In view of the growing significance of international cooperation, ARL is shifting the focus of its work towards a more international level. In 2014, the ARL adopted an internationalisation strategy aimed at systematically advancing the transnational aspects of the Academy’s work and thus at ensuring the international visibility of the Academy in the long term. Building on long-standing activities and partnerships with research and planning institutions in other European countries, the Academy has already launched various internationalisation measures, such as organising joint international events, cooperating in projects funded by third parties and setting up programmes to support and develop young professionals at the international level. 

The interactive knowledge and communication platform

The international affairs team of the ARL is developing a virtual and interactive knowledge and communication platform, the visibility of the insights gained as part of the ARL network will be significantly increased. By developing this knowledge and communication platform, which is unique in this format, the ARL is making a significant contribution to the active shaping of the European Research Area in the field of spatial and planning science. At the same time, these measures are essential for securing the ARL’s contacts and connections at the European level and potentially also beyond, and for effectively anchoring its working methods in an international environment.

The new platform will be available at

March 2021: Work is in full swing for the planned launch in September and is accompanied by the photo contest “Changing Times – Changing Spaces”.

May 2021: ARL's new knowledge and communication platform will be available at from September ´21. Clicking on the link already takes you to an interim page that gives a foretaste of the platform and will be successively filled with content from now on.

July 2021: The time to submit photos is over. We were very impressed by the high number of stunning photos that have been submitted. Many thanks to all who participated!  
We will publish the winning photos on the international Knowledge and Communication Platform which will be available from September 2021 at

A selection of international activities 

International Summer School: Since 2011, the ARL has organized an annual International Summer School for doctoral students in cooperation with a partner institution abroad (read more).

International networking activities
As part of the consistent internationalisation of the ARL’s unique transdisciplinary working methods, relevant networks at the European level exist:

EU funded projects 


ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme:

Official cooperation agreements have existed since 2009 with the Institute of the Problems of the Regional Economy of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RU), and since 2013 with the EURAC research centre in Bolzano (IT). Here the aim is to develop joint scientific outputs and events.