Between 2001 and 2005 the RRSA organised an international conference every year. Since 2005 this conference has been organised every two years, in parallel with the diversification of the association’s activities (round tables, workshops, seminars). The first three conferences were held in Bucharest, at the Academy of Economic Studies. Then, universities from other cities such as Galati (South-East Region), Timisoara (West Region), Alba Iulia (Centre Region), Baia Mare (North-West Region), Cluj-Napoca (North-West Region), Suceava (North-East Region) have been also great organisers. All conferences have proved the scientific, institutional and geographical diversity of the association as well as an important interest of foreign participants.

Outstanding scholars of the international regional science community have warmly supported these conferences with keynote speeches and messages. Among them there are Geoffrey Hewings and Charles Leven (U.S.A.), Peter Nijkamp, Jouke van Dijk and Karima Kourtit (the Netherlands), Roberta Capello (Italy), Manfred M. Fischer (Austria), Andres Rodriguez-Pose (U.K.), Angelo Rossi (Switzerland), Takeo Ihara and Harunori Shishido (Japan), Jean-Marie Huriot and Lise Bourdeau-Lepage (France), Ewa Bojar and Maciej Turala (Poland), Gyula Horvath (Hungary).

Mrs. Corina Cretu, the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, sent a message for the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Conference in Suceava.

The next international conference is scheduled for 2017 and will be hosted by the “Constantin Brancoveanu” University at Pitesti (South Region).

The members of the RRSA are also active participants in the ERSA congresses, their number substantially growing after Romania’s accession to the European Union. Participations in the world congresses of the RSAI, in the ERSA and RSAI summer schools, in conferences organised by national sections can be mentioned as well.

On May 9-12, 2012 the 9th World Congress of the RSAI – “Changing Spatial Patterns in a Globalising World” – took place at Timisoara, the charming city located in the West Region of Romania. It was jointly organized by the Regional Science Association International, the Romanian Regional Science Association and the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of the West University of Timisoara, with the large support of local authorities. More than 150 papers were presented by 220 participants from 32 countries, the top positions being occupied by Romania (37), Japan (22), Italy (16), United States (15), Germany (14), Spain (12), Brazil (9), the Netherlands (9), Poland (9), Serbia (5).