The workshop included sessions presented by university professors, international experts and government officials. During the opening session the former Italian Minister of Labour, Enrico Giovannini delivered the key-note presentation on the United Nations Global Survey for a better world (vote.myworld2015.org). The event represented an opportunity to explore current trends in the rural-urban nexus. It's aim was to increase knowledge and skills on the following items: bottom-up initiatives (e.g. microfinance), food security and foodsystems, Sustainable Development Goals indicators (e.g. measuring urban happiness), land management and ecosystem preservation and social issues (e.g. gender dynamics and change).
„We have to see urban and rural as two sides of the same coin. In the context of world-wide urbanisation the dynamics of cities and villages are deeply intertwined“, said TU-Darmstadt Mundus Professor Peter Gotsch, at the end of the workshop last Thursday. The day marked the final presentations of the students from both TU-Darmstadt and the other partner universities that compose the Mundus Urbano consortium: University of Rome Tor Vergata, Université Pierre Mendès (Grenoble/France) and Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (Barcelona/Spain).
Last year the Mundus Urbano workshop was held in Bellegarde (France) and hosted by the Mundus Urbano partner Université Pierre Mendès. The next year’s workshop is going to be organised by the Mundus Urbano partner Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, in Barcelona.