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Peer-Review Workshop for Regional RIS3 in Novi Sad (RS)

General Information

Countries and regions in the EU, in Southeastern Europe and in the Danube macro-region are at very different stages of development and exhibit high variation in their regional innovations systems. In addition, smart specialisation is only for EU member states a legal requirement. Nonetheless, there are important lessons to be learnt from other regions concerning strategic, evidence-based and participatory innovation policies regardless of legal provisions and varying socio-economic development. One aspect that deserves closer attention is transnational cooperation and how to make this a beneficial and institutionalised practise for both more and less developed regions.

This peer review, the first to take place in a non-EU region, aimed at discussing key elements and challenges in the design of regional innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3).

The aims of the workshop were:
- To allow regions from both EU and accession/candidate countries to meet their peers, European Commission staff, academic experts and others to discuss common issues related to smart specialisation.
- To allow regions and countries to peer-review and discuss each other's work on RIS3.
- To better understand how to incorporate transnational cooperation in RIS3.

The workshops began with a panel discussion on transnational R&I cooperation.

Agenda and Presentations

Event agenda

Topics of panel discussion
- Driving transnational innovation cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region – Experience from BSR Stars, Emily Wise (VINNOVA)

- Innovation between policy learning & implementation – Lessons from Central Europe, Monika Schönerklee-Grasser (CENTRAL EUROPE Programme)

- The role of transnational research & innovation in the Danube region, Miroslav Veskovic  (EUSDR Coordinator for Knowledge Society)

Peer reviewed regions
Vojvodina (Serbia): Presentation & background document & feedback report

Northeast Romania (Romania): Presentation & background document & feedback report

Weser-Ems (Germany): Presentation & background document & feedback report

References on transnational cooperation & R&I
OECD (2013), Regions and Innovation: Collaborating Across Borders.

Science Europe (2014), Three Approaches to Cross-border Collaboration.

European Commission (2013), Report concerning the Added Value of Macro-regional Strategies, COM(2013) 468 final.

Danube-INCO.NET, an FP7 funded coordination and support action for the EU Strategy for the Danube Region in the field of research and innovation.

The BSR Stars programme aims at strengthening competitiveness and economic growth in the Baltic Sea Region.

CENTRAL EUROPE is a European Union programme that encourages cooperation among regions of nine central European countries.

EU Factsheet (2013), Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation.


Hotel Putnik, Ilije Ognjanovica 24, Novi Sad (RS)

Registration information

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