On the 18th of October Institute of Urban Development in Krakow together with the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management organized conference of Urban Development Issues journal. The main goal behind this event was to integrate urban studies society around the journal. Our esteemed guests represented seven countries (Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Poland and the United Kingdom).
Conferenced started with opening adress presented by the head of the Institute of Urban Development in Krakow (publisher of the journal Urban Development Issues) - dr Wojciech Jarczewski.
Our conference started with papers presented by keynote speakers: Prof. Gérard-François Dumont (Université Paris IV-Sorbonne), Prof. Ole B. Jensen (University of Aalborg), dr Ivan Andráško (Masaryk University, Brno), Ágnes Erőss (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest) and Margit Noll (JPI Urban Europe, Vienna). First keynote session was chaired by dr Magdalena Dej (vice-head of the Institute of Urban Development in Krakow) and the second one by prof. Krzysztof Gwosdz (Institute of Geography and Spatial Management, Jagiellonian University in Krakow).
Further sessions covered great variety of urban development issues. First session (chaired by prof. Ole B Jensen) was devoted to the accessibility of services in urban space and contained papers presented by Anna Szymańska (also on behalf of co-author Monika Płaziak, Pedagogical University of Cracow), Agnieszka Gajda (Institute of Urban Development in Krakow) and Magdalena Fuhrmann (University of Warsaw).
The second open call session (chaired by dr Ivan Andráško) was a great review of approaches towards public spaces in urban management all over the world. These concepts and experiences were presented by Paweł Pistelok (Institute of Urban Development in Krakow), Kinga Kimic (also on behalf of co-author Marzena Suchocka, Warsaw University of Life Sciences), Joanna Jaskułowska (Lodz University of Technology) and Dorota Mantey (University of Warsaw).
The third open call session (chaired by dr Piotr Trzepacz, editor-in-chief of Urban Development Issues) was a platform for discussing more traditional issues in cities with their contemporary solutions. Papers were presented by Paweł Bugajski (Arup, Manchester), Agnieszka Dudzińska-Jarmolińska (University of Warsaw), Natalia Bursiewicz (Pedagogical University of Cracow) and Karol Korczyński (University of Wroclaw).