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BRAND-NEW INTERACTIVE TOOL S3 Inter-regional Trade and Competition Tool --> link

The S3 Tools section of this website now features a fully interactive web-based application for the visualization and the analysis of inter-regional trade flows and the competitive position of regions in Europe. The purpose of the S3 Inter-regional Trade and Competition Tool is to improve our capacities to assess regional assets and analyse a region's economic position as a first fundamental step in the process of building place-based and evidence-based regional policies and Smart Specialisation Strategies.

BOOK REVIEW Smart Specialisation. Opportunities and Challenges for Regional Innovation Policy, DOMINIQUE FORAY, Routledge, 2015. More information on the editor's webpage.

What is Smart Specialisation exactly? How was the sketch of an academic concept translated into a precise set of policy guidelines? And how can policy makers design and implement such strategies in order to enhance economic competitiveness and community wellbeing through investment in research and innovation? This is what Dominique Foray masterfully explains and discusses with sharp knowledge of the economic matters involved and instructive empirical observations in the book Smart Specialisation. Opportunities and Challenges for Regional Innovation Policy. A highly recommended reading to Smart Specialisation practitioners and to all people interested in understanding more about how Smart Specialisation policies will be shaping the economic horizon of Europe in the present decade and the years to come after. Find out more…

S3P ONLINE SURVEY on Examples of Successful Inter-regional and Trans-national R&I Partnerships:

The S3 Platform is launching an online survey on examples of successful inter-regional and trans-national R&I partnerships implementing past and current innovation strategies. Your proposals will serve for the establishment of a repository of cases which will then allow discussing practices applied in order to find possible supporting instruments and measures tackling the bottle-necks of trans-national R&I cooperation. The most inspiring and relevant examples will presented at various upcoming events. The S3 Cooperation survey is available here. We have extended the S3P online survey until 28th of February 2015.

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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: 153
  • Non-EU Regions registered in S3P: 5
  • S3P Peer-reviewed Countries: 15
  • S3P Peer-reviewed Regions: 54
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  • EU Countries with encoded S3 Priorities: 24
  • EU Regions with encoded S3 Priorities: 174
  • Non-EU Countries with encoded R&I Priorities: 6
  • Non-EU Regions with encoded R&I Priorities: 18

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 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.

Read the Smart Specialisation Fact Sheet

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The S3 Platform supports and collaborates in organising the Latvian Presidency Conference Smart Specialization Strategy: New Approaches for Partnerships among Education, Research and Industry in Regions taking place February 12-13, 2015 in Riga, Latvia.
The international conference in hosted by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia in collaboration with the State Education Development Agency. For more details and information about the registration please check:

All regions registered to the S3 Platform are invited to the in-depth Peer-Review of the region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (REMTh) which will take place in Alexandroupolis (Greece) on 12-13 February 2015. The key topics identified for discussion include implementation of RIS3, monitoring and evaluation, mobility of human capital, governance of RIS3 and ERDF and State Aid regulations.
The draft agenda is available here.  Please follow this link to register.

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