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OPEN DAYS – European Week of Regions and Cities

Call for papers

Directorate-General for Regional Policy, European Commission and the Regional Studies Association would like to invite early career researchers in European regional policy to present their research in the form of a poster at Open Days 2010 - European Week of Cities and Regions (4th -7thOctober)

The 8th Open Days – European Week of Regions and Cities will be held in Brussels, Belgium. 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.

Shortlisted finalists will be invited to attend OPEN DAYS to showcase research via a poster.

Prize: €750 for the overall winner and €250 for the first runner-up

Accommodation for up to 2 nights and a return flight/train to Brussels will be provided.

Conditions for participation

- Candidates must either be completing a PhD or have completed a PhD in the last 3 years;

- A CV and a short summary of research (max. 1000 words) should be sent by the 30th April  2010 to the Regional Studies Association (email: [email protected] );

- Candidates will be expected to prepare a poster for a special session at OPEN DAYS and be prepared to take questions from the Jury.

More information

More information will be available on the websites of the Regional Studies Association (www.regional-studies-assoc.ac.uk ).

Judging Criteria

- Organisation / content /aim of the poster;

- Visual impact of the poster;

- Quality of answers provided.

Structure of the Competition

The abstracts, posters and answers should seek to provide coherent description, to pose pertinent questions and to advance knowledge and understanding.

The Competition takes place in two stages:

Stage One

Submission of a 1000 word (max) abstract and a current CV to [email protected] before the 30th April 2010.

Stage Two

The Competition Jury will shortlist finalists by 31st May 2010. All entrants will be informed of the outcome of their submission.

Finalists will be invited to prepare a poster (see the Competition Guidelines for this) and to be prepared to take questions on their poster from the Competition Jury.

Preparing your Poster

- Posters should be of standard size (no larger than 100 x 70 cm) and will be mounted on display boards, which will be available on the first floor of the Charlemagne building, European Commission (metro stop: Schuman).  Authors should arrive at least 1 hour before the scheduled session to mount the posters on the display boards.

- Your poster should be designed to be easy to read on a standard computer screen; note that a conventional A1 - A0 sized poster is not suitable for online reading. The design should be easy to navigate without excessive scrolling.

- Ideally, a visitor with normal eyesight should be able to display at least half the poster on a standard computer screen, whilst still able to read the text, and in a manner that is consistent with the navigation of the poster.

- Use the poster format where your material can easily be communicated visually and make a unified, coherent statement. Materials, both textual and visual, should be of professional quality and be clearly legible from a distance of 1 meter. 

- Text should be limited to brief statements. For more information on the display of posters, please contact: [email protected]  or [email protected]

- The poster session consists of posters exhibited for informal browsing with opportunities for individual discussion with poster authors.


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