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Higher Education for Smart Specialisation: Peer Learning Workshop, Orléans 21 November 2018

General Information

The first Peer Learning Workshop will be hosted by Centre Val Loire in Orléans (France) with the objective of sharing HESS case studies' approaches and action-research lessons learnt. The JRC will present the content of the HESS Handbook (upcoming) that provides six elements to reflect on: HE systems, HE careers, the EDP, governance, funding and monitoring. Four regions, Centre-Val de Loire, Navarre, Puglia and North-East Romania, will share the opportunities and obstacles in building regional partnerships in the context of smart specialisation.

The Peer Learning Workshops will make the most out of participatory methods so that the maximum amount of co-created knowledge can be harvested, with the objective of:

  1. Learning about the experiences of others who are trying to build partnerships in the context of Smart Specialisation.
  2. Receiving feedback from other regions and Higher Education institutions that can help strengthen the regional partnerships and activities.
  3. Understanding how EU policies and funding programmes can support the partnerships, including the proposed frameworks post 2020.
  4. Building a Community of Practice at EU level that can explore cooperation opportunities.

The event will bring together two European Commission Directorate Generals, national/regional public authorities managing S3 and higher education institutions interested in promoting university collaborations for regional growth.



Agenda and Presentations


Registration – Welcome coffee



  • Anne-Besnier, Vice-Présidente Enseignement supérieur et recherche Centre-Val de Loire Region
  • Nicolas Dubouloz, Centre-Val de Loire Region, Direction Enseignement Supérieur, Recherche et Transfert de Technologie (DESRTT)
  • HESS Team, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Advantages and challenges to involve HEI in Smart Specialisation Strategies- Learning from Peer Experiences

This session will present some of the knowledge generated in the Higher Education for Smart Specialisation project on the role of universities in contributing to regional growth, covering topics from researchers territorial engagement, involvement in the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process, tailored funding instruments and participation in S3 governance

Comments, Questions and answers


Peer Learning methodology:  


The session will provide information on the organisation of the following peer-learning sessions that will be held subsequently, in which each region will present the regional R&I context, the role that HEI are playing, the challenges faced and potential actions that will be taken.


Coffee Break

11:00- 12:30

Peer Learning Session 1

Centre-Val de Loire case (France)

Puglia case (Italy)

Region: Nicolas Dubouloz (Centre-Val de Loire Region)

University: Cécile Goi (University of Tours) and Yann Mercier-Brunel (University of Orléans)

Room: TBC

Discussant and rapporteur: John Edwards, JRC, European Commission

Region:  Annamaria Fiore (ARTI- Regional Technology and Innovation Agency)

University: Annamaria Patella (ITS A. Cuccovillo

Room: TBC

Discussant and rapporteur: Elisabetta Marinelli, JRC, European Commission

12:30- 13:00

Feeedback from Session 1 rapporteurs: Luis Goñi and Agatha Filimon

13:00- 14:00


14:00- 15:30

Peer Learning Session 2

Navarre case (Spain)

North-East Romania case (Romania)

Region: Luis Goñi (SODENA-Navarre Regional Development Agency)

University: Ramón Gonzalo (Public University of Navarre)

Room: TBC

Moderator: Eskarne Arregui, JRC, European Commission

Region: Agatha Filimon (Regional Development Agency North East Romania)

University: George Culea and Cosmin Tomozei (Vasile Alecsandri University of Bacau)

Room: TBC

Moderator: Elisabetta Marinelli, JRC, European Commission

15:30- 16:00

Concluding session

  • Feedback from the session 2 rapporteurs: Nicolas Dubouloz and Annamaria Fiore
  • Concluding remarks and future actions, John Edwards, JRC, European Commission




Higher Education for Smart Specialisation: Peer Learning Workshop, Orléans 21 November 2018 venue
Hôtel de Région, 9 rue Saint Pierre Lentin - CS 94117, Orléans (France)



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Contact information

For more information contact:

Eskarne Arregui -


Registration information

In the interest of a balanced geographical participation in the workshop, the European Commission might consider the reimbursement of travel expenses for some participating regions. Note that registration will be closed on 16th November
To register, please complete the online form