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Smart Specialisation: monitoring and evaluation State of the play and next steps

General Information

Throughout the years, the JRC has developed a solid framework for monitoring, in response of a very strong demand from national and regional authorities. As the end of the programming period approaches, it is time to debate on the state of the art of monitoring activities and how to evaluate S3.
In order to address these aspects, it is necessary to build a space for communication between researchers and practitioners, based on shared empirical and conceptual ground. This document proposes the agenda for one workshop aimed at strengthening such common space.

The workshop pursues two main objectives:

  • Share the JRC knowledge and work on monitoring which include:

    • A basic conceptual framework for S3 monitoring, illustrated in detail in a Massive Open Online Course, available on the iversity platform

    • Empirical evidence on S3 monitoring related issues (state of the play, challenges, obstacles, etc.) collected through surveys and workshops.

  • Start building a conceptual framework for S3 evaluation.

The workshop shall be dynamic, including elements of dialogue and interaction with participants, highlighting the links with the experiences of researchers and practitioners in the audience.


Streaming will be available for the duration of the event at:

Agenda and Presentations

Draft programme

Event concept note

09:00-09:30     Welcome

CoR representative (tbc)

            JRC (tbc)

DG REGIO representative (tbc)


09:30-11:00     Monitoring Smart Specialisation – the JRC work

  • Presentation: Dr Carlo Gianelle, Dr Fabrizio Guzzo, Dr Elisabetta Marinelli (30 minutes)
  • Discussants (15 minutes each):

Dr Henning Kroll, ISI Fraunhofer

Mr Emanuele Fabbri, Regione Toscana

Q&A - 30 minutes


Moderator: JRC representative (tbc)



11:00-11:30     Coffee break

11:30-12:30     Monitoring S3: from the general to the specific

  • Presenters (15 minutes each)

Mr Luc Hulsman, Norther Netherlands Alliance – Engaging SMEs in S3 monitoring through an innovation barometer.

Dr Federica Bertamino, Italian Agency for Territorial Cohesion – The challenge of national coordination of regional S3 monitoring

Dr Ricard Esparza, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona – Monitoring as a shared learning process – examples from Catalonia

Q&A - 15 minutes

  • Moderator: Ken Guy, Wise Guys Limited



12:30-13:30     Lunch buffet

13:30-15:15     From monitoring to evaluation: what, how and why  

  • Presenters (15 minutes each)

Prof. Francesco Prota – University of Bari

Prof. Attila Varga – University of Pecs

Dr. Yannis Tolias – Innovatia System

Mr. Angelos Sanopoulos – Monitoring and Evaluation Factory

Q&A - 15 minutes

  •  Moderator (JRC)



15:15-15:45     Coffee break

15:45 – 16:15  Evaluating Smart Specialisation:  where to start  

  • Presenter (20 minutes)

Mr Ken Guy – Wise Guys ltd

Q&A - 1 minutes

  • Moderator (JRC)


16:15-16:30     Conclusions – How to prepare for 2021-2027

CoR representative (tbc)

            JRC (tbc)

DG REGIO representative (tbc)




Smart Specialisation: monitoring and evaluation State of the play and next steps venue
Committee of the regions - Bâtiment Jacques Delors, Rue Belliard 99-101, Bruxelles: room: JDE53

Contact information

Registration information

Please notice that you need to register to attend the meeting. Registration will close on the 19th of January. Places will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. You will be asked a meeting code to register. This is: 240119
To register, please complete the online form