SMARTER 2020 Conference - 4th webinar - Quality of life in (European) cities: are cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable?19/11/2020 19/11/2020
19 Nov 2020 ...
The objective of the webinar is to discuss how to design and implement smart specialisation strategies to achieve sustainable transformation and meet the objectives of the 2030 UN Agenda at national, regional and local levels.
The session aims to inform participants about the policy challenge of managing industrial transitions, present the framework developed by the JRC Working Group (POINT - Projecting Opportunities for INdustrial Transitions) to collect evidence, present the findings of the four pilot reviews, and engage in a discussion with participants about the role of evidence in understanding and managing industrial transitions.
The session will analyse the impact of the COVID-19 at various territorial levels in the EU and how S3 models have helped during the lock-down and will help further in the post-crisis transition.
The workshop aims to explore how FIs can support Cohesion Policy (CP), with a specific focus on the regional ecosystem approach to innovation. Based on the experience of the JRC, Innova-FI partners and EU regions, some FIs can be more successful in some sectors and actors than others. But what circumstances make it possible to make the most of FIs, when attempting to support territorial development and its stakeholders such as SMEs or innovation intermediaries?
In the framework of the 18th EWRC, the Cultural and Creative Regional Ecosystems (CCRE-S3) partners will present this new thematic area, recently launched under the S3P-Industry.
In the middle of a new economic crisis due to the recent COVID19 pandemic SMEs in the EU are more than ever in need to apply advanced digital technologies in order to resume their business, benefit from remote working capabilities and apply new business models and innovations in an effort to stay operational and competitive.
This world café invites participants to provide input into the recently established European platforms for Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs). These platforms, funded by Erasmus+, connect providers of high quality skills and competences for a specific economic sector or societal challenge, embedded closely in regional innovation ecosystems. CoVEs are composed of vocational education and training providers as well as other parts of the ecosystem such as business associations and regional development agencies. Each of the five pilot platforms will host a table to explain the territorial dimension of their activities and seek the views and proposals of all participants. In addition to learning more about the CoVEs, the world café will also help participants to consider how skills can be integrated into their Smart Specialisation Strategies post 2020, for which the European Regional Development Fund can provide funding.
EWRC 2020: Voices to be heard: SMEs in the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process in South Eastern Europe14/10/2020 14/10/2020
The workshop will discuss the role of SMEs in the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process (EDP) of three countries in South Eastern Europe: Bulgaria, Croatia and Serbia. SMEs’ activity is crucial in many European economies and their involvement in both the decision-making and implementation phases of the innovation agenda can significantly affect the impact of policies on local development. The three countries are strongly internationalised through the integration of local companies in Global Value Chains (GVCs), especially in strategic sectors that may represent a stepping stone for innovation and competitiveness. Nonetheless, this internationalisation often concerns downstream industries, thus limiting the benefits from spillovers on the territory and leaving SMEs a marginal role in the development of local innovation potential. Furthermore, the combination of economic, cultural and political factors may keep entrepreneurs far from policy makers and lead to a mismatch between policy measures and the territory’s needs. The analysis focuses on three economies with similar structural features but at different implementation stages of their S3. Considering the relevance of SME sectors in each case, we look at both the challenges that prevent the EDP from taking place effectively, including SME sectors, and the initiatives taken so far to encourage this process.
This EWRC workshop will be an opportunity to meet regional experts who are putting in practice interregional cooperation in the frame of their S3, supporting industrial modernisation for a smart post-Covid recovery.
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