Social Progress for Resilient Regions: the 57th ERSA congress in Groningen, Netherlands

The 57th Congress of the European Regional Science Organization was the furthest reaching congress in its field worldwide

The 57th Congress of the European Regional Science Organization (ERSA) in Groningen is being concluded today. Inaugurated on Tuesday August 29, it was dedicated to the umbrella topic “Social Progress for Resilient Regions". ERSA president Jouke van Dijk underlines the significance of the event: “With over 700 presentations held by participants from 48 countries the 57th Congress of ERSA was the furthest reaching congress in regional science worldwide.“

Prof. Tony Venables from the University of Oxford held the keynote for the opening ceremony. In his presentation he gave actual insights into the topic of “Urbanization in Developing Countries”. The opening ceremony was succeeded by over 60 plenary sessions during the following three days. In these sessions the participating scientists and researchers worked on themes like “Institutions”, “Transport”, “Rural Development”, “Migration” and “Agglomeration”.

Securing the future of regional science: The “Young Scientist Sessions”

Besides enhancing the discussion with current policy makers in the present, it is also important to secure the future of regional science. Young scientists today are the researchers of tomorrow. That is why the program of the 57th ERSA Congress dedicated a prominent slot to scientists under the age of 33. The “Young Scientist Sessions” opened the floor for over 30 presentations on topics like “Mobility”, “Social Progress” or “Urban policy”. As an appreciation of the young scientist’s contributions to the field of regional science, ERSA awards the Epainos prize to the most outstanding paper of the “Epainos Sessions”. These special sessions form part of the “Young scientist sessions”.

The Epainos prize and the Ersa prize

This year’s Epainos prize for the most innovative and qualitative “Young Scientist” paper was granted to Daniel Oto-Peralías, University of St Andrews. His paper with the title “Medieval Frontier Origins of a Country’s Economic Geography: The Case of Spain” provides enlightening insights into settlement patterns and spatial discontinuity. It´s outcomes are of significant relevance for the field of regional science. The prize is awarded in the closing ceremony today, Friday.

The closing ceremony also celebrates this year’s recipient of the ERSA prize. This prize goes to Professor Roberta Capello, full Professor of Regional Economics at Politecnico di Milano, School of Architecture, Urban Planning and Construction Engineering, Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering. It honors Capello’s scientific achievements in urban and regional economics, in particular her work on spatial spillovers and externalities from innovations, knowledge creation and the impacts on urban and regional growth. As an author, Professor Roberta Capello has made a tremendous impact in the field of regional science with her textbook in regional economics, Routledge (2007), and her several books and papers published in refereed journals. The jury acknowledges her outstanding and prolific contributions to the advancement of regional science.

Attached files
  • Winner of the ERSA prize 2017: Prof. Roberta Capello
  • Strengthening dialogue with decision makers: The policy day (Marc Lemaître, EU DG Region; Joaquim Oliveira Martins, OECD)
  • ERSA president Jouke van Dijk and ERSA prize winner Roberta Capello
  • Winner of the Epainos prize 2017: Daniel Oto-Peralías

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