The Italian country event on RIS3 was hosted by the Apulia Region in Bari and gathered representatives from all Italian regions, the Ministry for Economic Development and the Ministry for Research, University and Education. Two EU regions were invited to illustrate their experience on smart specialisation strategies: Upper Austria and Castilla y León.
This event focused on the methodology for building regional partnerships between universities, business and public authorities in support of regional innovation.
The event aimed at promoting the understanding of smart specialisation in Urban regions and exchanging knowledge and experiences among regional developers and urban planners.
Aiming to foster an effective participation of the Regions in a Research, and Innovation strategy for smart specialisation, the Greek General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) organised a kick-off information workshop.
Cardiff University hosted the first workshop on Smart Specialisation in the UK in partnership with the S3 Platform. The workshop was attended by a range of stakeholders from the scientific and business sectors in the UK.
The Polish Ministry of Economy and the World Bank Group in coordination with the European Commission organised a joint regional workshop entitled "Smart Investment for Smart Specialisation". The goal of the event was to support Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Poland in realizing smart specialisation strategies, and as such achieving more efficient investment of structural funds from the European Union.
Clusters - New Trends and their Challenges for Implementing RIS3
The Meeting of the IQ-Net Network
On the eve of the conference, Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, and President of the RegioStars Jury, and Luc van den Brande, former President of the Committee of the Regions, announced the winners of the RegioStars 2012 Awards. Styria in Austria, Malmö in Sweden, Podlaskie in Poland and two European Territorial Cooperation projects, bringing together partners from 9 different Member States, are the clear winners taking centre stage in Europe.
The S3 Platform held a third peer-review workshop hosted by the Azorian government. Azores held the presidency of the grouping of EU Outermost Regions until October 2012 and the workshop had a focus on peripherality as a factor in smart specialisation strategies.
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