XLI Annual Scientific Conference
Web Conference, 2-4 September 2020

Regions Between Challenges and Unexpected Opportunities

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The health emergency obliged to switch to an online conference, a new experience for the organizers and for the participants. My sincere thanks go to everyone.

To the AISRe board and in particular, to the Secretary and the Treasurer, who in few months reorganized the conference, exploring new organizational and technical solutions, with the right dose of curiosity and attention to detail.

My thanks go to the University of Rome 3 for hosting our Web Conference. However, my warmest thanks go to those who believed in AISRe, and participated in large numbers in the event, making it rich in content and scientific messages.

At this point, we hope to meet you all personally again, in September 2021 in Lecce.

Roberta Capello – AISRe President

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the annual AISRe conference, was held online, hosted on the platform of the Roma Tre University. The Web Conference was entitled:

Regions between challenges and unexpected opportunities

Downloadable PROGRAM here

Downloadable ABSTRACT book here

The plenary sessions were:

Regions and the health emergency: challenges and opportunities (watch video on youtube)

Chair: Roberta Capello – AISRe President

  • Spatial temporal trends in Italian pandemia. Giuseppe Arbia, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Central and Eastern Europe after Covid-19: Challenges and opportunities in a different global economy. Richard Grieveson, WiiW - The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies
  • Territorial Impact of Covid Crisis. Monitoring and evaluation Tools to Support better design of Policies. Andrea Conte, Joint Research Centre European Commission

Italian Journal of Regional Science - Lectio Magistralis (watch video on youtube)

Chair: Laura Resmini – JRS Director

  • Networks Varieties and Regional Economic Impacts of Shocks in Europe, Frank Van Oort, Erasmus University Rotterdam


Regionalisation of the sustainable development strategy (watch video on youtube)

Chair: Fiorenzo Ferlaino – IRES Piemonte

  • The national and regional sustainable development strategy. Mara Cossu, Ministry of the Environment
  • Interconnections and measures national and territorial statistics for the Sustainable Development Strategy. Angela Ferruzza, ISTAT
  • Scenarios and actions for a sustainable future. Enrico Giovannini,  President of ASVIS, University of Roma Tor Vergata


Great Minds in Regional Science (watch video on youtube)

Chair: Peter Batey, University of Liverpool

  • François Perroux and Regional Science, André Torre, ERSA President
  • Gunnar Myrdal and Regional Science, Hans Westlund, Past-president Regional Science Academy
  • Adam Smith and Regional Science, Roberto Camagni, Past President ERSA 



To promote the dissemination of Regional Science among young scholars, AISRe assigned the following awards:

  • 1° Ph.D. Dissertation Award “Giorgio Leonardi” 2020 - XXXIV Edition - Francesca Giuliani, Università di Pisa (watch video on youtube)
  • 2° D. Dissertation Award “Giorgio Leonardi” 2020 - XXXIV Edition - Elisabetta Pietrostefani, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Diploma of honor for Ph.D. Dissertation Award “Giorgio Leonardi” 2020 - XXXIV Edition - Matteo Monti, Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant'Anna di Pisa (watch video on youtube)
  • Young scholar GSSI-AISRE Award - XII Edition - Giulia Iannone, Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata (watch video on youtube)
  • Best Poster presented at the Annual Conference AISRe - IV Edition - Rossi Federica, Akhavan Mina, Carboni Luigi - Politecnico di Milano (watch video on youtube)


AISRe Special Call: Coronavirus & Territorial Impact

The crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and already spread throughout the world, has generated the need to understand, plan and measure the regional impact of the virus.

The pandemic hit the health sphere, but not only.  As it is now widely understood, it also had dramatic impacts on the economic and social level. To improve understanding the factors that influence the ability of a territory to react to the effects of the pandemic, AISRe organized a Special Call on the Coronavrus and territorial impact.

The analyzes of the socio-economic effects and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic for the study of spatial and temporal spillovers, networking processes and, in general, the effects of the virus on prices and financial assets, employment and supply, work market, consumption, savings, habits and living conditions of families, were considered of particular interest.

All abstracts are available in the AISRe archive.

The numbers of the Web Conference

The online conference was attended by 209 members and over 400 registered.

  • 4 plenary sessions, 1 awards session and 1 poster session, 24 organized sessions divided into 42 modules and 20 thematic sessions.
  • In total 308 abstract in 62 modules of 1.5 hours each and distributed over 3 days

From the questionnaires completed by the sessions’ chairs it emerges that:

  • Overall quality of presentations was good / excellent for over 80%, as well, the quality of the discussion;
  • about 60% of the contributions can be publishable;
  • on average, attendance in the classroom ranges from 10 to 20 participants for each session;
  • the time for presentations and discussion, on the other hand, was considered scarce by about 70% of the interviewees.


Cristina Bernini - Università degli Studi di Bologna
Roberta Capello - Politecnico di Milano
Marusca De Castris - Università degli Studi Roma Tre
Alessandra Faggian - Gran Sasso Science Institute
Laura Fregolent - Università IUAV di Venezia
Patrizia Lattarulo - IRPET
Ilaria Mariotti – Politecnico di Milano
Rosanna Nisticò - Università della Calabria
Andrea Omizzolo - EURAC
Guido Pellegrini – Sapienza Università di Roma
Giovanni Perucca – Politecnico di Milano
Davide Piacentino – Università degli Studi di Palermo
Vincenzo Provenzano – Università degli Studi di Palermo
Elena Ragazzi - IRCrES – CNR
Francesca Silvia Rota - IRCrES – CNR
Domenico Scalera – Università degli Studi del Sannio
Annalisa Caloffi – Università degli Studi di Firenze
Silvia Cerisola – Politecnico di Milano
Carlo Ciccarelli – Università di Roma Tor Vergata

Technical Secretary A.I.S.Re
Diana Sarmiento, Silvia Emili, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.