and big Earth observation data sources led by Martin Sudmanns and Stefan Lang and Google Earth Engine led by Christina Zorenböhmer. Next day of the workshop was intended for Python and the ArcPy site package with Dirk Tiede, Martin Sudmanns, and Hannah Augustin. On the last day specialists from Z_GIS: Thomas Strasser, Bernd Resch and Martin Loidl gave a brief review of their current research and again Martin Sudmanns introduced workshop participants into the topic of Spatial Databases. More detailed relation of the event is available on the HES-GEO blog.

The next training on geospatial issues within the HES-GEO project is planned already in June in the Geography Department at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Grant-writing training (online event) on 10th-11th February 2022

The grant-writing skills training for the HES-GEO Research Teams was prepared on behalf of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven by Dr. Julia Staykova-McKinnon, consultant in grant writing, in a form of podcasts series for self-study and live online instruction. 27 participants from the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management (Jagiellonian University, Poland) took part in the two-day workshop.

First day topics included the following issues: the art of persuasion in a funding context, essential elements in the scientific proposal, CV and the personal statement. The sessions of second day were focused on two case studies in EU funding for early-career researchers: the ERC Starting grant application form and evaluation criteria, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoc Fellowship application form and analysis of funded samples for both actions. An important part of each day was a question-and-answer session. Then young scientists could inquire about the details of EU calls requirements for research funding.

The next trainings foreseen in the project, this time on the subject of scientific writing skills and geospatial technologies, will take place already in April and June this year.

Leadership and teambuilding training (online event) on 7th-9th February 2022

The training for young researchers in the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management (Jagiellonian University, Poland) was conducted by Erika Blaschke, leadership consultant, from the Paris-Lodron University in Salzburg. 28 young scientists were taking part in three-day online event to increase their competences in effective leadership and team building.

First day of the workshop was intended for leaders of research teams in the HES-GEO project. They have learnt about the leadership development in the teams, groups and organizations, role of leaders in academia, personalities of leaders and resulting from them leadership styles. Next two days were dedicated to intensive all-day work in teams on team building issues including phases of team development, models of communication and conflict management.

As developing team building and leadership competencies is a long and complex process, further consultations between team leaders and Erika Blaschke from Salzburg University will continue in the coming months. To learn more about leadership in academia read the interview with Erika Blaschke on the HES-GEO blog.

2nd Brainstorming Event for Research Teams on 4th-5th November 2021

The second Brainstorming Event for Research Teams (RT) on 4th-5th November 2021 was planned and performed in the hybrid format: the research team members met together at the Jagiellonian University (Institute of Geography and Spatial Management, Gronostajowa 7, Kraków, Poland) and project partners from Germany (as a main facilitator), Austria, and Belgium joined online.

The meeting started with the reporting round with two main questions: What has happened in the RT in the last months? What will be the next steps? Then six break-out groups (one for every RT) were established. Before lunch break team members and their supervisors defined research design and methods, identified data needs and possible data sources as well as discussed their training needs. After lunch each research team focused on sub-projects (individual PhD projects) and their alignment with the overall RT project. They have planned also research collaboration and long stays of RT members in partner institutions in 2022. Publication strategy and conference visits were discussed as well. The first day finished with the report-back and feedback from the break-out groups. The next day started with stocktaking and goals for the day followed by break-out groups session in the same composition as a day before. This time the RT members tried to identify possible funding calls, possible consortium partners and risks and coping strategies. Report-back and feedback of the second day closed the event.

As a result of the 2nd Brainstorming Event, about 30 members of the RTs within the HES-GEO project are now looking forward to their training participation, long stays in partner institutions and conference visits in 2022.

1st Brainstorming Event for Research Teams (online event) on 30th June 2021

At the end of June 2021, 30 representatives of the HES-GEO project consortium from Poland, Austria, Germany and Belgium met together again. During several hours spent online and with the help of the digital whiteboard they worked to establish 6 Research Teams (RT) and to advance the development of their research proposals. The research proposals focus on the following themes:
· Cultural Ecosystem Services,
· Soil Erosion,
· Land Use and Biodiversity,
· Social Processes and Urban Resilience,
· Carbon Sequestration in Soils of Mountain Ecosystems
· Food Waste.
At the beginning of the meeting team leaders presented their RT profile (defined leaders, members and supervisors) and research questions. Then, the meeting participants focused on improving match between research questions and research design/methods, identifying main data needs, setting timeline for development of project proposals (with milestones) and clarifying roles for all RT members. They have prepared SWOT analyses, which helped to identify potential strengths and weaknesses of each team, as well as opportunities and threats in their surroundings. 2nd Brainstorming Event for Research Teams is planned in November this year, hopefully in the face-to-face format.

Kick-off meeting (online event) on 4-5th February 2021

In February 4-5 2021, the kick-off meeting of the European project HES-GEO (Building excellence in research of human-environmental systems with geospatial and Earth observation technologies), funded by the European Union from the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, took place online. Consortium representatives from Poland, Austria, Germany and Belgium gathered together and discussed the most important issues to be done during the 36-month project period.

The event started with an official ceremony, presentations of the partners and the idea of the project. Further part of the meeting contained a detailed examination of all project activities, objectives, work packages (WP) and expected results. Also the leaders’ ideas on how to manage and proceed with particular work packages were presented and discussed:

Financial and administrative issues were also mentioned as well as the plan for the activities of the first year during the Project Management Board Meeting.