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SMART SPECIALISATION AND FOOD: FOOD, GASTRONOMY AND BIO-ECONOMY AS ELEMENTS OF REGIONAL INNOVATION STRATEGIES. Registration closed on 1ST AUGUST 2015. All registered participants will be contacted by e-mail in the following days. This workshop will take place at the EXPO in Milano on 22nd September 2015. Two EU countries (Croatia and Ireland) and two regions (Lazio and Podkarpadskie) will present their food smart specialisation domains.  Expert presentations will focus on food innovation as a driver of smart regional growth, the role of institutions (i.e. public administration), skill generation as well as differences in gastronomy culture and approaches. One day EXPO free entry pass is provided to all registered participants. To obtain more information and access the registration form, click here.

New S3 Working paper entitled External dimensions of smart specialisations: Opportunities and challenges for trans-regional and transnational cooperation in EU-13 written by Slavo Radosevic and Katerina Ciampi Stancova has been just published in the S3 Policy Brief and Working Paper Series
The paper explores trans-regional and transnational collaboration in the context of smart specialisation in regions with the less developed research, development and innovation (R&D&I) systems. Specifically, the paper addresses following questions: what is the conceptual approach to trans-regional cooperation within the context of Smart Specialisation? What is the role of regional governments/national authorities? How can regional authorities analyse trans-regional opportunities, potential competitors and collaborators? The paper concludes by offering a discussion of policies to improve trans-regional cooperation in less developed R&I systems in short and long term.

Launch Event of the European Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy, Berlaymont, Brussels - 26 May 2015
A high-level conference launched the joint initiative of the Directorates-General for Regional and Urban Policy, Energy, and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) to set up a platform on smart specialisation on energy. It have brought together representatives from EU institutions, Member States and their regions, energy experts and stakeholders to reflect on and discuss the relevance of Smart Specialisation in the energy sector. The European Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy is planned to become an enabling tool for regions to coordinate, rationalise and plan their respective energy strategies, develop a shared vision on knowledge-based energy policy development in regions, and set up a strategic agenda of collaborative work in the frame of the Smart Specialisation Platform which will foster the identification and deployment of innovative practices. Futher information and the conference programme can be accessed here.

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  • EU Regions registered in S3P: 156
  • Non-EU Regions registered in S3P: 6
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  • 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.

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Registration closed on 1st August 2015

All registered participants will be contacted by e-mail in the following days.

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