European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC), 10-12 October 2018, Brussels, Belgium

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.

This is an annual event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement EU 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.

Have a look at the 2017 website, Flickr Album and video

We seek your ideas for sessions in the “University”.

The University Sessions are organised by the European Commission, DG for Regional and Urban PolicyDG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion and the Committee of the Regions (CoR) advised by the Regional Studies Association (RSA) 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 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

Session Format

A session has a chair/ moderator and normally up to three speakers from within European countries. There is the possibility to invite speakers from outside the EU but permission must be sought for this. Sessions can be either 90 minutes or 150 minutes long, should be organised interactively and offer vibrant discussions on pertinent topics and issues relevant for a policymaker audience. As part of the session you will have access to use live questions, live surveying and to create a word cloud via the EWRC Conference App. The meetings are directly funded by the European Commission and Speaker and Chair travel and (normally) two nights of accommodation are included.


The selection of University sessions is a competitive process as only a limited number of university sessions are going to be funded. Successful university session chairs and speakers will have their travel and accommodation paid for and booked by the EU Commission.

Please submit your proposal (using the template below) by 15th January 2018 via email to 


Proposal template (please complete):

Title of university session:

Short outline (up to 150 words):

Details on the compulsory interactive element in your session:

Indicative name of Chair/ Moderator and three indicative speakers (name, affiliation). These need to be both gender and geographically balanced:

Your preferred length of the session: 90 minutes or 150 minutes