18th European Week of Regions and Cities
7th Master Class Online Event
11-15 October 2020, SQUARE, Brussels Convention Centre, Belgium

Latest news
Due to the global health crisis, the #EURegionsWeek Master Class application deadline is extended until 24 June 2020.
Additionally, In the light of ongoing social distancing and health risks, the Master Class 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 Master Class is organised and led by the European Commission, DG for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO), the European Committee of the Regions (CoR)  and the Regional Studies Association European Foundation (RSA Europe) in cooperation with the European Regional Science Association (ERSA) and the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP).

The Call for Application is OPEN

Master Class format

The Master Class is a unique format to connect aspiring researchers and will include presentations of papers by the participants as well as lectures and panel debates with policymakers, EU officials and senior academics from throughout Europe to improve understanding of, and research, on EU Cohesion Policy. In particular, the Master Class will serve to:

  • discuss recent research on European regional and urban development and EU Cohesion Policy;
  • enable PhD students and early career researchers to exchange views and network with policymakers, EU officials and senior European academics;
  • raise awareness and understanding of the research potential in the field of EU Cohesion Policy.
This year’s topics

1. Green Europe 2. Cohesion and Cooperation 3. Empowering Citizens

Target group and selection

PhD students/early career researchers undertaking research related to European Cohesion Policy The Master Class is limited to 30 attendees from EU Member States and non-EU countries based on:

  • their academic background and achievements;
  • the quality of their application and the paper abstract they submit;
  • the broadest possible geographical and gender balance.

Interested PhD students and early career researchers are requested to submit applications by the deadline of 4th May 2020, 10.00am (GMT) or 11.00am (CET). Extended deadline until 24 June 2020

More on the Master Class format and application process

Link to download the Application form

Official website European Week of Regions and Cities

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