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Smart Specialisation in Portugal: Reflection and Update

General Information

Organised by the JRC in cooperation with the National Innovation Agency (ANI) and hosted by the government office for Algarve (CCDR), this conference aims to take stock of S3 implementation in Portugal while looking to the future 'enabling condition'.

It will bring together representatives of the Portuguese Government and its regional offices, stakeholders, DG Regional Policy and a number of European experts and peers, including Prof. Dominique Foray who helped develop the Smart Specialisation approach. It will cover key issues such as functioning of the Entrepreneurial Process of Discovery, spending of the ESIF, the role of higher education institutions and cross border cooperation. 

Agenda and Presentations



Registration – Welcome coffee


Opening Session

  • Maria do Céu Albuquerque, Portuguese Secretary of State for Regional Development
  • Francisco Serra, President, CCDR-Algarve
  • Mark Boden, Team Leader, Joint Research Centre
  • António Bob Santos, Executive Vowel, ANI


Smart Specialisation in the EU – Achievements, challenges and perspectives

Moderated by Mark Boden, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

  • Dominique Foray, Polytechnic University of Lausanne
  • Marek Przeor, Competence Centre Smart Growth, DG REGIO, European Commission
  • Federica Bertamino, Italian Agency for Territorial Cohesion


Coffee break


Smart Specialisation in Portugal

Moderated by John Edwards, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

  • Alexandre Almeida, National S3 Monitoring report by ANI
  • RIS Implementation – Feedback from the peer learning workshop
  • António Figueiredo, Evaluation of ESIF spending by ADC




How to boost the EDP in Portuguese regions

Moderated by Artur Rosa Pires, University of Aveiro

  • Ana Abrunhosa, President, Centro CCDR
  • Joaquim Cunha, Executive Director, Health Cluster Portugal
  • Manuel Laranja, ISEG, Lisbon University


The role of Higher Education Institutions – Launch of the HESS project

Moderated by Hugo Pinto, CES - University of Coimbra and HESS expert

  • Paulo Águas, Rector, University of Algarve and representative of the Portuguese Rectors Conference (CRUP) and the Polytechnics Coordinating Council (CCISP)
  • Frédéric Pinna,  DEV'UP Centre Val de Loire
  • Anne Delouis, University of Orléans


Coffee break




Cross-border Cooperation

Moderated by Eskarne Arregui, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

  • Ester Silva, Vice President of Norte CCDR
  • Francisco Hinojal, Centro de Investigaciones Científicas y Tecnológicas de Extremadura
  • Mikel Anton Zarragoitia, Basque Government


Closing Session

  • Carole Mancel-Blanchard, Head of Unit for Portugal/Spain, DG REGIO
  • Duarte Rodrigues, Vice-President, Agência para o Desenvolvimento e Coesão


CCDR Algarve, Faro, Portugal

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Invitation only - please contact us if you would like to attend