On the 4th of September, 8:30-9h30, the Thematic S3 Platforms team and four S3 interregional partnerships representatives presented their work in the frame of the European Alliance Against Coronavirus.
The webinar was hosted by the European Cluster Alliance (ECA), which organises daily webinars on pertinent issues of clusters during the COVID-19 crisis
This session was dedicated to the relationship between clusters and S3 Thematic Platforms.
The S3 Thematic Platform for Industrial Modernisation (S3P-Industry) from the Joint Research Centre outlined the concept of smart specialisation and its current challenges. Smart specialisation is a place-based approach to research and innovation policy to boost growth and jobs in Europe. It is aligned with the region´s own competitive advantages. The thematic platforms help ecosystems to connect and to provide an environment for the different stakeholders. Based on local priorities, regions have partnered around areas of common interested and joined forces to avoid duplication and achieve critical mass.
To further improve smart specialisation, the team is working to improve internal connectivity, connecting it to macro-regional and European knowledge systems, and fostering interregional cooperation. Clusters can deliver S3 interregional investments through better communication and collaboration, ensuring an active entrepreneurial discovery process on the group, increasing the participation of industry, provide key information on needs and challenges, and bringing market-oriented knowledge and business capacities.
Several regional representatives from the S3 interregional partnerships provided examples of how their S3 are put into practice, through the work done in the partnerships, and in particular thanks to the active involvement of clusters in these regional networks. Each region has its own priorities, but they count with close collaboration, efficient governance, and fast reactions to make the projects successful. These regional actors showed the role of clusters in their respective S3 partnerships and a discussion was held on how the relation with clusters can be further developed in the next programming period.