Dear all,

Last week we had a small but productive TG meeting, reflecting on 2023 and thinking about activities for 2024. Our main activity is of course the AESOP Annual Congress in Paris. Our TG is responsible for TRACK 4 BORDERS “Transboundary planning for sustainability and cohesion”. Please note that the deadline for abstract submission is already on January 8th. Further information about the congress can be found here:

In the TG meeting, we continued our conversation about “Planning across borders in times of war and geopolitical conflict” – the theme of a roundtable organized at the Lodz congress this July. Although there will be no roundtable on the subject at next year’s congress, we invite you to submit an abstract related to the theme if you are interested, and we will make sure to bundle related abstracts into dedicated sessions. Don’t hesitate to contact track chair Alois Humer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) should you have any questions related to our track at the Paris congress. We also started discussing a separate event related to the subject taking place in Bratislava during the autumn 2024. Details on this will follow later.

I would also like to share information about two online events, organized in the context of VASAB, which might be of interest to some TG members:

January 19th: VASAB webinar on project idea development

February 29th: VASAB Webinar on Spatial Resilience and Spatial Planning

Finally, let me extend my warmest holiday wishes to all of you! It has been a busy year and I hope that all of you can take some time to rest and recharge during the upcoming holiday season. Let’s meet again in 2024!

Best wishes,