Events

ForUm Summer Schools and Seminars

ForUm – “Forum for Urban Futures” – an international network of urban experts under the supervision of the Department of Geography, University of Cologne, Germany – is organising a series of international Summer Schools and seminars with financial support of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Two events per year are taking place in different Southeast Asian countries, whereas every conference is organised in close cooperation with the local Asian network partners.
The program focuses on an active contribution to the North-South-South dialogue in the field of worldwide urbanisation and provides a forum for exchange on concepts, research and application of Southeast Asian and German universities, institutions, private sector, civil society’s groups, including local NGOs and non-university partners.
More than 20 international experts from seven Southeast Asian countries and Germany are sharing their experiences and expertise and discuss challenges and conflicts in the field of urban development. Scientific presentations and discussions as well as city excursions and visits of international organisations and project sites complete the program.

Expert Seminar Germany 2012

Southeast Asian - German Expert Seminar 2012

ForUm - Network for Urban futures in Southeast Asia

Regional Urban Networks Urban Natural and Social Risk Management

31 August - 8 September 2012, Cologne, Germany

SCHEDULE

Expert Seminar "Regional Urban Networks: Urban Environmental and Risk Management in Southeast Asia" Philippines 2011

Southeast Asian - German Expert Seminar 2011

ForUm - Network for Urban futures in Southeast Asia

Regional Urban Networks

Urban Environmental and Risk Management in Southeast Asia

Cebu/ Cagayan de Oro/ Philippines, 27 March - 6 April 2011

On 27 March to 6 April 2011 the expert conference by the ForUm Network, which is composed of members from various academic and non-academic institutions from varied disciplines and expertise on Geography and Urban Studies in Southeast Asia and Germany, will take place at Cebu and Cagayan de Oro Cities in the Philippines. The group has been meeting twice a year since 2007 which started at the Institute of Geography in the University of Cologne, Germany and has moved to different countries in Southeast Asia. This forthcoming conference in the Philippines will be hosted by Capitol University, Xavier University, the National Economic and Development Agency (Region 7), and the Local Government of Cagayan de Oro City.

Expert Seminar "Urban Public Space and Governance" Indonesia 2010

Southeast Asian - German Expert Seminar 2010

ForUm - Network for Urban futures in Southeast Asia

Urban Public Space and Governance

Jakarta, Yogyakarta & Solo/ Indonesia, 23 - 31 October 2010

SCHEDULE
The next ForUm Expert Seminar "Urban Public Space and Governance" will take place from 23-31 October in Indonesia, hosted by the Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta and the Sebelas Maret University (USM) in Solo. The Seminar is targeting to provide a platform for an efficient and fruitful North-South-South dialogue among participants from various disciplines and institutions from all over Southeast Asia and Europe: Academics, governmental and non-governmental representatives, planners and practitioners will share their knowledge and experiences on urban challenges.
The core focus will be on "Urban Public Space and Governance" and we are very grateful for the strong commitment of our Indonesian team which is preparing a very interesting and complex programme for us. With this international conference we will also continue the current discussion on urban heritage by visiting various sites in Yogya and Solo.

Expert Seminar Lao 2010


Southeast Asian - German Expert Seminar 2010

ForUm - Network for Urban futures in Southeast Asia

Challenges of Urban Heritage and Governance in Southeast Asia

Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, 3 July - 10 July 2010

We are glad to inform you that ForUm network, in close cooperation with local partners and funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) as well as the German Development Service (DED), is going to organise a second seminar on Urban Heritage. It will take place in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, from 3 July - 10 July 2010 . Many countries in Southeast Asia have inherited a rich historic architecture and urban heritage. Its great variety, styles and manifestations illustrate different recent phases of the country's history. Greatly neglected and basically unknown, urban heritage is often left unattended, destroyed or improperly restored. This Seminar is targeting at providing a platform for a North-South-South dialogue among the participants and networks from Asia and Europe. Stakeholders from universities, institutions, private sectors, practitioners and civil society groups, including local partners and non-university partners will share their knowledge and experiences.

Summer School Germany 2009

Southeast Asian - German Summer School 2009

ForUm - Network for Urban futures in Southeast Asia

Challenges of Urbanisation - The Role of Civil Society in Urban Development

Cologne/Berlin, Germany, 22 August - 01 September 2009
Schedule

The Summer School has been organised by the ForUm network under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Frauke Kraas and took place in Cologne, Germany, between 22 August and 1 September 2009. More than 40 participants of 8 different nations and various disciplines shared their expertises.

Review (Newsletter 11)

 


Summer School Malyasia 2009

Southeast Asian - German Conference 2009

ForUm - Network for Urban futures in Southeast Asia

Challenges of Urbanisation - "The role of civil society in urban development"

Kuala Lumpur and Penang, Malaysia, 1 - 11 March 2009

Summer School Cambodia 2009

Schedule

Southeast Asian-German Seminar in Cambodia

Urban Heritage Management in Secondary Towns and Cities

Regulatory Frameworks, Community Participation and Financial Challenges
Siem Reap and Battambang 11 -21 January 2011

Summer School Vietnam 2008

Schedule, Review

Southeast Asian-German Summer School in Vietnam

Challenges of Urbanisation

with the special focus on
"URBAN COHERENCE"

Hanoi from 10 - 20 December 2008

Summer School Thailand 2008

Schedule, Review

Southeast Asian-German Summer School in Thailand

Challenges of Urbanisation

with the special focus on
"URBAN COHERENCE"

Bangkok and Chiang Mai from 17 – 29 February 2008

Summer School Cambodia 2007

Schedule, Review

Southeast Asian-German Summer School in Cambodia

Challenges of Urbanisation

with the special focus on
"URBAN DRIVING FORCES II"

Phnom Penh and Siem Reap from 18 - 31 October 2007

Summer School Philippines 2007

Schedule, Review

Southeast Asian-German Summer School in the Philippines

Challenges of Urbanisation

with the special focus on
"URBAN DRIVING FORCES I"

18 March to 1 April 2007
Metro Manila and Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

Seminar Indonesia 2006

Schedule, Review

Southeast Asian-German

Alumni-Expert-Seminar
Urbanisation – Challenges and Conflicts

with special focus on


"Decentralisation – Advantages or Disadvantages"



1-8 September 2006
at the Gadjah Mada University of Yogyakarta



Programme:



The international "Alumni-Expert-Seminar" took place at the at the Gadjah Mada University of Yogyakarta, Indonesia under the supervision of Dr. Hartono, Dean of the Faculty of Geography and Prof. Dr. Frauke Kraas from the department of Geography at the University of Cologne. The event was developed to concretise the programme of networking 2007-2009 as well as to continue the scientific exchange against the global challenge of increasing urbanisation. The situation of the people in the southern part of Yogyakarta after the terrible earthquake disaster of May 2006, ongoing problems and aid activities has been an additional focus of the programme.

Summer School Germany 2005

Schedule, Review

Southeast Asian-German

Summer School
Urban and Peri-Urban Developments

Structures, Processes and Solutions

16-29 October 2005
at the University of Cologne



Planned and realized by a university consortium of the "Scientific Working Group Southeast Asia" within the German Geographical Society (DGfG) the summer school took place under the chair of Prof. Dr. Frauke Kraas and the coordination of Dipl.-Geogr. Christine Knie at the Department of Geography, University of Cologne, Germany. The alumni event was developed against the background of the global challenge of increasing urbanization with its problems and conflicts.


Aims:



The summer school as an instrument of sustainable networking had the aim to extend the so far mostly bilateral contacts between the partner universities and create a broad basis for enduring multinational links.
Special emphasis was put on the following aims and programme topics: