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Thematic workshop on RIS3 and Fuel Cells & Hydrogen, Lyon (FR), 22-23 April 2015

A thematic workshop aimed at technology developers, appliers, end-users, and regional governments is organised by the European Joint Undertaking on Fuel Cells & Hydrogen (FCH) the French region Rhône-Alpes in cooperation with the S3 Platform has as an objective boosting collaboration between the FC industry and the regions interested in applying FCH based solutions in their Smart Specialization priorities. It will facilitate exchanging of experiences on these technologies among the industry, research and innovation, and regional/urban stakeholders. Simultaneously, it will explore deployment opportunities at regional/local levels. Specific sessions will be devoted to the FCH application in clean transport and reduction of energy related CO2 emissions.

Further information and registration for the event are available here and here. To read the draft agenda, click here.

NEW Policy Brief on Monitoring Mechanisms for RIS3
This policy brief describes the fundamental functions of RIS3 monitoring mechanisms, their relationship with the underlying logic of intervention as well as the challenges with regard to indicator selection, data quality and governance.

Carlo Gianelle and Alexander Kleibrink (2015), Monitoring Mechanisms for Smart Specialisation Strategies, S3 Policy Brief 13/2015, Spain: European Commission, Joint Research Centre.

Check out the relevant information about Monitoring RIS3 in the dedicated S3 Platform webpage.

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: 154
  • Non-EU Regions registered in S3P: 5
  • 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

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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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