36th ERSA Summer School

The European Regional Science Association, in collaboration with Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași - Centre for European Studies (CES-UAIC) and the support of the Romanian Regional Science Association (RRSA), is pleased to announce the organisation of the 36th ERSA Summer School which will be held in person at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași, Romania, from 3 -7 July 2023. 

This 36th edition will feature the theme “The Digital Future of Smart Regions”.



The agenda of the 36th ERSA Summer School is out. (latest update 30 June 2023)

>> Link to the Summer School Online Agenda 2023 <<

Keynote Lectures

update 31 March 2023

Alexandru Banica
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania

"Is the 15-minute city boosting smart, sustainable and resilient urban areas? Empirical approaches"

Daniela-Luminita Constantin 
Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

"How to publish in highly indexed journals in regional science (Part 2)*"

Stanislav Ivanov 
Varna University of Management, 

"The impact of robots and AI adoption*"

Nicos Komninos
URENIO Research, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

"The smart city paradigm: Models for digital transformation and system-innovation in 21st-century cities"

Karima Kourtit
Open University Heerlen, 
The Netherlands

"How to build and use smart dashboards*"

*Presentation title to be confirmed

Peter Nijkamp
Open University Heerlen, 
The Netherlands

"How to publish in highly indexed journals in regional science (Part 1)*"

    André Torre
    University, INRAE

"The contested impact of digitalization in agriculture and rural areas"

Topic & Objectives

The digitalisation and the “smart revolution” mark the beginning of a new era in spatial planning and regional development. Nevertheless, despite the exaggerate focus shown by the scientific community and the decision makers on the technological dimension, a smart region is not only a set of technological tools, but a network system of people, infrastructure, economy, institutions.

Therefore, several issues are still under close scrutiny, such as the role and the impact of digitalisation in enabling the climate ambitions and the EU Green Deal, how a smart development framework could be harnessed for enhancing the development of rural areas and equalising the existing urban-rural divides, the implications of digitalisation upon the transport of the future, the challenges of smart tourism destinations, the sustainability of smart city projects, the role of digitalisation in circular economy model, and many others.

Around the central topic "The Digital Future of Smart Cities", the ERSA Summer School 2023 aims to gather PhD students, post-doctoral students, and young researchers working on digitalizationsmart development, smart city and other related topics who are trying to answer the abovementioned challenges.

Application - Terms and Conditions

Selection of participants
The ERSA Summer School 2023 will aim to gather PhD students, post-doctoral students, and young researchers from any research field working on digitalization, smart development, smart city and other related topics who are trying to answer the above mentioned challenges.

The selection will be based on an application including a CV (one page), a research project summary (one page) and a letter of motivation (one page). The maximum number of participants accepted is 25. Attention will be paid to gender, age and regional balance when selecting the participants.

Who should apply?
PhD students, postdocs and junior researchers with less than 5 years of research experience. The Summer School intends to bring together smart regional science academics from across Europe and the World.

How to apply
You need to have an account with ERSA to access the below online application portal. If you have one, please sign in with your latest account credentials (your email address and password). If you don't have an account yet, you need to click on the "Create new account" button first to have access to the portal.

Applications must be submitted by 24 March 7 April 2023 (midnight CET) and include (in PDF format):

  • A one-page CV of the applicant
  • A one-page summary of the research project students’ aim at presenting during the Summer School 
  • A one-page Motivation letter

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


After notification of acceptance, the accepted applicants must register and pay the participation fee before the registration & payment deadline. The registration link will be sent by mail to all successful applicants.

The fee

Participation fee: €250

The fee includes:

  • Accommodation for 6 nights in a shared (hotel) room - breakfast included.
  • Lunches and coffee breaks throughout the Summer school
  • Welcome reception, dinner, closing reception and social events
  • Technical excursion
Please note: Participants must cover their own travel expenses to/from the Summer School venue.

Practical Information

Key Dates

Call for Application start             8 February 2023

Application deadline                   24 March 2023

Application Extended Deadline   7 April 2023

Notification of acceptance          24 April 2023
& Registration start

Registration & payment              26 May 2023


The 36th ERSA Summer School will be held in person at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași, Romania, from 3 -7 July 2023.


More information will be communicated in due time.

Travel information: Getting to Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași, Romania

How do I get to Iasi?

Iași airport serves as a base of operation for national and low-cost airlines and has multiple flight connections with major European cities. A map with the major direct connection from Iasi can be find below.

Furthermore, Iasi has multiple daily flights to Bucharest Airport, which is connected to over 100 European destinations.

Contact us

Local Organising Committee
  Bogdan-Constantin Ibanescu, E-mail: 
  Gabriela Carmen Pascariu, E-mail: gcpas@uaic.ro

ERSA Office
  Nurul Bariroh, E-mail: office@ersa.org

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