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New S3P Members: The latest regions joining the S3 Platform are Southern-Netherlands (NL), Basse-Normandie (FR) and Etelä-Savo (FI). With these regions the S3 Platform membership has reached 164 regions (EU and non-EU) and 16 EU Member States. Click here to see how your region/country can join the Platform.

What we can do for you What we can do for you

We are the Platform established by the European Commission to provide professional advice to EU countries and regions for the design of their research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3). Our services include:

  • Providing guidance material and good practice examples
  • Organising information sessions for policy makers and participating in conferences
  • Providing training to policy-makers
  • Facilitating peer-reviews
  • Supporting access to relevant data
  • Participating in high quality research projects to inform strategy formation and policy making

Read more about the S3 Platform

Registered Country and Regions
  • EU Countries registered in S3P: 16
  • EU Regions registered in S3P: 158
  • Non-EU Regions registered in S3P: 6
  • S3P Peer-reviewed Countries: 15
  • S3P Peer-reviewed Regions: 60
RIS3 Specialisation mapping
  • EU Countries with encoded S3 Priorities: 25
  • EU Regions with encoded S3 Priorities: 178
  • Non-EU Countries with encoded R&I Priorities: 6
  • Non-EU Regions with encoded R&I Priorities: 19

What is smart specialisation? What is smart specialisation?

Smart specialisation is a strategic approach to economic development through targeted support to Research and Innovation (R&I). It will be the basis for European Structural and Investment Fund interventions in R&I as part of the current Regional and Cohesion Policy's contribution to the Europe 2020 jobs and growth agenda.

More generally, smart specialisation involves a process of developing a vision, identifying competitive advantage, setting strategic priorities and making use of smart policies to maximise the knowledge-based development potential of any region, strong or weak, high-tech or low-tech.

This site offers a unique resource and platform for regional development policy-makers and professionals developing such strategies as well as their partners from business, academia and the civil society.

Read the Smart Specialisation Fact-Sheet

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Event highlights Event highlights

JRC Annual Event on the Scientific Support to the Danube Strategy
On 27th and 28th October 2015, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission is organising in Ulm (DE) its annual event on Scientific Support to the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. The JRC Annual Event 2015 will take stock of the continuing scientific support activities for the Danube region and will focus on the JRC expertise that supports the European Commission priorities of boosting jobs and growth, building a European Energy Union and supporting the digital single market through smart specialisation in the Danube region.
The event incorporates four parallel technical workshops on 27th October allowing for interactive discussions between scientists and policy makers on the following subjects:
• Energy
• Water
• Smart Specialisation in the ICT sector
• Instruments for fostering scientific exchange and collaboration

The programme, registration and further info on the series of technical workshops are available here.

EARTO-JRC Joint Event. We are happy to inform you that the registration for the next JRC-EARTO event is now open and available under this link. The event will take place at Van Maerlant 2 building, Brussels on 15th October 2015 from 11.00-14.00. The objective of the event is to present the JRC publication on Research and Technology Organisations and Smart Specialisation, currently under preparation by Dr. Katerina Ciampi Stancova from S3 Platform and Prof. David Charles from University of Lincoln. The objective of the publication is to discuss the concept of RTO, RTOs' role in smart specialisation and provide for some practical examples of RTOs from smart specialisation perspective. The paper draws some conclusions from the JRC-EARTO event that took place in Sevilla on 28th May 2015. The Agenda of the event will be available soon. 

Research and Innovation Observatory Research and Innovation Observatory

The Research and Innovation Observatory provides data and analysis on national research and innovation policies and performance to underpin EU policymaking.

The website of the Research and Innovation Observatory will be online soon.

Expo 2015 Expo 2015

The "Smart specialisation and food" event has reached full capacity and the registration for the Workshop is closed. All registered participants will be contacted by e-mail in the following days.

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