Smart Specialisation Working Group

Representatives of Brussels-based offices leading the work of the Smart Specialisation Working Group.

Emmeline Allioux

Leader

Emmeline Allioux

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur

Marta Marin

Leader

Marta Marin

Delegation of the Basque Country to the EU

Krista Taipale

Leader

Krista Taipale

Helsinki EU Office

Smart Specialisation

The Smart Specialisation Working Group aims to monitor and contribute to key policy developments related to S3 by enhancing dialogue with relevant EU institutions and stakeholders, such as DG REGIO, the S3 Platform and its S3 Thematic Partnerships, European Parliament, and the Committee of the Regions. The goal is to strengthen the regional perspective in the wider smart specialisation agenda and provide support and visibility to working group members through the regional snapshots, and to act as support for other ERRIN working groups – such as Policy and Innovation & Investment – on S3 related issues.

Next Working Group Meetings

Next Working Group Meetings

Economic recovery

The role of Smart Specialisation Strategies in the post-pandemic recovery

Ilaria d'Auria

*** We are looking for examples of how RIS3 are supporting the economic recovery post-pandemic! A selected number of cases will feed into the webinar discussion: take 2 minutes to fill in our webform

Last Working Group Meetings

Last Working Group Meetings

Smart Specialisation

Postponed: Smart Specialisation WG Meeting: State of play with Component 5

Heidi Johansson

The first Smart Specialisation WG meeting for 2020 will take place on 19th March between 9:30-11:30 at the Helsinki EU Office, located on Rue Guimard 7, 1040 Brussels. This meeting will give an

Three European flags infront of the European Council building

Smart Specialisation Partnerships and European Partnerships – Synergies and complementarities

Anna Tranberg

Creating concrete synergies, collaboration, and coordination, between Smart Specialisation Partnerships based on regional innovation strategies and European Partnerships is one of the issues ERRIN

WG Events

WG Events

Northern Netherlands in Transition Working Conference

The decision by the Dutch government to stop extracting natural gas from the Groningen gas field will have major economic implications for the Northern Netherlands. To tackle these challenges, the four largest Northern cities have started a trajectory with theJoint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC). The main goal of this trajectory is  to develop a concrete Action Roadmap that prepares the Northern economy and labour market for the upcoming energy transition.   To help us draft this Roadmap, we have invited experts from regions that faced similar economic transitions to…

Smart Regions Conference 3.0: Transformation through Smart specialisation

On 14-15 November in Brussels a third edition of Smart Regions conference will take place. During the event the achievements of the current financial period 2014-20 and key directions for smart specialisation as a tool for an effective economic transformation in 2021-27 will be presented by the European Commission, Member States and regions. There will be three focus topics: - Boosting innovation-led growth in the EU industrial transition regions - Supporting the catching up EU regions to close the innovation gap - Integrating regional economies in the global value chains The conference…

Digital Europe and Future Role of DIHs/S3

We are honoured to invite you to the conference Digital Europe and Future Role of DIHs/S3 organized by the Smart-Space project funded through Interreg Alpine Space Programme. The conference will: Highlight some relevant topics of the future and challenges of the digital transformation in Europe; Present the state of the art and stakeholders of the Alpine Space DIHs; Introduce the best practice of DIHs and their future role in the digital transformation of entrepreneurship and industry; Display opportunities for interaction between SME and policy instruments; Strengthen the exchange of…

Smart Specialisation Partnerships and European Partnerships – Synergies and complementarities

Creating concrete synergies, collaboration, and coordination, between Smart Specialisation Partnerships based on regional innovation strategies and European Partnerships is one of the issues ERRIN raised in the input to the Horizon Europe strategic planning process. While many of the Horizon Europe European Partnerships are currently under consultation (DL 6 November), we wanted to organise this discussion to see how to these synergies can be created in practice. Two pairs of S3 partnerships and Horizon Europe partnerships will be presented: Safe and sustainable mobility – European…

