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In recent years, over 120 Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) have been developed, at regional and national level, across the EU.

The Smart Stories provide a direct account from managing authorities on the ways in which they implement their Smart Specialisation Strategies. They reflect how managing authorities have used the S3 concept to develop their own innovation-driven economic transformation agendas at national and regional level.

In the challenging RIS3 implementation phase, the new set of Smart Stories wish to gather examples from a wide range of stakeholders, including inter alia, members of the Agri-Food, Energy and Industrial Modernisation Thematic Platforms, together with higher education institutions and managing authorities at national and regional levels. These testimonials enable stakeholders to identify interesting implementation examples, complementarities and potential for mutual learning and collaboration.

We encourage stakeholders to share their stories with the S3 community of practice. If you wish to do so, please refer to the template and contact the S3 Platform:

View the latest Smart Stories on the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process in Crete (Greece), innovation policy in Wielkopolska (Poland), research-business cooperation in sparsely populated areas in the Kainuu Region (Finland), and cluster policy in the Region of Salzburg (Austria).


Download the booklet "Smart Stories, Implementing Smart Specialisation across Europe" (2016), a collection of over 30 such first-hand experiences.

Notes: These stories are based on information provided by national and regional authorities. The images in the stories are for illustrative purposes and do not always reflect the S3 process itself.