Message from Rector

Dear colleagues and guests,

On behalf of the local organizing committee and J. E. Purkyně University, the hosting institution, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic, for the 14th Annual Conference of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights (PLPR). With the increasing societal demands on the use of land and resources, politicians, practitioners, academia, and the public face the inevitable challenges to reconcile different social interests, values and expectations. The message of PLPR in this context is simple: Planning matters. Law matters. Property matters.

I am honoured that our university was selected as the host institution for the PLPR conference in 2020. As a geographer focused on landscape planning, as well as a Rector of the university, which is located in a region with many contrasts, including unique natural monuments and nearby old industrial centres or settlements affected both by historical border disputes and current cross-border interactions, I strongly believe that the university and its surrounding will be a perfect place to stimulate your discussions and foster our current knowledge in planning issues.

I wish you good luck with your deliberations in the buildings of our University and in Ústí nad Labem. I hope you will also have some time to enjoy its great surroundings.

Martin Balej

Rector