Aalborg 2nd UDCW

The second UDCW hosted by Aalborg University and will take place in Randers, Denmark, on 20 – 26 November 2022.

The second UDCW will be hosted by Aalborg University and will take place in Randers, Denmark, on 20 – 26 November 2022.

Selected students from each of the 9 Higher Education Institutions partner of the project will join the UDCW to develop a multi-disciplinary and design-oriented proposal aimed at supporting the climate-resilient transformation of Østervold and Middelalderbyen areas for short to medium term developments, also taking into account the long-term development plan of Flodbyen Randers. The aim will be to produce multi-scale design solutions supported by robust climate, environmental and social analyses carried out in conjunction with local government, practitioners and communities.

Expected Outputs

UDCW output will include detailed microclimate analyses, urban analyses linking climate-resiliency and sustainability with other local priorities expressed by stakeholders, urban projects, videos and texts. In order to successfully tackle the multidisciplinary dimension of the urban climate challenge emerging from these objectives, the project involves an appropriate mix of complementary experience and expertise

Specific outputs will be implemented according to sending HEIs’ UCCRN_edu educational focus:

  • Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II – Italy: climate-resilient urban planning and design assessment methods and design support tools.
  • Université Gustave Eiffel – France: urban infrastructure vulnerability and resilience assessment methods and tools.
  • Sorbonne Université – France: urban ecology and biodiversity, Nature Based Solutions.
  • Aalborg Universitet – Denmark: urban governance and planning.
  • University College Dublin – Ireland: urban climate science theoretical principles, assessment methods and simulation tools.
  • Universitat Internacional de Catalunya – Spain: urban resilience assessment and co-design approaches.
  • Université de Mons – Belgium: smart city planning, Net-Zero Energy district development; resilience and risk management in the urban project.
  • Università di Pisa – Italy: environmental justice, policy making and legislation.
  • IHE Delft Institute for Water Education – Netherlands: sustainable and resilient urban water management and governance.

Cross cutting topics will be implemented in a multidisciplinary inter-group work:

  • financing a just transition to climate neutrality and increased resilience in cities; 
  • pursuing equity and environmental justice in urban planning, design and governance; 
  • reflecting on data and the role of technology, including the role of ‘big data’ and AI to support adaptation and mitigation; 
  • exploring new models for circular economies in cities, understanding how transformative design approaches in urban and peri-urban areas can support sustainable consumption and production loops; 
  • focusing on perception, communication, and behaviour, understanding how to impact on aspects such as energy use, mobility patterns and food habits of individuals and communities, as essential input for co-designing novel solutions; 
  • learning from COVID-19, linking climate-proof and multi-hazard resilient cities.


Admission requirements

Students must be enrolled in one of UCCRN_edu nine Higher Education Institutions in a 2nd level Master’s degree or higher to participate to the UDCWs. Expected skills include knowledge of the links between architecture, city, climate, environment and society, together with interest and experience in working in multi-disciplinary environments.


Registrations will close on September 10 2022. This will allow students to participate in the preparatory activities of the workshop. Notification of the outcome of the selection will be sent by email to students by 20 September 2022.

Application submission

In order to take part in the selection of UDCW participants, it is necessary to fill in the application form below, attaching:

– A short CV and portfolio outlining background expertise on climate-resilient urban design, planning and governance in relation to the specific UCCRN_edu educational focus of the participant HEIs (see “Expected Outputs” section above).

– An English-Language Certificate or an English self-assessment of the level of proficiency (CEFR).

– A motivational letter (optional).

ECTS credits recognition and funding

UCCRN_edu adopts the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). The amount of hours devoted to intensive study programme activities will be reported for each participating student. Europass Mobility Certificates will be delivered to all participants at the end of each UDCW, detailing the specific activities carried out and the related acquired skills.

With regard to financial funding, selected students will receive travel support grants.

For more information about ECTS credits and travel support budget please write to your sending HEI contact person (see list below).

  • Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II – Italy [enza.tersigni@unina.it]
  • Université Gustave Eiffel – France [margot.pellegrino@univ-eiffel.fr]
  • Sorbonne Université – France [chantal.pacteau@gmail.com]
  • Aalborg Universitet – Denmark [martinl@plan.aau.dk]
  • University College Dublin – Ireland [gerald.mills@ucd.ie]
  • Universitat Internacional de Catalunya – Spain [lchelleri@uic.es]
  • Université de Mons – Belgium [sesil.koutra@umons.ac.be]
  • Università di Pisa – Italy [dott.marcolunardelli@gmail.com]
  • IHE Delft Institute for Water Education – Netherlands [w.veerbeek@un-ihe.org]


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