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Increasing material efficiency and clean energy adoption to support sustainable development


Consumer Involvement in Agri-food Innovation.


Innovative textile and clothing design based on innovation, creativity, knowledge and sustainability.

Smart Grid Lab Research in Europe and Beyond

Jansen, L., Andreadou, N., Papaioannou, I. and Marinopoulos, A.
In this survey, the objective is to identify current trends in the smart grid research by exploring the work carried out in numerous smart grid labs worldwide.

EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities: Collaboration in a RIS3 Context

Nida Kamil Ozbolat, Karel Haegeman, Katerina Sereti
This report elaborates on the benefits and opportunities of collaboration between the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), its Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) and the communities involved in developing and implementing Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3), particularly Managing Authorities (MAs) of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). In this way, the report analyses for the first time the relation between RIS3 and the approach of the EIT.

Open Data, Open Science & Open Innovation for Smart Specialisation monitoring: Lessons from the project “S3 Targeted Support in Lagging Regions”

Elisabetta Marinelli, Enric Fuster Martí, Sabine Plaud, Arnau Quinquilla, Francesco Massucci
This document reports the key outcomes of the Study on the use of open data, open science & innovation (ODSI) for S3. The study was commissioned by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) to SIRIS Academic and implemented, in a collaborative fashion, from May to December 2019.

Implementing Smart Specialisation: An analysis of practices across Europe

JRC Technical Reports Caroline Cohen
Building upon 35 cases, this report examines how the Smart Specialisation approach was put into practice across European regions and Member States.

Smart Specialisation and the Wider Innovation Policy Context in the Western Balkans

Nikola Radovanovic; Maximilian Benner
This paper gives an overview of the main elements of the Smart Specialisation concept and surveys the existing strategic frameworks for innovation in the Western Balkan economies. The analysis addresses the relevance of these frameworks and policy documents for smart specialisation, and highlights the links between pre-existing strategic frameworks in a smart specialisation perspective.

Skills and Smart Specialisation - The role of Vocational Education and Training in Smart Specialisation Strategies

JRC Science for Policy Report Ellen Hazelkorn; John Edwards
Vocational Education and Training (VET) can play a much bigger role in Smart Specialisation Strategies than has so far been considered. This is because VET encompasses skill development as well as innovation diffusion and applied research – which together can have a more direct impact on sustainable economic growth, especially of less developed regions. VET also contributes to addressing the demographic challenges which Europe faces, responding to the needs for re-skilling and up-skilling through nonformal training and at different levels of formal VET. Indeed, VET is now offered by institutions across the post-secondary and short-cycle tertiary education landscape, corresponding to forecasts that predict a growing number of jobs in occupations requiring higher level of skills. Taking into account the existing differences across the EU, these ongoing demographic, labour market and technological changes present considerable challenges and opportunities for VET in order to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse cohort of learners of all ages and backgrounds, and the regions in which they are located.

Putting Digital Innovation Hubs into Regional Context - A European survey

Johan Miorner, Gabriel Rissola, Jens Sorvik, Joakim Wernberg
This report presents the results of a DIH Survey conducted among DIH managers and regional policy managers working with Smart Specialisation Strategies all over the EU28.