The European Week of Regions and Cities 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. Over the years, the event has grown into the key event on EU Regional Policy. During the event earlier this month, nearly 6700 participants (local, regional, national and European decision-makers and experts) attended the event to engage in the 100+ workshops, debates, exhibitions and networking opportunities.
The RSA was a key partner in this year’s European Week of Regions and Cities and we coordinated the #EURegionsWeek 2018 University sessions and the 6th Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy. The Master Class is a unique format to connect aspiring researchers and included presentations of papers by the participants, as well as lectures and panel debates with policymakers, EU officials and senior academics. The aims were to improve understanding of, and research, on EU Cohesion Policy by the PhD students participating in the sessions.
We were also the leading partner in several University sessions, including:
- Revitalising Regional Economies through Smart Specialisation and Industry 4.0 – You can read a blog post about this session by Phil Tomlinson, University of Bath here.
- Global linkages and territorial imbalances in Europe and beyond
- Circular & Smart Cities-Innovating Sustainability and Resource Efficiency in European Cities and Regions
- European Year of Cultural Heritage: cultural heritage and the built environment
In addition, the RSA was also involved in the session: Migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and regional economic development
We, and the participants of the Master Class and University sessions, very much enjoyed the Conference and gained valuable experience from it. Lisa, one of our Master Class participants summed up: “Thank you so much for such an interesting Master Class, with inspiring discussions, presentations and networking opportunities – overall a great programme. This class has been one of the highlights in regard to training and courses I have taken as an early stage researcher.” Lisa Nieth, Ph.D. Researcher, Regio Twente & University of Twente, Netherlands
To see photos of the event, please access the gallery of the European Week of Regions and Cities here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/euregionsweek/albums