IX Conference of the Spanish-Portuguese Association of Resources and Environmental Economics

2-3 September, 2021

University of Lleida, Catalonia, Spain

Important dates

  • December 9th, 2019: Opening of the Call for papers.
  • March 13th, 2020: Deadline for paper submission.
  • March 31st, 2020: Communication of the acceptance decision.
  • April 30th, 2020: Deadline for paper submission to Best Paper Award.
  • June 13th, 2020: Deadline for submitting full papers of the long abstracts accepted for the conference.
  • June 26th, 2020: Preliminary program.
  • June 30th, 2020: Deadline for early registration. Authors should register before this date.
  • August 26th, 2020: Final Registration possibility.
  • September 2nd – September 3rd, 2021: Conference

Submit your paper

Call for papers

Deadline for papers submissions extended to March 13th, 2020.
Long abstract will also be accepted.

The Spanish-Portuguese Association of Natural and Environmental Resources Economics (AERNA)  is glad to announce its IX AERNA Conference that will take place at the University of Lleida on the 3rd and 4th of September, 2020.

The call for papers is now open and submissions on all relevant topics related to Environmental and Natural Resource Economics are invited. As in former editions, the IX AERNA Conference is interested on both theoretical and applied research in the broad field of environmental and natural resource economics. The deadline for papers submissions has been extended to March 13th, 2020. Long abstract will also be accepted. We encourage to submit papers written in English. Submissions in Spanish and in Portuguese will also be possible, however, these presentations will be pool together in special sessions. Young researchers and PhD students who wish to attend are most welcome. All submissions will undergo the regular peer review process. Notification of submission acceptance is expected by March 31th, 2020.


AERNA Best Paper Award for an Economist under the Age of Forty

During the Conference, AERNA is granting its AERNA Best Paper Award for an Economist under the Age of Forty, a recognition given to the best paper presented by a young economist at the AERNA’s Annual Conference. The Award aims to reward new ideas addressing key environmental and resource economic issues at the national, European, and global scale. Both theoretical and empirical papers will be considered without any restriction on topics. Priority will be given to papers by a single author or multiple authors complying with the age requirement. There is a monetary reward of €500 for the presenter of the winning paper. The Selection Committee is formed by a person appointed by AERNA Council, acting as a chair, and two persons appointed by the Chairs of the Programme Committee. All eligible presenters can submit their candidacy to the Award at the paper submission process.

GRANTS for Young Economist

The Board of AERNA has approved ten grants for young economists of €500 each. PhD students and scholars that got their PhD after December 31, 2015 can apply for a grant. All eligible candidates can apply for the grant at the paper submission process. The financial help will only be granted if the submitted paper is accepted for presentation. If the number of applications were larger than the number of grants a Selection Committee appointed by AERNA Council will select the beneficiaries of the grants based mainly in the quality of the papers. The applicants will receive a confirmation that they have obtained the grant accompanying the acceptance letter of their submission. In order to receive the grant, the beneficiaries should sent to the AERNA Secretariat (secretaria@aerna.org) the attendance certification and the bank information.


Coming soon



Keynote speakers

Stefan Ambec
INRA Research Professor
Toulouse School of Economics

Mar Reguant
Associate Professor
Northwestern University


Organizing Committee


Montserrat Viladrich Grau (University of Lleida)


Mercè Clop Gallart (University of Lleida)
Esther Estruch Bosch (University of Lleida)
María Isabel Juárez Rubio (University of Lleida)
Francisco Juárez Rubio (University of Lleida)
Ramon Saladrigues Solé (University of Lleida)

Scientific Committee


María José Gutiérrez Huerta (University of the Basque Country)
Montserrat Viladrich Grau (University of Lleida)


Carmen Arguedas (Autonomous University of Madrid)
Francisco André (Complutense University of Madrid)
Jose Belbute (University of Évora)
Esther Blanco (University of Innsbruck)
Simone Borguesi (University of Siene)
Francisco Cabo (University of Valladolid)
Alejandro Caparrós (Institute for Public Goods and Policies-CSIC)
Julia de Frutos (University of Barcelona)
Michael Finus (University of Graz)
Sofia Franco (NOVA School of Business and Economics)
Ibon Galarraga (Basque Center for Climate Change)
Renan Goetz (University of Girona)
Elena Górriz (European Forest Institute, EFIMED)
Itziar Lazkano (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
María Pilar Martínez García (University of Murcia)
Guiomar Martín-Herran (University of Valladolid)
Arantza Murillas (AZTI-Tecnalia)
Nuria Oses (Public University of Navarra)
José Luis Oviedo (Institute of Marine Sciences of Andalusia, CSIC, Puerto Real)
Cristina Pizarro-Irizar (University of the Basque Country)
Sonia Quiroga (University of Alcalá de Henares)
Margarita Robaina (University of Aveiro)
Renato Rosa (Nova School of Business and Economics)
Sandra Rousseau (KU Leuven)
Luca Taschini (London School of Economics and University of Verona)
Àngels Xabadia (University of Girona)


Best Publication Award

AERNA is granting its AERNA Best Publication Award...

During the Conference, AERNA is granting its AERNA Best Publication Award, a recognition given at the AERNA’s Annual Conference to the best paper published by a member of AERNA in scientific journals during the past two years (2018-2019).

The Award aims to reward the effort done by the members of AERNA to get visibility in the international arena through the publication of their research in journals of recognized prestige. There is a monetary reward of €1,000 for the winners.

For applying to the Award, at least 50% of the authors must be members of the Association. The Selection Committee is formed by a person appointed by the AERNA Council, acting as a chair, and two persons appointed by the Chairs of the Programme Committee. All interested members in applying for the Award may submit a PDF copy of the paper through the Conference web page.

