Date and location

  •   October 10, 2011 - October 13, 2011
  •   Brussels, Belgium

Conference details

The second annual early career researcher competition was held at this year's OPEN DAYS, European Week of Regions and Cities (10-13 October). Regional Policy DG, together with the Regional Studies Association, invited early career researchers in European regional policy to present their research in the form of a poster. 6 finalists were chosen this year out of nearly 80 applications by the jury, which was made up of:

  • Veronica Gaffey, Head of the Evaluation Unit, DG Regional Policy, European Commission
  • Ana Stankaitiene, Principal adviser, EU Structural Assistance Management Department, Ministry of Finance, Lithuania
  • David Bailey , Chair of the Regional Studies Association, and Professor at the Faculty of Business, Environment and Society, Coventry University, United Kingdom

The six finalists presented their research at OPEN DAYS in front of approximately 40 participants.


The winner, Anne Nygaard Tanner from the Technical University of Denmark presented her research “Where do high tech industries of the 21st century locate? And how can regional policy attract new industries?”

View the winning entry


Runner-up, Andrei Mitrea from the 'Ion Mincu' University of Architecture and Urban Planning (UAUIM), Bucharest, Romania presented his research on: “Regional Innovation Systems within Urban-Rural Relations in Romania. A mid-term regional development strategy based on the wood industry”. 

View the runner-up entry

Shortlisted entries

How to get there

Brussels, Belgium