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Smart Specialisation Strategies for Sustainability in Latin America, a place-based innovation approach for development in transition

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This event is organised by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, (DG DEVCO), in collaboration with the CELAC pro-tempore presidency.

Main objectives

The main objectives of this event are three fold:

  • To present the potential of Smart Specialisation to foster localised, innovation-driven sustainable territorial development, as an important milestone in the new Innovation pillar of the EU-CELAC Common Research Area (CRA).
  • To officially launch the project S4LatinAmerica as a joint action of two services of the European Commission: DG DEVCO and the Joint Research Centre (JRC). The event will allow to share detail of activities and expected outcomes, notably those addressing: (i) mapping of innovation potential, (ii) Entrepreneurial Discovery Processes, (iii) identification of pilot projects and (iv) role of sustainable dimension in place-based innovation approaches.
  • Review progress of the Smart Specialisation uptake in Latin America through results achieved by previous projects. Implicitly, the event will contribute to situate the S4LatinAmerica project as strategic action within the “Development in Transition” initiative led by the European Commission in collaboration with strategic partners such as OECD, CEPAL, SEGIB, etc.


The project S4LatinAmerica will be implemented under the governance of the Regional Facility for Development in transition. Its main goal is to confirm the potential of the EU Smart Specialisation policy concept to steer innovation-driven territorial development, in line with sustainable development principles. The territorial scope of the project addresses EU-Latin America cooperation by focusing on cases and practices in Mexico, Chile and Peru. Lessons learnt from other EU programmes/projects dealing with Smart Specialisation as innovation bridge between EU and América Latina y el Caribe (LAC) and regions will be also reflected.


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Agenda and Presentations




16:00 - 16:30

BLOCK 1: Smart Specialisation, a place-based innovation approach bringing together EU and Latin America  

Moderator: Alessandro RAINOLDI, Head of Territorial Development Unit, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission.

  • Mauricio ESCANERO, Mexican Ambassador to the EU, Representative of the CELAC Pro-tempore Presidency.

The innovation dimension of bioregional cooperation EU-CELAC”

  • Alessandro RAINOLDI, Head of Territorial Development Unit, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission.

“Smart Specialisation in Latin America, lessons and challenges”

  • Rita LEBYCHOVA, Head of Unit, International Cooperation. 

Towards operationalisation of Smart Specialisation in Latin America, Strategic Roadmap JIRI SOM

  • Jorge DE LA CABALLERIA Head of Unit Regional Operations Latin America and the Caribbean, DG DEVCO, European Commission.

“Development in transition and the new prospects for EU International cooperation with Latin America”


16:30 - 17:00

BLOCK 2. Smart Specialisation Strategies for Sustainability in Latin America (S4LatinAmerica), project presentation and capitalisation of results

Moderator: Manuel PALAZUELOS, Team leader of S3 Platform, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission.

  • Gloria MARMOLEJO, Director General of the State Council of Science and Technology of Colima, Mexico (CECYTCOL) and Technical Secretariat of the Commission of Science and Technology of the National Conference of Governors of Mexico (CONAGO), Mexico. 

“Capitalisation of experiences, the case of Colima Region, Mexico”

“Capitalisation of experiences, the case of Chile”


17:00 - 17:45

BLOCK 3. Round table discussion and interaction with the audience

Moderator: Pelayo ROCES FERNANDEZ, Programme Manager, DG DEVCO, European Commission.

  • Ana CAPILLA, Coordinator Science and Education, Organisation of Ibero-american States (OEI). 
  • Sandra MARIN, Coordinator EU-Latin America cooperation in International Urban Cooperation project (IUC).
  • Alejandra GONZALEZ, Project Coordinator i2Latam (Erasmus+), Universidad de la Sab
  • Ramón TORRENT, Scientific Coordinator of the Horizon 2020 EULAC Focus project (H2020)

Questions and comments from the audience


17:45 – 18:00

Wrap Up and Concluding remarks

Alessandro RAINOLDI, Head of Territorial Development Unit B3, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission.

Liliana PASECINIC, Deputy Head of Unit Inter-institutional Relations, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission.



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