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Asia-Europe Sustainable Connectivity Scientific Conference


About conference

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) in collaboration with the Asia-Europe Foundation, the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and the Center for China and Globalization (CCG) are organising a scientific conference on Asia-Europe Sustainable Connectivity (AESCON), which will convene in Singapore from 26 to 28 February, 2020.

AESCON (Asia-Europe Sustainable CONnectivity) is the first scientific conference on Asia-Europe sustainable connectivity, bringing together researchers and policy analysts working in the field of international connectivity, globalization and their impacts on sustainable development, with a particular focus on Asia-Europe connections. At a time of increasing connectivity, the conference aims to provide an academic forum to discuss global challenges on transport infrastructure, energy transition, climate change, digital economy, trade and investment flows, security, people mobility, cultural exchanges, among others.

The conference will be used as an open platform for debate on sustainable connectivity, to spur future research linked to policy needs and to build a network of Asia-Europe researchers working on sustainable connectivity. AESCON will be anchored by contributions from researchers on themes related to Asia-Europe sustainable connectivity and by keynote presentations.

Basic information


Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)

31 Heng Mui Keng Terrace




Call for Abstracts

Participants are welcome to submit their contributions via the Call for Abstracts at www.aescon.org

AESCON welcomes original research on international connectivity and globalisation and its links to sustainable development, with a particular focus on the Asia-Europe context.

Conference topics include (but are not limited to):



·Digital economy and e-commerce

·Political and institutional cooperation

·Education and research





·Financial networks and flows

·Cultural exchanges


·Information and Communication  Technologies

Research should address international connectivity (as opposed to domestic), and particular preference will be given to research targeting Asia-Europe connectivity.  Research should also adopt an integrated approach to connectivity, by linking the chosen connectivity topic to sustainability considerations and assessments.  Participants are highly encouraged to use data from the ASEM Sustainable Connectivity Portal.


European Commission’s Joint Research Centre

Asia-Europe Foundation

Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia

Center for China and Globalization

Important dates

Call for abstracts opens:  July 1, 2019

Call for abstracts closes:  September 20, 2019

Abstracts acceptance notification:  October 31, 2019

Registration opens:  November 1, 2019

Registration closes:  December 31, 2019

Deadline for extended abstract:  December 31, 2019

Conference:  February 26 – 28, 2020


Registration to AESCON is free of charge, but participants will need to cover the costs of their travel and accommodation. The acceptance to the conference is subject to the approval of the organisers, so please do not book your travel before having received a confirmation letter.

In order to encourage participation from a wide range of countries, and to promote a balanced group of participants, AESCON may be able to fund the travel of a very limited number of participants in particular justified cases where their institution is unable to provide funds. In such cases, travel funding would be available subject to the approval of the organising committee and with strong justification from the participant.

Language:The conference will be held in English.

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