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NEW publication on: Implementing smart specialisation - thematic platform on industrial modernisation

This paper offers an overview of policy and economic reasons behind the launch of the new Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial...

First report on RIS3 progress in Lithuania published

The first monitoring report of Lithuania's RIS3 uses innovative data analyses to show progress in national R&I priority domains.

Smart Specialisation in Energy – How Europe's regions are implementing their priorities?

On the occasion of Sustainable Energy Week 2016, the Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy (#S3PEnergy) organises the event: Smart...

Key concepts and models for urban and regional smart specialization innovation strategies (RIS3)

Key concepts and models for urban and regional smart specialization innovation strategies (RIS3), Barcelona (Spain) from 23 to 24 July 2015

News Alert - Public consultation: Achievements of FP7

The European Commission launched a public consultation on the achievements of the Seventh Framework Programme activities (2007-2013).
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S3 Governance S3 Governance

Ensuring participation and ownership in the S3 Process

The fact that RIS3 is based on a wide view of innovation automatically implies that stakeholders of different types and levels should participate extensively in its design. The perhaps most common, tripartite governance model based on the involvement of industry, education and research institutions, and government (the so-called Triple Helix model), is no longer enough in the context of smart specialisation.

Innovation users or groups representing demand-side perspectives and consumers, relevant non-profit organisations representing citizens and workers should all be taken on board of the design process of RIS3. In other words this means that the governance model includes both the market and the civic society. When it comes to the sensitive moment of deciding on strategic priorities, a truly inclusive RIS3 governance structure should be able to prevent capture by specific interest groups, powerful lobbies, or major regional stakeholders.

In order to secure that all stakeholders own and share the strategy, governance schemes should allow for 'collaborative leadership', meaning that hierarchies in decision-making should be flexible enough in order to let each actor to have a role and eventually take the lead in specific phases of RIS3 design, according to actors' characteristics, background, and capacities.

When actors are many and different, it might be very difficult for them to find their own way to collaborate and manage potential conflicts. In order to tackle this potential problem, RIS3 governance bodies should include 'boundary spanners', that is to say, people or organisations with interdisciplinary knowledge or proven experience in interaction with different actors, and who can hence help moderate the process.

Events Events

Smart Specialisation in Energy, driving societal challenges

This workshop showcased how different sectors of society are taking an active role in energy action. Contributions are addressed by the smart...

First CatLabs Innovation Camp

Innovation Camp is a co-creation methodology that is being tested and promoted by the S3 Platform as a tool and practice that can be embraced by regions...

Smart Regions 2.0 Conference: Maximising Europe's Innovation Potential

The second edition of the high-level Smart Regions even will provide the opportunity for stakeholders to share experience of how smart specialisation has...

Smart Specialisation cooperation in Central Europe – Networking Workshop

The Directorate General for Regional and Urban policy (DG REGIO) of the European Commission has launched an initiative in mid-2016 that aims at...

Kick-off Event of the Smart Specialisation Platform on Agri-Food

Kick-off Event of the Smart Specialisation Platform on Agri-Food is co-organised by the European Commission's S3 Platform and the Government of Tuscany
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Publications Publications

Innovation Camp Methodology Handbook

S3 Handbooks Gabriel Rissola, Hank Kune, Paolo Martinez
This Handbook is conceived to encourage regions and cities from all over Europe to adopt the Innovation Camps methodology as a tool to address...

Smart Specialisation at work: The entrepreneurial discovery as a continuous process

12/2017 Elisabetta Marinelli, Inmaculada Perianez-Forte
The term Entrepreneurial Discovery Process (or EDP) originally referred to the identification of areas for investment in research and innovation (i.e....

Smart Specialisation at work: Analysis of the calls launched under ERDF Operational Programmes

11/2017 Carlo Gianelle, Fabrizio Guzzo, Krzysztof Mieszkowski
The goal of this paper is to assess how and to what extent resources under Thematic Objective 1 (TO1) of national and regional Operational Programmes for...

Promoting innovation in transition countries: A trajectory for smart specialisation

JRC Science for Policy Report Alexander Kleibrink, Philippe Laredo and Stefan Philipp

Fraunhofer Policy Brief on Smart Specialisation

Henning Kroll
This Fraunhofer policy brief analyses the state of the art of the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process in the implementation phase of S3 over the first...
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