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SMARTER 2020 Conference Webinar series: Connecting grand societal challenges with local goals in place-based innovation policy

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SMARTER 2020 Conference Webinar series on "Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development: Connecting grand societal challenges with local goals in place-based innovation policy" is co-organised by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and RSA Europe.

Six webinars organised between 17 September and 3 December 2020

The Territorial Development Unit of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and RSA Europe are delighted to present a webinar series based on selected themes of the SMARTER 2020 Conference. In line with the measures to contain the diffusion of COVID-19, the physical event will be replaced by a series of six webinars held between 15 September and 3 December 2020.

Increasingly, innovation policies are framed around grand societal challenges and sustainable transformation. More traditional objectives of productivity enhancement, job creation and international competitiveness are accompanied by the search for solutions to environmental and social needs in line with the European Green Deal priority and the accomplishments of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, to be achieved through the mobilisation of science, technology and innovation. This transformation is also gaining momentum in local and regional policy making, raising a number of issues in relation to the capacity of place-based industrial innovation policies to meet these goals.

What are the implications of this shift for place-based policy and instruments? What does the alignment of solutions to social and environmental problems with more traditional growth objectives imply? How can potential contradictions between different goals and dimensions (social, environmental and economic) can be resolved? Can we expect territorial policies to deliver on broad societal challenges, by providing solutions to those needs that are locally relevant?

A dreadful pandemic is currently sweeping the planet causing dramatic health, social and economic consequences. We need coordinated policy initiatives at international, national and regional level to mitigate the COVID-19 economic crisis and promote a swift recovery. How can place-based policies play a role in tackling the severe socio-economic impacts of COVID-19? How can they help territories discover new opportunities for more sustainable and inclusive economies?

Open to all, the SMARTER 2020 Webinar series is a forum for debating those issues. It seeks to foster a dialogue between practitioners, policy-makers and researchers.

Smart Specialisation provides a unique entry point for such debate. Smart Specialisation is a place-based EU policy promoting economic transformation by designing targeted investment in research and innovation. Building on a growing interest in this policy, the main principles and mechanisms of Smart Specialisation are travelling fast, attracting attention outside the European Union. At the same time, the Smart Specialisation approach is evolving, incorporating evidence on what worked and what did not, embracing a larger policy scope than just research and innovation and enriching its policy toolbox.

The SMARTER 2020 Webinar series 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.

The webinars will also offer an opportunity to discuss and compare different territorial development approaches, exploring how they engage with the European Commission's priorities for 2019-2024 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

 

Agenda and Presentations

 

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Webinar 1: “Place-based responses to the COVID-19 economic crisis” on 17 September 2020 from 10:00 to 12:00 CEST

Session 1: From 10:00 to 11:00

Chair: Mikel Landabaso, Director Growth and Innovation, Joint Research Centre, Spain

Speakers:

  • Stephen Quest, Director-General Joint Research Centre
  • Sally Hardy, CEO, Regional Studies Association, United Kingdom
  • Dominique Foray, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland - "The Role of Smart Specialisation in post COVID-19 Times"
  • Elvira Uyarra, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Laura Polverari, University of Padua, Italy

Session 2: from 11:00 to 12:00

Chair: Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of the Territorial Development Unit (B3), Joint Research Centre, Spain

Speakers:

  • Manuel Laranja, ISEG, Lisbon School of Economics & Management, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal – "Rethinking ‘Entrepreneurial Discovery Processes’ in times of physical distancing"
  • Anabela Santos, Joint Research Centre, Spain – "The Role of Smart Specialisation in Tourism Recovery"
  • Edurne Magro, Orkestra – Basque Institute of Competitiveness, Spain – "Towards Recovery: Renewal and Reorientation as Regional Strategies for a Post COVID-19 Era"

Wrap-up by Nicola De Michelis, Director for Smart and Sustainable Growth and Programme Implementation IV, DG REGIO, Belgium

Moderator: Karel Haegeman, European Commission, Territorial Development Unit (B3), Joint Research Centre, Spain

 

Webinar 2: “Smart Specialisation Strategies for Sustainability – opportunities for economic recovery and competitiveness” on 6 October 2020 - 9:30 - 11:30 CEST

9:30 to 9:45 - Welcome address

Mikel Landabaso, Director Growth and Innovation, Joint Research Centre, Spain

9:45 to 10:30 - Session 1: Opportunities for regions and cities

Speakers:

