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S3 Thematic Platform Days: Conference and Meetings

General Information

The S3 Thematic Platforms Conference and Meetings will be held on the 27th and 28th of November in Bilbao. This two-day event will bring together partners from the three Thematic Platforms (Agri-Food, Energy and Industrial Modernisation), representatives of the European Institutions working on the development of Smart Specialisation Strategies across European Regions and thematic experts.

The event will be co-hosted by the Basque Country and will consist of a joint S3 Thematic Platforms Conference in which all platforms will participate and three independent platform-specific meetings, as follows:

  • PART 1: 27 November, AM. S3P Industrial Modernisation Steering Committee Meeting

The Steering Committee meeting of the S3P Industry is taking place in Bilbao, the 27th of November 2018 will offer the fourth occasion to further build the community of the S3P Industry. More info is available here.

  • PART 2: 27 November, PM. S3 Thematic Platforms Conference "Working Together towards Joints Investments"

The idea behind the joint conference is that cooperation between partnerships across the three thematic platforms (S3P Agri-Food, Energy and IM) can further support the knowledge base of regional innovation systems, enhancing the potential for upgrading products, improving participating regions' position in global value chains, and leading to new opportunities and growth. New paths of development could be created through inter-partnership collaboration on business/research opportunities, policy tools, effectively leading to inter-platform joint initiatives of innovation.

This joint event will propose an open and interactive discussion on the ways of exploring the future of the thematic approach to S3 and collaboration opportunities across the three thematic platform's partnerships.

  • PART 3: 28 November, AM. S3P Agri-Food Working Committee Meeting

This event will focus on the progress of the S3P Agri-Food partnerships, issues and challenges faced and ways to overcome these. The ongoing partnerships will be offered an opportunity to discuss their current progress, any specific pilots/ projects supported by the partnerships as well as the past/future activities of the Thematic Platform for Agri-Food. More info is available here.

  • PART 4: 28 November, PM. S3PEnergy Joint Partnerships Meeting

This meeting will bring together members of all S3PEnergy partnerships, offering cross-partnership learning opportunities as well as the chance to discuss topics of interest to the S3PEnergy. It will offer partnership members as well as experts and Commission representatives (JRC, REGIO, ENER, RTD) the opportunity to analyse the progress made by the S3PEnergy so far as well as enter into discussions on topics of particular importance to partner regions, particularly regarding the new programming period. More info is available here.

Agenda and Presentations

Please find here the draft agenda for all these events.


S3 Thematic Platform Days: Conference and Meetings venue
Euskalduna Conference Centre, Bilbao, Spain.

How to get there.

More information about Transport from/to the airport and Hotels in Bilbao provided by Basque Country.

Contact information

S3P Agri-Food:


S3P Industry:

Registration information

REGISTRATION IS OPEN. Please note that the registration for Agri-food sub-event was closed because we reached full capacity.
To register, please complete the online form