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Let's make our cities edible

Read about RECOMS fellow, Mai Abbas' experience from Kassel, Germany about how to make the city edible and what plants you can find in the urban jungle that can be useful for your stomach and for your health.

Video about RECOMS Fellows reflecting on their PhD journeys

In September 2018, 15 RECOMS Fellows started their research career and PhD journey at 7 different institutes. The Fellows have been midway through with their projects, when we have asked these young researchers what they have learned in their first 1.5 year within the network. Their 'lessons learned' and reflections cover the challenges of pursuing a PhD, finding one’s place in academia, making an impact in the ‘real world’ and negotiating life in a foreign country.


Creative consent form for research

A visual consent form has been developed as collaboration between RECOMS fellow Mai Abbas  and a graphic recorder and visual facilitator professional (Réka Livits, Visualive). The aim of this work is to break down the rigid concept of informed consent form and making it more accessible to the participants, which might lead to better engagement and understanding of the research process. This enhances the communication process and the building of trust between the researcher and the community members.

Browse RECOMS creative methods collection for engagement

Creative methods engage participants outside the parameters of traditional qualitative data collection and analysis. They often include empathetic, artistic, narrative, or aesthetic expression as the basis for investigating, intervening, creating knowledge, and sharing information. Such methods are intended to evoke deeper research insights and richer or more nuanced interpretations. They can facilitate meaning making and highlight alternative types of knowledge and ways of knowing.

RECOMS goes to lockdown

Little things—inviting smell of the morning coffee, a bird’s song, sunlight that briefly caresses my room, tender bud readying to sprout on a nameless plant I picked from the street—all of them make my routine now a little less worrying, a little more wholesome. Stuck inside, I come up with rituals to mark up periods of a surprisingly long day. I am in charge of my schedule—a role that largely used to be taken over by the outside world.

Transforming Places together - new blog by RECOMS

The new blog - initiated by Prof. Lummina Horlings and Dr Gwenda van der Vaart, University of Groningen in the Netherlands - was started to offer a platform on transformative change.

V for Vienna and video

RECOMS Training 4, Creativity, visualisation and communication: Workshop and master class was held in Vienna, Austria hosted by BOKU University between 3rd-13th February 2020.

RECOMS fellow provides input to EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030 formulation

From late December 2019 till late January 2020, the European Commission has had a public consultation enabling feedbacks to its policy for “safeguarding nature – EU 2030 biodiversity strategy” that ultimately will define the EU's biodiversity direction in the upcoming 10 years. Rubén Vezzoni was among the 328 feedback providers during the consultation.