North&Baltic Regional Congress 2019

Organizer: EGEA
Location: (Map)
Open for: Everyone



We have five different workshops taking place in NBRC2019:


1. Soft border, hard border, no border? How the change of borders affects our life

Hanna Pehnert & Laurin Mayer


      Have you ever thought about how borders change and which effects this has on us? Maybe you have also noticed changes when travelling or somewhere in your daily life at home? In our workshop, we will find out what borders actually are, how they changed in the last 30 years by looking especially at Estonia as a case study. We will see what kind of borders exist and how this influences nearly all aspects of our life. In the second part you’ll see how politics are made as you get to work on an agreement on borders in the form of a crisis simulation. This will cover more European countries which will be each represented by one of you participants!

      This workshop will be led by us, Hanna from EGEA Tübingen and Laurin from EGEA Vienna. We both are Congress-Oldies as this will be our 9th and 10th congress. We led workshops and Newbie Areas and have been representatives of the RSC 2017/18 together. Hanna is currently working on her bachelor thesis in GIS, while Laurin is busy preparing the WRC19 and slowly starting his master thesis in economical geography and spatial planning.

      We are very motivated to explore and overstep borders together with you, so come and join us on travel through Estonia and its surroundings.



2. Between the rural and the urban – borders of the city and challenges for sustainable planning in urban peripheries

Amalie Hilde & Simon Volckaert


      The negative effects of urban sprawl have been known and debated by geographers and urban planners for a long time, and the need to manage and contain urban growth is increasingly recognised. The question is how to do so. In this workshop we will explore how the borders between the urban and the rural are constructed and negotiated, and what consequences these borders have for urban and regional planning. How can urban peripheries deal with tensions related to competing land-use interests like housing, agriculture, industry, ecological preservation and infrastructure serving both local and regional needs? Case studies from European city regions will be the starting point from where we develop perspectives on the urban peripheries and have a look at how these plans could combine local needs with regional sustainability.

      Have you been asking yourself the question: what is the urban? What is the rural? What is the peri-urban? Are you interested in spatial policy, regional development, growth management and land-use conflicts? Then this workshop is certainly something for you!

Who are we?

      We are Amalie Hilde (EGEA Trondheim/EGEA Brussels) and Simon Volckaert (EGEA Brussels). We are currently studying the human geography master studies city, society and space, a cooperative program between the VUBrussels and the KULeuven universities. Both of us have been involved in many EGEA events since 2014, from exchanges over summer activities to congresses. We have both experience as CP in our respective entities and experience as day-program coordinator (Simon) and congress training (Amalie). The topic of our workshop is about the peri-urban space, the vague and often undefined borders between the urban and the rural. Do you like the urban, do you like the rural space or both? Join our workshop and experience five days of stunning facts, great knowledge gain and meet us crazy workshop leaders. Will you provide us with solutions on the in-between spaces?




3. The potential of drones in geography

Aino-Maija Määttänen & Outi Seppälä


      Different fields of geography need high-quality and high-resolution remote sensing data, but the problem has been the mismatch between desired spatial and temporal resolutions of data and the size of the target of interest. Unmanned aerial vehicles have revolutionised the potential of aerial imagery and drone methods are being rapidly adopted in wide fields of science.  

      The aim of our workshop is to offer participants with basic knowledge of safe drone deployment and the different parameters that affect the end quality of the data. To realize the full potential of the method, we will plan and execute a drone survey. We will use the gathered data to process ultra-high-resolution 3D visualizations and reflect on the diverse applications of drone methods within geography. All participants are welcome, and no previous knowledge of drones or remote sensing are required.  

      Workshop leaders Aino-Maija and Outi have wide experience in fieldwork and drone deployment. Aino-Maija is currently working on her master’s thesis on the subject.




4. Brain drain vs. Brain gain – The challenges of European migration

Daria Karsonova & Darius Schüttler


      Human migration is one of the most discussed topics of our generation. In our workshop we want to analyze migration movements within Europe and the reasons behind them. How did the phenomenon of human capital flight evolve historically? Why do lots of talented people move from eastern European countries to industrial countries? Is looking for a better life just that simple? How can lesser developed countries mitigate that trend? Which impact do international exchange programs like Erasmus have on youth migration? And how would you act yourself in certain situations concerning your living space?

      These are some of the questions we are going to answer during our workshop to have a better understanding of this matter afterwards.

Introduction of workshop leaders will be added soon!




5. 256 Shades of Grey – Uncovering the dirty secrets of the Baltic Sea with remote sensing for international policy making

Thomas Spieß & Nicolas Steinmann


      The beaches of the Baltic Sea might look very idyllic, but underneath its sheets it is one of the most heavily polluted seas of the world! Explore with us how marine pollutants can be detected and mapped from space and how this data can support decision makers to limit pollution. Get in touch with remote sensing technology and get some insights into the challenges scientists and decision makers are facing every day.


      Hey, my name is Thomas (you will notice him by the beer in his hands at 10 a.m.). I finished my B.Sc. Geography in Tübingen where I also discovered his love for EGEA. In October 2018 I went to Graz to continue with his M.Sc. in Geospatial Technologies with a focus on Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing. I am a part of EGEA since October 2016 and participated in quite a few exchanges, events and congresses. Also I was CP of Tübingen and representative of FundComm in 2017/18, before I decided to leave responsibilities to younger EGEAns and rather focus on my studies instead. Also I love using my experience to help younger EGEAns to get rid of their fear of Geoinformatics and all the “technical” stuff Geography contains. ;)


      Hi, I am Nicolas (you will notice me by having no beer in my hand at 10 a.m. :) ). I’ve been a member of EGEA Zurich for more than three years now. During this time, I have attended many events in our association so far and have also been the entity’s CP for a long time. My professional background is an almost finished bachelor’s degree in geography at the University of Zurich. Besides gathering the few remaining credits for my diploma, I have just started an internship at the geodata office of the Canton of Aargau. During my studies, I was most interested in GIS and Remote Sensing and thus want to focus on those topics in my future master’s degree. My motivation for his workshop is to pass on the knowledge that helps other geographers understand the technologies, that survey various processes on the earth’s surface. Remote sensing is much more than some pretty pictures to look at! For this workshop, I’m looking forward to work with many interesting people from various backgrounds.

NB! Participants of this workshop need their own computer.