What is ESPON's Outreach Programme?

The European Spatial Planning Observatory Network (ESPON) was created in 2002 and has continued since then building a pan-European knowledge base related to territorial dynamics. Since 2016, ERRIN is responsible for providing strategic support to for the implementation of innovative and targeted outreach activities at the transnational, national and regional levels.


Different types of events, publications and posters have been tailored to respond to the specific policy interests and needs expressed by the ESPON stakeholders. The objective is to showcase ESPON evidence resulting from the applied research, the targeted analysis as well as the monitoring tools. The main results expected are to better integrate research in policymaking, providing quick responses to the demand for territorial evidence and analyses, while engaging closely with old and new key stakeholders at national, regional and local levels.

In the end, it is about promoting the uptake of ESPON evidence towards consolidated and new stakeholders.


Between 2016 and 2019, ERRIN organised 5 conferences, 8 seminars, 8 workshops and produced 40 posters on different policy topics. INOVA+, responsible for the project's management took care of the organisation of 8 training sessions and 4 e-learning courses, as well as the production of 12 transnational briefs and 10 transnational observations. 


ESPON Outreach Programme

Meet the ESPON Outreach Programme member from ERRIN

Ilaria d'Auria

Ilaria d'Auria

Project & Outreach Manager

Latest Updates

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ESPON job vacancy: Project expert/European Outreach

The ESPON EGTC is looking for one Project Expert/European Outreach for a period of 2 years to join our international team, preferably starting as soon as possible. Deadline for applications: 20 April 2018.  The ESPON EGTC is a European Grouping on Territorial Cooperation.

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From evidence to action: territorial trends and challenges identified in the ESPON projects

Informed decision making is gaining in importance in collaborative planning, governance and programming processes.

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ESPON: Economic development in rural regions – new thinking and policies in finding and exploiting endogenous capacities

This ESPON* seminar in Växjö, Sweden will examine how to support and encourage SMEs and exploit endogenous resources such as natural capital, heritage, renewable energy, bio-economy and tourism in rural regions. Successful exploitation may require new models of governance, social innovation, high-level ICT systems as well as public sector support.

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ESPON Seminar: Understanding northern peripherality and devising strategies for intervention

The ESPON workshop is designed to provide a better understanding of the challenges associated with outer and inner peripherality in Northern Europe.

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E-learning on the ESPON Territorial Impact Assessment tool

The ESPON TIA web Tool is an interactive web application that can be used to support policy makers and practitioners with identifying potential territorial impacts of new legislation and policies. This e-learning consists of two webinars guided by OIR, experts on the ESPON Territorial Impact Assessment tool (TIA tool).

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Understanding the economic and territorial impact of cultural heritage: better investments through improved evidence collection

Building on the year of Cultural Heritage (2018 – launched in Cyprus), the European Commission has published a European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage. This Framework for Action acknowledges that cultural heritage is a common good and a shared resource which raised awareness of a common European history and values and reinforces a sense of belonging to a common European cultural and pol