  • Introductory speech by Luc Soete, Free University of Brussels, Belgium co-author of “Place-based innovation for Sustainability”
  • Reflections and comments by Daria Tataj, Tataj Innovation, and Luke Georghiou, University of Manchester, United-Kingdom

Moderator: Johan Stierna, European Commission, Territorial Development Unit (B3), Joint Research Centre, Spain

10:30 to 11:00 - Session 2: Local trade-offs and early warning signals

Speakers:

  • Introductory speech by Philip McCann, University of Sheffield, United-Kingdom, co-author of “Place-based innovation for Sustainability”
  • Reflections and comments by Jennifer Casingena Harper, Malta Council for Science & Technology

Moderator: Karel Haegeman, European Commission, Territorial Development Unit (B3), Joint Research Centre, Spain

11:00 to 11:20 - Session 3: Questions and Answers

11:20 to 11:30 - Concluding remarks

Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of the Territorial Development Unit (B3), Joint Research Centre, Spain

 

Webinar 3: “Smart Specialisation for Sustainable Development Goals” on 10 November 2020 - 10:30-12:30 (CET)

10:30 – 10:40  Welcome and opening speech

Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

 

10:40 – 11:25  SESSION 1: CONCEPT, METHODS AND APPROACHES

10:40 – 10:55   Michal Miedzinski, Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London, UK

10:55 – 11:10  Anna Wieczorek, Technology, Innovation and Society Department, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

11:10 – 11:25  Lars Coenen, The Mohn Centre for Innovation and Regional Development, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

 

11:30 – 12:15  SESSION 2: PRACTICE AND EVIDENCE

11:30 – 11:45  Katerina Ciampi Stancova, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

11:45 – 12:00  Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Technical University of Vienna & IIASA, Austria

12:00 – 12:15  Monika Matusiak, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

 

12:15-12:25     Discussion

 

12:25-12:30     Conclusion remarks

Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

 

Moderator:

Albane Demblans, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

 

Webinar 4: "Quality of life in (European) cities: are cities in Europe inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable?" on 19 November - 10:00-12:00 (CET)

Welcome and opening speech:

  • Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

 

Presentations:

  • Lewis Dijkstra, DG REGIO, European Commission and Nicola Pontarollo, University of Brescia: Report on the Quality of Life in European cities, 2020
  • Alice Siragusa, Joint Research Centre, European Commission: European Handbook for SDG Voluntary Local Reviews
  • Lukas Kleine Rueschkamp, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SME’s, Region and Cities, OECD: Well-being in cities in the world

 

Moderator:

  • Laura de Dominicis, DG REGIO, European Commission

 

Webinar 5: “Smart Specialisation: evidence, lessons, challenges and opportunitieson 24 November 2020 - 10:00-11:30 (CET)  This is event has been postponed (new date to be confirmed)

AGENDA

10:00 10:10 Welcome & Opening – Manuel Palazuelos (Territorial Development Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission)

10:10 -10:25 Peter Berkowitz (Head of Unit, Smart and Sustainable Growth, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission): Smart Specialisation in Europe: Where do we go from here?

10:25 – 11:15 JRC research project on the Smart Specialisation experience: reflections on governance, entrepreneurial discovery process, monitoring and evaluation

  • Fabrizio Guzzo (Territorial Development Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission)
  • Laura Polverari (University of Padua)
  • James Wilson (Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness)
  • Francesco Prota (University of Bari)

11:15 – 11:25 Q&A

11:25 – 11:30 Concluding remarks by Peter Berkowitz

Moderator: Manuel Palazuelos

 

Webinar 6: “Sustainable Urban Development and Innovation: aligning policies for change”, on 3 December 2020 - 10:00 to 11:45 CET.

Welcome and opening speech:

  • Peter Bosch, Advisor for Cross Disciplinary Knowledge to the Deputy Director-General of the Joint Research Centre

Chair: Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Main session:

  • Kevin Morgan, Cardiff University
  • Margit Noll, JPI Urban Europe
  • Martina Pertoldi, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • Mart Grisel, European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN)

Moderator: Carlotta Fioretti, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Closing of the SMARTER2020 conference:

  • Sally Hardy, CEO, Regional Studies Association
  • Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

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