8-14 October is all about the European regions and cities: 4 days, 170 sessions, 6000 participants, and endless opportunities to build your own agenda. Don't know where to start or which sessions to attend? No need to worry, we've got a list of suggestions lined up for you.
Monday: Get ready and start networking
Take a deep breath and get ready - you're in for a great week with lots of new ideas, inspiration and contacts. Plan to arrive early, because Monday is a day you don't want to miss.
Use the morning to take care of any urgent matters on your to do list (you’ll be busy during the week!), but be sure to arrive to Brussels and the venue in good time to:
Being among the early birds gives you not only a great chance to mingle with EU officials and other policy makers (check the lineup of the session here), but also to be among the first visitors to explore the Agora exhibition. Be sure to drop by the Interreg Europe stand and meet the experts of our Policy Learning Platform, who will tell you all about the various #policylearning opportunities during the week.
Tuesday: Be inspired by experiences and ideas
Make sure you fuel up during breakfast, because this day takes you on a cooperation adventure.
Start by checking out what Interreg Europe projects are doing to support internationalisation of SMES (11:30-13:00). Four projects - EIS, Compete In, UpGradeSME and ClusterS3 - have teamed up to showcase their achievements, so you're in for a comprehensive overview of different activities and complementary perspectives.
In the afternoon, join us for an EURegionsTalk on impact and added value of interregional cooperation (14:30-15:00). In a based on a true story –mentality, this session is all about real experiences and results – told by the people who have experienced it first hand and up close. Come and hear what cooperation delivers, in reality, in our regions.
Grab a coffee and visit the Agora exhibition, but don't go too far, because a little later in the afternoon, our project SHARE delivers a pitch on sustainability and cultural heritage (17:30-18:00), and we do encourage you to participate in their session as well.
Wednesday: Engage in discussions and enjoy the atmosphere
By now, the week is truly in full action. Check the daily schedule of the Agora exhibition to make sure you don't miss any interesting pitches or mini-presentations. In addition to Interreg Europe, the Agora is full of exciting stands and demos, so do take the time to explore all it has to offer!
For the afternoon, our suggestion is to choose from two great options:
- A joint effort by ESPON, Urbact, Interact and Interreg Europe to showcase how to build a user-centric digital public sector in a workshop (14:30-16:00) featuring our project ERUDITE; or
- Interreg Talks featuring six projects (incl. Interreg Europe project RaiSE) in a project slam (14:30-16:00) - guaranteed fun, and your vote is needed to select the winner!
And if that is not inspiring enough, you can also join #EUandMe film screening (18:00-19:30) with five brand new short films by prominent European filmmakers.
Thursday: Participate and plant seeds for follow-up
You've had the whole week to gather ideas and meet people. What happens next? Join the participatory session organised by Policy Learning Platform (11:30-13:00) to see how you can follow up and keep in contact with other regions after the event. Let our experts show you what they can do for you and make use of the service(s) that are available to your region.
Did you miss the Interreg project slam on Wednesday? Or would you just be keen to see what else comes out of cooperation? Head to one of the sessions organised by our projects for a taste of Interreg energy:
- Let RaiSE and SOCIAL SEEDS show you what happens when Cohesion Policy meets social enterprises (9:30-13:00)
- Join OSIRIS for a hands-on session to co-create ideas and learn about the innovation loop (11:30-13:00)
All good things come to an end, and – unfortunately – so does #EURegionsWeek. If you’re still up for it, take part in the closing session (16:00-16:45) before heading back home, hopefully with a mind buzzing with new ideas.