On 28-29th of August the 54th annual ERSA Congress was held in Cork, and our team member Márta Bisztray was among those who had a chance to present their research. ERSA (European Regional Science Association) is an international group, connecting different kinds of regional sciences. In addition to their annual conferences, they also organize summer schools and hand out awards for prominent scientists. This year, Márti presented two of her papers. One of them was about the role of corporate relationships in firms’ FDI decisions. This presentation, titled ‘Do friends follow each other?’, can be found here. The other sought to answer how a plant’s closure affects smaller firms operating in the plant’s proximity. The presentation can be viewed here.