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Conference themes

Conference topics

• Impacts of cultural and sports events on development of cities and regions
• The future of financing regional development
• SMART cities – energetic solutions for the future
• Architectural and urban changes in Eastern European countries

Opening Lectures

Beatriz Garcia - 30 Years of the European Capital of Culture Programme. Success Strategies and Long Term Effects.Institute of Cultural Capital, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Michal HladkýKošice – European Capital of Culture 2013, n.o., Slovakia

Keynote speakers

Peter Nijkamp - New Concepts of Regional Growth Strategies, Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Karima Kourtit -
Stakeholders-based Analysis of Creative Districts: A Facebook Approach, Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Andrés Rodriguez-Pose Government quality and the economic returns of transport infrastructure investment in European regionLondon School of Economics, United Kingdom
Simone Strambach - Combinatorial Knowledge Dynamics between Path Dependency and Path Plasticity in Regional Development, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany

Conference sessions

The conference programme will be divided into thematic sessions that will be held in English.

A. Tourism, cultural and creative industries and regional development
B. Evolutionary economic geography; geography of banking and finance
C. Peripheral and rural regions; private and public finance for regional development
D. Creative and smart cities and regions
E. Entrepreneurship, innovation and clusters
F. Spatial econometrics and analysis; geographical information systems

Special sessions

SS1 Evolution, Institutions and Economic Transformation with session chair Simone Strambach organised by Štefan Rehák, Department of Public Administration and Regional Development, University of Economics in Bratislava and Balazs Lengyel, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Contributions should offer theoretical and empirical insights related to one or more of the following topics: 

  • Evolutionary approach on regional development
  • Co-evolution of industries and institutions
  • Path dependency and path creation in regional economic dynamics
  • Spatial dimension of post-socialist economic transition

 More information here.

SS2 Cultural and creative industries: local, regional and national level with session chair Milan Buček, University of Economics, Bratislava

SS3 Urban Development, Regeneration and Governance with session chair Maros Finka (Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava)

  Besides ordinary sessions, a session for young scientists (doctoral students and researchers up to 35 years old – no more than 5 years after PhD. and students without PhD.) is planned. Papers presented by young scientists may apply for an award.