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Spa-ce-net, 22nd till 23rd November 2018

Spectra, Centre of Excellence organized the annual network conference „From SMART Cities to SMART Regions in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe. The event was held from 22nd till 23rd November 2018 in Spectra, Institute of Management, Vazovova street 5 and will be consisting from two thematic pannels: 1. Potential of smart concepts to reflect demand on new quality of development in urban regions and 2. Smart approaches to urban regions sustainable development management.


prof. Maroš Finka - short bio

Maroš Finka

president of Association of European Schools of Planning, professor of Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia and at Shanghai Jiao Tong Univerisity, China, Expert of UN Habitat III and Ministry for Investment, Regional Development and Innovations of SR, director of SPECTRA Centre of Excellence of th EU at STU in Bratislava.



The SaveGREEN project: Safeguarding the functionality of transnationally important ecological corridors in the Danube basin

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Project is set to work on the critical theme of ecological corridors in the Carpathian and further mountain ranges of the Danube region.

Currently, eco-corridors are threatened by the lack of adequate planning of economic development initiatives. Linear transport infrastructure, urban development, intensive agricultural, forestry, and water management practices can interrupt ecological corridors, cause traffic-deaths, and lower the reproductive success of key species and the effectiveness of ecosystem services we all depend on.

Therefore, building on the key results of previous Interreg DTP projects — i.e. TRANSGREEN, ConnectGREEN and HARMON — the SaveGREEN project will identify, collect, and promote the best solutions for safeguarding ecological corridors — including monitoring the impact of mitigation measures. Thus, basing its work on integrated planning, it will help derive proper recommendations for follow-up actions and policy design. Network Conference 2022: “Future of the Traces of Modernity: Public Mass housing neighbourhoods“

An annual Network Conference of (network joining Central and South European Universities and Research Institutes focused on Spatial Planning) under the headline “Future of the Traces of Modernity: Public Mass housing neighbourhoods“ will be held 26th-28th September 2022 in Bratislava. The conference will be joint event, co-organizing partners are Spectra, Centre of Excellence, AESOP, AESOP young academics and ECTP.


Students field trip to Piran (Slovenia, 21st-23rd April, 2022)

Students of master study of spatial planning at Institute of Management, STU Bratislava took part in the field trip to Slovenian coastal town of Piran. The city is one of the most historically relevant places in Slovenia, a true gem of medieval Venetian architecture set up in the marvellous landscape of northern Istra.


Project "V4Regions - Enhancing cooperation between V4 countries for innovative urban development" has been successfully finished!

The project addressed topics, all being highly actual issues present in the daily practice of urban planning.


Challenges of spatial and urban development of Vajnory

Students of master study of Spatial planning took part in the research cooperation of the Slovak University of Technology and Municipality of Vajnory (part of Bratislava), aimed to solve various problems and challenges of spatial and urban development of Vajnory. Our students dealt with the territory of Vajnory from various interdisciplinary angles:  two groups were analysing the territory from the point of view of specific needs of particular groups of inhabitants (handicapped people, teenagers) anf their role in spatial development, foreign students from ERASMUS Exchange programme dedicated their work to revitalisation of an abandoned old airfield in Vajnory. All three presentation belonged to the most outstanding and distinguished and they yielded vibrant attention at final presentation day, 13th, January 2023 at House of Culture in Vajnory. Cooperation with Municipality of Vajnory will be prolonged also in summer semester.


Positive Energy District Workshop at STU from 8th to 12th May 2023

Spectra, Centre of Excellence and STU Bratislava were co-organizers of Positive Energy District students workshop, held at STU between 8th and 12th May 2023. Students teams from Polito Torino (Italy), Gdansk Polytechnic (Poland), Kutahya Dumlupinar University (Turkey) and STU Bratislava (Slovakia) were asked to develop a theoretical concept of PED and propose a vision for a selected part of STU campus (their study area).


BISON (H2020)


The BISON project focuses on infrastructure development and preservation of biodiversity, respectively, in order to achieve social and economic well-being. Resulting from this, two issues should be considered:

  • Spatial relationships between infrastructure location and protected areas. The majority of the infrastructure development will likely occur within or around preserved areas and ecosystems with a high level of biodiversity. This may undermine past, current and future conservation investments if spatial planning is not carefully applied. Negative consequences could include the shift of species range due to climate change and the movement of key biodiversity areas (under legal protection or not), towards areas that are also considered to meet current infrastructure demands. Predicting these shifts and (re)designing infrastructure to enhance ecosystems’ resilience, in the context of climate change, can be enhanced by applied research to address these key challenges.
  • Innovations in project design can provide a safer and more efficient infrastructure network and reduce the negative impacts on biodiversity, particularly away from protected areas. In addition, upgrading or enhancing the efficiency of existing infrastructure (rather than developing new infrastructure) should be explored as a critical solution to mitigate further land-use change and ecosystem fragmentation16. The innovation potential in this sector is aligned with the European ambition of being a leader in creating green jobs.