Delft, Netherlands, December 2, 2021.-  The Delft University of Technology, one of the most important higher education centers in the Netherlands, hosts from today the 35th Meeting of RETE, the Association for collaboration between ports and cities, under the slogan “(Re)tooling the Port City Territory: People, planning and participation“.

This meeting will last until next Saturday, December 4, hosting experts and academics from around the world related to the urban planning of port environments, developing a hybrid program (face-to-face and telematic), as well as visits to the macro port of Rotterdam.

The inauguration  has been in charge of Dick van Gameren, Dean of Architecture of the TU Delft; Carola Hein, director of PortCityFutures, research centre of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus University Consortium and scientific director of PORTUSplus; Teófila Martínez, president of RETE and the Port Authority of the Bay of Cadiz, and Massimo Clemente, scientific director of RETE.

Carola Hein, as technical manager of the 35th Meeting, stressed that throughout these three days the great future challenges of cities that have port systems will be addressed. “Environmental sustainability is one of those great challenges that we must include in all global debates on urban and port planning,” he said.

Prior to the start of the 35th Meeting, RETE held its general assembly, in which Teófila Martínez has presented a balance of the last nine months of management, since she assumed the presidency of the association. The strengthening of the scientific committee and the improvement of the internal communication of this global network of experts in port-city integration have been some of the issues addressed. In the same way, the last partners have been welcomed: the ports of Cartagena, Motril, Algeciras and Huelva, together with the Public Agency of Ports of Andalusia. The vice president of RETE, Roberto Converti, highlighted the activities carried out by the organization in LATAM, which place this organization at the forefront of port integration in cities around the world.

The RETE global event coincides with a meeting of UFM, an intergovernmental institution that brings together 42 countries to promote dialogue and cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

About RETE: 

RETE is an international non-profit organization interested in promoting collaboration between ports and cities, in analyzing and interpreting the dynamics and phenomena that manifest themselves in their relationships, in exploring their horizons and in drawing visions and strategies that contribute to building their future.


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