Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Asia-Europe Sustainable Connectivity Scientific Conference (AESCON), Singapore (Travel Fund Available)

AESCON is the first scientific conference on Asia-Europe sustainable connectivity, bringing together researchers and policy analysts working in the field of international connectivity, globalisation and their impacts on sustainable development, with a particular focus on Asia-Europe connections.

AESCON - the Asia-Europe Sustainable Connectivity Scientific Conference - will be held in Singapore on 26-28 February 2020 hosted by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, the Asia-Europe Foundation, the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia and the Center for China and Globalization.

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):
  • Transport
  • Energy
  • Digital economy and e-commerce
  • Political and institutional cooperation
  • Education and research
  • Migration
  • Tourism
  • Interoperability
  • Trade
  • Financial networks and flows
  • Cultural exchanges
  • Security
  • 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. Datasets are available in the Repository section.


  • 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.

How to Sumit:

Interested researchers should submit a short text abstract which summarises their research and any key findings, using the form below. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the Scientific Committee of AESCON. For accepted abstracts, participants will also be required to submit an extended 2-3 page abstract, including key figures and tables, which will feature in the conference proceedings and will be publically available from the conference website.
Special Issue

AESCON aims to offer researchers the opportunity to publish high-quality papers in a special issue on Sustainable Connectivity of a leading journal on issues relating to globalisation. The submission process to the special issue will open after the conference. More details on this will appear shortly.

20 September 2019