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AWARENESS WORKSHOP: Smart Specialisation for Regional Growth in Georgia

General Information

The concept of smart specialisation that was initially developed for a higher impact of the research and innovation investments for knowledge-based economic transformation of the European Union (EU) Member States and regions has been met with a lot of interest in a growing number of countries outside the EU.

Georgia is among the five Eastern Partnership countries that have expressed interest in applying the smart specialisation approach to research and innovation policy. To date, Georgia has carried out a number of preparatory actions including the mobilisation of its smart specialisation team and exploring opportunities for smart specialisation in one of the regions. The region of Imereti has been proposed as the first pilot for mapping economic and innovative potential.

The online event aims to raise awareness about smart specialisation at national and regional level in Georgia as well as to present the first findings from the mapping analysis on existing economic and innovative data can provide.

Profile of participants:

The event is directed at representatives of national policy developing institutions and regional administration of Imereti region, a wide range of stakeholders representing main businesses and business associations of Georgia; most innovative companies and companies investing in research; top research departments at universities and research institutes and main NGOs dealing with societal challenges.


Participation in this event is by invitation only.

Agenda and Presentations



AWARENESS WORKSHOP: Wednesday, 25 November 2020




Tbilisi (Georgia) time zone

11:30 – 12:00

Opening and Welcome Address

  • Representatives of relevant Ministries of Georgia
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia 
  • Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia 
  • Representatives of the European Commission (JRC and DG REGIO)  and Delegation of the European Union to Georgia 

12:00 – 12:20

Smart Specialisation as a Place-Based Innovation Policy approach

  • Monika Matusiak, Team Leader, Smart Specialisation in EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood Region, S3 Platform, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

12:20 – 12:40

Developing Smart Specialisation: Where to Start and How to Go About It

  • Ruslan Rakhmatullin, Policy Officer, S3 Platform, Joint Research Centre, European Commission


Q&A and Discussion

12:50 – 13:00




13:00 – 13:15

Coordinating national and regional smart specialisation in Poland

  • Katarzyna Kaczkowska, Expert on R&D&I financing, Poland

13:15 – 13:30

An S3 experience from Andalusia, Spain

  • Carmen Sillero Illanes, RIS3 Expert, Spain

13:30 – 13:45

An outward-looking perspective: S3 experiences from Ostrobothnia (FI) and Nordland (NO)

  • Åge Mariussen, RIS3 Expert, Finland/Norway

13:45 – 14:00

Q&A and Discussion

14:00 – 15:00

Lunch Break



15:00 – 15:10

Smart Specialisation in Georgia: Going Forward

  • Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia 

15:10 – 15:30

Perspectives for developing smart specialisation strategy in Imereti Region

  • Representative of Imereti regional administration 

15:30 – 16:00

Mapping the economic and innovative potential of the Region of Imereti

  • Hugo Hollanders, Maastricht University, the Netherlands

16:00 – 16:15

Scientific and Technological Potential of the Region of Imereti

  • Robin Walton, Assistant Director, IP Advisory, Deloitte, UK

16:00 – 16:30

Q&A and Discussion

16:30 – 17:00

Summary and Closing



Registration information

Participation in this event is by invitation only.