Brainstorming workshop for the countries and regions interested to apply S3 for SDGs methodology

  • 21 Jul 2021
  • Virtual meeting

Addis Ababa Action Agenda recognizes science, technology and innovation as a means to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Starting in November 2018, Joint Research Centre of 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 worldwide . At the same time, there has been a growing focus on SDGs in EU Member States interested in exploring linkages between their updated RIS3 strategies, EU Green Deal and UN Agenda 2030.

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Brainstorming workshop for the countries and regions interested to apply S3 for SDGs methodology

  1. 14:00 – 14.10
    Welcome and opening remarks

    Mikel Landabaso Alvarez, Director for Growth and Innovation, European Commission, JRC

  2. 14.10 – 14.35

    Smart Specialisation for Sustainable Development Goals – towards S4
    Monika Matusiak
    , European Commission, JRC

    UNIDO’s experience on green industrial transformation
    Smeeta Fokeer
    , Research and Industrial Policy Officer, Research and Industrial Policy Advice Division, UNIDO

  3. 14.35 – 15.20

    Pilot countries’ presentations

    Ukraine: Preparatory steps and vision for S3 for SDGs in Ukraine
    Yuliia Bezvershenko
    , Director General of the Directorate on Science and Innovation, Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine 

    Serbia: Design and implementation of Smart Specialisation as STI for SDGs Roadmap in Serbia
    Viktor Nedovic
    , Director of Serbia Accelerating Innovation and Entrepreneurship Project – SAIGE, Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Serbia 

    Czech Republic: Preparatory steps and vision for S3 for SDGs in the Czech Republic
    Tomáš Holinka
    , Head of S3 Strategy Unit, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic

  4. 15:20 – 16:15

    Expert Feedback: reflection on the achievements and suggested ways forward

    Prof. Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, former Deputy Director General/CEO of IIASA, and former tenured Professor of Energy Economics at Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Austria

    Dr. Michal Miedzinski, Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Sustainable Resources, UCL, London, United Kingdom

    Prof. Lars Coenen, Mohn Centre for Innovation and Regional Development at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen, Norway

    Dr. Caroline Zimm, Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions (TISS) at International institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria

    Dr. Chux Daniels, Research Fellow in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at SPRU, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, United Kingdom

  5. 16:15 – 16:20
  6. 16:20 – 17:10

    Round table: Feedback and comments from interested countries, regions and partners - Aragon, Tunisia, Basque Country, Poland, JRC and UNIDO

    Fermín Serrano Sanz, President's Cabinet, Commissioner for the Agenda 2030 of the Government of Aragon, Spain

    Samia Charfi Kaddour, General Director of Scientific Research, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Tunisia

    David Fernández Terreros, Clusters Coordination and Research, SPRI, Department of economic development, sustainability and environment, Basque Country, Spain

    Iker Atxa Zaitegi, Social Innovation Director, General Secretariat for Social Transition and the 2030 Agenda, Basque Government (tbc), Spain

    Beata Lubos, Director, Department of Innovation and Industrial Policy, Ministry of Development, Labour and Technology, Poland

    Fernando Santiago Rodriguez, Industrial Policy Officer, Research and Industrial Policy Advice Division, UNIDO

  7. 17:10 – 17:30

    Wrap-up session
    •    key conclusions from the discussions 
    •    next steps for S3 for SDGs development

    Rapporteur: Olga Bolibok, international expert

  8. 17:30 – 17:45

    Closing remarks 

    Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of Urban and Territorial Development Unit, European Commission, JRC


    Moderators: Katerina Ciampi Stancova and Angela Sarcina, European Commission, JRC

Practical Information

21 Jul 2021

Virtual meeting

Registration Information

By invitation only


The brainstorming workshop, organized as a part of development of S4 methodology (Smart Specialisation Strategies for Sustainability) and STI for SDGs Roadmaps development, will bring together the pilot countries working with JRC on S3 for SDGs methodologies, as well as other interested countries and regions, European Commission services and other experts – members of S3 for SDGs Steering Committee.

The objectives of the workshop are:

  • to present and discuss the state of play of S3 for SDGs development in the Czech Republic, Serbia and Ukraine,
  • to receive expert feedback on the next steps on the S3 for SDGs roadmap for each country,
  • to brainstorm ideas and needs for JRC support in S3 for SDGs roadmaps development,
  • to hear from other interested countries and regions (Poland, Tunisia, Aragon and Basque Country) their thoughts on the approach and their own needs in this context.

The workshop will have a character of technical discussion in order to learn from each other and prepare the JRC support.