Hungarian Regional Science Association (HRSA)

7621 Pécs, Papnövelde u. 22.
H-7601 Pécs, P.O. Box 199.

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Tel: +36 (72) 523 800




Hungarian Regional Science Association 21st Annual Meeting

Research on the Carpathian-Balkan Region

Pécs, 2–3 November 2023

University of Pécs Faculty of Business and Economics


The 21st Annual Conference of the Hungarian Regional Science Association (HRSA) occurred in Pécs on 2 and 3 November 2023. The event's main topic was the research on the Carpathian-Balkan region. The Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Pécs served as a co-organiser of the event. The conference included three plenary sessions, one roundtable session, and 34 parallel sessions. The participants gave altogether 220 presentations in 29 sessions over the two days. One plenary and three parallel sessions were English-speaking ones. The number of participants (270 attendees) proved to be a record.

The annual meeting of HRSA also served as a celebration event for several anniversaries:

  • The Hungarian Royal Elisabeth University (the antecedent of the current University of Pécs) started its activities in Pécs 100 years ago.
  • The Transdanubian Research Institute, the oldest continuously operating social science research institute in Hungary outside of Budapest, celebrated the 80th anniversary of its foundation.
  • The first annual meeting of HRSA was held in Pécs 20 years ago.
  • The first issue of the Balkan Bulletin (published by the University of Pécs) was published 20 years ago.
  • The first book (Szeklerland) of the Regions of the Carpathian Basin Monograph Series (15 volumes, published by the RKK) was published in 2003.

The plenary speakers of the meeting were Andrés Rodríguez-Pose (London School of Economics) and Bolesław Domański (Jagiellonian University), as well as László Faragó (HUN-REN KRTK), Réka Horeczki (HUN-REN KRTK), Norbert Pap (University of Pécs), János Pénzes (University of Debrecen), Szilárd Rácz (HRSA), László Szerb (University of Pécs), Ferenc Szilágyi (Partium Chrisitan University), Zsófia Vas (University of Szeged). During the opening ceremony, welcome speeches were given by György Kosztolányi, vice-president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Attila Miseta, the rector of the University of Pécs, respectively.

For the complete program please visit the Hungarian site of the conference.

PROGRAMME ♦ 2 November 2023 ♦ Thursday ♦

University of Pécs Faculty of Business and Economics (7622 Pécs, Rákóczi út 80.) Map

8.30-17.00 Registration

9.00-10.00 General meeting (for HRSA members)

10.00-10.30 Annual meeting, Opening ceremony

10.30-12.00 Plenary session 1 (in Hungarian)

12.00-13.30 Lunch                   Tudásközpont (Teleky Bistro) 

13.30-16.00 Parallel sessions (10 in Hungarian, 1 in English)

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-18.20 Parallel sessions (10 in Hungarian, 2 in English)

16.30-18.20 "Transcarpathia - Ukraine" Semi-plenary round table discussion (in Hungarian)

18.20-18.45 Prize award ceremony

19.00-22.00 Reception           Tudásközpont (Teleky Bistro) 7622 Pécs, Universitas u. 2/a.


PROGRAMME ♦ 2 November 2023 ♦ Friday ♦

University of Pécs Faculty of Business and Economics (7622 Pécs, Rákóczi út 80.) Map

8.30-15.00 Registration

9.00-11.30 Plenary session 2 (in English)

  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose (London School of Economics)
  • Bolesław Domański (Jagiellonian University)
  • László Szerb (University of Pécs)
  • Zsófia Vas (University of Szeged)

11.30-13.00 Lunch                    Tudásközpont (Teleky Bistro) 

13.00-14.30 Plenary session 3 (in Hungarian)

14.30-15.00 Coffee break

15.00-18.00 Parallel sessions (10 in Hungarian, 2 in English)


26 thematic sessions are organized in Hungarian, 3 parallel sessions are in EnglishFor the detailed program please visit the Hungarian site of the conference.

Abstracts (max. 500 words) should be submitted by e-mail to the convenors of the sessions. Presentations of 20 minutes are welcome.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION Deadline: 30 September 2023

SESSION 1   Unlocking Regional Innovation Potential in the Digital Age                     
Session organizers: Zsófia Vas associate professor, head of institute, University of Szeged Institute of Economics and Economic Development – Balázs Lengyel senior research fellow, KRTK ANET Lab & NeTI Lab of Corvinus University – Zoltán Elekes research fellow, KRTK ANET Lab & Umeå University

SESSION 2   Long-term Territorial Development and Catching Up: The Role of FDI and Alternative Growth Models
Session organizers: Zoltán Gál professor, president of HRSA – Tamás Sebestyén professor, director of research, University of Pécs Faculty of Business and Economics – Zsuzsanna Zsibók senior research fellow, CERS Institute for Regional Studies

SESSION 3   Interdisciplinary Research in the Carpathian-Balkan Region
Session organizers: Imre Nagy professor, University of Novi Sad; vice-president of HRSA – Péter Reményi associate professor, University of Pécs; head of Department of Political Geography, Development and Regional Studies


REGISTRATION  Registration website

Registration period: From 1 September 2023 to 10 October 2023.

Participation fee includes up to 2 presentations. Payment is required after abstract acceptance and registration.

REGISTRATION FEES (for non-domestic participants and organisations)

  • 90 EUR for Non-members of RSAI/ERSA
  • 70 EUR for RSAI/ERSA members
  • 60 EUR for Accompanying persons / Attendee without presentation

REGISTRATION FEES (for Hungarian participants and organisations) 

  • 36.000 HUF for Non-members of HRSA
  • 26.000 HUF for HRSA members
  • 23.000 HUF for Accompanying persons / Attendee without presentation


Details in Hungarian website.


Szilárd Rácz, HRSA secretary


Pécsi Tudományegyetem Közgazdaságtudományi Kar (7622 Pécs, Rákóczi út 80.) Map


We reserve the right to change the program.


We are looking forward to meeting you at the Annual Conference of HRSA in Pécs.

Kind regards,
Zoltán Gál, President of HRSA

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