These are the fine people that constitute the Local Organising Committee (LOC) in Poznan.
Paweł Churski is a professor of social science. Habilitation Earth Sciences in Economic Geography, specialisms: Socio-Economic Geography, Spatial Management, Regional Growth, Regional Policy, PhD Earth Sciences in Economic Geography, specialisms: Socio-Economic Geography, Spatial Management, Regional Growth, Regional Policy, is an economic geographer working at the Faculty of Human Geography and Planning, Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań (Poland), Now holds a position a Dean of Faculty, since 2009 Head of Regional and Local Studies Department. He have the honor and pleasure to work in the framework of the Spatial Planning Committee of the Polish National Academy of Sciences, acting in its structure as the Vice-President. He is a member of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP), European Regional Studies Association - Polish Section (ERSA), and American Association of Geographers. Author of over 200 scientific publications, including fourteen monographs and 24 editorials of collective works. His research interests include: the problems of local and regional development in Poland including climate change challenges, factors of development and regional policy in Poland and in the European Union, the challenges of responsible research and innovation and the role of a university in their implementation, the application of econometrics and geographic information systems for spatial analysis, the level and standard of living, the state and changes in the labor market in the period of socio-economic transformation in Poland and Europe.
Przemysław Ciesiółka is a PhD in geography, M.Sc. in planning, assistant professor at the Faculty of Human Geography and Planning at the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland. He studied and held internships at universities in the UK (University of Portsmouth), Germany (Christian-Albrecht University of Kiel), and Slovakia (Comenius University Bratislava). He is a substitute for the National Representative in the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP). As a specialist in planning and management of development of local government units, with particular emphasis on regeneration, he has authored more than thirty scientific publications in such journals as European Planning Studies, Built Environment, and Geographia Polonica. He participated in international research projects, including RE-CITY: Reviving shrinking cities – innovative paths and perspectives towards livability for shrinking cities in Europe (Horizon 2020). He is an expert of the Ministry of Development of Poland in the Model Urban Regeneration programme (2015–2016) and the Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy of Poland on supra-local strategies (2021). He has devised and co-authored numerous regeneration programmes and development strategies for municipalities and functional areas. He is also a member of the Society of Polish Urban Planners and the Committee for Regeneration of the City of Poznań.
Maciej Główczyński is a PhD in social sciences (human geography) who wrote his doctoral thesis at the Faculty of Human Geography and Planning at the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland. He is a geographer with a background in urban studies. His research interests are mainly focused on the issues of experiencing places throughout spatial media, as well as GIS and social studies and, in particular, qualitative research. Currently, he is exploring spatial media as a nexus of digital and spatial practices expressed as mechanisms of digital placemaking, the growing agency of spatial media in modifying the human experience of place, the reconfiguration of power and surveillance relations through these technologies, and the influence of spatial media on the creation of digital representations of places as part of the assemblage of place.
Adam Wronkowski is a PhD in social sciences (human geography) who wrote his doctoral dissertation at the Faculty of Human Geography and Planning at the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland. His research interests are focused on the the social functioning of open urban spaces, the relationship between human and the space of his activity. He is also interested in the perception of contemporary urban space and discovering contemporary factors shaping the socially produced image of the city. He uses primarily qualitative and mixed methods in his research. Currently, he is working on the mechanisms of shaping human spatial behaviour.
Krystian Koliński is a Master of Engineering in spatial management and a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Social Sciences (Human Geography and Planning) at the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland. His research interests focus primarily on socio-economic geography, in particular on the issues of the resilience concept, rural geography, agriculture geography, strategic management at local level, planning, and universal design. Currently, as part of his doctoral dissertation, he is exploring the resilience of rural areas. In his work, he focuses on quantitative and qualitative methods.