Engagement Platforms – Fostering teaching-research links in Zurich and Singapore

Date/Time: 25 September 2019, 14:00 – 17:00
Venue: HIT F 22 (Value Lab), Hönggerberg
Contact: Dr Aurel von Richthofen and Prof. Dr Marc Angélil

Introduction

Future Cities Laboratory has always foregrounded the role of engagement in research. ‘Engagement’, in this context, refers to the connections between people, be they individuals, groups, institutions or the wider public, which are necessary in the production and dissemination of knowledge. It also refers to the inter-disciplinary discourse and technologies that mediate those connections. Here we can think of the visualisations, simulations, and common vocabularies that underpin conversations with research stakeholders in government, industry or civil society, and increasingly for FCL, in teaching and learning. In the pioneering phases of FCL (2010-2015), that engagement was instrumental to gain traction in an environment that was unfamiliar to many. In the planned FCL Global, this focus will deepen in the form of an Engagement Platform.

Aims of the workshop

  1. The workshop discusses a future Engagement Platform as the place of productive exchange and public engagement, as a platform for interdisciplinary research, and to foster transdisciplinary research with authorities, industries and a wider public.
  2. The workshop explores innovative formats of knowledge production and intensifying exchange activities between Zurich and Singapore, Europe and Asia and beyond.
  3. The workshop sketches a future Engagement Platform to support teaching, research, and transdisciplinary activities in FCL, its sister programmes, Future Resilient Systems (FRS), and Future Health Technologies (FHT), and the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC).

Who should attend

  • FCL researchers interested or involved in education research activities.
  • Engagement technology stakeholders (CIVAL, URS, MOOCs, etc.).
  • ETH members from the Rectorate, LET, TdLab and SparkLabs.

Programme

14:00 – 14:50 Knowledge sharing: Examples of productive exchange and public engagement, platforms for interdisciplinary research, and transdisciplinary research with authorities, industries and a wider public. Short 3 minutes presentations followed by discussion.

Prof. Stephen Cairns: Teaching-research links at FCL
Prof. Marc Angélil: ETH-Singapore Month & STP3 workshop
Dr. Wendy Altherr: ETH week and ideas on the KNUST Summer School
Dr. Benno Volk: Faculty development & curriculum design: creative coaching
Dr. Lukas Sigrist: SCE perspectives on continuous learning in South East Asia
Dr. Aurel von Richthofen: Advanced studies in urban design at URA
Dr. Devisari Tunas: ur-scape training sessions in Java
Gabriel Happle: Executive courses on City Energy Analysis
Seppe De Blust: Action research and hacking the city
Michael Joos: CIVAL in action – Engagement examples from Singapore
Selene Yap: FCL research curation: Podcasts and exhibitions

15:00 – 15:50 Technology session: Engagement support technology and innovative formats of knowledge production and intensifying exchange activities between Zurich and Singapore, Europe and Asia and beyond. Short 3 minutes presentations followed by discussion.

Andreas Reinhardt: Innovation management at LET: Educational technologies, MOOCs
Claudia Schlinger: Developments in online examinations
Linda Armbruster: Spark Labs – Human-Centered Innovation at ETH Zürich
Dr. Michael Van Den Bergh: ArcGIS Urban platform
Dr. Stefan Müller Arisona: CityEngine
Michael Joos: Singapore Views software platform
David Neudecker: UX design of ur-scape platform
Michael Joos: Towards CIVAL 2.0

16:00 – 16:50 Manifesto session: Formulate a framework for a future Engagement Platform to support teaching, research, and transdisciplinary activities in FCL, its sister programmes, Future Resilient Systems (FRS), and Future Health Technologies (FHT), and the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC). Moderated discussion.