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S3 TRAINING WORKSHOP (PART 1): Developing Smart Specialisation Strategies in Eastern Partnership Countries

General Information

This seminar aims to provide national and regional S3 teams from Georgia (as well as Armenia and Belarus) an overview of the six-step methodology behind S3: from qualitative and quantitative analyses, identification of S3 priorities, strategy development as well as its implementation. During this workshop, participants will learn in more detail about an operational approach agreed with the national team and based on the JRC smart specialisation framework for Enlargement and Neighbourhood countries.

Smart specialisation is increasingly recognised across the world as well as in Eastern Partnership (EaP countries) as a policy approach targeting investments in research and innovation while streamlining these efforts in a more coordinated and effective way. The European Commission’s Joint Research Center has developed its Smart Specialisation Framework for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Countries. This bespoke Framework translates the principles of smart specialisation into a number of tangible steps that can be applied in the context of Eastern Partnership (EaP) Countries.

Many EaP countries have now expressed their interest in applying the smart specialisation approach in the context of research and innovation policy, economic transformation and job creation, industrial modernisation, regional development and decentralisation efforts. The processes in Ukraine and Moldova clearly demonstrates that significant progress has been made to date in shaping modern R&I and regional policies and a robust commitment to developing smart specialisation strategies by the end of 2020. Georgia, Belarus and Armenia have formally expressed their interest in developing smart specialisation frameworks and launched a number of preparatory actions exploring opportunities in launching S3 pilots.

Participants

This event was aimed at the National and Regional S3 Teams representing main research, innovation and regional development policy institutions, universities and research institutes, business support organisations, national and regional administrations and regional development agencies.

 

Agenda and Presentations

 

TECHNICAL S3 WORKSHOP (LEVEL 1): Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Tbilisi (Georgia) time zone

English/Russian interpretation -
Конференция на английском языке с переводом на русский язык

11:30 – 11:40

WELCOME AND OPENING

  • Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia
  • European Commission (JRC)

 

11:40 – 12:20

Smart Specialisation in Enlargement and Neighbourhood countries

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

Presentation

 

Methodology & Principles of Smart Specialisation

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

Presentation

Q&A

 

12:30 – 12:40

Break

 

12:40 – 15:00

DIAGNOSIS/MAPPING - ANALYSIS OF REGIONAL CONTEXT/POTENTIAL

  • Evidence-based policymaking – quantitative analyses for smart specialisation – identifying the economic and innovative potential – introduction
    - Hugo Hollanders, Maastricht University, the Netherlands

Presentation

 

  • Identifying scientific potential (scientometrics) – introduction
    - Yannis Tolias, Managing Partner, Innovatia Systems, Greece

Presentation

 

  • Qualitative analyses for smart specialisation priorities – introduction
    - Domen Bole, Innovation ecosystem expert, Slovenia

Presentation

 

Q&A

 

15:00 – 15:50

Break

 

15:50 – 16:50

INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY BUILDING, GOVERNANCE AND VISION FOR THE FUTURE

  • Entrepreneurial Discovery Process through a participatory and inclusive stakeholder dialogue - introduction
    - Katarzyna Kaczkowska, Expert on R&D&I financing, Poland

Presentation

 

Q&A

 

16:50 – 17:50

INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY FOR IMPLEMENTATION: FROM DESIGNING A POLICY MIX TO MONITORING & EVALUATION

  • Guidelines for the implementation of a policy mix and monitoring smart specialisation strategies - introduction
    - Claire Nauwelaers, STI policy expert, Belgium

Presentation

 

Q&A

 

17:50 – 18:00

Break

 

18:00 – 18:20

  • Smart Specialisation in the Eastern Partnership - potential for knowledge-based economic cooperation
    - Enric Fuster, Siris Academic

Presentation

 

18:20 – 19:10

LEARNING FROM INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES

  • Smart specialisation process in practice, feedback from Ukraine and Moldova
    - Nino Damenia, Senior expert on Smart Specialisation and Industry Development, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine

Presentation

 

- Sergiu Porcescu, RIS3 expert, Moldova

Presentation

 

Q&A

 

19:10 – 19:30

SUMMING UP AND WAYS FORWARD

 

 

 

Venue

Web based workshop

Registration information

Participation in this event is by invitation only