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PASCAL International Observatory Site Digest


We are all preoccupied with friends and family, activities planned long ago are suspended, projects that once looked important are now put to one side because there are new questions to ask and to try to answer. This is where PASCAL comes in - and hopefully, into your home office or make-do library. 

I hope that you will make the same effort that I am making to write for the PASCAL site, to share thoughts, observations, and yes concerns.  I hope to have something for you to read on what we still need to learn from the crisis of 2008 about a recovery plan for cities. The climate change and health agendas are going to be hard to bring together. 

The crisis will keep us apart but the website will bring us together.  Read the PASCAL Digest and visit the PASCAL family of sites!

Josef Konvitz, Chair

In this week's Digest:

Invitation to GNLC COVID-19 webinar: 6 May: Distance education during COVID-19

Written by David Atchoarena on May 05, 2020 08:43 am

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) cordially invites you to a webinar on distance education during COVID-19:

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Cities After COVID-19 | The Big Rethink replays and The Big Picture trending articles

Written by Susan Kelly on May 05, 2020 08:36 am

The current pandemic reveals contrasting approaches from governments and leaders to keep societies afloat. What we know for sure is that it is time to reflect on how we can achieve a more resilient and sustainable future, instead of returning back to the norms we were accustomed to pre-COVID-19. Therefore, for the past month, we have been sitting down with experts to discuss how cities are coping and what measures can be set in motion to improve our future urban environment.

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COV-AID: Engaged Universities Respond to COVID-19

Written by Mike Osborne on May 04, 2020 08:45 am

The Talloires Network is excited to extend their invitation to join the second episode of their webinar series, “Adapting to the New Reality: Civically Engaged Universities Offer Strategies and Hope,” on Monday, May 11, 2020 (9:00-10:00 EDT). The series aims to serve as a beacon of light, providing uplifting content and strengthening public support for universities.

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Competing to Contribute to Public Space | Placemaking Weekly

Written by Susan Kelly on May 03, 2020 08:57 am

This newsletter from the Project for Public Spaces connects people who share a passion for public spaces to ideas and issues, news, quotes, places, and events from the placemaking movement. In this edition,  to draw attention to the potential of public spaces and lighter, quicker, cheaper placemaking in Nairobi, Kenya, the Changing Faces Competition (CFC) challenged over 100 community groups to transform neglected spaces into vibrant, safe, and healthy community places.

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Cedefop newsletter No 99 - April 2020 - Coronavirus crisis and Cedefop’s related work

Written by Jürgen Siebel on May 01, 2020 09:05 am

The corona crisis must be dealt with now, its economic fall-out must be forecast now, and the recovery must be planned for and supported now. Because of its pivotal role in the fields of labour market, vocational training and skills intelligence, Cedefop will have to deliver critical contributions to the post-coronavirus recovery efforts of the European Union – starting now. That is why we have started generating coronavirus-related results and findings in our field – helping policy-makers to assess the impact of the crisis on VET systems and how the latter can be used to overcome the former. Our first outputs are collected in this newsletter.

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(Free) Online Event 'Europe Day 2020: The EU after COVID-19: Where next for the new EU leadership? Fri 8 May. Register Now.

Written by Matthew Coote on May 01, 2020 04:53 am
Start: May 8 2020 12:30
End: May 8 2020 14:00
Timezone: Australia/Melbourne
124 La Trobe St
Melbourne VIC 3000

The European Union Centre of Excellence at RMIT - Social and Global Studies Centre and Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia (CESAA) invite you to this online event to celebrate Europe Day 2020.

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