SMART SPECIALISATION IN THE WORLD, AN EU POLICY APPROACH HELPING TO DISCOVER INNOVATION GLOBALLY
Following the first global workshop on Smart Specialisation held in Seville (Spain) in September 2018, the Smart Specialisation Platform published a Science for Policy Report on "Smart Specialisation in the world, an EU policy approach helping to discover innovation globally". Smart Specialisation, as a place-based and innovative approach to innovation, was conceived as a "Made in EU" concept associated to the European cohesion policy. Under this umbrella, it has triggered the development of more than 120 Smart Specialisation Strategies among European Union (EU) regions and Member States in recent years. Nonetheless, the European roots of Smart Specialisation have gradually grown beyond EU borders. Smart Specialisation has started inspiring several regions and countries all over the world, and demonstrates a strong potential to feed into the international agenda on Sustainable Development.
The first global workshop on Smart Specialisation was organised in Seville on 25 September 2018. This workshop has showcased the variety of experiences and interests generated by Smart Specialisation on the five continents and represented a first step towards the creation of an international community of Smart Specialisation. Building on the outcomes and lessons from this event, the present Science for Policy Report brings together experiences, policy aspects, challenges and opportunities gravitating around the topic of Smart Specialisation worldwide, and elaborates on the further international potential of the Smart Specialisation concept and approach.