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Please download the template for session submission, fill it in and send it until 31 January 2020 (extended deadline!) to contact(at)urp2020.eu.


Related to our overarching conference theme "Sustainable & Resilient Urban-Rural Partnerships" conceptually as well as empirically enriched submissions are welcomed.

During session submission, proposers are required to describe their session content background, aim and relate it to one conference topic listed below:



1) Supporting equity in living conditions while accepting local particularities

  • What are minimum standards of quality of life (housing, provision, environmental quality, well-being) and how can these be safeguarded?
  • How can EU or national policies and funding more effectively support regions, municipalities and local initiatives?

2) Establishing multi-level, multi-actor, spatially sensitive governance approaches to mediate conflicting positions, trade-offs, dilemmas or paradoxes

  • What are examples of integrated territorial development strategies?
  • How to address tensions, dilemmas and paradoxes in establishing appropriate governance arrangements?
  • Which planning/moderation tools are effective in transforming towards sustainable and resilient urban-rural partnerships?

3) Improving integrated land-use management, social and technological infrastructures and mobility services

  • How to foster the multi-functionality of land and infrastructure?
  • What are new models of integrated infrastructures?
  • Who are the most suitable actors to provide integrated infrastructures (public, private, funds, agencies)?

4) Designing new sociotechnical approaches towards robust regional systems coping with climate change, extreme events, disruptive changes and uncertainties

  • Who are the major actors pushing innovative and resilient sociotechnical approaches?
  • Can smaller towns become forerunners?
  • Who takes over responsibility in case of extreme events integrating local and regional level?

5) Building regional circular economies, enhancing resource efficiency based on a better understanding of the urban-rural metabolism

  • What are particularly smart (rather than best) practices in building circular economies in the urban-rural context?
  • How to detect relevant flows of resources and foster more sustainable urban-rural relations?
  • How to create and sustain food systems that benefit both urban and rural areas?

6) Digitalization strategies as a catalyst and enabler of innovative development strategies

  • How can digitalization bridge spatial distance and enable flexibility, e.g. by decoupling fixed working arrangements from a specific place?
  • How can digital solutions support better regional governance?
  • How can digitalization support the measuring and monitoring of progress in sustainable and resilient urban-rural development?


URP2020 is seeking effective and exciting session formats. To foster exchanges between scientists and stakeholders from practice and politics, we encourage both classical and non-conventional formats of sessions and workshops.

During session submission, proposers are required to describe their session format. Assume a standard session length of 90 minutes. Potential formats are listed below for inspiration – the proposals can, but need not to be in line with one of these.



Present and discuss

  • Classical format of presentations to the audience using slides or similar screen facilities
  • 10–15 minutes presentations + 5 minutes Q&A from audience
  • Session host moderates and keeps time


  • Convener or institution is responsible for content and format
  • Some institutions can use the frame of the conference to introduce their concept and research


  • Similar to a traditional “plenary style” session with the audience set up encircling the moderator and at least 2 speakers
  • Next two the speakers, there is an empty chair available to anybody from the audience to join the discussion of the moderator and speakers

Flash presentations

  • 2–3 minutes presentation max. 1 slide – can be linked with a poster
  • Exploratory and ongoing research, short or experimental case studies

Posters and digital media presentations

  • Presentation during dedicated poster sessions and video presentations
  • Clear message and formats
  • Poster format will be announced

World-Café or split discussion stations

  • The speakers/facilitators have 2–3 minutes to introduce their topic/question to the full audience
  • Then facilitators split to tables / split up sections of the room and audience chooses which topic they will listen to / want to discuss about
  • After a certain time, audience might be invited to change tables / topics
  • Needs adequate room setup


  • Entire session set up around a subject where there is a clear pro and con argument to be had
  • Two or more speakers introduce the opposing positions - one moderator is important to facilitate the discussion
  • Audience is asked to vote on their opinion for a favorite position at the end of the session

Hands-on workshop / Meet the expert

  • Introduce software or a tool and have the audience test it in the workshop
  • Active learning / direct contact with subject matter experts
  • Can work through an app, with laptops or in a computer room



  • Open for suggestions!