A Tour-rific Opportunity!

Science Tour 2016:
City of the Future – Research for Sustainable Urban Development

Cheesy pun aside, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) are providing German and international researchers the opportunity to discuss current and future urban development. A goal of these discussions is to define common areas of interest as starting points for future cooperation as a part of programming for the Year of Science 2016 “City of the Future”.

This program invites international scientists to learn more about research activities in the area of urban transition, mobility and logistics at German universities and research institutes. The Science Tour 2016 is part of the “Research in Germany – Land of Ideas” campaign, initiated by the BMBF in 2006 to strengthen and expand R&D collaboration between Germany and international partners.

Application details here.

Reminder: Nominations for EURA Governing Boad


At the General Assembly in Sibiu, EURA board elections will be held. We invite invite EURA members to become active in the board and support EURA activities. Board meetings take place once a year during the conferences.

Further details available on our earlier post.

Interested Candidates should submit a short expression of interest (no more than one paragraph or 500 words) and explain how they intend to support EURA. These should be submitted to the EURA Secretariat before August 31st, 2015.


EURA Governing Board: Call for Nominations!

At the General Assembly in Sibiu, EURA board elections will be held. We invite invite EURA members to become active in the board and support EURA activities. Board meetings take place once a year during the conferences. The role and composition of the board is describe in Article 8 of our charta.

Article 8: Board and Elections
The Association is administered by the Board, consisting of no less than seven (7) nor more than twenty-nine (29) members. The membership of this Board should constitute a fair representation of the diversity of countries of EURA’s membership. All members of the Board are elected by the General Assembly for a period of four (4) years. The chairmanship of the Governing Board is taken by the President who is authorized representative of the association according to §26 of the German Civil Code (/Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch/) of the Governing Board and the President will normally be held at regular General Assemblies but, if in certain years this is not practical, an election using postal ballots may be held. Voting is based on a system of “one person – one vote” (see Article 7). Upon request of a member elections can be conducted by a secret written ballot. In the case of a postal ballot or a secret written ballot, the Board will appoint an Election Committee comprising of Official Representatives of institutional members to supervise the elections and count the votes.

We expect candidates for the Board to declare before the election the way they are intending to contribute to the work of EURA. This could be done for instance by articulating the willingness of taking over one/some of the following responsibilities for a term of office (the next four years):

  • organising a EURA event (a conference or workshop);
  • initiating a new network activity or taking over the role of a project leader of an existing network activity 
  • joining the group organising the EUROLOC/EURA summer schools;
  • coordinating the preparation of a research application;
  • supporting the secretariat in editing the EURA newsletter;
  • acting as a contact person for the collaboration with other organisations (like UAA or AESOP);
  • acting as the editors of the Journal Urban Research & Practice;
  • Act as a co-ordinator for social media, with a view to developing the social media presence of the organisation;
  • Work in conjunction with the secretariat on the development of the website;
  • Act as a membership secretary –to liaise with the secretariat regarding membership and help initiate membership and recruitment initiatives;
  • Chair a working group /sub-committee to undertake any specific initiative to further the aims and objectives of EURA;

In addition notwithstanding specific tasks all EURA Board members should be willing to perform the following roles during their term:

  • Serve on academic committees for EURA conferences, chair conference tracks, and organise conference sessions;
  • Promote the journal among their academic and practice networks and promote the journal when at conferences and workshops. Be willing to act as a referee for articles when appropriate;
  • Promote EURA as a network among their academic and practice networks, particularly in their own country or wider region.

Interested Candidates should submit a short expression of interest (no more than one paragraph or 500 words) and explain how they intend to support EURA. These should be submitted to the EURA Secretariat before August 31st, 2015.

Call for Host: EURA Summer School 2016

The 2015 EURA Summer School will take place in September on Greek island of Spetses. The course is intended to provide training for young researchers through the COST Action program. The Action program provides a platform for establishing new comparative knowledge and integrated research, while helping young researchers build networks and strenthen skills.

To continue this legacy, EURA is inviting EURA and affiliated members to consider hosting the 2016 EURA Summer School. EURA members who are willing to host this event next year will receive financial and administrative support.

