German-French Planning Seminar
Institute of Environmental Planning, Department of Regional Planning and Regional Science, University of Hanover
Dipl.-Ing. Meike Levin-Keitel (since 2007)
Dr. Annette Lang (1999-2006)
Dr. Frank Scholles (since 1993)
Dipl.-Ing. Richard Popp (1978-1991)
Prof. Dr. Hans Günter Barth (until 2003)
Ecole polytechnique, Département Aménagement de l'Université de Tours
Marc André Philippe (since 2004)
Dr. Eric Thomas (since 2000)
Prof. Bernard Leroi (1992-2003)
Prof. Gustave Vergneau (1989-1993)
Prof. René Perrin (1977-1992)
Since 1977, the German-French Planning Seminar (GFPS) is regularly run by the Universities of Hannover and Tours. It originalliy began as a co-operation of the Institute of Regional Planning and Regional Science (Prof. Dr. Barth) and University of Aix-en-Provence (Prof. Perrin). When Prof. Perrin changed to C.E.S.A. Tours in 1981, it became a regular feature of the curricula of both institutions. After reorganisations in both universities in the years 2004 and 2005, Ecole Polytechnique and the Institute of Environmentasl Planning collaborate with their respective spatial planning departments.
The location of the GFPS alternates annually between a German and a French region. The subjects focus on regional planning, urban planning, tourism, natur conservation, countryside management, and regional policies.
Apart from these contents, the seminar aims at fostering exchanged and understanding each other by analyzing and comparing the different planning systems and approaches in the two countries. Comparative dissertations and research projects and a regular exchange of students and staff within the EU's SOCRATES programme have also resulted from this activity.
The GFPS is financially and ideally subsidised by the German-French Office for the Youth.