The “European Young Professionals’ Forum” supported eight young and aspiring practitioners and researchers from Europe involved in research projects or projects in spatial planning concerned with spatial development in Europe. The European Young Professionals’ Forum 2009/10 focused on issues of Territorial Cohesion in Europe, the relationship and relative status of metropolitan regions and peripheral rural areas.
During the programme period of one year, the selected candidates were working on a project related to the topic of “Spatial development in Europe”. To support the working process individual supervision by an expert from a European research establishment or from a planning institute was provided. Furthermore a short term work experience or research project in the supervising institution was organised.
Partner institutions of the European Young Professionals’ Forum:
The Academy of Spatial Research and Planning (ARL) was the lead partner dealing with all practical matters. General guidelines were agreed upon with five partner institutions supporting the Forum:
The results of the research projects conducted by the young professionals were presented at an international conference in October 2010. The documentation of the conference summarises these results:
The principle of Territorial Cohesion is difficult to grasp and to explain in its entirety. To help understand it examples are helpful in which Territorial Cohesion is broken down to specific regional contexts and stakeholder networks. In a brochure Florian Langguth from SprintConsult in Essen (Germany) illustrates the potentials of involving enterprises in integrated regional development. The publication was created in the framework of the ARL-4R assistance programme "European Young Professionals’ Forum” (EYF) 2009/10. It is based on a case study in the Netherlands that was supported by the Province of South Holland. The brochure is available in German, Dutch and English: http://www.sprintconsult.de/en/bilder/handout_beteiligungvonunternehmen_en.pdf