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22. International trade fair and Congress for Heating, Cooling and CHP

Euroheat & Power and AGFW have joined forces, and Euroheat & Power’s annual conference and General Assembly will be combined within the 22nd En+Eff International trade fair and congress for heating, cooling and CHP. The event will provide an unparalleled opportunity for networking and exchange of ideas and experiences between different industrial sectors (utilities, operators, manufacturers, associations etc.) and policy-makers. This informative event will bring together key leaders in the field to provide attendees with an in-depth look into the current status of District Energy.

The event promises to be a unique forum for problem-solving debates and idea-sharing discussion for all involved.

Frankfurt am Main, Germany: 19-21 April 2016

Inheriting the City: Advancing Understandings of Urban Heritage

This conference invites academics, policy makers and practitioners to consider the ways that heritage is being protected, managed and mobilised in rapidly changing and pressurised urban contexts. This multidisciplinary event will explore the type of heritage, both tangible and intangible, that cities and towns will pass to future generations, and the processes through which the heritage of cities is being re-made, re-presented and re-used. The Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham, welcomes papers from all disciplines and fields. To submit a paper, please email a 300 word abstract to

Taipei, Taiwan: 31 March – 4 April 2016
Deadline for call: 4 December 2015


The organisers of the Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2016 in Hamburg invite PhD students to present and discuss their research in front of an inspiring and academic setting. The PhD workshops will be held on 11th March 2016 from 9 am to 3.30 pm.

The purpose is to promote and facilitate cooperation among doctoral students from various universities as well as between junior and senior scientists. The presenters will obtain feedback from established scholars in their field and have the opportunity to deepen the exchange with other PhD students.

Hamburg, Germany: 11 March 2016
Deadline for abstracts: 30 November 2015
Registration: Early Bird registration available till 31th December 2015.

The 11th European Urban and Regional Planning Awards

ECTP-CEU, with the support of the Committee of Regions is proud to organise the 11th European Urban and Regional Planning Awards.

The ECTP-CEU’s European Urban and Regional Planning Awards give recognition to planning strategies, schemes or developments which make an outstanding contribution to the quality of life in urban and rural regions of Europe.

This is also a particular opportunity now that we have refreshed the European Charter of Spatial Planning stressing the emergency for strategy, participation processes and sustainable development in all processes of spatial planning.

The Award will be open to spatial planners and municipalities from the 47 European Countries of the Council of Europe.

3 categories of entries are considered:
1. Strategic Planning
2. Smart mobility within cities and territories
3. Energy efficiency and spatial planning

Deadline for Entries: 31 January 2016

10th Young Academics Network Conference
Spatial Governance: Bridging Theory and Practice

Ghent, Belgium: 21-26 March 2016
Deadline for Abstracts: 8 November 2015
Registration: TBA

The popularity of the concept of governance has risen along with a growing perception that the power of the national state has waned. The ‘retreat of the state’ is often causally associated with the rise of neo-liberalism as a political ideology, this in relation to the growing political and strategic influence of non-state agencies (private corporations, religious organisations, community groups, non-profits, etc.) and international and sub-national governmental and parastatal organisations (Atkinson, 2005). However, for some it raises questions of the various actors’ responsibilities. How can especially civic actors not only be empowered, but also made accountable? Especially in spatial planning and planning processes, we have to deal with a set of diverse stakeholders. The problem is, however, that mainly in formalized processes a wide range of these new relationships with these stakeholders are being compressed into a one-size-fits-all concept of citizens participation, which doesn’t seem to provide the equal and reciprocal relationship between the state and citizens so much aimed for. In territorial governance, more and more informal and less democratic institutions emerge and are posing a challenge to democracy and to the democratic representation, accountability and transparency of decision-making processes (Castells, 1996). The privatization of public services and public spaces fuel the danger that spatial policy in a broad sense is being replaced from public debates into closed elite networks and technical experts. Moreover, these rigid and closed processes prevent more sustainable, intercultural or innovative socio-economic ideas or concepts to emerge in the future, especially from out of the civic actors. In this respect, a crucial element of spatial governance is and always will be the way in which people are excluded or included in planning processes and the way the relationship between people and government is organized.

46th Annual UAA Conference

San Diego, USA: 16-19 March 2016
Deadline for Abstracts: 1 October 2015
Registration Opens: 16 November 2015

The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) is North America’s leading urban policy research association engaged in understanding emerging issues and looking for feasible solutions from a multidisciplinary perspective. For more than forty years the UAA has brought together social scientists, public administrators, planners, and others interested in urban affairs to exchange information, experiences, and ideas on the most important urban issues.

The upcoming conference focuses on social control in urban spaces across a wide array of settings, from Ferguson, Missouri and the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, to the streets of cities throughout Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Questions of equity and justice are becoming increasingly urgent and creative forms of political mobilization, citizen-based sustainable development and innovation are increasingly apparent.


EURA Members receive UAA discounts. Request Special Registration Code at

For more information about the conference: UAA 46th Annual Conference

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INVITATION: Partnership for urban development – Future of the EU Urban Agenda

Following the lead of the upcoming Dutch EU Presidency, the European urban policy community is actively working on the preparation of an Urban Agenda. The aim of this initiative is to promote cooperation between European, national and city level representatives and stakeholders so as to stimulate growth, liveability and innovation in the urban areas of Europe.

Brussels, Belgium: 14 December 2015
Deadline for Registration: 8 December 2015 @ noon
Registration information available here.

Job Position: Research Position
Social Research Centre (Sozialforschungstelle), TU Dortmund

2 year contract from 1 January 2016 until 31 December 2017 with possibility of extension. Job decription is available in English and German.