Each year the RSA takes a lead in partnering with the Commission and Committee of the Regions in organising the “University” workshops and a three-day student and early career Masterclass. Now, we seek your ideas for sessions in the “University”.

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 prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance. It is held in Brussels, organised by the Committee of the Regions and the European Commission’s DGs for Regional Policy and Employment and brings together 6,000 local, regional, national and European decision-makers and academic experts in regional and local development. It is held in Brussels on 7th-10th October 2019. More info here: https://europa.eu/regions-and-cities/home_en

Participation in the EWRC is an excellent opportunity:

  • to showcase current academic research to policymakers and practitioners.
  • to interact with range of actors in cohesion policy – politicians, policymakers and practitioners.
  • to reflect on key themes for future research – these engagements are frequently thought provoking and challenging
  • to allow practitioners and policymakers to gain new contacts and insights into academia to support their work locally

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.

Submission Deadline: 5pm CET, 13th March 2019.

To submit your proposal and details please go to https://www.regionalstudies.org/events/17th-european-week-of-regions-and-cities-brussels-belgium/ and “click here to register”. For questions or in case you have problems using the Google form, please contact Klara Sobekova at office@rsaeurope.org

We very much look forward to hearing from you with your ideas.