18th European Week of Regions and Cities
University Sessions Online Event
12-15 October 2020, SQUARE, Brussels Convention Centre, Belgium

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In the light of ongoing social distancing and health risks, the #EURegionsWeek University Sessions will be organised as an online events.

The #EURegionsWeek is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance. The meeting is held in Brussels, organised and led by the European Commission’s DGs for Regional Policy and Employment and the Committee of the Regions and brings together 6,000+ local, regional, national and European decision-makers and academic experts in regional and local development.

The University Sessions are organised by the European Commission, DG for Regional and Urban Policy, DG Employ and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) advised by the Regional Studies Association European Foundation (RSA Europe) and with the cooperation of the European Regional Science Association (ERSA) and the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP).

Participation in the #EURegionsWeek is an excellent opportunity:
• to showcase current academic research to policymakers and practitioners.
• to interact with range of actors in cohesion policy – politicians, policymakers and practitioners.
• to reflect on key themes for future research – these engagements are frequently thought provoking and challenging
• to allow practitioners and policymakers to gain new contacts and insights into academia to support their work locally
• to demonstrate the practical value/impact of research

Call for Proposals

We are inviting you to submit a proposal that may, but does not have to, relate to one of the following three themes:
1. Green Europe
2. Cohesion and Cooperation
3. Empowering Citizens

The programme focus on new research on regional and urban development, with renowned academics and researchers in the field of EU cohesion policy and related policies from different European countries.

Session Format
  • Sessions may be either 90 minutes or 150 minutes long.
  • Sessions should be submitted with indicative chair/moderator and for a short session up to three speakers from within European countries (there is the possibility to invite speakers from outside the EU but special permission will be required from the funders to cover this) for a long session additional speakers may be proposed but session organisers will need to provide funding for them. For clarity the Commission will normally fund the travel and accommodation for the chair/moderator and up to three additional speakers.
  • The submission should make clear how the organisers will make the session interactive for example, engaging with the audience either through use of technologies such as slido, offering audience polls, word clouds etc or through an innovative session format with non-standard speakers etc. Organisers should assume that the audience will be primarily non-academic.

Submission of a proposed session does not guarantee its acceptance and you should not book any travel or accommodation in advance of hearing from the Association if your proposal is being taken forward.


Submission Deadline: 5pm CET, 11th March 2020

Link to submit your proposal

#EURegionsWeek official website

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