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  • PublicationOpen Access
    AESOP Yearbook 2007-2008
    (Association of European Schools of Planning, 2008) Geppert, Anna
    Last year, our 21st conference was held in Naples, with about 600 participants coming from forty countries inside and outside Europe. More than 400 presentations were given in fourteen tracks subsumed under the main theme of the risk society. Overall, a very successful conference for our association. Obviously, AESOP has grown strong over its twenty years of existence. In 2008, we have 111 full and 43 associate members coming from 25 countries - i.e. schools in which planning education follows our requirements and have therefore become a member of the association. What is more, these are schools which share our ideas and the quality criteria, which we promote for a planning education in Europe. In addition, more schools are coming now from the new European Union Member states expressing an interest in closer cooperation with AESOP. This is a huge and growing international structure - up until now working entirely on a voluntary basis, which limited our capacities. What is very positive therefore was the decision made by the Council of Representatives in Naples to raise the membership fee from 2008 and to progress towards a professional secretariat for AESOP, strengthening a core function in our organizational structures – the Secretary General.
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    AESOP YEARBOOK. Silver Jubilee Edition
    (Association of European Schools of Planning, 2013) Mironowicz, Izabela
    Usually a Yearbook is meant to be a momentum to reflect on the latest year, with all its actions and developments. This AESOP Yearbook is only partially a reflection of last year’s developments. It is above all the result of an explosion of activities within AESOP, which makes this Yearbook more a catalog of new initiatives and which forced us to delay its date of publication substantially. The time needed to compose this Yearbook drained away to other ‘more pressing’ activities. These initiatives having a focus onward, pushing AESOP into the future in a highly exciting way! Nevertheless, reflection remains a crucial means of interaction between the organization and its members. The Yearbook is a necessity to share within the community initiatives, developments and their directions. This sharing allows members of the community to reason along with those initiating the various developments that are now ongoing, either to comment on, to critique, to advice, to follow or to join forces. This Yearbook therefore is reflecting on and sharing among us all those initiatives that turn AESOP into something special: AESOP being the most active and dynamic planning schools association there is globally! It is something to be proud of.
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    AESOP YEARBOOK 30th Anniversary Edition
    (Association of European Schools of Planning, 2017) Pinho, Paulo; Bailão, Joana
    Building the AESOP community has contributed to defining better planning as a discipline. In 1995, overcoming the diversity of planning cultures, languages and institutional frameworks, AESOP established its Core requirements for quality in Planning Education (see section 4). Against the multiplication of evaluation agencies and criteria which are sometimes inappropriate for planning, we discussed quality in a changing European Higher Education Area (Geppert & Cotella, 2010; Mironowicz, 2015). The next step, achieved thanks to the commitment of Francesco Lo Piccolo, was the creation of our own label for planning programmes (see section 18). The AESOP Certificate of Quality promotes the independence of planning as a scientific discipline, still often dominated by other disciplines such as architecture, civil engineering or geography.