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HU science podcast: Dr. Ina Säumel and the “Edible City” – on the functions and advantages of urban gardens

In the new episode of the HU science podcast “Unendliche Weiten, faszinierende Welten”, our colleague Dr. Ina Säumel talks to radio presenter Claudia Knoblauch in an interview in Prinzessinnengärten Berlin about the EdiCitNet project and edible cities in general.

They talk about how cities such as Rotterdam and Havana, as pioneers, supply their inhabitants with vegetables grown in the city itself. Although “urban gardening” is a worldwide trend, it is difficult for citizens’ initiatives in cities like Berlin to turn it into sustainable and, above all, long-lasting projects.

Dr. Ina Säumel is the head of the Multifunctional Landscapes research group at IRI THESys, where our project is based. She researches the functions and advantages of urban gardens and the question of how to support the mostly small citizens’ initiatives. The most important thing would be to take urban gardens into account in future urban planning and to plan for them from the outset.

The podcast in German and further information can be found here:


Postponement of the EdiCitNet Summer School 2020

The EdiCitNet Summer School 2020 at IRI THESys, originally planned to take place from 27th of September – 2nd of October 2020, has now been postponed despite efforts to shift the event to an online platform. The Humboldt University administration has declared that it is best for all actors involved to look for new dates for the Summer School, the ECS Forum and the Conference, to also include on-site parts, that can’t be easily developed in a digital way.

However, we are happy to announce that the planned EdiCitNet Annual Meeting will take place as scheduled from October 2nd to 6th, 2020! The event will be held completely online. More details to follow!

HU Project EdiCitNet on the National Day of the Tunisian Republic on 23.7.2020

The EdiCitNet partner city of Ville de Carthage – known for its ancient sites – is a city within the Greater Tunis conurbation where 2.7 million people live. Greater Tunis produces about 10 percent of the national fruit and vegetable assortment. However, farmland is increasingly being lost to urban growth. The fragmentation of land ownership, labour shortages and water shortages have been recognised by the local government and now addressed through planning efforts. For the city of Carthage, a solid master plan on Edible City Solutions (ECS) is being developed within the EU project EdiCitNet, coordinated by Ina Säumel at the IRI THESys of the HU Berlin.

The goals and work of the EdiCitNet project and the Edible City of Carthage will be presented to a broad public on the occasion of the national holiday of the Tunisian Republic. The local EdiCitNet team, the City Council of Carthage and Mayor Hayet Bayoudh, who, together with the Mayor of the City of Tunis, Souad Abderrahim, is one of the first women in the Arab world to accompany the Mayor’s office, will discuss with the Tunisian Minister of Culture Chiraz Latiri on the integration of edible urban solutions at the Carthage site level, with the Minister of the Environment Chokri Ben Hassen on the impact of the project with the objectives of adapting to climate change and promoting sustainable development. The German Ambassador to Tunisia, Carsten Meyer-Wiefhausen, and the members of the City Team, local initiatives and citizens will exchange views and experiences.

We are sure that this event will strengthen the further development of the Edible Cities Network in the Arab region.

Co-creation in Berlin Hellersdorf

After our kick-off meeting in June at the Living Lab Hellersdorf, we held the first co-creation workshop directly at this location last week. While at the kick-off meeting we first clarified a lot of organisational matters and were given a guided tour through the manor garden, at the first workshop we got straight into the topic by discussing in group work on the topics of neighbourhood, education and ecology. First the problems at the site were identified, then goals were set and initial measures were already being considered. In the end, the other group members were also allowed to rate the individual points in order to identify priorities.At the end the date for the next workshop was set, where five different Edible City Solutions were to be determined, which are to be realized in the manor garden in the next 3.5 years.

Kick-off Meeting Hellersdorf

On 18th of June the EdiCitNet Kick-off Meeting took place in the new Living Lab Berlin Hellersdorf. It was a great experience for all participants (city administration, SME, gardeners, project coordinators) to be able to meet personally and exchange ideas. The meeting took place mainly outside, with a guided tour through the manor garden and a subsequent plan discussion. Those who could not attend were connected via video call. We are very much looking forward to the next workshop on the co-design of the City Team Berlin-Hellersdorf which will take place on 16th of July.