Events Events


2020 SMARTER Conference

General Information

Call for paper and special sessions proposals

For its third edition, the 2020 SMARTER Conference on "Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development: Connecting grand societal challenges with local goals in place-based innovation policy" will provide a comprehensive picture of the Smart Specialisation policy experience, including an evaluation of its results and an account of its recent developments both conceptually and empirically. Co-organised by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and RSA Europe, the conference also offers an opportunity to discuss and compare different territorial development approaches, exploring how they engage with the European Commission's priorities for 2019-2014 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The conference offers to a limited number of participants from academia, territorial authorities and institutions a unique opportunity to discuss and define the scope and main avenues for future research and policy making, and to address the challenges confronting policy makers and practitioners. In addition to academic submissions, papers by practitioners or co-authored by academics and practitioners are welcome.

Themes of interest to the conference include:

  • Smart Specialisation: evidence, lessons, challenges and opportunities
  • Smart Specialisation on the move: the evolution of a policy approach
  • Science, technology and innovation policy for Sustainable Development Goals
  • Smart Specialisation and Cohesion Policy: Aligning Policy for ‘left behind’ places
  • Innovation policy and Inclusive growth
  • Tools and methodologies for territorial analyses in support of development policies
  • Evaluation of territorial innovation policies
  • Global value chains, innovation and local development
  • Urban challenges and strategies for innovation-led development
  • Models of regional and multi-level governance and stakeholder involvement.
  • The actors of territorial development: research organisations, businesses, public actors, civil society groups
  • Regional Governance, capacities and resources for place-based policy

Submission of complete special session and paper proposals should be sent through the Regional Studies Association online portal by the 15th of May 2020.


Download the call for abstracts



CaixaForum Sevilla Camino de los Descubrimientos & Calle Jerónimo de Aguilar Seville, 41092 Spain

Contact information

For conference updates, please visit:

For further details and questions regarding abstract submission, please contact Lesa Reynolds at