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A final virtual seminar on “22 years of Uddevalla Symposium – summing up and important contributions” was arranged by the University West on November 24th 2020 due to that there will be no more Uddevalla Symposia arranged. The background was due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a decision to cancel the 23rd Uddevalla Symposium was forced to be taken.Furthermore a difficult and unfortunate but necessary decision not to continue to organize this series of great and unique Uddevalla Symposia has been taken. It is now the end of an era!

Discussions and reflections on the impact of the Uddevalla Symposia has been to research like; what we have learnt and what we may expect for the future, took place.To this seminar the followint co-operating colleagues who have been co-organizers and/or contributed in different ways refleced on this theme.

Professor Maryann P. Feldman, University of North Carolina, USA.
Professor Kingsley E. Haynes, George Mason University, USA.
Professor Helen Lawton Smith, Birkbeck, University of London, UK.
Professor David  B. Audretsch, Indiana University, USA.
Professor Roberta Capello, Politecnico di Milano, Italy.
Professor Olav Sorensen, UCLA, Anderson School of Management, USA.
Professor Peter Nijkamp, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Professor Philip McCann, Sheffield University Management School, UK.
Assoc. Prof. Kristina Nyström, The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden.
Professor Dr. Michael Fritsch, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany.
Professor Hans Westlund, The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden.
Professor Elin Wihlborg, Linköping University, Sweden.

Final report "23 years of the Uddevalla Symposium 1998-2020" 
A report aiming to give an overview broadly summarized, and with reflections on the contributions of 23 years of scientific work within the Uddevalla Symposium has been written. Authours; Iréne Bernhard, Urban Gråsjö and Charlie Karlsson published by University West. Find the publication on "News".


The symposium is designed to bring together leading-edge views of senior academic scholars and mix them with the critical and creative views of post-docs and PhD students engaged in their thesis work.

Following the tradition established by the previous symposia, starting in 1998, we welcome researchers from various fields, such as economic geography, entrepreneurship, international business, management, political science, regional economics, small business economics, sociology and urban and regional planning.Here you can find summaries from the previous symposia


We regularly organize regional seminars at University West to which we invite regional actors to seminars in order to get knowledge on actual research results from recent Uddevalla Symposia. Most of these seminars are given in Swedish.

Regional seminars with actual research from the Uddevalla Symposia.