European Economic Association organises its first virtual congress from ‘Rotterdam’
From 24 to 27 August 2020, Rotterdam is the virtual host city of the 35th European Economic Association Congress. Whilst the international association was very excited to be hosted by Erasmus School of Economics for an ‘in person’ congress in Rotterdam, the global challenges of COVID-19 forced the association to reconsider and to organise a virtual congress.
In the last six months Prof. Philip Hans Franses and Ronald de Groot of Erasmus School of Economics, together with Marije Stofregen of Congress & Event Services and Evita Hoogeveen of Faector, have continued to accompany the European Economic Association on its virtual journey. This has led to the virtual congress platform, fondly nick-named EEAflix, which allows the association to expand its online initiatives in the future, and reach out to people who for a number of reasons may not always be able to join in-person events.
Philip Hans Franses, Chair of the local organising committee, is pleased that the four-day congress is taking place in this form and that Rotterdam is virtually the host city: ‘It makes it all very special that Erasmus School of Economics and the City of Rotterdam are still able to put their mark on this upcoming congress. Not least because of the support of 25 students of our School, who will act as ZOOM ‘Room Managers’ from the Rotterdam Marriott Hotel, to ensure that the scientific sessions will go smoothly during the congress days.’
About the European Economic Association
The European Economic Association is an international scientific body, with membership open to all persons involved or interested in economics. The aims of the European Economic Association are amongst others to contribute to the development and application of economics as a science in Europe and to improve communication and exchange between teachers, researchers and students in economics in the different European countries.