URBAN PLANNING ADVISORY TEAM, em Szczecin (Polónia), em Maio

The capital of the West Pomerania region, the city of Szczecin, holds the 7th place in Poland with respect to population (414 000 inhabitants). It is also the most important city of “Pomerania” Euroregion, which includes Polish, Swedish and German communities. Szczecin is located in the north-western corner of Poland at the banks of Odra river, at a distance of about 65 km from the Baltic Sea. It only takes 12 km from the city to the border with Germany and 120 km to its capital, Berlin.
The metropolitan region of Szczecin comprises land along and near to the mouth of Odra river, at the cross roads of important international north-south and west-east transport routes, with two jointly administered sea ports (Szczecin and Swinoujście) and a regional airport, a number of smaller towns (plenty of them present a richness of cultural heritage) and attractive natural touristic areas on both sides of the Polish-German border. Until now several international institutions found their place in this region.
The main subject of the UPAT will be developing ideas and perspectives of the Szczecin metropolitan region development taking into account the factors that determine the metropolitan functions/activities, the transportation network and the trans-border character of the region.
The Szczecin UPAT will focus on the following inter-related topics:
-  the factors and relations (present and future) determining the metropolitan character of the area
There are many questions concerning the area and administrative entities which should be comprised within the metropolitan planning process and the kind of management to be the best for obtaining steady development of the metropolitan region. This discussion has been triggered by ideas included in the proposed national legislation on the matter which not always match with the local conditions.
- transportation
A precondition for spatial development of the area is a high capacity and efficient system of all modes of transportation taking into account its European cross-roads situation (west-east – Lubeck-Kaliningrad, north-south – Scandinavia-Adriatic Sea) and border position within Poland. At the same time the metropolitan region needs enhancement of its internal transportation cohesion.
- trans-border co-operation
Szczecin, as the nearest big city for some border areas of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany begins to play an important role as a central point of interest in terms of shopping, cultural events, tourism and some special services. The co–operation in other fields is desirable. The Szczecin-Berlin neighborhood should also be taken into account in planning the metropolitan area.
The regional authorities expect an independent opinion and recommendations for constructing the metropolitan area spatial plan within the frames of overall regional development. These reflections should also provide arguments in the discussion on the proposed national “metropolitan” legislation and help in determining priorities of co-operation between administrations on both sides of the Polish-German boundary.
Team Organisation and Selection
The Urban Planning Advisory Team is open to ISOCARP individual members (1).
There are 6 places available. In principle 5 to be assigned to senior planners and 1 to be assigned to an ISOCARP Young Planner Member or Candidate Member (age 32 max). For all places, UPAT requirements apply and the selection will be based on the candidates’ relevant experience in the specific fields of practice.
A Team Leader will prepare the Terms of Reference and provide guidance to the team in the areas of work. He or she will also be responsible of the technical coordination of the UPAT, preparing a final presentation, presenting it to UPAT sponsors, and producing the UPAT Report.
The core team will be supported by a group of local young planning professionals and students of architecture and urban design.  A UPAT Local Coordinator will support the coordination and logistics between the core team and the UPAT sponsors. The team members will be chosen by a committee, considering their experience in the core planning issues of the UPAT. This committee includes the ISOCARP Vice President in charge of the UPAT program, the Secretary General and the UPAT Team Leader.  It is a UPAT policy that applicants should not be natives of the country where the UPAT is hosted. Members of the ISOCARP Executive Committee are not allowed to apply.
Assignment and Deliverables
The assignment consists of conducting a planning exercise as indicated in the Terms of Reference, the preparation of a technical file comprising of all UPAT working documents and materials produced by team members, deliverable by the end of the UPAT week, the preparation and delivery of a Powerpoint presentation by the end of the UPAT week, the preparation of an UPAT Report, of approximately 50 pages of length, in English.  The UPAT team should bear in mind that the Report is endorsed by ISOCARP and hence its quality should be considered accordingly. This report, directed by the Team Leader, should be ready four weeks after completion of the exercise, at the latest.
Contribution and Expenses
The contribution of participants is voluntary (thus without professional or per diem fees). International travel expenses will be reimbursed by ISOCARP based on a travel distance policy.
Each participant will receive a travel allowance up to 300€ if their trip originates in Europe and up to 500€ if their trip originates from overseas.
Living expenses will be covered by the UPAT sponsors, including accommodation and full board during the UPAT week, transfer from Berlin airport and local transportation. UPAT sponsors will also provide a work place, Internet access, local information and other materials that the advisory team may need to undertake their assignment.
Location of the UPAT will be in Szczecin, Poland. Expected arrival date of the participants to Szczecin is Saturday, May 23, 2009. Departure should be scheduled on Saturday/Sunday, May 30/31, 2009.    
As the most convenient international airport for Szczecin is in Berlin (Germany), the group transportation from and to there will be provided depending on the arrival times of the majority of team members. The travel time is approximately 2 hours. As the field trip is planned on Sunday it is advisable to plan the arrival in the late morning.
There is also the airport in Goleniow (about 45 km from Szczecin) having direct connections with Warsaw and airports in UK (London, Bristol, Liverpool, Birmingham), Ireland (Dublin) and Norway (Oslo).     
 A detailed UPAT program will be provided to the selected team.
Deadline - Reception of applications: April 3, 2009
Selection Results: April 10, 2009
Arrival to Szczecin: May 23, 2009
Departure:  May 30/31, 2009
The application should include a letter of intent addressed to the ISOCARP Secretariat underlying the reasons why you would like to be part of the advisory team, and a one page Curriculum Vitae/-Resume pointing out the relevant experience in the area of interest to this UPAT.
The selected members will be informed by e-mail according to the calendar.
Applications and CV (Resume) should be sent to upat@isocarp.org
With copy to:
Francisco Perez fperez@fpa.com.mx and
Margret Bongers margret.bongers@gmail.com
1. Individual member includes the official accredited representative of an Institional member and joint institutional members known as such in ISOCARP’s actual database.