“As a Ph.D. candidate at a school with a small Ph.D. program, the Summer Institute In Economic Geography was a perfect way to develop a group of peers in the field. Everyone was capable and interesting, and someone you could talk with for hours. The sessions were engaging and the faculty terrific—and very supportive.”

Peter Wissoker, doctoral researcher, Department of City & Regional Planning Cornell University

“As an early-career researcher I could not imagine a better event that would help me to learn so much about my chosen discipline and put me in touch with so many other scholars interested in economic geography. The opportunities to interact with other academics (both other young researchers and well-established scholars), to exchange research ideas and to initiate future collaborations which the SIEG event in Frankfurt offered to me are exceptional in every respect and cannot be matched by any other event which I have taken part in, or which I am aware of. The idea behind SIEG, the commitment with which it is organised and the benefits which it offers to its participants are truly invaluable. I would wholeheartedly recommend SIEG to every young economic geographer whose ambition is to become a high-quality researcher and academic. There’s surely no better place to start!”

Piotr Niewiadomski, PhD, Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Aberdeen

“The Summer Institute in Economic Geography, which I attended in Frankfurt in 2014, was a particularly meaningful and memorable academic and personal experience. It was truly a unique event that enabled both the intensive exchange of academic ideas and perspectives as well as the building of lasting community bonds. Going well beyond the script of a strictly academic conference, the Summer Institute’s sessions, meetings and social gatherings cut to the multifaceted heart of what it means to be an economic geographer. It has been inspiring to see that so many people remain in contact, and that the generative process that began at the SIEG has flourished into social as well as collaborative networks. For my part, I would like to remain involved with this project and contribute in any possible way to ensure its continuation, since I consider it an institution that plays a key role in building the present and future of Economic Geography.”

Luis Felipe Alvarez León, doctoral researcher, Department of Geography, UCLA

“The 2014 Summer Institute in Economic Geography was one of the most important academic events I have had the fortune of attending. While every facet of the meeting was superlative, the opportunity to spend time with economic geographers from different parts of the world, working on diverse topics, was invaluable both intellectually and socially. These connections will bear fruit throughout my career and have already led to collaborative projects that would not have happened otherwise.”

Patrick Bigger, PhD, Marie Curie Research Fellow in Political Ecology, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester

"Thanks to the summer institute got to know a bunch of fantastic young economic geographers from around the world, several of whom I'm still in touch with today. Since the summer institute I feel part of the economic geography research community—much more than before. It greatly broadened and deepened my understanding of economic geography. I wouldn't want to have missed it."

Karin Schwiter, PhD, research group leader, Department or Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland