Starting Smart Specialisation: Experiences from the EU for innovation and economic transformation

  • 05 Apr 2017 to 05 Apr 2017
  • Hotel Codru, Chisinau (Moldova)

In the framework of the project, the Smart Specialisation Platform of the JRC together with the Academy of Sciences of Moldova organised this S3 launch event to broaden the knowledge on the S3 concept, raise awareness of the pilot project and kick-start smart specialisation in the Republic of Moldova.

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Agenda and Presentations



Introductory session

Research Reform in Moldova - Dr. Daniel P. Funeriu, former minister of Education, Research, Youth and Sports of Romania

Smart specialisation for less favoured regions outside the EU – Matija Derk, EU High Level Adviser for Regional Policy

Starting Smart Specialisation Pilot project for enlargement and H2020 associated countries - Alexander Kleibrink, JRC (S3 Platform)

Danube-INCO.NET report  "The role of S3 in the EU enlargement and neighbourhood policies" - Ales Gnamus,  JRC (S3 Platform)


S3 experiences from neighbouring regions – moderated by Ales Gnamus, JRC
S3 support to less developed regions - Ales Gnamus,  JRC (S3 Platform)

Smart Specialization in Northeast Romania – Gabriela Macoveiu, Northeast Regional Development Agency, Romania

Transferability of good practices – Northeast Romania's collaboration with Northern Netherlands –  Ovidiu Savu, Northeast Regional Development Agency, Romania

Danube Transnational Programme support to cross-border collaboration in innovation –  Marius-Valentin Niculae, Danube Transnational Programme Joint Secretariat 
Preparing  the design of smart specialisation in Moldova – moderated by Alexander Kleibrink,  JRC
Mapping smart specialisation: Capabilities and potential in economic, research and innovation terms – Gabriella Buscicchio, mapping  expert,  PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory SAS, France

How to ensure stakeholder involvement in the S3 process – Effie Amanatidou, University of Manchester, UK

Experiences of S3 mapping and entrepreneurial discovery process from Wielkopolska Region and other regions in Poland – Monika Matusiak, Centre for Public Policy, Poznan University of Economics and Business, Poland


The role of local ecosystems in smart specialisation – moderated by Lina Stanionytė, JRC
The role of innovation agencies in implementing smart specialisation – Ričardas Valančiauskas, Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA), Lithuania

Smart Specialisation in Eastern Europe, Regional Disparities and a Challenge of Science and Business Collaboration – Béla Kardon, Regional Centre for Information and Scientific Development, Hungary



Practical Information

05 Apr 2017 to 05 Apr 2017
Hotel Codru, Chisinau (Moldova)
Registration Information
Registration for this event is closed.


The concept of smart specialisation (S3) started to diffuse outside the EU borders as an attractive model promoting growth and well-being in regions.  It has been recognised by the EU neighbourhood and enlargement policies as a model supporting economic reforms and leading to more efficient place-based research and innovation (R&I) policies. In support to EU enlargement and neighbourhood countries, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has been carrying out activities within its dedicated Enlargement and Integration Action (E&IA), which among other R&I activities also focuses on the S3 approach in identifying the strengths, opportunities and needs for building capacities. In late 2016, JRC launched a pilot project to address the needs and gaps in R&I by supporting S3 processes in three selected countries: Ukraine, Moldova and Serbia. At this event, targeted interventions with good practices from EU regions and Member States provided the building blocks to start the S3 process in the Republic of Moldova.


You can watch a video of the event here.