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
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 future 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.
REGISTRATION OPEN: Joining forces through Smart Specialisation: Synergies between ESIF and Horizon 2020 for Key Enabling Technologies. This info day raises awareness on Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) as drivers for industrial competitiveness in regions. It shows how regions can incorporate KETs into their Smart Specialisation strategies, and what is the way to promote interregional synergies between national/regional authorities, industry and research. Find out more about all these topics in Brussels on 26 March 2014! Click on the links to obtain information about the event, its agenda and registration.
ARCTIC SMARTNESS: The Regional Council of Lapland together with the Lapland University Consortium organises the seminar ARCTIC SMARTNESS – Driving Force for the European Future Development in Brussels on 13th March 2014. The seminar will be hosted by the Committee of the Regions (CoR), in Rue Belliard/Belliardstraat 99-101, B-1040 Brussels. Registration is free of charge and should be done by 06th March 2014. More information on the Invitation and draft Programme.
REGISTRATION OPEN: The next thematic workshop on the topic of "How to Develop your RIS3 Priorities" will be organised in Norrköping, East Sweden on 1-2 April 2014. Four regions will present their work with developing their prioritised areas; East Sweden (SE), Scotland (UK), Lower Austria (AT) and Flanders (BE). More information and open registration can be found here.
REGISTRATION OPEN: The first peer review workshop in a non-EU country will take place in Novi Sad, Serbia, on 10-11 April 2014. One of the issues discussed will be transnational cooperation. Three regional strategies will be peer reviewed: Vojvodina (RS), Northeast Romania (RO) & Weser-Ems (DE). For more information and registration clicke here.
REGISTRATION OPEN: The S3 platform together with DG CONNECT and the Regional Authority of Central Macedonia, Greece arranges a thematic event "Digital Innovation for Regional Growth", the 29 April 2014 in Thessaloniki, Greece. For more information and registration click here.
SMART SPECIALISATION IN SOUTHERN EUROPE: The S3 Platform is organising a special session at the Annual Conference of the APDR (Portuguese section of the European Regional Science Association) in Évora, Portugal in July. Please see call for proposals. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 30th March.