• M.Sc. Constantin Meyer
  • PD, Dr., Dipl.-Geogr. Marco Pütz
  • Dr. Sabine Weizenegger
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AlpPlan Network


  • Provides an independent platform for the transnational knowledge exchange on good practices and future solutions for sustainable land-use and territorial development
  • Brings together practitioners and scientists from the entire Alpine region with an interest and expertise in spatial planning

AlpPlan (alpine spatial planning network) is a European Working Group (EWG) in the Alpine region, resulting from a cooperation of the Interreg Alpine Space project OpenSpaceAlps and the Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association (ARL). The realisation of the objectives set by the Alpine Convention and their coordination by means of spatial planning form an important framework for the activities of the network.

The overall objective of AlpPlan is to promote cooperation and coordination in the field of spatial planning in the Alpine region, especially from a cross-border perspective. Through mutual exchange and cooperation, the network is committed to contributing to sustainable territorial development from an ecological, economic and social perspective. The benefit of the network is seen particularly in the fact that AlpPlan brings together both scientific expertise and practice-oriented application perspectives. In doing so, the network takes on a role that accompanies political strategies and processes in an advisory function, but generally offers an independent and open exchange between the members. 

AlpPlan is committed to ensuring close cooperation with appropriate institutions. This includes in particular the working bodies of the Alpine Convention and the action groups of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP).

The activities of the network include for instance:

  • Conferences and workshops, targeted at current topics of alpine territorial development
  • Elaboration of scientific and application-oriented publications
  • Cooperation with European Cooperation projects (e.g. within the Interreg Alpine Space programme)

The AlpPlan Steering Committee (SC) consists of:

  • Chairperson: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hubert Job (Chair of Geography and Regional Science, Julius-Maximilians-University, DE)
  • Deputy Chairpersons: Sergeja Praper Gulič (Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, SI), Philipp Vesely (Salzburg Institute for Regional Planning and Housing, AT)
  • Secretary/organisational assistant: Constantin Meyer (ARL – Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association)
  • ARL Headquarter: Prof. Dr. Andreas Klee (ARL – Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association, Head of the Central Department)

For any requests about the AlpPlan network, please get in touch with us via e-mail: alpplan@arl-net.de

The following Focal Persons have been appointed to advise the Steering Committee and act as a link to the planning and research community as well as international networks:

  • Benoît Fanjeau (Regional and Territorial Planning Service, Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, FR)
  • Živa Novljan (Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention)
  • Luisa Pedrazzini (Office for European Territorial and Environmental Cooperation, Regione Lombardia, IT)
  • PD Dr. Marco Pütz (Research Group Regional Economics and Development, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, CH)
  • Dr. Arthur Schindelegger (Research Unit Land Policy and Land Management, TU Wien, AT)


Title Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

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„Advancing Green Infrastructure Planning in the Alpine region“ – Workshop and general assembly of the AlpPlan network in Vienna
OpenSpaceAlps final conference/AlpPlan network conference
International online conference (in collaboration with StMWi)
Capacity building seminar for young professionals
Strategic online workshop (in collaboration with StMWi)


Open Space Planning in the Alpine Region

New clip in our video series Statements on Planning: Constantin Meyer from the University of Würzburg and member of ARL's European Working Group AlpPlan Network interviewed Prof Hubert Job from the University of Würzburg.


OpenSpaceAlps & ALpPlan Network Conference

After more than two years of fruitful project work, the OpenSpaceAlps project is approaching its end. The central project results will be presented at a final conference and discussed with relevant stakeholders. The conference will be held along with the annual meeting of the AlpPlan network. The conference will take place on 31 May and 01 June 2022 in Bolzano/Bozen, South Tyrol (Italy) at Eurac Research.

AlpPlan network international conference 2021 in collaboration with StMWi

The Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association (ARL), the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy (StMWi) and the Interreg Alpine Space Project “OpenSpaceAlps” jointly organized the international conference “Towards sustainable spatial development - transnational lessons on the safeguarding of open spaces and the reduction of land take” in order to facilitate transnational exchange on that matter in the Alpine Space.

Strategic online workshop (in collaboration with StMWi)

In the context of the “AlpPlan” alpine spatial planning network, the Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association (ARL), the Interreg Alpine Space project “OpenSpaceAlps”, and the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy; Department of Regional Planning (StMWi) have joint forces in order to host a strategic online workshop on 18th May 2021.