WVPU Hosts Spatial Econometrics Association (SEA) Conference

On June 11th and 12th, Webster Vienna hosted the 12th World Conference of the Spatial Econometrics Association (SEA). Nearly 80 participants descended on Palais Wenkheim from all over the world for the two day conference, which consisted of breakout sessions, poster presentations, invited and keynote speeches, a roundtable featuring preeminent scholars, as well as a gala-style conference dinner.

Conference Participants listen to a keynote speech by James LeSage.

Spatial Econometrics explores the intersection of spatial analysis and econometrics. Some of the field’s most influential researchers served as invited speakers, including Roger Bivand, Daniel Griffith, and Ingmar Prucha. Keynote speakers included both Bernard Fingleton of Cambridge University and James P. LeSage of the University of Texas at Dallas.

The SEA 2018 featured a gala conference dinner in the atrium of Palais Wenkheim.

One young, promising researcher in the field, Kateryna Zabarina, was awarded the Jean Paelinck Prize. The prize is given out each year to a young researcher who has presented an original paper.

The 2018 Jean Paelinck Prize was awarded to Kateryna Zabarina.

Dr. Antonakakis, department head of business and management, was instrumental in bringing the conference to Webster Vienna. “I got acquainted with the chairman of the Spatial Econometric Association (SEA), Prof. Giuseppe Arbia, in Rome back in 2013 during my attendance at the Spatial Econometrics Advanced Institute. In 2017 Prof. Arbia approached me with the proposition to organize the 2018 version of the prestigious SEA conference at Webster University in Vienna, which I gladly accepted. The rest is history!”

Keynote speaker Bernard Fingleton of the University of Cambridge presents his research on Brexit.

Dr. Ioannis Chatziantoniou helped to spearhead the academic program and local organization of the conference. “I am really happy that the Conference provided a forum for very interesting paper presentations and beneficial discussions on the relevant topics. The level of the studies that were presented was indeed very high.” Dr. Chatziantoniou went on to say, “it should also be emphasized that a key aspect of the success of the conference was the warm participation of the SEA professorial team who offered their useful comments and insights to session presenters helping them improve their future work. Many thanks to everyone who helped make this conference a big success.”

Flowers decorated the atrium for the conference dinner.