#EURegionsWeek 2021 - University Sessions

11 October 2021


Date and time

11 October 2021
14 October 2021


Call for University Session Proposals

The European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionsWeek) is the biggest annual Brussels-based event dedicated to regional policy. This event serves as a platform for discussing and showcasing the development of EU cohesion policy and making decision-makers more aware of the importance of regions and cities in EU policymaking. More info: https://europa.eu/regions-and-cities/home_en

The University Sessions are organised by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO)and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) advised by the Regional Studies Association European Foundation (RSA Europe) and with the cooperation of the European Regional Science Association (ERSA) and the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP).

The academic societies (led by RSA Europe) will host around 10 sessions in-person or virtual (format to be confirmed) showcasing the best of new research to the largely policy-based audience at the week. We are now inviting proposals for these sessions.

Participation in the #EURegionsWeek is an excellent opportunity to:

  • showcase current academic research to policymakers and practitioners
  • interact with actors in cohesion policy – politicians, policymakers, and practitioners
  • reflect on key and emerging themes for future research
  • promote knowledge exchange between policy makers and researchers and grow networks and alliances
  • demonstrate the value/impact of research

We invite the submission of proposals that may relate to the following overarching themes which constitute the focus of the 19th edition: Green, Cohesion, Citizens, Digital.

Session Format and Proposal

  • Please note that this event will be digital by default. It will decided, by May at the latest, if and what part might be additionally deployed physically in Brussels.
  • Sessions will be 90 minutes long.
  • Session proposals should be submitted with indicative chair/moderator and up to four speakers.
  • The session proposal should clarify the interactive element of the session. For example, this could be 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.
  • Proposals need to be submitted online at https://rsaeurope.org/event/euregionsweek-2021/ and you will need to submit the following details as part of the proposal:
    • Name
    • Email, Telephone number
    • Affiliation (Job title / position, Name of Higher Education Institution (HEI), Country)
    • Thematic cluster (Green, Cohesion, Citizens, Digital)
    • Title of the proposed workshop
    • Short description of the proposed workshop (Please note that this text will become the description of your activity on the event website - max 500 characters)
    • Detailed description of the proposed workshop (Please include indicative agenda and speaker(s) foreseen. This description will be used by the jury for the assessment of your application - max 1000 characters.)

Applicants commit themselves to:

  • minimise the environmental impact of in person session as well as to respect the paperless and plastic-free guidance received from the organiser.
  • ensure that panels are made up of both female and male speakers. Male-only panels will not be accepted.

Submission of a proposed session does not guarantee its acceptance and you should not book any travel or accommodation in advance of hearing from the Association if your proposal is being taken forward.

The format of the event will be confirmed in due course.

In 2020, the #EURegionsWeek was held online. The recordings of the University Sessions are now available on the REPLAY section of the event web: https://rsaeurope.org/news/the-rsa-europe-at-the-2020-euregionsweek/

Submission Deadline: 5pm CET, 11th March 2021


EWRC University Sessions Application 2021

An application form for proposed sessions for the 2021 European Week of Regions and Cities University sessions
  • If you have any questions or need any help with the submission form, please get in touch with Klara Sobekova

  • Your details (Leading organiser of this proposed session)

  • Your affiliation

  • Session Proposal details

  • Please choose one from the list below:
  • Max 100 characters
  • Max 1000 characters
  • The maximum number of speakers allowed is 4. Please specify his/her qualification(s).
  • Max 500 characters
  • Please note that this text will become the description of your activity on the event website. Max 500 characters.
  • Please explain what is special about your session, the added value, attractiveness and innovative elements in this section. This description will be used by the jury for the assessment of your application. Max 1000 characters
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


Klara Sobekova
RSA Europe

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