To enable a lively exchange across sectoral and disciplinary boundaries, there will be a variety of formats ranging from traditional keynote lectures, open stage interviews or fish bowl discussions and photo-/ video-presentations to paper sessions and group discussions. In this context, young researchers from the RegPol² project will present the empirical findings from their postdoc- and PhD-projects.

Programme (preliminary)


About the session formats

Paper sessions:

The paper sessions will contain traditional  scientific presentations with a length of 20 minutes and a discussion of 10 minutes per paper. Each session will include 2-3 presentations depending on the length of the session.

Fishbowl discussions:

During these discussions two to four experts are  invited to give an input on a certain topic. The audience is sitting around the inner circle of experts, which gives them the opportunity to listen to the ingoing discussions. In the inner circle one or two chairs remain empty for participants from the audience to join the discussions.

Stories from the peripheries:

In this session we invite participants to tell us some ‘stories’ which they came across during their research and fieldwork activities and to reflect on these particular stories It is an emotional format that allows the audience to gain authentic insights in doing research in and on peripheral settings. We welcome presentations that are complemented by images, audios and videos.

Research meets practice – Round table:

In this format we invite practitioners and researchers to jointly discuss current issues of regional development, cohesion policy and polarisation processes.

World Café for early career researchers “Identity and peripheralisation”:

During the World Café session; early career researchers will have the opportunity to discuss various aspects of “identity and peripheralisation”. The World Café method foresees four tables to be moderated by experienced researchers such as Thomas Bürk (University of Hamburg) and Catherine Perron (Sciences Po), who will briefly introduce their specific subtopics and facilitate discussions. Participants are expected to rotate after a certain time to make sure that each of the tables is visited during the session.

Policy shift elevator pitch:

Participants will have the opportunity to present their ideas for shifts and re-adjustments in regional policies in two minutes. A high-level jury of researchers and regional policy experts will elect the most convincing suggestion whose proponent is then invited to participate in the final Plenary Debate on Friday.

Design thinking workshop:

Design thinking is a method for practical and creative problem-solving which is used mainly in engineering, architecture and business. We will give an insight in this method and show with a practical example how it can be applied to regional development and strategy building. The course is restricted to 20 people.

Open Space:

We will have two rooms available for self-organised sessions during this slot. Topics will be collected on the first conference day.