Task Forces are working groups within the Metabolism of Cities team. All the members, working together remotely and from different time zones, contribute in various ways. Each person finds the most suitable group(s) to join and then participates in the activities that are lined up within this Task Force.
Each Task Force has a Task Force Leader, who is in charge of overall coordination of the group and guiding newcomers. Some groups have a lot of members, whereas others have only few. The Metabolism of Cities team can always use additional support and would like to invite anyone interested in supporting our mission to join us.
The Resource Task Force is the largest task force, operating in three units. Its overall aim is to collect and process information on urban metabolism publications, data, tools and to make it available to the scientific community and anyone else interested in urban metabolism.
For publications, the aim is to have the most comprehensive overview of urban metabolism-related publications that can be sorted by many attributes such as type of publication, year, method used, location examined, materials studied etc.
For data, the aim is to be the go-to location for data submission and processing. This can be done with the various tools that Metabolism of Cities offers, e.g. GUMDB, MultipliCity, OMAT.
For tools, the aim is to list and describe the various tools that exist in and are used by the UM community, which includes the tools developed by Metabolism of Cities but also other tools. Furthermore, vivid examples of the application of tools are presented.
The Community Task Force is in charge of different outreach, communications, and marketing activities. It further maintains, expands and develops material around the existing urban metabolism community on the Metabolism of Cities website. That includes information on universities, research groups, individual researchers and students, as well as events and conferences. More specifically, it is active in:
- Engaging with people in the urban metabolism community
- Raising awareness of Metabolism of Cities’ work
- Keeping the Metabolism of Cities News section up to date
- Maintaining social media presence for Metabolism of Cities
Metabolism of Cities aims to assist the teaching of urban metabolism concepts. The Education task force is in charge of making urban metabolism a more accessible topic to be learned by scholars, students, and the general public. This is done through the development of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), the provision of an online urban metabolism curriculum, sharing of educational slideshows and homework exercises, and other activities that are of use to students and teachers alike.
The Coordination Task Force is in charge of logistics and coordination around events, activities, and the internal operations of the Metabolism of Cities. The Coordination Task Force administers the Metabolism of Cities website by keeping content, design current, marketing, and communication among all team members and volunteers, across task forces.
- Recruitment and onboarding: Assist with prospective members and volunteer recruitment, placement, record keeping and recognition.
- Internal communications: Assist with the Administrative Board agenda, scheduling, meeting minutes, and internal communications.
- Internal coordination: help coordinate tasks that span across different Task Forces
- Event Logistics: Assist with seminars, workshops, hackathons, conferences, booth, exhibitions, and Metabolism of Cities retreat activities and tasks