Smart Specialisation for Sustainable Development Goals

Localised Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmaps for transformation and development.

Addis Ababa Action Agenda recognises science, technology and innovation as a means to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Since November 2018, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission has been working to share and develop the European experience on Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) as one of the global methodologies for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Roadmaps for the achievement of SDGs. At the same time, there has been a growing focus on SDGs in EU Member States and EU Neighbourhood. That is why the work stream on Smart Specialisation and SDGs has been divided in two synergetic parts.

1. Cooperation with UN DESA and UN Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on on STI for SDGs Roadmaps.

2. Sustainability dimension of Smart Specialisation: contributing to SDGs through place-based innovation.

The European Union is committed to the Global Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that should be applied in all external and internal policies. As science, technology and innovation (STI) can help achieve progress in all the SDGs, in 2018 the JRC launched a work stream focused on embedding the sustainability dimension in Smart Specialisation Strategies. This new conceptual framework and methodological approach provides reflection and guidance allowing reorienting Smart Specialisation Strategies to better contribute to SDGs and the European Green Deal throughout the whole policy cycle. From the new metrics and diagnostic approaches, through inclusive governance and stakeholder engagement, to policy mix, financing and budgeting aligned with sustainability goals. This approach allows policy makers to localise sustainability challenges in different territorial contexts and translate them into innovation policies fostering sustainability transitions. As a result, key reports have been released on Directionality and Policy Coherence, Theoretical and Conceptual Framework, and Identification of STI potential to address SDGs.  

Throughout this work, several practical examples on the alignment of Smart Specialisation Strategies with SDGs at different territorial levels were identified from national, regional and urban to international partnerships.

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Brainstorming for Synergy - Workshop on S3 for SDGs Methodology

A brainstorming workshop for the pilot countries and regions interested to develop Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Roadmaps based on S3 methodology was held on 21 July 2021. Representatives from the pilot countries, namely Czech Republic, Serbia and...

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Peer-to-peer policy workshop on the implementation of Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development Goals (STI for SDGs) roadmaps in Czechia, Serbia and Ukraine
Organised by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the peer exchange comprises the participation in the ESPON seminar “Entrepreneurial regional governance: Territorial cohesion through open innovation” (7-8 October) and a dedicated JRC session (8 October) for Czech, Serbian and Ukrainian policy makers...
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Enhancing the sustainable development component in the Action Plan of the STI for SDGs Roadmap in Serbia

Serbia is one of the first countries to join the Global Pilot Programme on STI for SDGs Roadmaps. Supported in this process by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and UNIDO, the country developed its roadmap using the smart specialisation approach. This policy brief...

FUSTER MARTÍ Enric; MASSUCCI Francesco; MATUSIAK Monika; QUINQUILLA Arnau; BOSCH Josep; DURAN SILVA Nicolau; IRIARTE HERMIDA Mauricio
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Localised Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for SDGs Roadmap in Ukraine: defining the governance and policy frameworks

Ukraine joined the UN Global Pilot Programme on STI for SDGs Roadmaps in March 2021, supported by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, as well as the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. This policy brief provides an overview of Ukraine’s preliminary steps in...

FUSTER MARTÍ Enric; MASSUCCI Francesco; MATUSIAK Monika; QUINQUILLA Arnau; BOSCH Josep; DURAN SILVA Nicolau; AMADOR Raziel; MULTARI Francesco; IRIARTE HERMIDA Mauricio
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Pilot methodology for mapping Sustainable Development Goals in the context of Smart Specialisation Strategies

This report has been developed as a part of the Joint Research Centre’s contribution to the United Nation’s Global Pilot Programme on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Roadmaps. It develops and tests a novel methodology to analyse the challenges...

FUSTER MARTÍ Enric; MASSUCCI Francesco; MATUSIAK Monika; QUINQUILLA Arnau; BOSCH Josep; DURAN SILVA Nicolau; AMADOR Raziel; MULTARI Francesco; IRIARTE HERMIDA Mauricio
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