A thematic workshop aimed at technology developers, appliers, end-users, and regional governments is organised by the European Joint Undertaking on Fuel Cells & Hydrogen (FCH) the French region Rhône-Alpes in cooperation with the S3 Platform has as an objective boosting collaboration between the FC industry and the regions interested in applying FCH based solutions in their Smart Specialization priorities. It will facilitate exchanging of experiences on these technologies among the industry, research and innovation, and regional/urban stakeholders. Simultaneously, it will explore deployment opportunities at regional/local levels. Specific sessions will be devoted to the FCH application in clean transport and reduction of energy related CO2 emissions.
To read the draft agenda, click here.
New working paper on specialisation patterns in Europe
Based on an analysis of 198 innovation strategies, this paper finds no copycat behaviour concerning R&I specialisations. The authors find that few regions have developed similar combinations of priorities. However, there are groupings around a number of popular categories and connected to prioritised EU objectives. The most common R&I priority areas in the EU are energy, health, information and communication technologies, food, advanced materials, services, tourism, sustainable innovation, advanced manufacturing systems, and the cultural and creative industries. You can find the paper here.
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