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Date and location

  •   October 12, 2015 - October 15, 2015
  •   European Parliament and European Committee of the Regions’ buildings, Brussels, Belgium.

Conference details

The aim of the OPEN DAYS Master Class is to improve the understanding of EU Cohesion Policy and its research potential among selected European PhD students and early-career researchers (researchers within 5 years of the date of their PhD certificate). Organised for the third time during the OPEN DAYS 2015, its objectives are:

  • to present recent research on European regional and urban development and  EU Cohesion Policy;
  • to enable PhD students and early career researchers to exchange views with EU politicians, officials and senior academics;
  • to facilitate networking among participants from different countries and with the wider EU policy and academic communities; and
  • to raise awareness and understanding of the research potential in the field of EU Cohesion Policy.

The Master Class was held between 12 and 15 October in Brussels during the 13th European Week of Regions and Cities-OPEN DAYS.


The Master Class was organised by the European Commission, DG for Regional and Urban Policy, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), the Regional Studies Association (RSA), the European Regional Science Association (ERSA) and the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP). A selection panel drawn from the five organisations was responsible for reviewing the applications and selecting participants. The programme of the Master Class included the following:

  • Lectures, debates and networking sessions and social events on 12 and 13 October; 
  • Attendance at other OPEN DAYS sessions and/or meetings organised by the participants on 14 October;
  • ‘World Café’ session on 15 October.

For the detailed programme of the OPEN DAYS Master Class 2015 please click here. The programme is also available to download under 'Related Document'. 


Students from the EU Member States and some non-EU countries had been selected to attend the Master Class, based on

  1. their academic background and achievements;
  2. the quality of the paper outline they submit;
  3. and geographical and gender balance.

Watch the recap of this year's edition of the OPEN DAYS, the video below provides an overview of the aims and expectations of the European Week of Regions and Cities (OPEN DAYS):


OPEN DAYS 2015 Website

Proceedings of the European Week of Regions and Cities 2015 are now available online. 

Conference Organisers

Committee of the Regions


Regional Studies Association



Related Documents

How to get there

European Parliament and European Committee of the Regions’ buildings, Brussels, Belgium.