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Smart Specialisation in Energy – How Europe's regions are implementing their priorities?

On the occasion of Sustainable Energy Week 2016, the Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy (#S3PEnergy) organises the event: Smart...

Key concepts and models for urban and regional smart specialization innovation strategies (RIS3)

Key concepts and models for urban and regional smart specialization innovation strategies (RIS3), Barcelona (Spain) from 23 to 24 July 2015

News Alert - Public consultation: Achievements of FP7

The European Commission launched a public consultation on the achievements of the Seventh Framework Programme activities (2007-2013).

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The European Commission has launched a new Policy Support Facility (PSF) to help EU member states reform their research and innovation policies.

Study Programming Phase for 2014-2020 ESI Funds

The Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission has commissioned a study to provide evidence on how the...
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S3 Governance S3 Governance

Ensuring participation and ownership in the S3 Process

The fact that RIS3 is based on a wide view of innovation automatically implies that stakeholders of different types and levels should participate extensively in its design. The perhaps most common, tripartite governance model based on the involvement of industry, education and research institutions, and government (the so-called Triple Helix model), is no longer enough in the context of smart specialisation.

Innovation users or groups representing demand-side perspectives and consumers, relevant non-profit organisations representing citizens and workers should all be taken on board of the design process of RIS3. In other words this means that the governance model includes both the market and the civic society. When it comes to the sensitive moment of deciding on strategic priorities, a truly inclusive RIS3 governance structure should be able to prevent capture by specific interest groups, powerful lobbies, or major regional stakeholders.

In order to secure that all stakeholders own and share the strategy, governance schemes should allow for 'collaborative leadership', meaning that hierarchies in decision-making should be flexible enough in order to let each actor to have a role and eventually take the lead in specific phases of RIS3 design, according to actors' characteristics, background, and capacities.

When actors are many and different, it might be very difficult for them to find their own way to collaborate and manage potential conflicts. In order to tackle this potential problem, RIS3 governance bodies should include 'boundary spanners', that is to say, people or organisations with interdisciplinary knowledge or proven experience in interaction with different actors, and who can hence help moderate the process.

Events Events

Smart Regions 2.0 Conference: Maximising Europe's Innovation Potential

The second edition of the high-level Smart Regions even will provide the opportunity for stakeholders to share experience of how smart specialisation has...

Smart Specialisation cooperation in Central Europe – Networking Workshop

The Directorate General for Regional and Urban policy (DG REGIO) of the European Commission has launched an initiative in mid-2016 that aims at...

Kick-off Event of the Smart Specialisation Platform on Agri-Food

Kick-off Event of the Smart Specialisation Platform on Agri-Food is co-organised by the European Commission's S3 Platform and the Government of Tuscany

“LIVING ROOM OF EMERGING INDUSTRIES IN MILAN” - SECOND EDITION

Through the Smart Specialisation Strategy for Research and Innovation (S3), the Lombardy Region intents to scale up at European level a policy model to...

Kick-off Event of the Smart Specialisation Platform on Industrial Modernisation and launch of the Watify campaign

Fostering interregional cooperation and investments through the Smart Specialisation Platform on Industrial Modernisation
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Publications Publications

Fraunhofer Policy Brief on Smart Specialisation

Henning Kroll
This Fraunhofer policy brief analyses the state of the art of the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process in the implementation phase of S3 over the first...

Smart Specialisation: Creating Growth through Trans-national cooperation and Value Chains

JRC Science for Policy Report Mariussen Åge; Rakhmatullin Ruslan; Stanionyte Lina.
Thematic Work on the Understanding of Transnational cooperation and Value Chains in the context of Smart Specialisation.

Regional Innovation Ecosystems - Learning from the EU´s Cities and Regions

This publication aims to encourage regional decision-makers to increase their collaboration and partnering. Europe needs more partnering with...

The Digital Agenda Toolbox

JRC88896 Jens Sörvik and Alexander Kleibrink
The Digital Agenda Toolbox provides support to regional and national authorities to develop a thorough understanding of the digital growth potential...

Regional benchmarking in the smart specialisation process: Identification of reference regions based on structural similarity

03/2014 Mikel Navarro, Juan José Gibaja, Susana Franco, Asier Murciego, Carlo Gianelle, Fatime Barbara Hegyi and Alexander Kleibrink
Regional benchmarking can be of great help in making strategic decisions within the process of the design and implementation of regional Research and...
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