• 25 Nov 2016 to 25 Nov 2016
  • Palazzo Altieri - Piazza del Gesù, 49 - Roma (Italy)

The S3 Platform and region Lazio with the regional Innovation Agency Lazio Innova welcome you to the S3 thematic workshop "Smart specialisation and cultural heritage: an engine for innovation and growth". The workshop aims at identifying concrete steps for implementing smart specialisation with a focus on Cultural Heritage as part of the broader area of Cultural and Creative Industries. According to the S3 priorities mapped in the Eye@RIS3 tool, Cultural Heritage is a relevant domain, both regarding cultural heritage technologies, digitisation and imaging, and its cross-sectoral potential in relation to innovative approaches to tourism and sustainable construction, as examples. The event will provide opportunities for mutual learning based on the exchange of experiences from different actors, organisations and institutions addressing Cultural Heritage for territorial development.

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Agenda and Presentations



09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:40


Sergio Marullo di Condojanni, President of Territorial Committee south of Italy – Banco Popolare 

Guido Fabiani, Councillor for Productive Activities and Economic Development, Lazio Region (TBC)

Daniela Porro, Head Regional Secretariat of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism for Lazio Region

09:40 - 09:50

Cultural Heritage as a driver for boosting Regional Economies


Gian Paolo Manzella, Lazio Region Councillor – Culture Committee

09:50 - 10:30

Cultural Heritage, Innovation and Smart Specialisation


Innovation for Cultural heritage, Arthur Le Gall – KEA European Affairs

Smart Specialisation addressing Cultural Heritage: an overview, Martina Pertoldi - S3 Platform, JRC, European Commission

Strategic approach to Cultural Heritage, Dorota Nigge - DG Education and Culture, European Commission

Moderated by Rosanna Bellotti, Director of Economic Planning of Lazio Region - Structural Funds Managing Authority

10:30 - 11:30

Implementing  Smart Specialisation Strategies: how to address Cultural Heritage


Lazio (IT), Francesco Mazzotta, Regional Government of Lazio, Department of Research, Innovation and Infrastructures for economic development. Green economy

Centre – Val de Loire (FR), Fredric Pinna, ARITT Centre

Norte (PT), Ester Gomes da Silva, Norte Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR-N)

Andalusia (ES), Inma Gallego Galan and Ana Moniche Bermejo, Regional Government of Andalusia, Department of Tourism and Sport

Moderated by Elisabetta Marinelli, S3 Platform, JRC, European Commission

11:30 - 12:00

Coffee break

12:00 - 13:30

Innovation at the cornerstone of successful approaches to cultural heritage


Roundtable with presentations of European projects and experiences:

The Copernicus project for post-seismic monitoring, Salvatore Stramondo, INGV – National Institute for Geophysics and Vulcanology  

PREFORMA: Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) for Cultural Heritage, Claudio Prandoni, Promoter

Valorisation of cultural World Heritage at Venaria Reale, Paola Zini, President of the Venaria Reale Consortium

Moderated by Francesco Grillo, visiting scholar, St Antony's college, University of Oxford

13:30 - 14:30

Networking lunch

14:30 - 16:30

Working groups - Connecting actors and policy instruments for innovation


Workshop approach and methodology, Martina Pertoldi, S3 Platform, JRC, European

After a short introduction in plenary, parallel WGs will be created. Each region will lead a WG. Drawing upon the empirical evidence presented, as well as the regions/countries’ own experiences, WGs will be encouraged to make specific policy recommendations and to identify specific actions to be operationalised in S3. Each WG will appoint a rapporteur for sharing during the following plenary session.


16:30 - 16:45

Coffee break

16:45 - 17:30

Closing session: lessons learned and next steps


Reporting back from the working groups (by rapporteurs)

Roundtable with

Pier Luigi Sacco, University IULM

Alessio Cavicchi, University of Macerata

Luigi Campitelli, Lazio Innova

Elisabetta Marinelli, S3 Platform, JRC, European Commission

Moderated by Dorota Nigge, DG EAC, European Commission


20:00 - 21:30

Study visit "L'Ara com’era - The Ara Pacis as it was" and light dinner

Practical Information

25 Nov 2016 to 25 Nov 2016
Palazzo Altieri - Piazza del Gesù, 49 - Roma (Italy)
Registration Information
Registration is open!


Organisers: S3Platform (Joint Research Centre, European Commission) and Regional Government of Lazio


Background: This S3 workshop will focus on Cultural Heritage as part of the wider domain of Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs).

Although Cultural Heritage and CCIs represent key elements to promote socio-economic development, as clearly acknowledged by the European Commission, their full potential –as an engine for innovation and growth, remains unreached.

The Eye@RIS3 tool reveals that Cultural Heritage has been identified as a strategic priority for research and innovation by numerous regions. On the one hand, regions identify opportunities in cultural heritage technologies (e.g. conservation, restoration, monitoring, risk management and environmental protection), digitisation and imaging, on the other cultural heritage is seen a key element in the development of (among the others) innovative approaches to tourism and sustainable construction. 

Cultural Heritage presents specific features and challenges that require targeted support. Innovation-driven investments addressing Cultural Heritage have to be better understood for effective implementation and scale-up. This requires regions and Member States implementing smart specialisation to fully take into consideration the complex links between traditional cultural assets and policies (cultural heritage, dynamic cultural institutions and services) and the opportunities provided by new demands and societal needs. In turn, this implies involving actors that work in the cultural heritage field but are not engaged in innovation processes, nor directly targeted by innovation policy programmes.

The workshop, co-organised by the S3 Platform, LazioInnova (the regional Innovation Agency of Region Lazio) and Regional Government of Lazio, will explore these issues looking at different experience within the EU.


Objectives: The workshop aims, in the first place, at supporting policy makers in the implementation of their smart specialisation strategies, with a focus on Cultural Heritage. Second, it seeks to further integrate the cultural and creative sectors into regional innovation strategies for smart specialisation by bringing together the RIS3 community with a larger set of actors and institutions. Finally, a third goal of the event is to discuss how to operationalise the alignment complementary policies with smart specialisation objectives, exploiting synergies and finding more effective ways of working.


Target group: The event brings together policy makers from EU countries and regions as well as representatives from the European Commission, scientific institutions and academics. The main target groups are policymakers at the regional and national level responsible for RIS3s and the planning of the EU Structural Funds as well as policymakers at local, regional and national level responsible for other complementary policies (cultural policy, spatial planning, etc.) and economic actors and research organisations working in the field of Cultural Heritage and CCIs.

It is organised as a mutual learning event based on the exchange of experiences from different actors, organisations and institutions involved in Cultural Heritage for territorial development.


Structure: This one- day workshop is organised along plenaries and parallel sessions with presentations followed by open discussion or working groups. The workshop will be highly interactive, to make the most of the knowledge and experiences of all participants. Regions will discuss how their smart specialisation strategies approach Cultural Heritage and what challenges and critical issues they face in the implementation phase. Those issues will be then debated and connected to successful experiences and innovative projects for mutual learning and improvement. The audience is expected to be actively engaged in the parallel sessions, and will be supported by rapporteurs and moderators.



Please feel free to contact Martina Pertoldi with any event-related questions.