The deadline for submission is the 30th of April 2020. The applicants must commit to attend the Conference to participate personally in the Award Ceremony. The winner/s are exempt of paying the registration fee. The members of the Selection Committee may propose papers to be considered for the Award.

Please, if you want to apply for this award send your paper (only in pdf) to: fundacio@udl.cat


Registration fee categoriesEarly Registration (until May 15th)Late Registration (after May 15th)
AERNA member300 €360 €
Joining or renewing biennial membership360 €420 €
PhD Student – AERNA member150 €180 €
PhD Student – Joining or renewing biennial membership180 €210 €
Accompanying person100 €120 €

Presenting authors of accepted papers must register and pay the registration fee before May 15th , 2020 in order to have their papers included in the final program.

The fee includes:

  • Attendance to all scientific sessions
  • Official documentation of the conference
  • Certificate of attendance
  • 2 Lunches
  • 1 Gala dinner
  • Coffee Breaks
35% Discount in RENFE

The attendees of the «AERNA conference» can get a 35% discount on their train tickets.

The offer is valid for all AVE and Long Distance trains of national routes without being possible to combine it with other discounts.

The Conference attendee who requests the discount will receive a voucher that can be presented at any authorized point of sale (train stations and travel agencies) to obtain the discount when buying the ticket. Likewise, tickets can be purchased by Internet:       http://www.renfe.com/viajeros/tarifas/eventos_tutorial.html

A printed copy of the voucher must be carried on by the Conference attendee while travelling in order to be submitted to any access control or to RENFE staff who can ask for it.

To obtain the 35% of RENFE voucher discount you must request it from the conference organizing committee (fundacio@udl.cat), once formalized the inscription.



Lleida is a medium-size city well communicated that combines good local products, gastronomic experiences, history and cultural manifestations.

The IX AERNA Conference will be held in the Cappont campus of the University of Lleida, located on the South side of the Segre River.

The Conference will take place in the Centre de Cultures i Cooperació Transfronterera (carrer Jaume II, 67 – 25001 Lleida).

The venue is from a walkable distance of the historic city center and from a range of hotels and Lleida’s tourist attractions. Cappont campus is also served by city busses.

For more information about Lleida, please visit Tourism Lleida website.


Accommodation and travel

Where to stay

You can find here a complete list of hotels and other type of establishment in Lleida.

The closest ones from the venue are:

Ciudad de Lleida (about 12 min walking)
C/ Unió, 8
25002 Lleida
Tel. (34) 973 283 910
Fax (34) 973 283 911

Parador de Lleida (about 10 min walking)
C/ Cavallers, 15
(Pedestrian Access only)
(Parking available at C/ La Palma 21-23)
25002 Lleida
Tel. (34) 973 004 866

Hotel Real (about 9 min walking)
Av. Blondel, 22
25002 Lleida
Tel. (34) 973 239 405

In September, there is also the possibility to have a room in the University Residence located in the Cappont Campus (about 3 min walking from the venue).

Residencia Universitaria Campus de Lleida
C/ de Jaume II, 75
25001 Lleida
Tel. (34) 902 400 477

How to reach Lleida

By plane

Both major international airports, Barcelona-El Prat and Madrid-Barajas, are located in cities with a good connection with Lleida-Pirineus station by High Speed Train (AVE) and other fast trains (AVANT or Altaria). It takes about one hour from Barcelona-Sants Station and a little more than two hours from Madrid-Atocha Station.

From Barcelona-El Prat airport

  • Take the R2 Nord train from the airport railway station situated at Terminal 2 to go directly to Barcelona-Sants station. There are trains every 30 min (from 5h45 to 23h38). You can also take the Aerobus to Plaça d’Espanya, and then L3 metro in direction of Zona Universitaria and get off at Estació Sants.
  • Once at Barcelona-Sants station, take an AVE or AVANT train to Lleida-Pirineus station (see “by train” section for more details.

From Madrid-Barajas airport

  • The airport is connected to Madrid-Atocha station by metro with some line transfers and the trip will take about 45 to 60 minutes. The Terminal 4 is also connected to Atocha by train with the line C-1. There are trains every 30 minutes (from 5h59 until 0h15) and the trip takes 25 minutes. Train is free for those who have an AVE ticket.
  • Once at Madrid-Atocha station, take an AVE train to Lleida-Pirineus Station (see “by train” section for more details.


By train

Lleida Pirineus Railway station – Pl. Ramon Berenguer IV. s/n – 25006 LLeida

High speed train is the fastest way to reach Lleida from Barcelona and Madrid. A discount of 35% is available for AERNA conference attendees who choose to travel to Lleida by train (please ask for the voucher before to purchase your ticket by sending an email to fundacio@udl.cat). Travel time is about 1h from Barcelona and 2h15 from Madrid. Make sure to verify the time table before to buy your ticket (slower trains are also scheduled!). Schedules can be consulted online and online purchase can be done on Renfe website. Instructions for online purchase with the voucher can be found here (Spanish only).


By bus

Lleida Bus Station – carrer Saracibar, 2 – 25002 Lleida

There is a direct bus connection from Barcelona-El Prat airport to Lleida with ALSA. However, it is important to notice that the journey is about 3h because the bus stops really often on the way to Lleida. Schedule can be consulted online and online purchase can be done on ALSA website.


By car

Lleida is well connected by car to Barcelona and Madrid. From Barcelona airport, Autopista AP-7 (toll motorway) which connects to Autopista AP-2 (toll motorway) or Autovia A-2 (free motorway) will bring you to Lleida, while Autovia A-2 (free motorway) will take you from Madrid. Others important national roads crossing Catalonia pass by Lleida.


Conference Secretariat:
Fundació Universitat de Lleida
Campus Cappont
25001 Lleida
+34 973 00 35 57

Organized by:

With the support of: