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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 new knowledge and communication platform went live in September 2021 and will significantly increase the visibility of the insights gained as part of the ARL network. With its development, 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 is available 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.