Keynote speakers

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Karina Pallagst
Prof. Ing. arch. Karel Maier, CSc.
Assoc. Prof. RNDr. Jaroslav Koutský, Ph.D.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Karina Pallagst

Karina Pallagst is a professor for the International Planning Systems at Kaiserslautern University’s faculty of Spatial Planning. Previously, she worked at UC Berkeley’s center for Global Metropolitan Studies (GMS) and at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD) as the Program Director of the Shrinking Cities International Research Group. Prior to this appointment, she was a senior research specialist at the Dresden-based Institute of Ecological and Regional Development (IOER). Prof. Pallagst holds a PhD from Kaiserslautern University and a post-doctoral degree from Dresden Technical University. Her research focuses on international comparative urban development, shrinking cities, urban growth, planning cultures, and planning theory. She serves on numerous think tanks, work groups and committees regarding spatial planning and international urban development. She is also a co-founder and co-chair of the Shrinking Cities International Research Network (SCiRN).

Prof. Ing. arch. Karel Maier, CSc.

Karel Maier is an architect and a professor for Urban and Regional Planning at the Czech Technical University and the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague. His previous work experiences include the Institute for Regional Planning – Terplan, the Czech Commission for Scientific and Technological Development, the Czech Ministry for Development and Construction, and the Department of Urban Studies (University of Akron, USA). He is a member of the Czech Chamber of Architects, Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung (ARL), the Czech national representative of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP). His research focuses on planning in East-Central Europe, planning theory, urban development and economics, and sustainability issues in spatial planning.

Assoc. Prof. RNDr. Jaroslav Koutský, Ph.D.

Jaroslav Koutský is an associate professor of Regional Development and the dean of the Faculty of Social and Economic Studies at UJEP. He studied social geography and regional development at the University of Ostrava, regional geography and regional development at Masaryk University, and spent a research stay at Tufts University in Boston. Before his academic career, he was working as a project manager in CzechInvest. He is a member of the Czech Geographical Society. He is a great ice hockey and tennis player. His research focuses on old industrial regions, urban shrinkage and more broadly, on the factors of regional economic performance.

Conference programme

Generic Timetable for the conference is available here.

The conference programme will be published here shortly after 10 January 2020. Please be register on time (to be included)!

PhD workshop

The fifth PLPR full-day Ph.D workshop will take place on Monday, 17 February 2020 from 9 AM to 5 PM. The workshop aims at encompassing Ph.D.  students  at  any  stage,  whose  research  is  relevant  to  the intersection  of  planning,  law,  and  property  rights. The  conference  encourages  applications  from students  in  planning,  law,  economics,  real  estate, geography,  political  science,  public  policy  or related  fields.


  • Mentoring from experienced faculties.
  • Clarify 8 key questions about your PhD project.
  • Produce a poster.
  • Social  and  networking  with  peers  and  faculties  in the  workshop  and  main  conference


Only PhD students registering for the main PLPR conference are eligible for the workshop. You are required to submit the abstract by 15 September 2020 and register on time via Conftool as a participant. During the registration process you will be asked if you wish to participate in the PhD workshop – please click YES.

An extended description of your research (up to 10 pages) needs to be submitted by 15 December 2019 via email to: Lu Zhou (zhoulu_766[at] Please include problem setting, research question, hypothesis, theoretical background, research design, research methods, status of the research, problems faced, and (optionally) your CV.

The workshop is organized by the PLPR association – in case of any questions, please contact the PLPR student representative Lu Zhou (zhoulu_766[at]


Monday, 17 February 2020, 9:00 – 17:00

Faculty of Social and Economic Studies UJEP

Moskevská 54

40096 Ústí nad Labem


Conference abstract submission                   15 September 2019

Notification of acceptance                              1 November 2019

Submission of PhD project                             15 December 2019

Conference registration (the latest!)             10 January 2020

Detailed programme of the workshop          15 January 2020

Special events

Tuesday: Excursion (18 February)

Please register for the excursion during the conference registration in ConfTool. Non-registered participants might not be included. The maximum capacity is 50 people.

Descriptive city tour: The bus will depart from the Clarion hotel at 10:30 and will take you around the city to show you the main strengths and weaknesses of the post-industrial city.

Lunch break: 12:30 – 14:00 at the Clarion hotel or around these surroundings- (optional, self-paid).

Excursion to the local brewery: The bus will depart from the Clarion hotel at 14:00 and will take you to the brewery, Velké Březno, for a  descriptive tour and beer tasting. The expected return to the Clarion hotel is at 17:00, at the latest.


Tuesday: Welcome Reception (18 February)

19:00 – 22:00

Enjoy an evening buffet, welcome drink, and local wines at the MFC Lobby (UJEP Campus), the venue site of the conference. The reception is sponsored by the Faculty of Social and Economic Studies UJEP.


Wednesday: Keynote Reception (19 February)

18:00 – 23:00

The event is organized in the public hall, Hraničář, which is situated right next to the Clarion hotel. The evening entertainment will be performed by the dynamic vocal group from Ústí nad Labem, called Panoptikum, followed by a  cold buffet and beers. From 21:00, our selected DJ will start an oldies party at the backstage of the foyer.


Thursday: Gala Dinner (20 February)

18:30 – 21:30

Please register for the Gala Dinner during the conference registration in ConfTool.

The event is organized at the 19-century “small castle” Větruše, located on the hill next to the city center. It offers a spectacular view of the city center and the Elbe river valley (even during darkness). From the city center, the castle might be reached by the hilltop cable car, which you can board on the top floor of the Forum shopping mall. Special buses will be organized for participants. A 3-course dinner and local wines will be served.


Friday: Farewell Drink (21 February)

From 19:00, tables will be booked in the local brewery Na Rychtě, in the city center. The event is informal and self-paid. Feel free to join us if you plan to stay in the city.