DG CONNECT and the Smart Specialisation Platform are jointly developing measures to support Member States and regions in developing Digital Growth Strategies. As part of this work and in cooperation with Lodzkie Region and Lodz Univeristy of Technology an outreach event on ICT strategies and tools for regional growth was arranged in Lodz (PL).
Five countries presented their current work on RIS3: Bulgaria, Ireland, Romania, Poland and Slovakia. The rest of workshop participants acted as 'critical friends' and discussed the strategies of the countries under review. All five countries had a number of shared priorities and common questions in their RIS3 and discussed these in detail during the peer review sessions.
Financial design of transnational R&I projects, Vienna (AT)
High level conference organised by S3 Platform and the European University Association
Smart Specialisation implementation in Sparsely Populated Areas for the sustainable management of natural resources17/06/2014 18/06/2014
The Smart Specialisation Platform (S3P) together with the region of Lapland arranged this workshop on the topic of Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (S3) in Sparsely Populated Regions.
EU countries face a number of challenges for implementing and governing their smart specialisation strategies. In the S3 process, entrepreneurial actors play the leading role in discovering promising areas of future specialisation. One implication for policy makers is that this requires policy tools to collect the "entrepreneurial knowledge" embedded in the country to transform it into policy priorities.
Digital innovation has the potential to radically improve people's lives and help stimulate growth throughout Europe. The S3P together with DG CONNECT and the regional government of Macedonia Greece arranged a thematic workshop in Thessaloniki (GR) on this topic.
The S3 Platform co-arranged a thematic session on logistics and transportation as a component of a Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) on 18 April. The session was part of a larger conference on regional collaboration in transportation and logistics, Intra Regio that was arranged in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) from 16 to 18 April.
Countries and regions in the EU, in Southeastern Europe and in the Danube macro-region are at very different stages of development and exhibit high variation in their regional innovations systems. In addition, smart specialisation is only for EU member states a legal requirement. Nonetheless, there are important lessons to be learnt from other regions concerning strategic, evidence-based and participatory innovation policies regardless of legal provisions and varying socio-economic development.
Within the framework of the European Structural and Innovation Funds (2014-2020), the preparation by the Member States of their Partnership Agreements (PA) and Operational Programmes (OP) as well as their Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) is reaching its final phase.
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