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History of the centre

There is a long and rich tradition and history in the research of spatial development in Bratislava, represented before all by the Faculty of Architecture STU and the URBION Institute. URBION, already in the times of the former CSSR, belonged to the outstanding research units in the field of urbanism and town and country planning which can be proved by missions of its professionals in the countries of Europe, Africa and Central America. Many of its staff collaborated with the FA STU, thus strengthening its research potential.


Personal Strategy

Personal development strategy is part of the key programming and management documents of each top research and development centre and that is why its elaboration has been included in the project PERSEUS of the Fifth Framework Programme of the European Union as one of the deliverables. Elaboration of personal development strategy itself is not understood as one of the objectives of the project but as an important step in meeting its objectives.


Regional Network

Efficient and successful research of the SPECTRA Centre on the main current problems in the field of spatial development in the European context will be supported not only via bilateral collaboration but via integration in the existing and establishing of new networks. This allows the integration in the common interrelated databases for information exchange in the collaboration with the partnership institutions providing information and experience with launching similar databases, virtual and real face-to-face communication via mutual participation of the experts in the research projects, participation on networking events – conferences, workshops, elaboration of joint research projects or creating the networks of excellence.


The 24th AESOP Annual Conference ”Space is a Luxury” in Helsinki, Finland

Members of Spectra, Centre of Excellence will participate on the 24th AESOP Annual Conference ”Space is a Luxury” in Helsinki, Finland, 7th-10th July 2010. prof. Maros Finka, Head of the Spectra Centre and MS Lubomir Jamecny will present paper with the title „The Territorial Agenda as an opportunity in enlarged EU?”. Assoc. Prof. Dagmar Petrikova will refer on a new curriculum for a joint diploma of ”Master in Spatial Planning”, prepared by the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Institute IATEUR and STU Bratislava, Institute of Management, Department of Spatial Planning. Her paper is named ”Joint Innovation in Spatial Planning Curriculum. More at

The 2015 AESOP PhD workshop, Stara Lesna, 6th to 11th July

The 2015 AESOP PhD workshop is going to be organised by SPECTRA Centre of Excellence of the EU and Institute of Management of Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava in association with the AESOP Young Academics and will be held from Monday 6th to Saturday 11th July 2015 in Congress Centre Academia, Stara Lesna.  PHD workshop is part of the annual AESOP Congress that will be held from 13 to 17 July in Prague.


AESOP lecture series continue in Bratislava

Spectra, Centre of Excellence and AESOP would like to invite you to AESOP lecture series with Dr. Shipra Narang Suri and prof. Maroš Finka. The event will be held on January 20, 2017 at 11.00 AM in the lecture room 5/1.  You are welcome.



We are pleased to announce that AESOP 2021 PhD Workshop will take place between June 22 and June 25, 2021 in Bratislava, Slovakia hosted by the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. Soon the call for abstracts will be released where the potential participants will have all the information about this year’s workshop available.