On the 8th of December 2015 Geomedia PhD student Bianka Plüschke-Altof held a public lecture at the Slovak Technical University (STU) in Bratislava. The lecture was held under the topic “Images of the Periphery impeding Rural Development? The concept of Peripheralization” and took place as part of a 4-months secondment within the framework of the RegPol2 project. The secondment is hosted by STU Bratislava, which is specialized on spatial planning and provides the opportunity for academic exchange and a comparative perspective on opportunities and challenges for regional policy in Central Eastern Europe.