Workshop: Smart Specialisation @ Work, evidence from four years of implementation

  • 03 Dec 2018 - 00:00 AM to 03 Dec 2018 - 00:00 AM
  • Committee of the Regions, Bâtiment Jacques Delors (Room JDE51) Rue Belliard 99-101 B - 1040 Brussels


Over four years have now passed since Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3) officially entered European policy. In order to guarantee an effective policy learning from the implementation of the Smart Specialisation policy,  it is important to keep building a space for communication and collaboration between thinkers and doers, based on shared empirical and conceptual ground. The aim of this workshop is strengthening such common ground in view of enhancing policy support.

During the workshop, the paper series “Smart Specialisation at work” developed in the Territorial Development Unit of the Joint Research Centre will be presented. Those papers will offer a comprehensive and unique view of the actual developments of the RIS3 policy in the EU territories, through the lenses of different techniques applied to different data sources.
This workshop will seek for input and insights from discussants and participants on the findings and the methodologies presented, in view of improving the analytical and policy support work of the Territorial Development Unit. It will also provide specific recommendations for future research lines and activities on RIS3, also in view of the assessment of the RIS3 enabling condition for the 2021-2027 ESIF Programming period.
The workshop will be open to the public, with a target audience of around 50 people spanning from academics to practitioners in the field of regional policy and European Institutions staff.

Concept note & draft agenda


Agenda and Presentations

Moderation: Manuel Palazuelos – JRC




Welcome and Introduction

Markku Markkula, First Vice-president – Committee of the Regions

Peter Berkowitz, Head of Smart and Sustainable Growth Unit – DG REGIO

Manuel Palazuelos, Coordinator S3 Platform – JRC


Smart Specialisation @ Work – Session I

“Smart specialisation: What may get lost in translation from concept to practice?”, Carlo Gianelle & Fabrizio Guzzo – JRC (background materials 1 & 2)


Donato Iacobucci – Polytechnic University of Marche

Roberto Parras – Head of the Secretariat of RIS3-Comunitat Valenciana



Coffee break


Smart Specialisation @ Work – Session II

The entrepreneurial discovery as a continuous process”, Elisabetta Marinelli & Inmaculada Periañez-Forte – JRC


Pedro Marques – INGENIO, Polytechnic University of Valencia

Maria Jennifer Grisorio – ARTI Puglia





Smart Specialisation @ Work – Session III

The policy makers’ view on strategy design and implementation: evidence from a JRC survey”, Fabrizio Guzzo, Elisabetta Marinelli & Carlo Gianelle  – JRC


Laura Polverari – University of Strathclyde

Ramojus Reimeris – MOSTA Lithuania



Coffee break


Reflections on future research lines and common activities

Proposals for consolidating a space for collaboration among researchers, practitioner and policy makers, Fabrizio Guzzo, Elisabetta Marinelli & Carlo Gianelle – JRC; Ana Fernandez Zubieta – Complutense University of Madrid (TBC); Frédéric Pinna – DEV'UP Centre Val de Loire (TBC); Gabriela Macoveiu – Regional Development Agency Nord-Est; Mara Giua – Department of Economics and Rossi-Doria Centre, Roma Tre University



Manuel Palazuelos, Coordinator S3 Platform – JRC

Practical Information

03 Dec 2018 - 00:00 AM to 03 Dec 2018 - 00:00 AM
Committee of the Regions, Bâtiment Jacques Delors (Room JDE51) Rue Belliard 99-101 B - 1040 Brussels
Registration Information
Registration for this workshop closed on 28 November 2018.