The proposed conference is intended to help to improve the self-governing capacity of regions. Regional governance is defined as weak forms of regional steering modes based on networks, conventions, norms and contracts. Modes of regional governance have developed during the last years in reaction to structural adjustment processes on the level of regions. Regional governance gains growing importance as the European Community and its Member States are endeavouring to boost the regions as societal levels of self-governance. However, that kind of self-government is embedded and dependent on existing cultural as well as institutional framework conditions. To discuss this the international and interdisciplinaire EuroConference "Regional Governance - New Modes of Self-Government in the European Community" is planned in February 2001 in Hannover. The objective of the conference will be twofold: first, to clearer envisage what different forms regional governance may have in different contexts, how the process of European integration also works in favour of regional governance and, finally, how regional governance could be shaped in order to make regions more competetive actors in a globalised world. The second objective will be to induce international networks of researchers who should elaborate topics in need of further research during the conference.