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Wednesday 09 March 2016
AESOP Executive Committee Meeting

(only for members of the Executive Committe)


 ExCo Meeting (coffee break)


 Lunch break


 ExCo Meeting (coffee break)
Thursday 10 March 2016
AESOP Council of Representatives Meeting

(only for member of the Council of Representatives)


 Registration for CoRep Meeting (coffee)


 AESOP Council of Representatives Meeting (coffee break)


 Lunch break


 AESOP Council of Representatives Meeting (coffee break)


 InPlanning Meeting


 11th Heads of Schools Meeting
 WELCOME RECEPTION in Thessaloniki Townhall
Friday 11 March 2016
AESOP Heads of Schools Meeting

(delegates from member schools: heads of the schools / any key persons designated by the schools)


 Registration for Heads of Schools Meeting (coffee)


 Welcome addresses,
 President of AESOP, Rector of AUTh / Dean of Faculty Eng / President TMXA


 Plenary Debate:
 Introductory speeches followed by discussion
1. Grigoris Kafkalas
(Professor, Dept of Urban and Regional Development and Planning, School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
2. Angelique Chettiparamb (Assos. Professor, Real Estate and Planning, Henley Bussiness School, University of Reading)


 Assignment of Workshops


 Presentation "2017 AESOP Congress in Lisbon"


 Lunch break


Revisiting European Standards for Planning Education
Chairs: Maros Finka (Slovak University of Technology) & Daniel Galland (Aalborg University)
AESOP had always adopted, as one of its missions, the aim to promote excellence in planning education, and carried out studies to define a set of common principles suitable for a high quality planning education all over Europe. A new initiative, which also aimed at strengthening the position of the planning discipline while protecting both the European identity and the diversity and plurality of our planning schools, was launched recently, named “AESOP Quality Recognition for the European Dimension in Planning Programmes”. This workshop provides a platform for discussion about, and contribution to, the further development of this initiative, which is designed as a service to our member schools and intended as a process based on cooperation, not competition, between the schools.
The supporting role of EU for planning education
Chairs: Anna Geppert (University Paris IV Sorbonne) & EU Official
The EU urban agenda announced in June 2015 clearly shows the increasing emphasis that EU is placing on the urban dimension in policy design, with a view to addressing issues of climate-resilient cities, social inclusion, low carbon cities, smart cities, etc. In addition, initiatives, such as the Urban Innovative Actions and European Partnership on Smart Cities, as well as the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy as part of the COP21 process all help to highlight the role of cities in attaining targets of global importance. This increasing emphasis on cities and the urban dimension in policymaking can also support planning education and strengthen the place of planning schools within their universities and countries. The workshops explores how planning schools and AESOP as their European association can collaborate with EU, with a view to maximise the synergies between EU initiatives and the planning education agenda.
Ethics and values in planning and education
Chairs: Pantelis Skayannis (University of Thessaly) & Paulo Silva (University of Aveiro)
Recent developments, in terms of both the economic crisis and the security of certain regions resulting in a refugee crisis, have put immense strain on urban areas and their planners. Inevitably, these developments have highlighted issues of ethics and values in planning, with repercussions on planning education as well. This workshops discusses challenges, such as the impact of economic crisis on universities’ human capital, pressures on academic staff, perceptions regarding the mission of academic staff in terms of research versus education, as well as its impact on the content of planning education. The latter is also likely to be impacted by the refugee crisis, which even further highlights the issues of ethics and values in planning and education. While cities and their planners try to address these problems, there is growing literature on the frustration of graduates and young planners as they find it increasingly difficult to implement idealistic planning approaches that they have learned in their university education. This also highlights the need to focus on how to motivate students as young planners in planning education, which needs a strong focus on ethics and values as a component of teaching.


 Plenary debate


 Photo Presentation "Times of crisis: How would planning respond?" by Prof. Pantelis Skayannis (University of Thessaly)


 Dinner (city centre)
Saturday 12 March 2016
Study Tour Thessaloniki port / new waterfront

(a. Thessaloniki Port – redevelopment area: introduction by Prof. Emeritus Vilma Hastaoglou,
 b. Thessaloniki New Waterfont-walking along the redevelopment zone: guided tour by the architect of the awarded project P. Nikiforides and Katerina Danadiadou, Architect-Urban Planner at the Municipality of Thessaloniki)


 Meeting at Thessaloniki Port - Walk along the old waterfront


 Coffee-Break on the road


 Walk along the new waterfront

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Contact Info

  • School of Spatial Planning and Development, Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University Campus, 54124 Thessaloniki Greece
  • Dimitra Konstantinidou +30 2310 995470