Young Academics Conference


The Chair of Urban Development at the Department of Architecture will host this year's edition of the international AESOP Young Academics Conference from April 10-13, 2017 in Munich. Professor Ignacio Farías will be one of the keynote speakers of the three day conference with the theme "Planning and Entrepreneurship".

AESOP is the Association of European Schools of Planning, and the Young Academics conference is the largest gathering of young scholars – PhD students and PostDocs – from urban planning and other related fields in Europe, which attracts researchers from all European countries and beyond. The event will be the first AESOP conference in Germany since the first annual congress in 1988, and the first ever AESOP Young Academics meeting in Germany.

The local organisation committee constists of Lukas Gilliard, Fabian Wenner and Isabel Bommes Fernandez - all from the Chair of Urban Development. 

The topic "Planning and Entrepreneurship", combines two disciplines that are not frequently mentioned together. Yet, planners often see themselves as innovators on local and regional scales. At the same time, more and more technological start-up move into the realms of planning, architecture, and geo-localised data. In which way can planners react to, benefit from, or become part of this development?

The organizers encourage inter- and multi-disciplinary contributions on the conference theme that present empirical research and/or theoretical discussions. The conference is a four-day event around the successful frame developed by the YA: four keynote talks, two parallel tracks for presentation of 40-50 papers by young academics, as well as workshops and roundtables. The conference is free of charge for participants whose abstract was accepted. The track chairs will decide on a best paper prize to be awarded, which has the chance to be published in DISP - The Planning Review.

Conference Programme and further information