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Hybrid Conference

25 November 2020


13:00 – Excursions

Start at Leipziger KUBUS: Projects demonstrating urban and rural-urban transformation coping with

sustainable and resilient development challenges. Details will be announced in spring 2020.


19:00 – Official reception and welcome

for all participants of the status seminar and the international conference by the Mayor of Leipzig at Neues Rathaus (new city hall)


26 November 2020


09:15 – Registration / Coffee | Leipziger KUBUS


10:00 – Grand Opening Session – t.b.c.

Minister Anja Karliczek, Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF)

Minister President of Free State of Saxony Michael Kretschmer

Mayor of Leipzig and President of Deutscher Städtetag Burkhard Jung


10:30 – The New Leipzig Charter 2020 on the Transformative Power of Cities for the Common Good

Prof. Dr. Silke Weidner, BTU Cottbus, advisor to German government on Leipzig Charter


10:45 – Climate neutrality: Bridging the gap between political vision and practical reality

Maria Vassilakou, Member of Horizon Europe Mission Board for Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities and former Deputy Mayor of Vienna and Executive Councillor for urban planning, traffic & transport, climate protection, energy planning & public participation


11:15 – Driving Urban and Regional Transitions – the role of science, research and innovation

Margit Noll, Chair of the Management Board of the JPI Urban Europe


11:25 – Research and Innovation to Address Urban-Rural Partnerships Challenges

Dr. Stephan Bartke, German Environment Agency, Stadt-Land-Plus synthesis project

Prof. Dr. Sigrun Kabisch, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ


11:45 – Research & Innovation Pitches

30 pitches related to Stadt-Land-Plus funding measure projects and to Early Career presenters participating in the Poster Session and Exhibition


12:15 – Exhibition / Poster Session and Lunch

Various exhibition formats including posters, video wall, interactive exhibit, publication desks show research, projects and relevant European networks


13:30 – Parallel Sessions

Details on parallel sessions will be announced in due course based on results of the call for abstracts for contributions.


15:00 – Exhibition / Poster Session and Lunch


15:30 – Parallel Sessions


17:00 – Change rooms and grab a coffee / tea


17:15 – Parallel Sessions


19:30 – Conference Dinner | Moritzbastei

Sponsored conference dinner in the city centre of Leipzig


27 November 2020


08:00 – Registration | Leipziger KUBUS


08:30 – The Temptation of Urban Rural Partnerships in Transitional European Countries

Prof. Dr. Borislav Stojkov, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Geography. Full member of the Academy of Engineering Sciences of Serbia (tbc)


09:00 – Change rooms and grab a coffee / tea


09:15 – Parallel Sessions


10:45 – Exhibition / Poster Session and coffee / tea


11:15 – Parallel Sessions


12:45 –  Building Sustainable Urban-Rural Partnerships: Co-Productive Tools for Transcending the Binary Divide

Prof. Dr. David Simon, Professor of Development Geography, Royal Holloway University of London and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS)


13:30 – Closing Ceremony

Concluding remarks; Best poster and best early career awards; Outlook


13:45 – Exhibition / Poster Session and lunch


14:30 – Excursions | Start at Leipziger KUBUS

Excursions to Stadt-Land-Plus projects demonstrating cutting edge approaches to more sustainable rural-urban transformation – Detailed options in spring 2020.


Draft URP 2020 Agenda (version 12 March 2020)