Rotterdam 6th UDCW

The sixth UDCW of the UCCRN_edu project will take place at Platform Zero in Rotterdam, hosted by the IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education, between 3 and 9 June 2024.

Selected students from each of the 9 Higher Education Institutions partner of the project will join the UDCW to develop a multi-disciplinary iterative urban planning and design-oriented proposal aimed at the redevelopment of Merwe-Vierhavens (M4H), a former port area in Rotterdam.

As in all UDCW workshops, an important aspect of the tasks will be to adapt this unbanked area to cope with future climate change-driven water challenges. What differs is that each day, a different stakeholder will impose new goals and constraints that will add to the complexity of the task. These challenges might not necessarily relate to climate adaptation and are dictated by other agenda’s. This means that teams need to be agile and able to radically change their strategies and proposals. Furthermore, teams are challenged to rethink their education and contribute to a new curriculum focussing on the next urban climate resilience officer (CRO). These outcomes will be presented at the Urban Future Conference which is running in parallel to the workshop.

Expected Outputs

The focus of this UDCW workshop is on learning instead of output. You will develop many strategies, proposals and prototypes that will serve as media for discussion between teams as well as external stakeholders, tutors (including from TU-Delft) as well as conference participants that will join the discussions. Short field trips are planned to explore and validate proposals since the venue is located inside the project area.

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 urban 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.


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 May 12 2024. 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 May 15 2024.

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 planning, design 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 []
  • Université Gustave Eiffel – France []
  • Sorbonne Université – France []
  • Aalborg Universitet – Denmark []
  • University College Dublin – Ireland []
  • Universitat Internacional de Catalunya – Spain []
  • Université de Mons – Belgium []
  • Università di Pisa – Italy []
  • IHE Delft Institute for Water Education – Netherlands []


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