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Smart Specialisation and Technology Transfer as Innovation Drivers for Regional Growth

General Information

This high-level conference is organised under the auspices of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

To discuss smart specialisation, technology transfer and digital economy the conference will bring together

  • policymakers,
  • scientists,
  • businesses,
  • regional authorities and
  • universities.

The conference aims to explore the opportunities and challenges for Europe, in

  • skills creation,
  • knowledge and technology,
  • research,
  • development,
  • education,
  • employment and
  • innovation.

A particular geographic focus lies on South-east Europe, including the Western Balkans.


The first part of the conference will set the scene and present the innovation landscape in Europe.

Following this, participants will engage in a debate on good practices and key success factors.

These debates aim to inspire countries, regions and stakeholders willing to reap the potential of smart specialisation, technology transfer and digital economy.



Please complete this application form.

We will not be able to admit all interested applicants.

We will perform a selection based on applicant's background and motivation.

The number of applicants from the same organisation will also be taken into account.

Agenda and Presentations

See the draft programme.


National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Contact information


Registration information

Please complete this application form.
To register, please complete the online form