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Research proj­ect

EMAPS - Electronic Maps to Assist Public Science

Project duration: 11/2011 to 10/2014

After a three-year term the proj­ect EMAPS (Electronic Maps to Assist Public Science) ended in October 2014. The re­search proj­ect was promoted under the 7th EU Research Framework Program in the work program "SiS.2011.3.0.6-1 Science Society interaction in the di­gi­tal era technologies ". The aim of the proj­ect was to identify, analyze and visualize scientific and public discourses on an ageing society and climate change adaption (“controversy mapping“).

The theme of the "Ageing Society" was used in the first year of the proj­ect as a pilot phase in order to draw methodological and procedural conclusions for the second phase of the proj­ect. The In­sti­tute of Spatial Planning (IRPUD) was mainly involved in work package 3, which focused on the collection and analysis of the discourse on adaptation to climate change in science and media. In addition, the IRPUD had the role of an "Issue Expert" on climate change and spatial development in the proj­ect.

Identifying discourses on "Adapting to climate change" in the second phase of the proj­ect referred to various databases such as on­line databases for climate adaptation projects, literature or science databases, protocols of UN climate talks, articles and postings in on­line media  etc. With selected analysis and visualization software, the data concerning different players and positions of the appearance and disappearance of certain themes over time, the common occurrence of certain topics, etc. could be analyzed and visualized.

The core of the methodological work built four so-called "Sprint Work­shops" on "International Negotiations on Climate Change Adaptation", "Coping With Vulnerability To Climate Change", "Climate Change Adaptation Projects" and "Designing The Platform". In these one-week workshops the sci­en­tists of the proj­ect partners and external experts came together to define topics, prepare data and content to get initial feedback and finally to revise the results. Each workshop ended in a final presentation. The results of the proj­ect EMAPS and the on­line platform "Climaps by EMAPS" ( were presented at a final event on 16th October 2014 in Brussels.

Project partners:

  • Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, France (co-ordinator)
  • Uni­ver­sity of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • In­sti­tute of Spatial Planning, TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity, Germany
  • Barcelona Media, Spain
  • Politecnico di Milano, DensityDesign, Italy
  • The Young Foun­da­tion, United Kingdom

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Location & approach

The TU Dort­mund campus is located near the Dort­mund West interchange, where the A45 Sauerland line crosses the B1/A40 Ruhr expressway. The Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Cam­pus, the Dort­mund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Cam­pus. Coming from the A45, you can turn onto Stockumer Straße via Universitätsstraße. This in turn is connected to Baroper Straße, along which Cam­pus South extends. If you take the exit of the A-40, the route via Emil-Figge Straße, Marie-Curie Allee to Baroper Straße makes sense. If you turn from Baroper Straße into Au­gust-Schmidt Straße, you have the possibility to reach the parking lot directly behind the GB III.

The South Cam­pus is connected via Stockumerstraße by bus lines 440 and 449, which run every 10 minutes. Cam­pus South can be reached on foot from the Am Gardenkamp stop, and the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station is also located near the Eichlinghofen stop. The bus lines connect to the U42 light rail line at the Barop Parkhaus stop, which provides connections to the Dort­mund-Hombruch district and Dort­mund downtown. 

From Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen, the South Cam­pus is connected to the H-Bahn network via the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station. Line 1 runs here every 10 minutes, and the South Cam­pus is served by the Cam­pus Süd stop. 
A connection to Cam­pus North is also provided via the H-Bahn. Line 2 shuttles between Cam­pus North and Cam­pus South every 5 minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Cam­pus North and the smaller Cam­pus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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