Enhancing International Cooperation in a Connected and Divided World­

12-14 March 2015


Technical University of Madrid

 E.T.S. of Architecture

Avda. Juan de Herrera, 4
28040 Madrid - España


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Registration fee: 100 EUR



  • Bank name: BBVA
  • Bank address: Paseo de Recoletos 10 – 28001 Madrid - Spain
  • Beneficiary name: Fundación General UPM
  • IBAN number: ES37 0182 2370 4402 0156 9409
  • Reference to: Payment for 10 AESOP Meeting Nº 43745812001 (THIS NUMBER IS IMPORTANT) and the name of the person assisting to the event

10th AESOP Heads of Schools Meeting and Plaza for Excellence in Education programme in pdf here.
Practical information brochure in pdf here
In order to improve planning education – and in more general terms the quality of our pedagogy, as a result of research and teaching activities – in a time of great and quick changes at the global scale, AESOP has selected the topic "Enhancing International Cooperation in a Connected and Divided World"­ and also widened the name of our traditional event by adding Plaza for Excellence in Education. The aim of such an initiative is to have a real as well as metaphorical ‘plaza’ (that is, a place that is open to freely discussion and confrontation) for exchange experiences and enhance international cooperation.

An international as well as reflexive approach to these issues would highlight the plural qualities of our teaching programmes in order to enhance, improve and support planning curricula in a rapidly changing world, which is connected in a global net of cooperation activities and exchanges, but which is also divided under several aspects. When we say ‘plural qualities’, we refer to the plurality of cultures, traditions and institutional frameworks of planning education: it is not a novelty, but in a time of quick (and often unforeseeable) changes, global networks and great uncertainties, this issue has to be re-considered with new approaches and further reflections, in order to set up an agenda for our educational activities.

AESOP warmly encourages colleagues involved in planning education to come to Madrid and and join Plaza for Excellence in Education to discuss main problems and challenges for planning education across Europe.


12th March 2015, Thursday: AESOP Council of Representatives Meeting

09:00 – Registration for CoRep Meeting and coffee

09:15  – AESOP Council of Representatives Meeting (only for members of the CoRep)

13:15 – Lunch break

15:00 – Introduction of AESOP to Spanish Heads of Schools
in paralell 15:00-17:00 AESOP In Planning Editorial Boards Meeting

18:00 – End of session

19:30 – 10th Heads of Schools Meeting & Plaza for Excellence in Education WELCOME RECEPTION


13th March, Friday: AESOP Heads of Schools Meeting & Plaza for Excellence in Education

09:00 – Registration for Heads of Schools Meeting and coffee

09:30 – Welcome address by President of AESOP, Deputy Dean of Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Director of School of Architecture

10:00 – Plenary Debate: Introductory speeches followed by the discussion moderated by Francesco Lo Piccolo
Speakers: Olivier Sykes (University of Liverpool) and José Miguel Fernández Güell (Technical University of Madrid)

12:30 – Assignment of Workshops

12:45 – Lunch break

14:00 – 17:00 Workshops

Workshop 1: 
The Future of our Education. Quality Recognition of the European and International Dimension of Programmes.

Introduction and moderating: Anna Geppert (University Paris IV Sorbonne) and Maros Finka (Slovak University of Technology)

Workshop 2: 
The Future of Sharing Knowledge. Collaboration on Dissemination of Knowledge in Digital and Open Access World.

Introduction and moderating: Mervi Ilmonen (Aalto University) and Paulo Silva (Univeristy of Aveiro)

Workshop 3: 
Educational Contributions to the Global Planning Agenda.

Introduction and moderating: Klaus R. Kunzmann (TU Dortmund), Inés Sánchez de Madariaga (Technical Univeristy of Madrid) and Ela Bablik-Sutcliffe (Middle East Technical University)


17:00 – Plenary debate

18:00 – End of session

19:00 – Debate with Heads of  Madrid Political Parties

21:00 – Dinner


14th March, Saturday: Study tour

10:00 – Study Tour: Madrid Río

13:00 – End of Study Tour

Poster Exhibition: Presentation of the programmes in planning

Additionally, during the 10th AESOP Heads of Schools Meeting & Plaza for Excellence in Education our host would like to organise poster exhibition presenting programmes in planning we run across our universities - members of AESOP.  
In order to save your time the template for the poster will be available in pdf (or psd format  - available in zip in the section „Relevant Files” on this page, right hand side). It should not take too much time to fill it in using Adobe Photoshop and send it back to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 23rd of February 2015.
In case the file would be too big a special directory in the dropbox will be made available for you. 

Please do confirm that you are going to prepare the poster by sending an email to the AESOP Secretariat General (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with the subject „Poster Madrid 2015”. 

The poster will be displayed already at the Technical University of Madrid when you arrive.  


Ana Boluda García
AESOP Madrid 2015 Meeting Assistant Coordinator
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