14th SOCHER Meeting 2024 | 1st SOCHER Summer School 2024, December 10-13, 2024 University of Concepción Campus Chillán

The 14th SOCHER Meeting 2024 will take place on December 11, 12, and 13, 2024, at the University of Concepción Campus Chillán, Chile.

For this year, the meeting will focus on  "Innovation and associativity for local development". As is tradition, our meeting includes a series of activities, both academic, research dissemination as well as social activities that encourage the interaction of researchers. The meeting will take place between December 11 and 13 of this year at the Chillán Campus of the University of Concepción.  You are invited to submit works in the areas of economics, geography, planning, sociology, anthropology, administration and other related areas, whose object of analysis considers space as one of the main dimensions analyzed. 

Important dates

Submission of summaries or complete articles:  from May 23  to September 8, 2024.

Results notification: September  30  , 2024.

Early registration payment (reduced rate):  from May 23  to October 20, 2024 SOCHER Member and non-Member modalities.  To check validity as a SOCHER Member , consult RSAI ID  or here . RSAI membership benefits can be found here. * 

Applications for the  Andrew " Andy " Isserman Recognition :  from May 23 to September 8, 2024.

* The advance invoice option will be offered as required by meeting participants. A web form will be enabled with the data necessary for the billing process.

Inquiries should be directed to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More details of the meeting such as Keynotes, special sessions, among others, will be announced soon. 

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The 1st SOCHER Summer School 2024 will be held on December 10 and 11 at the University of Concepción Campus Chillán, Chile.

The Chilean Society of Regional Studies SOCHER, in collaboration with the School of Administration and Business (EAN) of the University of Concepción Campus Chillán (Chile) and with the financial support of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) through the " Nurturing " program new talent ", is pleased to announce the organization of the  1st SOCHER 2024 Summer School  that will take place at the Chillán Campus of the University of Concepción, from December 10 to 11, 2024.

This 1st edition is pioneering in its nature in the SOCHER meetings and will have as its main theme  "Measuring Regional Disparities: Spatial Methods and Applications" . 

Preliminary program

The program will offer theoretical and applied sessions for graduate students beginning their academic careers, focusing on new approaches and techniques for measuring and visualizing regional disparities. Topics of spatial econometrics, spatial analysis, GIS (Geographic Information System) and regional policy evaluation will be covered, with special attention to disparities in Chile and other international contexts. In addition, the program includes a special module on academic writing and writing scientific articles.

The  1st SOCHER Summer School  2024  will offer participants the opportunity to present their research work in progress or thesis in a special SOCHER session and receive feedback from their peers and specialized audience. 


The Summer School will be held entirely in Spanish. However, the reading material may be in English or Spanish. 


The 1st SOCHER 2024 Summer School will focus on postgraduate students and has a registration cost of $50,000 per person, limited spaces. This registration entitles you to participate in all the modules offered, coffee breaks, as well as proof of participation at the end of the activity. Once the quotas are filled, the registration option on the platform will be disabled.

Although this activity focuses on postgraduate students who are beginning their academic careers, it is also open to SOCHER Members and Non-Members , who can register on the SOCHER 2024  Even3 Meeting page .

Participation scholarships*,**,***

Thanks to the financial support of the RSAI, a limited number of participation scholarships are available that cover registration in the Summer School, accommodation from December 9 to 13, during School and SOCHER 2024, and lunches on the 10th and 11th. December  for graduate students who demonstrate a need for financial support .

In relation to the scholarship allocation criteria, applicants must consider the following aspects:

  • Argue the need for financial support to participate in the Summer School.
  • Attach CV of the applicant.
  • Attach research work/thesis in progress.
  • Commitment to participate in a special SOCHER session presenting your work/thesis in progress.
  • Letter of support  from your thesis guide professor, or recommending professor that explains the background of the graduate program, the applicant's profile and how participation in the Summer School will benefit the achievement of your research project or thesis in progress. If you do not yet have a guiding teacher, you can attach a letter of recommendation from a teacher who knows the curricular trajectory/performance of the person applying for financial support, indicating their support in the application.

The selection of scholarship recipients is subject to assignment criteria that include area of ​​expertise, as well as the evaluation of the background information presented that justifies the financial support to participate in this activity. 

Applications will be received through the following form : https://forms.gle/4g7v66vddcch4TkV9 .

*It should be noted that the financial support through scholarships for participation in the SOCHER 2024 Summer School does not include the registration fee for the SOCHER 2024 Meeting, which guarantees member status and RSAI membership. More information about membership can be found here .

**Fellowship holders must present their research work in a special session of SOCHER 2024. For non-fellowship holders, this option will be available , but subject to event planning and program.

***The background evaluation guideline will soon be made available to applicants.

Inquiries should be directed to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


More information at: https://www.even3.cl/e/socher2024?lang=en%3Flang%3Dpt%3Flang%3Den

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