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).
More than eighty participants from the different countries and regions of the Atlantic Arc gathered in Bordeaux to discuss how they can implement smart specialisation in their regions and cooperate across borders. Inspiration was taken from the Baltic Sea, which is more advanced in terms of its macro-regional strategy.
JRC-IPTS together with DG REGIO, DG ENTR, EURADA and UEAPME hosted an event on SMEs and Smart Specialisation. The event informed on and discussed possibilities for SME involvement in smart specialisation strategy development (RIS3) and their implementation.
The ICTIMED event featured Prof. Foray as the keynote speaker. His presentation emphasised, appropriately, the need to avoid emphasising sectors and thinking in sectoral terms when addressing smart specialisation.
WORKSHOP "PEER DISCUSSION AS A STEP TOWARDS RIS3"
The Italian country event on RIS3 was hosted by the Apulia Region in Bari and gathered representatives from all Italian regions, the Ministry for Economic Development and the Ministry for Research, University and Education. Two EU regions were invited to illustrate their experience on smart specialisation strategies: Upper Austria and Castilla y León.
This event focused on the methodology for building regional partnerships between universities, business and public authorities in support of regional innovation.
The event aimed at promoting the understanding of smart specialisation in Urban regions and exchanging knowledge and experiences among regional developers and urban planners.
Aiming to foster an effective participation of the Regions in a Research, and Innovation strategy for smart specialisation, the Greek General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) organised a kick-off information workshop.
Cardiff University hosted the first workshop on Smart Specialisation in the UK in partnership with the S3 Platform. The workshop was attended by a range of stakeholders from the scientific and business sectors in the UK.
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