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Info-Mail #3 June 2021

Please read our Info-Mail #3 – ProPolis-project midterm update. (In German)
ProPolis Info-Mail #3 (686 KB)


[UC]2-Midterm meeting (online)

Following the BMBF networking event, the mid-term meeting of the entire [UC]2 funding measure took place online on 17-18th of June 2021. On the first day, all modules MOSAIK-2, 3DO+M and ProPolis presented the status of their work packages. On the second day, the participants discussed in the cross-module virtual breakout sessions and in the plenary session about model evaluation, data management / the graphical user interface and the requirements for scientific and practice-oriented continuation strategy.

The documentation is available to the project participants on the Knowledge Base


Networking workshop (online) of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) “Digitally dealing with heat”

On the 16th of June 2021, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research together with the funding organization DLR and the funding measure “Urban Climate Under Change” [UC]2 organized a virtual networking workshop within the framework of the BMBF strategy "Research for Sustainability" (FONA) and the BMBF-Digital strategy. The meeting with approx. 80 participants from science, local administration and politics aimed at the critical exchange about the previous and future possible use of digital tools for municipal adaptation climate change.

Besides the joint projects of the [UC]2 funding measure MOSAIK-2, 3DO+M and ProPolis, other research projects such as ISAP (Integrative city-regional adaptation strategies in a polycentric growth region: model region Stuttgart), SMARTilience (management model for a climate-resilient smart city with living labs in Halle (Saale) und Mannheim) and Green City of the Future (Climate-resilient quarters in a growing city) have presented their work. Afterwards the possible needs, strategies, solution approaches but also obstacles for the use of digital tools in municipal practice were discussed in the digital breakout groups.

The press release and presentations are available on the [UC]2-website (in German)
Press release and presentations

Screenshot ProPolis Gruppenbild der TeilnehmerInnen. Ausschnitt aus dem Publikum der Online-Veranstaltung.

Participants of the networking event (part of the audience) © A. Baumgärtner / DLR PT 2021


Interview with [UC]2-coordinator (in German)

Please read the interview with the coordinator of the funding measure [UC]2, Professor Dieter Scherer at the TU Berlin, about the climatic challenges and the PALM-4U urban climate model: “Urban climate model helps cities in adaptation to climate change”


Online-workshop Exlab vor external Stakeholders

In order to expand the Community of Practice (CoP), an introductory and networking meeting took place on June 10, 2021 for the external parties, who are already working with the urban climate PALM-4U or who are interested in using it in the future. In the first part of the event, the representatives of the joint projects ProPolis, MOSAIK-2 and 3DO+M from the BMBF project “Urban Climate Under Change” [UC]2 presented their work. After a break, during which the participants could ask questions to the speakers and the ProPolis consortium in a padlet chat, experiences from practical work with the PALM-4U were reported. At the end of the workshop, there was a brief introduction to the new PALM-4U graphical user interface. Many participants outside of the project registered in the ProPolis discussion forum https://www.propolis-palm-4u.de/ before and after the event, so that the CoP continues to grow.

Screenshot Ausschnitt ProPolis-Diskussionsforum

Excerpt ProPolis online forum. Source: TU Dortmund/sfs 2021


Online-workshop ExLab E – Input data processing and new graphical user interface (GUI)

On March 25, 2021, the fifth thematic ExLab took place as an online event with the topic "Input data processing and graphical user interface (GUI)". The aim of the ExLab was to inform the practice partners about the status of the GUI development and to obtain their feedback for further GUI development according to the user needs. The ExLab was designed as an interactive workshop. In the beginning, a practical example of input data processing for a PALM-4U application case was presented, followed by a question and answer session. In the next part, ProPolis experts showed the user interface in a live translation. The questions and feedback from practice partners was gathered through virtual padlets and subsequently discussed in two groups. For example, the practice partners were introduced to the processing of the input data of an application for use in PALM-4U in an input block with a subsequent question and answer session. This was followed by the presentation of the GUI concept with a live presentation of the GUI. Following the input block, the practice partners were given time in a padlet based on key questions to give their feedback on the GUI and to express development requests. The padlets were then discussed in two groups.

ProPolis Landeshauptstadt München – Kommunalreferat – GeodatenService 2020

Excerpt graphical user interface ©Fraunhofer IBP 2021, Data: © Landeshauptstadt München (2020 & 2021); Plots and buildings: © Bayerische Vermessungsverwaltung (2020)


Online-workshop Exlab D - concept of ExLabs „on-site“

On February 25, 2021, the practice partners and the project consortium met online for the fourth thematic ExLab to get to know the format of the “ExLabs on site” and to obtain feedback for the implementation of these events. The aim of the ExLabs on site will be to collect information for the evaluation of the practicablity of PALM-4U in order to be able to further improve the model with regard to this requirement. For assisted self-users, this concerns the operation of the model with the help of the graphical user interface. In the case of service users, the use of the modeling results is a particular focus. These are to be presented to a broad group of colleagues on site for the first time and then discussed. The project team would like to get feedback from as many departments as possible, who (can) work with the modeling results.

ProPolis Abfrageergebnisse Erwartungen an die Veranstaltung

Mentimeter-question about the expectations of the on-site ExLab workshops. Source: Difu.


Info-Mail #2 December 2020

Please read our Info-Mail #2 – ProPolis-project update – one year passed! (in German) ProPolis Info-Mail #2 (400 KB)


Online-workshop Exlab C – Trainings, services and support

The third thematic ExLab took place on November 26th 2020 as an online-workshop with the topic “Trainings, services and support”. During this interactive event the participants have got a lot of space for discussion among themselves and with the scientific consortium. The main aim of ExLab C was to gather the experiences and preferences of the project partners with regard to training, services and support. At first, the topics of training, services and support were presented in three main blocks. After each input, the participants had the opportunity to prioritize the support offers presented in a short survey. The results of the survey were then discussed. Based on the feedback from the practice partners, offers for capacity building are to be further developed and tested during the course of the project.


Online-workshop Exlab B – Thermal wellbeing and cold-air balance

On October 1, 2020 the second thematic ExLab took place as an online event with the topic ‘Thermal wellbeing and cold-air balance’. The participants received extensive information on PALM-4U application possibilities in the above mention field and reported on their own use cases and work processes with regard to modeling.


Online-workshop ExLab A – Community of Practice (CoP)

The first ExLab A took place on the June 25, 2020 as an online-seminar with the topic Community of Practice (CoP). The practice partners had an opportunity to present their PALM-4U modelling cases to each other in a Gallery Walk in ProPolis online-forum https://www.propolis-palm-4u.de/ . Afterwards in the virtual ExLab they discussed the infographics prepared in advance, asked questions and exchanged with ProPolis Experts. The ProPolis PALM-4U online-forum is being furhter developed as a room for knowledge and experience exchange.


Info-Mail #1 May 2020

Please read our Info-Mail #1 - ProPolis project-update in the time of corona-pandemic (in German)
ProPolis Info-Mail #1 (300 KB)


ProPolis Kick-off workshop

On January 28, 2020, the kick-off workshop in the ProPolis project took place in Dortmund. The first work results were achieved together with participants from all 13 partner municipalities, project partners and representatives from the joint projects MOSAIK-2 and 3DO+M.