5th Central European Conference in Regional Science

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The 5th Central European Conference in Regional Science – CERS will be held in Košice -European Capital of Culture for 2013, Slovak Republic between October 5 - 8, 2014. The conference is being organised by the Faculty of Economics at the Technical University of Košice, the Faculty of National Economy at the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovak Section of the European Regional Science Association and German Speaking Section of the European Regional Science Association. The conference is devoted to representatives of universities, public and state administration, regional institutions, R & D centres and to all individuals or institutions interested in regional development. More information about the conference, including registration forms, can be found at the conference website cers.tuke.sk

Conference topics
• Impacts of cultural and sports events on development of cities and regions
• The future of financing regional development
• SMART cities – energetic solutions for the future
• Architectural and urban changes in Eastern European countries

Opening Lectures
Beatriz Garcia - 30 Years of the European Capital of Culture Programme. Success Strategies and Long Term Effects., Institute of Cultural Capital, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Michal Hladký, Košice – European Capital of Culture 2013, n.o., Slovakia

Keynote speakers
Peter Nijkamp, Karima Kourtit, Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Andrés Rodriguez-Pose - Government quality and the economic returns of transport infrastructure investment in European region, London School of Economics, United Kingdom
Simone Strambach - Combinatorial Knowledge Dynamics between Path Dependency and Path Plasticity in Regional Development, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany

Conference sessions
The conference programme will be divided into thematic sessions that will be held in English.
A. Tourism, cultural and creative industries and regional development
B. Evolutionary economic geography; geography of banking and finance
C. Peripheral and rural regions; private and public finance for regional development
D. Creative and smart cities and regions
E. Entrepreneurship, innovation and clusters
F. Spatial econometrics and analysis; geographical information systems

Special sessions
SS1 Evolution, Institutions and Economic Transformation (session chair Simone Strambach). Organised by Štefan Rehák, Department of Public Administration and Regional Development, University of Economics in Bratislava and Balazs Lengyel, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
SS2 Cultural and creative industries: local, regional and national level with session chair Milan Buček, University of Economics, Bratislava
SS3 Urban Development, Regeneration and Governance with session chair Maros Finka (Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava)
SS4 Future challenges of regional development in the V4 region with session chair Daniel Klimovský, Department of Regional Science and Management, Faculty of Economics, TU Košice and Jan Stejskal, University of Pardubice.

Besides ordinary sessions, a session for young scientists (doctoral students and researchers up to 35 years old – no more than 5 years after PhD. and students without PhD.) is planned. Papers presented by young scientists may apply for an award.