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ForUm Expert Seminars, Conferences and Summer Schools

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.

YearLocationTitle
17 - 25 June 2018Kuching, MalaysiaNational Urban Development Strategies in Southeast Asia
19 - 25 January 2017Khon Kaen, ThailandUrban Systems in Southeast Asia II
7 - 13 September 2015Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay, MyanmarUrban System in Southeast Asia I
29 November - 8 December 2012Nay Pyi Taw, Taunggyi and Yangon, MyanmarHousing for People & Urban Heritage for All
31 August - 8 September 2012Cologne, GermanyUrban Natural and Social Risk Management in Southeast Asia
29 September - 8 October 2011Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw, MyanmarUrban Regional Networks: Sustainable Urban Future
25 March - 5 April 2011Manila, Cebu and Cagayan de Oro, PhilippinesRegional Urban Networks: Urban Environmental and Risk Management in Southeast Asia
1 - 3 December 2010Hanoi, VietnamSocio-Economically Sustainable Urban Development
21 - 31 October 2010Jakarta and Yogyakarta, IndonesiaUrban Public Spaces and Governance in Southeast Asia
3 - 10 July 2010Luang Prabang, Lao PDRChallenges of Urban Heritage and Governance in Southeast Asia
22 August - 01 September 2009Cologne and Berlin, GermanyChallenges of Urbanisation - The Role of Civil Society in Urban Development
1 - 11 March 2009Kuala Lumpur and Penang, MalaysiaChallenges of Urbanisation - The Role of Civil Society in Urban Development
11 - 21 January 2009Siem Rap and Battambang, CambodiaUrban Heritage Management in Secondary Towns and Cities in Southeast Asia
10 - 20 December 2008Hanoi, VietnamUrban Coherence II: Urban and Peri-Urban Developments – Structures, Processes and Solutions
21 September - 4 October 2008Vientiane and Luang Prabang, LaosGeographical Information Science for Urban and Regional Development in Asia and Africa
17 - 29 February 2008Bangkok and Chiang Mai, ThailandUrban Coherence I: Urban and Peri-Urban Developments – Structures, Processes and Solutions
18 - 31 October 2007Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, CambodiaUrbanisation - Challenges and Conflicts: Urban Driving Forces II
23 - 31 March 2007Cagayan de Oro, PhilippinesUrbanisation - Challenges and Conflicts: Urban Driving Forces I
1 - 8 September 2006Yogyakarta, IndonesiaNetworking in the field of Urbanisation – Challenges and Conflicts with a special focus on Decentralisation
16 - 29 October 2005Cologne, GermanyUrban and Peri-Urban Developments – Structures, Processes and Solutions