We are very pleased to invite you to Tartu, Estonia for the
AESOP Annual Congress 2022 - to finally meet in person and to welcome you in a Baltic State for the first time! 

The congress brings together the most important parties in this research field.

The main purpose is to create a space for the participants to present their research
and exchange experiences.

The AESOP Annual Congress will take place on 25-29 July 2022 in Tartu, Estonia.

The PhD workshop is held on July 20-23 in Narva on the Russian border.  

The theme for next year’s congress is 'Space for Species: Redefining Spatial Justice'.
The idea behind the title is to explore living space concerning different species and areas of expertise.
Under this title, we aim to unite the aspects of legislation and justice, technological solutions and developments,
smart cities, and cultural spaces. It is high time to consider space for all species, especially as many are going extinct at an alarming rate.

We would love for you to share your knowledge and ideas on the topic and learn about the latest developments in planning. The congress is also a great opportunity to network and meet new people with similar mindsets. 

The congress is organised by the Estonian University of Life Sciences, the University of Tartu, Tallinn University, the Tallinn University of Technology, the Estonian Academy of Arts, the Estonian Association of Spatial Planners, and Publicon PCO. 

Tartu is a beautiful Baltic city, combining the old and new, such as Soviet apartment districts and smart buildings, while still feeling familiar and homely. It is home to Estonia’s oldest university, the University of Tartu, which was founded in 1632. Tartu is especially scenic in the summer, due to our many green initiatives and beautiful Old Town. It is also incredibly easy to get around, thanks to our electric bikes and scooters. 

Save the dates and see you in Estonia! 

Associate Professor Evelin Jürgenson
Chair of the Local Organising Committee

The call for abstracts is open, abstract submission closes on January 17, 2022. Please click here for more information: https://aesop2022.publicon.ee/en/abstract-submission/


The 15 main tracks of the congress are as follows:

TRACK 1: PLACES: Places as the social and ecological glue of cities and regions

TRACK 2: CULTURE: Reinterpreting the spatial value of culture, heritage and tourism

TRACK 3: LAW: Planning, law and property rights: a means to ensure diversity

TRACK 4: HOUSING: Aspects of affordability and inclusion in terms of housing

TRACK 5: GOVERNANCE: Integrating institutions, actors and policies

TRACK 6: METHODS: Digital innovations of inclusive planning

TRACK 7: MOBILITIES: Mobility as a right, infrastructure and transportation planning

TRACK 8: URBAN DESIGN: Healthy cities and well-being

TRACK 9: SPATIALITIES: Making and unmaking spatial inequalities

TRACK 10: EDUCATION: Education in the face of uncertainty and complexity

TRACK 11: RESOURCES: Risk generation and risk mitigation in the Anthropocene era

TRACK 12: ECOLOGIES: Circular economy and nature-based solutions for sustainable development and climate change mitigation

TRACK 13: POLITICS: Opportunities for transformative and creative action

TRACK 14: THEORY: Reinterpreting foundations, complexity, past and future narratives 

TRACK 15: ACTIVISM: Mobilisation in the midst of diverse interests  

Key dates

• September 1, 2021: call for abstracts 

• October 18, 2021: call for special sessions and roundtables

• January 17, 2022: abstract submission deadline, announcement of the Best Congress Paper Competition

• March 2022: review of abstracts by track co-chairs

• April 2022: opening of registration

• May 2022: early registration deadline

• June 2022: deadline for submission of papers, compilation of the final programme

The venue is the campus of the Estonian University of Life Sciences. The main location is the sports building that will be transformed into a plenary hall. Scientific sessions take place in neighbouring buildings. The campus is well connected with buses, and the city centre is 15 minutes’ walk away, via a scenic river route.

Public transportation will be free of charge for Congress participants courtesy of the Tartu City Government.

Congress hotels are available in various price ranges in the city centre.

Congress Secretariat
Publicon PCO
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