21st  European Week of Regions and Cities
Thriving Regions, Stronger Europe
9-12 October 2023, Brussels (Belgium)

This year’s EURegionsWeek will be be held from 9-12 October 2023,  in-person in Brussels. More on the #EURegionsWeek can be found here.

2023 Focus

The #EURegionsWeek 2023 will be centered on six topics:

  • Regions in post-industrial transition
  • Retaining talent for regional growth
  • Small and mid-sized urban centres driving growth
  • Breaking barriers to cross-border cooperation
  • Local energy shift for security and sustainability
  • Promoting social innovation

#EURegionsWeekUniversity Sessions 2023

The Call for University Session Proposals is OPEN

ERSA, RSA and AESOP will host the University Sessions  showcasing the best of new research to the largely policy-based audience at the week.

We are now inviting session proposals that relate to one of the above 2023 topics.

Deadline for session proposals: 3rd April 2023, 17.00 CEST
Proposals must be submitted via the following online application form

Participation in the #EURegionsWeek is an excellent opportunity to
  • Showcase current academic research to policymakers and practitioners
  • Interact with actors in cohesion policy – politicians, policymakers, and practitioners
  • reflect on key and emerging themes for future research
  • promote knowledge exchange between policymakers and researchers and grow networks and alliances
  • demonstrate the value/impact of research
Session Format
  • Sessions will be 60 minutes long.
  • With a maximum of 3 speakers and 1 moderator; Gender balance.
  • The proposal should be submitted via the online application form  and include:
    – the session title
    – an indication of the theme addressed
    – a short description of the session
    – details of the indicative moderator and up to three speakers.
  • Be designed as an interactive session to engage the audience.

Please note that gender balance is a hard criterion. Geographical spread and age diversity is recommended.

Please also note that your proposal and session need to be of interest and be accessible to policymaker audiences.

The session proposal should clarify the interactive element of the session. For example, this could be engaging with the audience either through the 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.

Please note that the Commission may be able to support funding of  travel and accommodation expenses for the moderator and up to three speakers. However, such a funding agreement is currently not yet confirmed

Important: The 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.

The European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionsWeek) is the biggest annual Brussels-based event dedicated to regional policy. This event serves as a platform for discussing and showcasing the development of EU cohesion policy and making decision-makers more aware of the importance of regions and cities in EU policymaking. More info: https://europa.eu/regions-and-cities/home_en


The University Sessions are organised by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO)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).


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