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JRC Macro-Regional Innovation Week 2018

General Information

The JRC is organising from 24 to 26 January 2018 in Ispra (IT) the event "Macro-Regional Innovation Week" with a focus on Science and Technology (S&T) Knowledge for Policy Support and Collaboration within the EU Macro-Regions linked and the Western Balkans and with a special emphasis on the Smart Specialisation and S&T Support to Policies (agriculture, environment, energy and transport, and biotechnologies). The event will explore the ways on how the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's science and knowledge service, may best support the EU S&T policies throughout the whole policy cycle.

The event will promote the opening of the JRC's research infrastructures and laboratories and showcase JRC's technical and scientific competences, in particular in the field of agriculture, environment, energy, transport and biotechnologies. This will also be the occasion to present the key results of JRC's Scientific Support activities to the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) that may be relevant to other macro-regions in particular for the Western Balkans, for the countries of which the EU the needs to maintain a credible enlargement perspective in the coming decade. In this context, JRC's Macro-Regional Innovation Week intends to promote the exchange of best practices and knowledge among local and international policy and decision makers, academics, financial institutions and various actors of innovation and technology transfer practitioners among Europe's macro-regions, namely Danube, Baltic, Adriatic-Ionian and Alpine and Western Balkans.

The focus of the S3 Platform involvement will be on presenting the existing S3 trans-national and macro-regional activities – including the Thematic Smart Specialisation Platforms and their corresponding thematic S3 Partnerships, which together contribute to the EU R&I networking and support the development of a competitive innovation ecosystem across the EU macro-regions.

The three days of seminars and workshops will therefore target the connecting regions that are relevant because of significant historical and economic ties and because of their inclusion in some overlapping EU macro-regional strategies. 

The event will bring together innovation practitioners and regional stakeholders from the EU member states, enlargement and neighbourhood countries covered by the European Macro-Regions (the Danube, Baltic, Adriatic-Ionian and Alpine Region strategies) and the Western Balkans. Participants are likely to include: research and innovation policy-makers and representatives of academia and technology transfer offices.


Agenda and Presentations

Event Agenda

The presentations and the recording of the whole event are published on the EU Science Hub.

Presentations from the S3 Related Sessions are published below.

Aligning Smart Specialisation Agendas in the EU Macro-regions: Exploiting Synergies

Marco Onida, Coordinator, EU Strategy for the Danube Region, Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
Ales Gnamus, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Benefitting from collaboration in macro-regional frameworks: opportunities for the EU Enlargement countries.
Emily Wise, Lund University, Sweden, Alignment of financial instruments to address common challenges in the Baltic Sea Region.
Matthias Woiwode von Gilardi, DLR, Germany, Cooperation in the Danube macro-region in aligning instruments for smart specialisation.
Marius Niculae Valentin, Danube Transnational Programme, DTP in support of the innovation cooperation in the Danube Region.

Innovation in support to policies: Agro-Food/Rural Development and Industrial Modernisation

Ales Gnamus, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, S3 Platform
Boban Ilic, Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in SEE.
Luca Mercatelli, AREA Science Park.
Wim Devos, MARS CAPLAND, Food Security Unit, Directorate General Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Pavel Ciaian, Economics of Agriculture, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Agricultural and Rural development  policies in the Western Balkans.
Vladimir Crnojević, Biosense Institute / ANTARES, Centre of Excellence for Advanced Technologies in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security.
Pierpaolo Rovere, Emilia-Romagna, IT, co-leader of the S3 Agro-Food Thematic partnership on Traceability and Big Data. 
Ales Hancic, TECOS Slovenia, co-leader S3 Industrial Modernisation Thematic partnership on SME integration to Industry 4.0.

Round Table: Synergy of instruments and competences: Connecting Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) and technology transfer, innovation ecosystems, research, education and skills

Vanja Ivošević, Regional Cooperation Council
Atanas Kochov, University St. Cyril and Methodius Skopje
Miroslav Vesković, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Alessandro Rainoldi, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Giancarlo Caratti, Joint Research Centre, European Commission


JRC Ispra (Milan / Italy)

Registration information

Participation will be by invitation only.