This peer review workshop in Rzeszów was organised by the S3 Platform and the Marshal Office of Podkarpackie. Since transition is one of way of economic development to be chosen within the frameworkd of smart specialisation, this time our flagship event focused on the economic transition of regions.
Across Europe (and even outside), regions are at different stages in the quest for smart specialisation, from understanding what it means and setting a vision for the future, to establishing priorities through an entrepreneurial process of discovery, and finally to begin implementing their strategies.
EU countries face a number of challenges for implementing and governing their smart specialisation strategies. In the S3 process, entrepreneurial actors play the leading role in discovering promising areas of future specialisation. One implication for policy makers is that this requires policy tools to collect the "entrepreneurial knowledge" embedded in the country to transform it into policy priorities.
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 a legal requirement only for EU member states. 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.
B-DAY: Broadband 2020 and Beyond.This conference focuses on what is at present available in terms of broadband networks and what is needed (speeds and other technical characteristics) in order to ensure an optimal use of digital applications in the future.
Building on the experience gained from the previous four peer-review workshops organised by the IPTS (EC), this workshop employed the peer-review methodology as an instrument to support EU regions and Member States in the development of their RIS3 (research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation).
The S3 Platform held a third peer-review workshop hosted by the Azorian government. Azores held the presidency of the grouping of EU Outermost Regions until October 2012 and the workshop had a focus on peripherality as a factor in smart specialisation strategies.
When you have chosen your priorities, how do you continue? How do you make sure you succeed in the field? Who do you involve, what tools do you use, how do you make necessary changes and based on what information? How do you as a regional policy maker contribute to the economic growth in the companies that will ensure the future income and welfare of the region?