ESEE 2025 in Portugal

The 27th ESEE conference will be organised by the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, in Vila Real (Portugal). MAny thanks to our Portuguese colleagues!

Livia Madureira is the new president of the  International Scientific Committee of the 27th ESEE. Congratulations!

Why organising ESEE 2025 in Vila Real?

UTAD has contributed to ESEE steering Committee for a long time (Artur Cristóvão), and the 10th ESEE was organized in Portugal in 1991 (1-9th September). Livia and Artur have been part of the scientific committee of the ESEE 2015 (NL, Wageningen), 2017 (GR, Chania), 2019 (IT, Acireale), 2021 (IR, online) and 2023 (FR, Toulouse). The Social Sciences group of UTAD (DESG/CETRAD) has a vast experience in organizing international conferences ( They have been involved in relevant European projects related with innovation and farm advice such as MULTIAGRI, PROAKIS, AGRILINK, and currently in AGROSERV (Integrated SERVices supporting a sustainable AGROecological transition)

The University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro

The University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, located in Vila Real, is a high-level institution, dedicated to the creation, transmission and diffusion of culture, knowledge and science. Located in a developing region, it promotes entrepreneurship in a close relationship with the community, its bodies, institutions and the world of business, deepens scientific knowledge, develops technology and seeks to respond to global, national and regional problems. Set in an eco-campus which integrates one of Europe’s largest Botanical Gardens, it has modern facilities, libraries, laboratories, online services and sports facilities, and offers many opportunities in the cultural field that are accessible to its students, teachers and researchers and to other workers, as well as to the community at large. Its Social Services are known for their excellence, providing access to scholarships, modern university residences, canteens, restaurants, computer rooms and support in the areas of medicine, psychology and nutrition. UTAD students are important assets in academic life.


Vila Real

Perching on top of a headland, Vila Real preserves stately houses adorned with coats of arms, Manueline windows and traditional wrought iron balconies. It is an old city, located on the confluence of the Rivers Corgo and Cabril, framed by the Alvão and Marão Mountains to the west, and the Serra de Montemuro to the south. An inland city, it boasts a waterfront avenue over a deep ravine along which the River Corgo flows. Avenida Carvalho Araújo, bordered by traditional cobbled pavements, runs across the city, leading at one end to the 19th century Town Hall building. Further along is the Gothic Cathedral and, opposite, a 16th century house with Manueline windows which houses the Tourist Office. As you continue your stroll between Avenida Carvalho Araújo and the waterfront avenue, amid stately houses and shopping streets, you will get to the liveliest and most typical part of Vila Real. This is where the Misericórdia Church and the Clérigos Church are to be found, the latter a masterpiece by the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni. Take a moment to admire the balconies decorated with iron railings and the granite framed windows which form a gallery of genuinely Portuguese civic architecture.

Vila Real

The new International Scientific Committee

During the Business meeting of the conference, some changes were approved in the composition of the International Scientific Committee.

Tom Kelly, Michael Kügler, Magnus Ljung and Eelke Wielinga have withdrawn from the committee. We want really want to thank them for their engagement in ESEE community and their contribution to many events.

New people join the Committee: Lisa Blix Germundsson, Ataharul Chowdhury, Jorie Knook, Fernando Landini, Tim Ndah, Magnus Ljung, Micheline Marie-Sainte, David Rose, Tomás Russell, Hanna Tamsalu. Thank you!