Professor Maros Finka was for a number of years Director of the Institute of Spatial Planning at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Vice-Chancellor of the University, recently director of Central European Research and Training Centre in Spatial Planning – Centre of Excellence EU. Prof. Finka has participated in more than 40 national and more than 35 international research projects, in more than 30 national and 20 international projects as the project or team leader covering the topics of European spatial planning, urban development and regeneration and environmental planning. He is the member of national and international scientific boards, member of German Academy for Spatial Research and Planning, member of advisory boards of Slovak Ministry of Environemnt and Slovak Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development, Ministry of Inner Affairs of the Federal State Rheinland Pfalz.He works as the expert at the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the SR, as the expert of United Nations Organisation for Habitat III. He is also widely published in books and international planning journals (Author or co-author of 41 books, more than 80 published papers, more than 100 papers presented at the international scientific events. As the Chairman of the SPA-CE.NET – Network of Spatial Research Institutions in Central and Eastern Europe he is considered to be one of the leading academics in CEE countries in the field of spatial planning. He was awarded as Scientist of the Year in Slovakia.