Online seminar - Belgian territories facing covid-19
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This online seminar focuses on spatial aspects of the Covid-19 crisis, putting impacts and policy responses at the regional and local level in Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia in a European perspective. Ongoing explorative ESPON research sheds new light on how the virus behaves spatially, and how place-based measures and initiatives can be an answer to the current challenges imposed by the threat of the pandemic. The seminar will provide insights in the geographical distribution and dynamics of the virus across Europe and its territories, allowing for a better understanding of how spatial factors (population density, mobility, demography, lockdown related measures…) have interfered with the propagation of the virus. These findings will be connected with current and future regional measures and redeployment strategies, in a European perspective.

27th of November | 9h30 - 12h15

--- 09:30 - 09:40 --- Introduction

by Kobe Boussauw (Professor of Spatial Planning and Mobility, Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
& Jens Aerts - moderator (Urban specialist, UNICEF; Associate partner of BUUR; board member of VRP & ISOCARP)

--- 09:40 - 10:05 --- Plenary sessions

“COVID-19 in Europe: cross perspectives of geographers, planners and economists” - Sébastien Bourdin (professor Sustainable and Regional Development, EM Normandie)

“The Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Spatial Policy in Flanders” - René van der Lecq (expert in policy innovation and exploration, Omgeving Vlaanderen)

“Territorial challenges of Covid 19 in Brussels Capital Region“ - Nicolas de Moy (project leader communication & territorial strategy, Perspective.Brussels)

“Retail in Walloon city centres at a time of Covid” - Claire Albaret (chief operating officer, L’Association du Management de Centre-Ville)

--- 10:45 - 10:55 --- Break

--- 10:55 - 12:00 --- Discussion

Reflections from a health perspective - Caroline Teughels (team Environment & Health, Omgeving Vlaanderen)

Round table - Jens Aerts, Sébastien Bourdin, René van der Lecq, Nicolas de Moy, Claire Albaret

Closing words - Kobe Boussauw
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