European Regional Science Association (ERSA)

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ERSA is the supranational grouping of national regional science associations across Europe. Members are academics, policy professionals and researchers interested in spatial economics and planning, regional and local development and related issues. They are drawn largely from the disciplines of economics, geography and planning. There are presently 17 active associations (commonly named 'sections'), some, such as the German or French speaking sections, organized on linguistic groupings and covering more than one country. Constituent associations range in size from more than 700 members to 27. The largest sections have their own national professional organizers. In total ERSA has some 3500 members in its constituent associations.

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About ERSA

The main functions of ERSA, apart from promoting the field of regional science, are to organise an annual European Congress, an annual Summer School, the EPAINOS prize for young scientists and the EIB-ERSA prize to recognise outstanding regional scientists.

ERSA events have been growing in size and professionalism over the past 10 years. Attendance at Congresses has grown consistently over time and more than 1000 delegates participated in the Congress held in Jönköping 2010. The Summer Schools are presently supported by the European Commission's Marie Curie program.

ERSA is managed by the President and the Council (ERSAC). The European Organizing Committee (EOC) is there to assist them in dealing with the affairs of ERSA. In 2007, the decision to professionalize ERSA was taken and the ERSA Office was established in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium within the UCL (Université catholique de Louvain). Thus allowing to implement and coordinate all ERSA activities.

Yearly Congress

The next ERSA Conferences are as follows:

2015: 25 to 29 August 2015 - Lisbon, Portugal

Summer School

2013 ERSA Summer School

Proposed Dates: July 1-July 10, 2013

Main Theme

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Regions of Varying Density – determinants and impact on development

Focus of the ERSA Summer School:

– How does local economic structure, in particular density and spatial remoteness, condition not only the frequency, but also the nature of local entrepreneurship and innovation activity?

– How can we understand spatial heterogeneity in the impacts of entrepreneurship and innovation on local development?

– How does entrepreneurship and innovation in urban and rural regions co-evolve and interact in shaping the geography of development?

Local Organising Committee

The 26th ERSA Summer School is organised by Professor Martin Andersson, Lund University and BTH, Sweden.

Associated with 3 partners:

• Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE), Lund University –

• Centre for Spatial Economics and Entrepreneurship (CEnSE), Jönköping University –

• School of Management, Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) –


• Blekinge Institute of Technoloy, Karlskrona, Sweden

– Direct train from Kastrup (approx. 2,5 hours) – Beautiful location in the Blekinge archipelago on the South East coast in Sweden


Epainos Award and Young Regional Scientist Sessions (EAYRS)

The Epainos Award/Young Regional Scientist (EAYRS) Sessions are organized each year at the ERSA Conference, and provide a special platform for paper presentations by young scientists with an in-depth discussion of the papers by senior scholars in the field

Epainos Prize Winners 2012

1st Prize Winner:

Lionel Védrine - from INRA-UMR Cesaer in France with the paper "Allocation of European structural funds and strategic interactions: is there a yardstick competition between regions in the public aid for development?"

2nd Prize Winners:

Heike Delfmann, from the University of Groningen, with the paper "Population change and new
firm formation in urban and rural regions" .

Ulrich Zierahn, from the Hamburg Institute of International Economics and University of Kassel
with the paper "Monocentric Cities, Endogenous

EIB-European Prize in Regional Science

The EIB - European Prize in Regional Science is created to recognize outstanding regional scientists at the European level and to increase the image of E.R.S.A. in the scientific world. The EIB - European Prize in Regional Science can be awarded each year to a distinguished European regional scientist. The E.R.S.A. gives the award (diploma) based on the recommendation of an independent jury. The independence of the jury is essential to help assure that the jury is objective and that it works to serve the best interests of regional science.

EIB-ERSA Prize Winner 2012 awarded to Professor Manfred M. Fischer by Mr Remy Jacob, Dean of the EIB Institute:

Contact Us!

ERSA office
Voie du Roman Pays 34, L1.03.01 
B - 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve

Tel. +32 (0)10 47 43 62

Contact Persons:

Richard KELLY 
Executive Director

Maristella ANGOTZI 
Congress Manager

Office Working Hours
Monday to Friday (except on Wednesdays)
10am - 12pm from 12.30pm - 15pm

(Please note, we are not in the office on Wednesdays)


34 Voie du Roman Pays, L1.03.01
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
Phone: +32 (0)10 47 43 62

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