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The ARL organises numerous scientific events – all the upcoming events can be found in the Events Programme.

ARL Congress

One of the most important knowledge transfer events held by the ARL is the annual ARL Congress. Between 100 and 200 specialists from academia and practice spend the two days of the congress discussing topical issues relevant to spatial science, for instance spatial development in Europe, large-scale infrastructural projects or the energy transition. The annual congress is very popular among members of the ARL network and also among the broader group of spatial scientists and practitioners.

Events held by the Young Professionals’ Forum of the ARL

Every year an organisational team made up of members of the Young Professionals’ Forum organise a two-day conference with an excursion on a spatial science topic at changing locations in Germany. The conference is very popular as it gives young researchers and practitioners an opportunity for discussion of their own research, for transdisciplinary communication, and for networking.

Dortmund Conference on Spatial Planning and Research

Since 2012 the ARL – Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association has cooperated with the School of Spatial Planning Faculty of the TU Dortmund to organise the Dortmund Conference on Spatial and Planning Research. The bilingual conference (German / English) addresses an international and interdisciplinary audience, is held every two years and dedicated to current and interdisciplinary topics of spatial planning and spatial research. Since 2018 also the ILS - Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development (Dortmund) has been co-organising the Dortmund conference.

More information on the Dortmund Conference

Spatial Science Colloquium

Every two years the 5R-Network holds the Spatial Science Colloquium. The events offer an opportunity for discussions on current topics relevant to spatial development and target interested professionals from academia, policymaking and administration. The colloquiums have been held since 2005.