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 Rethinking Economic Geography in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution:
 Manufacturing, Entrepreneurship, Employment and Industry 4.0

 October 2-4, 2019 Budapest (Hungary)

Local Conference Organization:
Geographical Institute, Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Budapest)
under the umbrella of
the International Geographical Union (IGU)
Commission on ‘The Dynamics of Economic Spaces’ (CDES)


Call for Papers Conference theme, invitation, major thematic fields, conference publication, important deadlines

Conference Theme

Rethinking Economic Geography in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution:
Manufacturing, Entrepreneurship, Employment and Industry 4.0


In the course of history there were several industrial revolutions. Each of them had its special characteristics and own driving forces, which induced enormous changes in all fields of life. In the 21st century, after the latest economic crisis, the modern economy has to face newer challenges. We are at the dawn of a new era, which is the fourth industrial revolution. It is also known as industry 4.0 based on automation, digitalization and robotization. The new digital industrial technology contributes to the increasing networking and deepening vertical and horizontal integration. New technologies and the feats of industry 4.0 will have a great impact on the economy and society but to a different degree in time and space. Industry 4.0 results in the transformation of the operation of companies and breaking up value chains into smaller ones. Networks which are today already the fundamental units of economy will also transform. Industry 4.0 can be also connected to smart specialization which can promote the development of regions and reduce the spatial differences among them. From the aspect of the conference particularly important is, how the economy, mainly manufacturing, enterprises, employment and economic spaces will be affected.

New models of traditional industrial production are starting to develop which will bring very considerable changes. The borders between manufacturing and services, producers and consumers will be blurred. Traditional industrial production increasingly transforms and it will have geographical or spatial consequences too. The real world will merge with the virtual one, and this means a new economic space for human activity. Everything (location choice, production, manufacturing, services, enterprises, upgrading in value chains and labor force on macro and micro levels), the whole economic space and its dynamics will change and new challenges will appear. What are those regions where industry 4.0 is more advanced and why? Will the center-periphery dichotomy increase further, or will new opportunities open for peripheries in the age of digitalization? All these changes, new approaches and new perspectives will be required from researchers. This conference in Budapest will offer a great opportunity to discuss these issues in detail.

We do hope that you will accept our call for papers and submit your abstract by 25 August, 2019.

Major thematic fields

of the autumn conference focusing on the dynamics of economic spaces in connection with the fourth industrial revolution are the following:

  • Economic Geography meets Industry 4.0, geographical perspectives

  • Implementation of industry 4.0, smart manufacturing

  • Sharing economy and platform economy

  • Entrepreneurship and firm level adjustment

  • New challenges for location choice and relocation

  • Cooperation and competition: clusters, networks

  • Upgrading in global value chains and 4th industrial revolution

  • Transforming industrial spaces, central-peripheral regions

  • Disruptive innovations and Industry 4.0

  • Pressure on employment and labor

  • Smart specialization and Industry 4.0

  • Governmental attitudes and regional development policies

Conference Publication

All papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in an edited book of the Commission Series after the conference. Details:
Another publication possibility for selected papers is the special issue of a peer-reviewed journal (Hungarian Geographical Bulletin) published in Hungary.


Deadline for Registration and Abstract Submission

25 August, 2019

Date of Conference

2-4 October, 2019

Final version of papers

30 November, 2019

Publishing can be expected in


Registration & Submission Registration, Guidelines to Abstract, fees


All participants are required to make the registration via ConfTool online registration system.

Online Registration and Abstract Submission

Guidelines for Abstract

Paper’s abstract: up to 250 words in word format. To introduce the motivation, aim, methods, major results of the research. Keywords: up to 5 words. Including: authors’ names and titles, occupation, email address, affiliation/institutions

Conference Fees

The registration fee includes: coffee breaks, lunches, welcome party, conference materials.


Bank transfer after registration, payment details will be sent by an automatic e-mail.
No refund.

Participation Fee

EUR 200
per person

Student Fee

EUR 150

per person

Gala Dinner


per person

Field Trip


per person

Conference Venue

Location in the heart of the city.

The conference will take place in Budapest: in the main building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Széchenyi square, at the foot of Chain bridge, Pest side). It is located in the centre of the city.

1051 Budapest Széchenyi István tér 9.


About IGU-DES International Geographic Union (IGU) - Dynamic of Economic Spaces

The IGU Commission on The Dynamics of Economic Spaces

The IGU Commission on The Dynamics of Economic Spaces (DES) aims to extend international research and scholarship in economic geography through

IGU DES wants to promote international collaboration in research activity and the dissemination of research findings, as well as to facilitate the transfer of knowledge about economic geography and associated policy-related issues between countries and institutions. The commission wants to play a leading international role in the development, promulgation and dissemination of new ideas in economic geography through the development of a strong analytical perspective on the processes, problems and policies associated with the dynamics of local and regional economies as they are incorporated into a globalized world economy.

With the organization of mini-conferences the IGU Commission on “The Dynamics of Economic Spaces” aims to bring together small groups of scholars for in-depth discussion on some of the latest issues in the field of economic geography.

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Programme (later will be load up, depends on the number of participants)

Wednesday, Oct 2nd

  • Opening ceremony, session(s), welcome party

Thursday, Oct 3rd

  • 09:00 - 11:00 - Sessions

  • 11:00 - 11:30 - Coffee Break

  • 11:30 - 13:30 - Sessions

  • 13:30 - 15:00 - Lunch

  • 15:00 - 17:00 - Sessions

  • 19:00 - Gala Dinner (maybe on a cruise with evening sight seeing on the River Danube)

Friday, Oct 4th

  • 09:00 - 19:00 - Field trip by bus to the town Esztergom

    • Visiting Suzuki car factory in the industrial park: Industry 4.0 in practice on local level
    • Lunch in the town
    • Visiting the largest Basilica in Hungary
    • Returning back to Budapest on a different way in the Danube bend

General Information Accomodation, Weather, Currency, Transport


It has to be arranged by individually, below: some hotels located close to the Academy.


The weather in Budapest in October is usually mild, dry, with sunshine. The average temperature is about 12°C, the maximum 15°C and the minimum 9°C. This time is the Indian summer, or the Old Women’s Summer.


The official currency is the Hungarian Forint. 1EUR = about HUF 320.


Budapest has a good international flight, railway and road connections.

If you arrive at the Liszt Ferenc Airport Terminal 2, from there you can take:

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   Éva Kiss
   +36-1-309-2600/1455 ext.

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