Master Class and Early Career Poster Competition

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional & Urban Policy, the Committee of the Regions and the Regional Studies Association are inviting postgraduates and early career researchers interested in European Cohesion Policy to participate in the 11th OPEN DAYS 2013 – European Week of Regions and Cities that will be held on 7-10 October 2013 in Brussels, Belgium, through the OPEN DAYS Master Class and Early Career Poster Competition.

The Open Days is a networking platform bringing together regions and cities from all over Europe and beyond, providing thousands of local, regional, national and European decision-makers and experts with a marketplace for exchanging and discussing projects and issues related to regional and local development.

It offers participants an opportunity to showcase their capacity for creating growth and jobs and implementing European Union cohesion policy.

Together with the EU institutions, more than 200 regions and cites will contribute to a programme of 100 seminars, workshops, debates, exhibitions and networking opportunities for around 6,000 participants.

OPEN DAYS Master Class
PhD postgraduates and early career researchers, having been awarded their PhD after April 2008, and whose thesis or subsequent research is related to EU Cohesion Policy are invited to apply.

They will have to write a short summary demonstrating the link between their current research and the European Youth Policy, talking about their future research plans and telling how the Master Class could be useful for their own professional career.

Applicants should submit the application form via email to [email protected]

Only two finalists per Member State (and Croatia) will be selected based on the relevance of their research, but also on the identified impact that attendance at the Master Class would have on their professional development. A small number of non-EU participants (up to 15) could also participate.

Selected finalists will be given access to other OPEN DAYS events such plenary sessions and social events.
They will also have their return travel to Brussels and accommodation for up to two nights provided.

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OPEN DAYS Early Career Poster Competition
Postgraduates and early career researchers, that are completing a PhD or have completed a PhD in the last 5 years, are invited to present their research in the field of European Cohesion Policy in the form of a poster.

Firstly they will have to submit a short summary of their research (max. 1,000 words) and a current CV both in English via email to [email protected]
Then the Competition Jury will shortlist 6 finalists that will be invited to prepare a poster and be prepared to take questions from the Jury.

They could also provide up to 5 power point slides to support their poster but they will have to be able to present their poster without the support of the slides if required.
All six chosen finalists will be offered places at the Master Class.

The overall winner will be awarded with 750 EURO and the first runner-up with 250 EURO.
Accommodation for up to 2 nights and a return flight/train to Brussels will be provided.


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