If you and your institution are interesting in becoming the next EURA Summer School host, please send an expression of interest before September 10th, 2015.


EURA 2015 Conference Update!

The 2015 EURA Conference organizers would like announce that the event website has been updated with new information including hotel recommendations and paper uploads.

Additionally, it is still not too late to register for the conference in Sibiu! Late registration will be open unil July 19th 2015. Those who have not register are reminded that the registration process involvees two separate steps. Please keep visiting the site as more information is added.

Correction: EURA Roundtable at AESOP Congress in Prague

Correction: In the last newsletter that was sent out to members, it was stated that the EURA Roundtable entited Creating policy spaces for innovation would be hosted on 13 July at the 2015 AESOP Congress in Prague. The correct date for the roundtable discussion is in fact 16 July.

Please note this correction if you are intending to attend the roundtable discussion hosted by Robin Hambleton, Valeria Fedeli, Ivan Tosics, and Karsten Zimmermann, and Sandro Balducci.

2015 EUROLOC/EURA & Cost Summer School

In 2015, the EUROLOC and EURA Summer School on “INNOVATIONS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT” will be co-organized by:

  • Prof. Dr. Nikos Hlepas,
  • Prof. Dr. Panagiotis Getimis (University of Athens),
  • Prof. Dr. Kristof Steyvers,
  • and Prof. Dr. Henk van der Kolk (EUROLOC/EURA),
  • and the COST Action “Local Public Sector Reforms (LocRef)” (Prof. Sabine Kuhlmann, Christian Schwab from the University of Potsdam)

 It will take place in Spetses, Greece from September 13th to 17th, 2015

Application deadline is June 30th, 2015

View the Call for Applications for further details.


2 new calls announced!

Interested in publishing in a special issue of Raumforschung und Raumordung on Metropolitan Governance and Spatial Planning?

Or how does participating in the next International Sociological Association (ISA) Forum in Vienna next year sound?

Check out our Events and News page for details on the two new calls.

5 Full Scholarship (& 2 additional Positions) in the Urban Planning, Design and Policy PhD Programme at Politecnico di Milano (UPDP)

The UPDP Programme focuses on urban, social, economic and institutional transformations in contemporary cities and it aims at fostering innovative and interdisciplinary research. Applicants are requested to submit a research proposal with reference to topics of their interest. We encourage proposals covering topics such as :
• Multi-scalar regional urbanization processes
• Advances and challenges in contemporary planning theory and practice
• Urban transitions towards sustainability
• Social and economic changes and their effects on spatial development processes
• Tools for the evaluation and management of urban projects
• European cities, urban policies in Europe, the EU urban policy agenda.

PhD Call for Application information is available here.

Applicants must fill out the online application form and attach the required documents by May 29th 2015, 2 pm (Italian time zone).
Further details and additional information here.

More Updates from our Members!

Happy Wednesday Fellow EURA Members!

We thought we would share some information recently forwarded by other EURA members:

1) The organizers from the Manchester Conference on Twin Cities in Past and Present  are expanding their conference by one more day and will now run 25-27 June 2015. For a chance to check out contributions from across the world and in several disciplines including urban history, political science, geography and planning check out their website.

2) The call for applications is now open for the 3rd COST Action “LocRef” PhD-Training School: “Innovation in Local Government”.The Training School will take place in Spetses, Greece from September 13 -17, 2015 . Local organizers are Prof. Dr. Nikos Hlepas and Prof. Dr. Panagiotis Getimis. Our cooperation partners from EURA/EUROLOC are Prof. Dr. Kristof Steyvers and Prof. Dr. Henk van der Kolk.

As with previous Training School events, the COST Action ‘LocRef’ offers a grant to 24 participants to (co-)finance their expenditures. The grant will be a lump sum of 750.- € for participants from outside Greeceand 450.-€ for participants from Greece. Application deadline is June 30, 2015. A possibility to earn a certificate of attendance is also guaranteed.

Additionally, the EURA Team encourages you to check out our Current Event & News page as there is always something new.