• February 26, 2013
AESOP YA is glad to announce its next Annual Meeting in Vienna, Austria from 26th February to 1st March, 2013, sponsored by AESOP, and the University of Natural Resources & Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria. Being inspired by last year's success, YA will also organise an International World Cafe to continue the conversation about growth of the relationship between AESOP-YA as a part of the conference programme.

We would like to invite 32 young scholars, including PhD students, post-docs and early career academics from Europe and elsewhere to share their research ideas, experiences, methods and concerns. The program will comprise of plenary sessions and round-table discussions, as well as Skype-keynote speeches by eminent scholars working on 'resilience'.

Our aim is to provide a relaxed environment for participants to present and discuss their research interests and concerns with peers and invited professors. The annual meeting offers a platform to the young scholars for shaping their research ideas and potential future research areas. In addition, it also offers an opportunity for networking, sharing thoughts, and counting on others' experiences for professional development, rather than mere presentation of a full-fledged research outcome or PhD dissertation.


Resilience is the core concept of sustainability in today's world where change is inevitable. It has also become the most contested topic in contemporary Planning research. Whereas there is an upcoming debate about the definition of the term, specific to the field of Planning, the main discussion has been around a futuristic view of resilient urban and rural space, in physical, economic and social terms.

This meeting invites a broad range of papers on planning and territorial development-related research that address the goals, challenges or opportunities of achieving a resilient society, addressing varied sustainability issues such as climate change, governance for resilience and security of a city. We are looking for a variety of research interests and project insights from this field, with a hope to explore new underlying dynamics of the concept of 'resilience' in Planning.

Following are the four thematic subgroups for the meeting:

TRACK 1: Resilience: a bridging concept or a dead end?
(multiple meanings of the unconstrained term 'resilience', its application in planning theory and practice)
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Simin Davoudi, Newcastle University, UK.

TRACK 2: Planning for resilience - between policy frameworks and planning theories.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Tore Sager, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim.

TRACK 3: Social challenges in planning for resilient urban spaces and rural development
(demographic change, aging, segregation etc.).
Keynote Speaker: Senior Scientist Dr. Tatjana Fischer, University of Life Sciences and Natural Resources, Vienna.

TRACK 4: What makes regions resilient from an environmental perspective?
(climate change, disaster management, energy turnaround etc.).
Keynote Speaker: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gernot Stoeglehner, University of Life Sciences and Natural Resources, Vienna


Young planning scholars are asked to submit an Abstract, addressing one particular track of the event. 32 Abstracts will be selected (8 per Track) for the 7th YA Meeting with regard to the following criteria:

- Academic quality of the Abstract: apart from grammar and expression the Abstract shall outline the aim of research, methodology, expected contribution and key references;
- An explicit brief description of the link of the research with the concept of ‘resilience' and thus the contribution to the aims and themes of the Meeting;
- All submissions should explicitly deal with a certain geographical scale or dimension of planning practices (local, national, international, trans-national planning).


If you are currently not a Member of the Young Academics Network, please remember you must register first in order to be able to submit your Abstract. After the selection of the Abstracts due to the criteria's mentioned above and a still high number of high-quality applications, students from AESOP member schools will be favoured.
Please submit your Abstract via the AESOP YA Website by 21st October 2012 using the online template and application form. Be aware that the conference Abstract submission page will close after this date.
The most important things when submitting the Abstract are:

- Length: the abstract should be 200-500 words long;
- Content: the abstract should outline the aim of research, methodology, expected contribution and key references;
- Use the template provided on the AESOP YA Website;
- Conduct the submission through the uploading area of the YA Webpage
- You will be informed by 16th November, 2012 regarding acceptance or rejection of your Abstract.

The successful contributors will be asked to provide a full version of their paper (around 5.000 words) by Sunday 27th January 2013 (also for the submission of the paper a template is provided on the YA Webpage).
The AESOP YA Network will award a PRIZE for the Best Paper and any full paper submitted by the closing date of Sunday, 27th January will be automatically entered for the competition. The winner will be announced in the Closing Session.

 Those interested to participate in the 7th YA Meeting are expected to submit an application that contains: registration formabstract, and full paper (see deadlines). Be aware that you need to be registered at the AESOP Young Academics website to be able to access the application form and deposit your documents. Keep in mind that your registration may take some time, since somebody from the YA CT needs to confirm it manually, so you will not see it immediately displayed on the website.

To download the event flyer click here!