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Launch Event of the European Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy, Brussels - 26 May 2015, 09:00 to 14:00
A high-level conference is going to launch 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 and will bring 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.

The platform will collaborate with interested regions/countries to:
(i) analyse current energy priorities and policies, and
(ii) identify good practices as well as priorities and roadmaps for bottom-up trans-regional and transnational cooperation to accelerate the development and deployment of energy technologies.

Location: Berlaymont

To obtain futher information, click here.

To register to the event, please send an email to: JRC-CONFERENCE@ec.europa.eu

The conference programme can be accessed here.

You can follow the web streaming here (streaming will start on 26 May 2015 at 9:30 AM).

Thematic Peer-Review Workshop on RIS3 Governance
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The S3 Platform will hold a thematic workshop on governance, hosted by the Centru region of Romania, on 27-28 May. Three regions, including Lombardy (Italy), Värmland (Sweden) and Centru itself will share experiences on governing their smart specialisation strategies and moving from design to implementation. To obtain preliminary programme and practical information, click here.

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: 15
  • EU Regions registered in S3P: 155
  • Non-EU Regions registered in S3P: 6
  • S3P Peer-reviewed Countries: 15
  • S3P Peer-reviewed Regions: 57
RIS3 Specialisation mapping
  • EU Countries with encoded S3 Priorities: 25
  • EU Regions with encoded S3 Priorities: 177
  • 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

RIS3 Guide RIS3 Guide

RIS3 Guide

S3P Calendar S3P Calendar


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Event highlights Event highlights

Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) and Smart Specialisation
In the frame of the S3P project, this workshop will take place in Seville on 28 May 2015 to discuss the role of RTOs in smart specialisation. RTOs are important actors in the innovation chain and can play a key role in the implementation of Smart Specialisation Strategies. Representatives from local governments, RTOs and European Commission will participate in this workshop. To display the agenda, click here.

Thematic Peer-Review Workshop on RIS3 Governance   TTTTtTtttThetttttttttttt
The S3 Platform will hold a thematic workshop on governance, hosted by the Centru region of Romania, on 27-28 May. Three regions, including Lombardy (Italy), Värmland (Sweden) and Centru itself will share experiences on governing their smart specialisation strategies and moving from design to implementation. To obtain preliminary programme and practical information, click here.

Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE 2015), Innovative Regions: Time to Act! - Riga (Latvia) on 04 and 05 June 2015
Under the frame of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the State Education Development Agency of Latvia and the European Commission are organising the International Conference "Week of Innovative Regions in Europe 2015" in Riga.  This year´s conference focuses:
-       From programme to implementation: the key challenges for regions
-       How to close the innovation divide: the role of regions
-       Overcoming the barriers to innovation and stimulating regional strategies
To obtain preliminary programme and practical information, click here.  Registration to the conference via website will start on 08 April 2015. 
Contact: wire2015@viaa.gov.lv

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