32nd ERSA Summer School

Cities and regions in the process of transformation

                           16-22 June 2019

                             Katowice, Poland


The European Regional Science Association is pleased to announce in collaboration with RSAI, ERSA Polish Section and Faculty Economics at the University of Economics in Katowice for the organisation of the 32nd ERSA Summer School. 

ERSA Summer School features
Cities and regions in the process of transformation 
In pursuit of prevailing research concepts: geography of innovation, economic resilience, smartness,
specialisation … What else?

The summer school will be held from 16 - 22 June, 2019 
at the University of Economics in Katowice, Poland


Key dates

Call for Application start: 17th December 2018

Application deadline: 8th March 2019 Extended to 15th March 2019

Notification of acceptance and registration start: 12th April 2019

Deadline for registration and payment: 30th April 2019


The agenda of the Summer School is out (29th May, 2019). (Please note it may be subject to minor changes)

Link to the Summer School agenda


Ron Boschma, Utrecht University, The Netherlands 

Andrea Caragliu, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Chiara del Bo, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Leila Kebir, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland

Stefan Rehak, University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovak Republic

André Torre, University Paris Saclay, INRA-Agroparistech, France

Eveline van Leeuwen, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

Preliminary Programme Structure

  • Sunday, 16 June 2019 at 6 PM – Welcome reception with applicants, lecturers and Local Organizing Committee
  • Monday, 17 June 2019 -– Lectures and student presentations
  • Tuesday, 18 June 2019  – Lectures and student presentations
  • Wednesday, 19 June 2019 – Lectures and student presentations
  • Thursday, 20 June 2019 – Get-together activities (local tourist attractions)
  • Friday, 21 June 2019 – Lectures and student presentations
  • Saturday, 22 June 2019 – Lectures, student presentations and certificate ceremony, Farewell lunch (1 PM)


EXTENDED DEADLINE to March 15, 2019

Application - Terms and Conditions

ERSA will select participants aiming for a student body of high academic quality as well as a balanced representation of background. The maximum number of participants accepted is 30. 

The organizers will follow previous ERSA Summer School policy for large geographical of student's participants.

Who should apply?

The ERSA Summer Schools targets PhD students and junior researchers with less than 10 years of research experience. The Summer School intends to bring together Regional Science academics from across Europe and the World.

How to apply

Step 1

Applicants are requested to apply via the Summer School Application Portal.
Applications must be submitted within March 8, 2019  March 15, 2019 and include:

  • A one-page summary of the research project students’ aim at presenting during the Summer School (pdf format) 
  • A one-page CV of the applicant (pdf format)
  • A Half-page Statement of intent (pdf format)

Step 2
First fill in your contact details to create your account on the Summer School Platform and follow the instructions to submit your application. You can save your application as a draft before submitting it.

Step 3
After notification of acceptance and receipt of registration payments, the participants will be asked to upload an updated version of their intended presentation during the summer school.


The 32nd Summer School of ERSA is a joint initiative of Faculty of Economics of the University of Economics in Katowice and the Polish Section of ERSA.

Local Organising Committee 

  • Artur Ochojski, University of Economics in Katowice, Head of ERSA Polish Section
  • Klaudia Plac, University of Economics in Katowice
  • Adam Polko, University of Economics in Katowice


After notification of acceptance, the accepted applicants must register and pay the participation fee to ERSA.

Participants must cover their own travel expenses from their home countries to the Summer School and going home.

Participation fee: €250

The fee includes:

  • Accommodation for six nights in hotel. All applicants will be accommodated in single rooms. Any extended stay should be done by participant. The hotels are booked starting from June 16 (check-in as per 2 PM) until June 22 (check-out until 12 PM).
  • Reception, lunch and coffee break throughout   the summer school;
  • Technical excursion.


University of Economics in Katowice
Bogucicka 5, 40-287 Katowice, Poland

The city of Katowice

Upper Silesia is the name of the region. Katowice is the capital. If I were you, I would look for some additional value of staying with us over the Summer School. Just to say, Katowice is the UNESCO city of music... have a look here 
The vibrant city lives all the time with lots of activities. Have a look here.

Contact Us

Contact persons: 

Local Organising Committee: Artur Ochojski
ERSA Office, Tel: + 32 10 47 43 62