1st meeting online
These key issues and others were widely brainstormed by the whole group during the first online meeting [in January 2021].
The brainstorming contributed to creating an extensive and interdisciplinary overview of potential focus and steps to follow for further group work (see Fig. 1).
The working group is initiated by the ARL, chaired by Prof. Christophe Demazière from the Université de Tours, France, and consists of twelve permanent expert members from different European countries. Within the working period of approx. three years, the participants plan to meet multiple times yearly (online or in presence, if possible) to pursue exciting discussions and thematic workshops with various officials and practitioners of relevant institutions to enhance further knowledge exchange between research and practise fields. Simultaneously, the group aims to address the topic and its sub-aspects from inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives. With the outcomes of our joint work, we sincerely hope to shed new light on the importance of small urban centres in the development of metropolitan regions across Europe, contributing at the same time to currently ongoing scientific discussions.