As a part of its remit, each year the Association of European Schools of Planning Young Academics (AESOP YA) network invites AESOP member schools to host the annual YA conference. We are now opening the Call for Proposals for hosting the 18th YA conference which will take place in March/April 2024.
As the Coordination Team, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for the funds made available by AESOP, supporting our efforts for geographical inclusion and diversity being reflected in all Young Academics (YA) activities. These funds are intended to support the conference budget of the host institution by up to €8,000 split between organisational support and the bursaries for participants. For potential additional funding currently in discussion, please reach out to us for more information. We highly encourage proposals from YAs affiliated with AESOP member schools as potential hosts of the next round of the YA conference.
YA conferences have been very beneficial for the former host institutions and members of the local organising committees since they provide the hosts with an exposure to a broader network and have long-term effects such as new institutional partnerships, better local and international connections, and more influence. Moreover, it is an extraordinary opportunity for the under- and postgraduate students enrolled at host institutions, as the conference will introduce an international and interdisciplinary platform of knowledge sharing and exchange to their everyday environment. Organising and hosting a YA conference is therefore a great responsibility and an equally rewarding and fulfilling professional experience.