Image 17th European Week of Regions and Cities, Brussels, Belgium

Date and location

  •   October 7, 2019 - October 10, 2019
  •   Brussels, Belgium

Conference details

As in previous years the RSA is taking a lead in partnering with the European Commission and European Committee of the Regions in organising the University workshops and a Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy held for PhD students and early-career researchers as part of the #EURegionsWeek.

We are now calling for proposals for “University sessions” within this prestigious event. The selection of university sessions is a competitive process as there is limited university session funding.

The European Week of Regions and Cities #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 demonstrate the importance of the local and regional levels for good European governance. The event is the key European networking platform for experts in regional and local development. The week involves 6,000 participants in October (local, regional, national and European decision-makers and experts) in more than 100 workshops and exhibitions. The event offers excellent networking opportunities. It is held in Brussels on 7th-10th October 2019. More info:

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 EWRC is an excellent knowledge exchange opportunity:

  • to present academic research to policy and practitioner audiences
  • to receive feedback leading to co-production for new research themes
  • to network with cohesion policy officials, policy makers and practitioners

We are inviting you to submit a proposal that relates to one of the following six themes:

  1. The Future of the EU and the roles of the Regions and Cities #EUBudget #Cohesion #Post2020 #ERDF #Subsidiarity #Democracy #Demography #InternationalCompetition #Digitalization
  2. A Europe Closer to Citizens #TerritorialCohesion #Cooperation #People #Places #Urban #Rural #LocalCommunities #Migration #AdministrativeCapacity
  3. A greener Europe #EnergyTransition #ClimateChangeAdaptation #CircularEconomy #RiskManagement #EuropeanSolidarityFund
  4. A more socially integrated Europe #Youth, #HealthyAgeing, #Migration, #Health, #Education, #Sport, #Culture
  5. A smarter Europe #DigitalTransformation, #SmartSpecialisation, #SME
  6. A more connected Europe: mobility #Youth, #HealthyAgeing, #Migration, #Health, #Education, #Sport, #Culture

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.

The call for submission is now closed.

For questions please contact Klara Sobekova at

Related Documents

University Sessions 2018 – feedback

How to get there

Brussels, Belgium