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New S3P Members:  The latest S3 Platform members are North Aegean (GR) and Austria. With this registration the S3 Platform membership has reached 17 EU Member States and 165 regions (EU and non-EU). 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: 17
  • EU Regions registered in S3P: 159
  • 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: 20

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

RIS3 Implementation Workshop on Blue Growth: We are pleased to announce that the Canary Islands will host this S3 Platform event on 8-9 October. It is also a Local Event of the 2015 Open Days, and includes participants from policy making, research and industry. Four S3P members will present their plans for specialising in Blue Growth: The Canary Islands (ES), Nordland (NO), Portugal and Ireland! More information and registration.

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 15 October 2015 from 11.00-14.00. It is the goal of this event is to present the JRC publication on Research and Technology Organisations and Smart Specialisation, currently under preparation by Dr. Katerina Ciampi Stancova from the S3 Platform and Prof. David Charles from the University of Lincoln. The objective of the publication is to discuss the concept of RTO, its RTO role in smart specialisation and provide some practical examples of RTOs from a smart specialisation perspective. The paper draws some conclusions from the JRC-EARTO event that took place in Sevilla on 28 May 2015. To read the agenda, click here.

JRC Annual Event on the Scientific Support to the Danube Strategy
On 27 and 28 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 27 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.

First Peer eXchange & Learning (PXL) on RIS3 monitoring: Emilia-Romagna together with the S3 Platform will host this workshop on 10 November in Bologna. Emilia-Romagna (IT), Sweden and Wielkopolska (PL) will present their work on RIS3 monitoring. More information can be found here.

Launch of the RESEARCH AND INNOVATION OBSERVATORY – Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility

The joint DG JRC / DG RTD website provides data and analysis on R&I developments at national and EU levels to support policymaking in Europe and practical support to design, implement and evaluate reforms that enhance the quality of national R&I investments, policies and systems. You can access it here.

To contact the Research and Innovation Observatory (RIO), click here.

For questions relating specifically to the Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility, write to

Expo 2015 Expo 2015

The S3P "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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