Full-day Excursions

In addition to the scientific sessions at the conference venue, a wide choice of academic excursions is provided by the GCEG 2018. You can choose between full-day and half-day trips to destinations in and around Cologne. To register for excursions please click here. Please note that the detailed starting time of all half-day excursions will be announced within the final programme. We try our best to avoid overlap between your session/talk and excursions. In the unlikely event of scheduling conflicts or in case any field trip has to be cancelled, all registered participants will be given the choice between a full refund and the possibility of re-booking onto a different field trip subject to availability. Please keep in mind that some of the excursions (especially full-day) take place on Saturday, July 28, 2018.

Excursion A: The Wupper valley – a pioneer region of early industrialisation

The excursion focuses on the economic history of the Wupper valley, which was a pioneer of early industrialisation in the first half of the 19th century, well ahead of the Ruhr. We will visit the city of Wuppertal as well as the formerly independent urban areas of Elberfeld and Barmen and the nearby city of Remscheid. The lead industrial sector in the Wupper valley was the textile industry, based on locally grown flax and later on imported cotton. Textile manufacturing also inspired the development of several other industries, among them the chemicals industry and machine building. In the nearby small valleys, proto-industrial iron-processing was the historical starting point for the development of industrial iron and steel processing (tools and blade making, machine building). This environment fostered an innovative invention: the seamless rolled steel tube which was developed by the Mannesmann brothers. The excursion includes a trip on the unique overhead railway of Wuppertal and a visit to the Museum of Early Industrialisation (located in Wuppertal-Barmen on the site where Friedrich Engels was born). In Remscheid, we will be accompanied by Professor H. Wessel, an economic historian, who was the head of the Mannesmann archives for many years.

Organiser: Helmut Schneider
Email: helmut.schneider(at)uni-due.de
Date: 28 July 2018, start: 09:00h (conference venue), end: 17:00h
Number of participants: 25
Fee: 50,00 €

Excursion B: The Ruhr Area: Structural change in the mainstream, avant-garde, and niche

We will discover the many facets of structural change in the Ruhr Area by visiting different sites representing the region's mainstream, avant-garde, and niche approaches to tackling structural change. This includes experiencing the monumental sites of “Industrial Culture”, exploring the production of renewable energy, and relaxing at "hidden places" allowing niche ideas to flourish.

Organiser: Anna Butzin, Franz Flögel
Email: butzin(at)iat.eu
Date: 28 July 2018, start: 09:00h (conference venue), end: 17:00h
Number of participants: 25
Fee: 50,00 €

Excursion C: Duisburg: Waterfront redevelopment and a former ironworks as a landscape park – projects of sustainable change in an ‘old’ industrialised area

Duisburg can serve as an example of regional change in a formerly ‘old’ industrialised area, initiated in particular by the International Building Exhibition in the 1990s which supported social, cultural, and ecological change in the Ruhr area beyond economic growth strategies. Now,  these projects have been completed and offer valuable insights into the opportunies and limits of regional change towards sustainable development.
This excursion presents two sustainable regional change projects. The trip will visit the Waterfront Redevelopment in the former inner port, with a museum of modern art in revitalised architecture, the ‘Küppersmühle’, and the Landscape Park Duisburg North. A highlight is ‘Blast Furnace 5’ which offers a great view over the Ruhr.
We will use public transport for this excursion, offering a ‘behind-the-scenes’ view of city tourism. The excursion includes walks at the destinations (about 2-3 hours, with breaks). Participants should wear suitable clothing and please note that refreshments are not included.
A research assistant will pick you up at 9 a.m. at Cologne central station (directly in front of the main entrance) and take you to Duisburg, where your tour guide, Professor M. Fuchs, will pick you up.

Organiser: Martina Fuchs
Email: fuchs(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de
Date: 28 July 2018, start: 09:00h (in front of the main entrance of Cologne central station), end: 17:00h
Number of participants: 20
Fee: 35,00 €

Excursion D: Promoting Structural Change through Knowledge-Based Urban Development? A Tale of Two Cities in the Ruhr

Since the first coal crisis of 1957, the Ruhr has undergone substantial structural change from coalmines and steel mills to a service-driven economy. The establishment of universities was an early response, but the region's knowledge economy is still held back by the shadows of its industrial past. This field trip draws on the different trajectories of two neighbouring cities in the western Ruhr, Dortmund and Bochum. From an urban and economic development perspective, it highlights the development of knowledge infrastructures including technology parks, but also takes a critical look at the knowledge-driven development of residential and recreational spaces, using Dortmund's PHOENIX project as an example.

Organiser: Matthias Kiese
Email: matthias.kiese(at)rub.de
Date: 28 July 2018, start: start: 09:00h (conference venue), end: 17:00h
Number of participants: 25
Fee: 35,00 €