ESPON open consultation on future research activities

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Invitation to participate in the Espon open consultation

The 4 themes/questions highlighted are in line with the issues of the profession and it would be interesting if you could share your experience (deadline 14/02/2022)

Dear colleagues,

The ESPON EGTC is in the process of developing the first four Thematic Action Plans (TAPs) for the next generation of the ESPON programme. These TAPs will bundle different activities under a specific thematic heading to guarantee a coherent approach to scientific evidence production and tailored knowledge development, which shall eventually support policy making on all levels of governance. The first four TAPs address the following topics:

You can find the first drafts of these TAPs attached to this email.

We’re running an open consultation process on these first four TAPs to ensure that we meet the existing evidence needs as much as possible. This consultation process was kicked off on 30 November 2021 and will run until end of February 2022 (see for more information on the kick-off event).

In this context, we would very much like to engage with scientists in an exchange on the state-of-the-art of existing territorial research in the related fields of the four TAPs. We would also like to collect a wide range of proposals for research activities that ESPON could embark on. It’s important to us to focus our work on gaps in existing research and on innovative research approaches.

Your input to this process would be highly valued by us, as we are obviously keen on ensuring the relevance and added value of new evidence produced by ESPON.

Therefore, we would like to invite you to support us in the further development of the new ESPON programme by providing us with feedback from your network on our first four TAPs. We are particularly interested in getting feedback on questions like:

  • What is the stock of available scientific evidence matching the topical profile of the four TAPs? Is this evidence up-to-date?
  • What is the state of art in research on these four topics? Does this research have a territorial focus? Does it demonstrate a wide territorial coverage? Is it based on solid data and methodologies?
  • What are the current discourse questions and debatable aspects that might be further pursued by ESPON?
  • Are there any distinct evidence gaps concerning these four topics that ESPON could fill? What are the instruments to achieve that? How could this complement research done by others?

We’d be grateful to receive your inputs by 14 February 2022.

Furthermore, we invite you to an online meeting (max. 2h) with us during the last week of February to exchange on your proposals and clarify any potential issues. We’d appreciate if you could indicate possible dates that would suit you for such a meeting.