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.
Digital Growth Peer Review Workshop, Seville (ES), 3-4 December 2013 co-organised by the Smart Specialisation Platform, DG CONNECT and the Junta de Andalucía. The workhop will specifically address Digital Growth aspects of the RIS3 strategies. More information and the agenda can be found here.
Stock-taking event "Two years of Peer Review and Designing RIS3 - Now what?", Seville (ES), 4 December 2013
The S3 Platform invites all regions that have been peer reviewed or active in our events to a stock-taking event in the afternoon of 4 December in Seville, Spain. Please find a draft agenda here and contact the S3 platform for more information.