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KETs for Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3) in Agro-food

General Information

As part of the Europe 2020 Strategy, the 'Innovation Union' flagship initiative sets out a comprehensive innovation strategy to enhance Europe's capacity to deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It highlights the concept of Smart Specialisation as a way to achieve these goals.

In March 2012, the European Council reinforced this approach, specifically advocating the strengthening of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) to achieve the EUROPE2020 objectives. The Commission defines KETs as ‘knowledge intensive and associated with high R&D intensity, rapid innovation cycles, high capital expenditure and highly skilled employment.

The purpose of this workshop was to discuss the role of KETs in the process of developing and implementing RIS3. As a number of European Regions have identified Agrofood activities to be focused on in their RIS3 exercises, the event specifically addressed the role and importance of KETs in this agrofood sector. The sector must be understood from a cluster approach, comprising of Agriculture, Food Industry, Logistic, and Environmental aspects, etc.


Agenda and Presentations

Event agenda

April 11, 2016
Setting the scene: KETs for RIS3 (moderated by Mr. Juan Hernández Albarracín, General Director of Regional Development Agency of Murcia)
Smart Specialisation Strategies: Concept, Framework and Design  – Mr. Manuel Palazuelos-Martínez, S3 Platform, European Commission.

Strengthening Regions´ Research and Innovation Capacities: Synergies between Smart Specialsation and Horizon 2020 – Mr. Richard Tuffs, Director of European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN).

Innovation and KETs within Horizon 2020. A Spanish perspective and opportunities for the agrofood sector. – Mr. José Manuel González Vicente, Spanish representative FP7-Knowledge Bio Based Economy, CDTI.

How to map KETs in the Regions (moderated by Mr. Manuel Palazuelos Martínez, S3 Platform, European Commission)
ICT and BIO for Boosting Agrofood in the Region of Murcia – Mr. Juan Hernández Albarracín, General Director of Regional Development Agency of Murcia.

KETs in Agri-Food - Northern Ireland Perspective – Mr. Michael Lilley, Department of Enterprise, Trade & Investment, Northern Ireland.

The Agri-Food Platform KETs for agrofood in Emilia-Romagna – Ms. Elisabetta Maini, Regional Government of Emilia-Romagna.

Debate Industry and Academia, Policy-makers and Regions
(moderated by Mr. Eduardo Osuna Carrillo de Albornoz, General Director of Universities and Scientific Policy, Region of Murcia): Critical KETs to support a competitive economy in Europe and prioritisation in the field of agrofood.

Enterprise Europe Network - Supporting Innovation in EnterprisesFood Brokerage - Practical cases in the agrofood sector – Mr. Antonio Romero Navarro – Enterprise Europe Network, SEIMED.

Closing session by Spanish and Regional Governments and the European Commission
Mr. José Ballesta Germán, Regional Minister of Universities, Enterprises and Research, Region of Murcia.
Ms. Carmen Vela Olmo, Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
Mr. Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of Knowledge for Growth Unit, JRC-IPTS, European Commission.



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