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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:

Urban Studies seminar is back with Dr Darja Reuschke: “Entrepreneurial Creativity in the City” - 26 May 3pm

Written by Adriana Mihaela Soaita on May 26, 2020 10:54 am
Start: May 26 2020 15:00
Timezone: Europe/London
University of Southampton
Southampton SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom

After a longish break, we are delighted to invite you to join our last three Urban Studies seminars for this academic year via Zoom. Our first presenter on 26 May is Dr Darja Reuschke from the University of Southampton on the topic "Entrepreneurial Creativity in the City".

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(Free) Online Event 'Italy and the European Union: A Rollercoaster Journey' Wed 3 June. Register Now.

Written by Matthew Coote on May 26, 2020 10:51 am
Start: Jun 3 2020 16:00
End: Jun 3 2020 17:30
Timezone: Australia/Melbourne
124 La Trobe St
Melbourne VIC 3000

The European Union Centre of Excellence at RMIT invites you to a book launch and discussion on Italy-European Union (EU) relations with the authors of the new book Italy and the European Union: A rollercoaster journey (2020).  

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Equity & Recovery in Public Space During COVID-19 | Placemaking Weekly

Written by Susan Kelly on May 23, 2020 10:35 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. COVID-19 has laid bare the issues of systemic inequity many of us knew existed all along. In this issue we highlight an upcoming webinar - Equity & Recovery in Public Space During COVID-19 - where an interdisciplinary panel of experts will discuss equitable development in our social and economic recovery from the pandemic.

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CLC Webinar: "A City in Blue and Green" on 4 June, 7pm Singapore time (GMT+8)

Written by Susan Kelly on May 23, 2020 10:17 am
Start: Jun 4 2020 07:00
End: Jun 4 2020 07:40
Timezone: Asia/Singapore
*** WEBINAR ***

Throughout its nation-building journey, Singapore’s efforts to manage water resources, protect natural landscapes, and cultivate vegetation have been crucial elements underpinning the city’s liveability. Ranging from infrastructure systems to social history, Professor Peter G. Rowe will share how these unique strategies and effective practices have transformed the city into a “clean and green” powerhouse, and how this puts the city in good stead to respond to disruptions resulting from climate change.

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Invitation to GNLC COVID-19 webinar | 27 May: Strategies for educational, social and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic

Written by David Atchoarena on May 22, 2020 10:10 am
Start: May 27 2020 13:00
End: May 27 2020 14:30
Timezone: Europe/Berlin
UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) cordially invites you to a webinar on strategies for educational, social and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic:

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THE: Pandemic 'will drive universities into lifelong education'

Written by Alice Reynolds on May 21, 2020 09:51 am

The coronavirus will push universities around the world to embrace lifelong education in a dramatic "market shift" as they seek a way out of an "existential crisis", according to two leading experts on longevity.

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Learning From Seoul to Control COVID-19: Transparency, Accountability, Solidarity

Written by Vijay Jagannathan on May 21, 2020 09:13 am

Greetings from CityNet Secretariat. It has been over two months since the WHO declared COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. Accordingly, many of our member cities have initiated total lockdown and taken a forceful pause on overall economic activities. It led many of those cities under lockdown to struggle with keeping a balance between following social distancing and keeping the nationwide economy afloat.

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UK Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) elects Professor Jonathan Michie as new Chair

Written by Alice Reynolds on May 20, 2020 11:58 am

At its AGM on May 14th 2020, the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) elected a new Chair, Professor Jonathan Michie of the University of Oxford. 

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