International Summer School

Since 2011 the ARL Headquarters has cooperated with rotating partners from various European countries to organise an annual International Summer School. This gives 12 PhD students the opportunity to spend several days working intensively on a specific topic with experienced researchers. International knowledge exchanges and networks in the spatial sciences are thus strengthened and young researchers promoted. The results speak for themselves: the summer schools have led to a number of high-quality English-language publications.

In 2016 the Summer School was organised in cooperation with Stockholm University (Sweden) and focused on the topic of ‘Unpacking Spatial Planning as the Governance of Place’, while in 2017 the Summer School was held in Vienna in cooperation with Vienna University and the Austrian Academy of Sciences on ‘Social Innovation in Urban and Rural Development’. The latest Summer School has been organised in cooperation with Lille University focusing on ‘Small and medium-sized cities – new deal, new ways of dialogue?’ and was implemented from 5-8 September 2018 in Lille, France.

This year’s Summer School (in cooperation with the Ministry of Federal and European Affairs and Regional Development (Lower Saxony state government), and the TRUST research centre at Leibniz University Hannover) will take place from 28 to 30 October 2019 in Hannover, Germany, and will focus on “Europe and its regions”.