Supporting Peripheral Access project, or how to experience EU cooperation for rural mobility while being based in Berlin

July 18, 2018

After graduating in Urban Planning and European Policies, and already several experiences abroad, I wanted to start a new adventure. And now, here I am, in the fantastic city of Berlin, doing an IVY experience at the German Association for Housing, Urban Development and Spatial Affairs.

This non-profit discussion and knowledge exchange platform is managing the Peripheral Access project, funded by the Interreg Central Europe Programme.

 

- Such long and complex names! But what are we doing concretely?

 

Peripheral Access gathers 9 partners from 7 different countries, in order to find solutions and innovate together on a forgotten aspect of territorial development: mobility of rural areas and urban hinterlands. Hence the project will help the implementation of on-demand transport solutions, small shuttle bus lines, and cross-border intermodal facilities.

As a young spatial planner, this was for me very interesting to be involved in a project with very different stakeholders of the mobility sector such as public transport authorities, research bodies, regional development agencies… And to see how to cooperate and tackle similar issues from different rural and cross-border regions of Europe. I had also the chance to attend the second project meeting in Hungary last April.

 

 

- What am I actually doing?

 

  • Coordinating the production of the main project brochure, setting up the design and the contents in accordance with partners

  • Setting up and maintaining social media channels and project website

  • Supporting the organisation of the 2nd project meeting in Hungary

  • Developing a communication about the relevance of high-quality rural transport by reporting study trips and writing a research article.

 

 

The most exciting part is probably to organise and report the study trips achieved and going to be done. My goal is to go on the ground, to visit the sites where the project will have an impact and to meet partners, so I am travelling mostly in rural areas, experiencing myself the reality of public transport in remote and cross-border areas.

 

 

I still certainly have to improve the video aspect of the report, as I don’t feel naturally comfortable with a camera, but I am not afraid from new challenges. Moreover, an IVY experience is also a valuable professional experience, as we are everyday into the project issues, in a team dealing with project management and finances. And at last but not least, I felt warmly welcomed by the DV team, and my two colleagues Paul and Georg.

 

- The IVY experience, a new adventure abroad

 

The IVY gave me the opportunity to spend 6 months in Berlin. This is a real chance to live in this crazy city and to discover the exciting cultural life, but also to learn more about urban planning in Germany with my colleagues. And finally, as the IVY framework allows us to organise our own schedule, then I can study German everyday !

 

 

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