Smart Specialisation WG Meeting: Reviewing the RIS3

The next Smart Specialisation WG meeting on "Reviewing the RIS3 – Challenges and concrete proposals for improving inter-regional collaboration and synergies", will take place on 24th October between 9:15-12:00 at the Basque Country's Delegation in Brussels, located on Rue des Deux Églises 27, 1000 Brussels. As many regions currently are in the process of updating their S3 strategies, this meeting will discuss the challenges and key learnings of reviewing and redefining the RIS3.  The meeting will also present concrete proposals for improving inter-regional collaboration and synergies.  The …

Smart Specialisation WG Meeting: The Role of Universities and Cities in Smart Specialisation

We welcome you to the final Smart Specialisation Working Group Meeting before the summer break! The meeting will take place on 17th June between 14:00-17:00 at the Helsinki EU Office, which has moved and now is located on Rue Guimard 7, 1000 Brussels.  This Working Group meeting will focus on the role of universities and cities in Smart Specialisation. In the first part of the meeting, representatives from the university side will present and discuss the role of universities in regional innovation ecosystems and in S3. This will be followed by presentations and views on the role of cities in…

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

Smart Regions Conference 3.0: Transformation through Smart specialisation

On 14-15 November in Brussels a third edition of Smart Regions conference will take place. During the event the achievements of the current financial period 2014-20 and key directions for smart specialisation as a tool for an effective economic transformation in 2021-27 will be presented by the European Commission, Member States and regions. The conference will gather practitioners from research, business, civil society and public administration who will assess what has already been achieved through national/regional innovation strategies, to exchange experience and reflect on an effective…

Digitalising products - unlocking the potential

An emerged technology-push within Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has led to an evolving digital transformation within industry (Lasi et al., 2014). The digital transformation is often described as a revolution due to the expected impact on industry, changing the competition and business. Especially the digitalisation of products, is predicted to hold a huge potential of innovation, offering new opportunities and possibilities, to both users and companies (Porter and Heppelmann, 2014). As a result of the digitalising, products are transformed into complex systems, where…

Call to organise events as part of the 'EU Cluster Weeks 2018-2019' (Deadline: 29 March 2019)

  On November 20th the European Commission launched “EU Cluster weeks 2018-2019”, a campaign aimed at offering communication support to cluster events organised all around Europe before April 30th, 2019. The campaign will support national, regional and local cluster events organised across the EU under the EU Cluster Weeks umbrella by promoting the events through the Commission's and the European Cluster Collaboration Platform‘s social media accounts, as well as by making available promotional and guidance material for the organisation of events. The EU Cluster Weeks will further be an…

Adoption of the CoR opinion on "Strengthening Innovation in Europe's Regions"

  On 16th May, the opinion on “Strengthening Innovation in Europe’s Regions: Strategies for resilient, inclusive and sustainable growth” drafted by Mikel Irujo Amezaga, Head of the Navarre Government Delegation in Brussels and member of ERRIN Management Board, was adopted unanimously during the Committee of the Regions Plenary. Smart Specialisation strategies have been a success story of EU's cohesion policy and created in many regions a new cooperation culture. The opinion invites the European Commission to take one step further and initiate Smart Specialisation 2.0 promoting further…

Call for special sessions proposals for 2018 SMARTER Conference on Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development (Deadline 17 May)

On 26-28 September 2018 the 2018 SMARTER Conference on Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development: Implementation across global networks of regions, cities and firms will take place in Seville (Spain) and will be co-organised by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and the Regional Studies Association European Foundation (RSA Europe).  At the moment there are two calls open, one for special sessions proposals, one for submission of abstracts. The deadline for both calls is set for 17th May.  Submission of complete special session proposals Proposals including the list of 3-4…

The Guild publishes position paper and proposals for R&I missions for FP9

The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities is now sharing its position paper on the mission-driven approach for the EU’s next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9). The network of 19 universities across Europe welcomes the Commission’s plans to adopt R&I missions, that will address the Sustainable Development Goals from a European perspective, foster interdisciplinary research and help articulate its impact more effectively. In order to be successful, The Guild recommends that the approach will incorporate the following principles: Missions should build on…

Latest Updates

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

Information concerning ERRIN Working Group meetings

In light of the current COVID-19 concerns and the guidelines given by the Belgian authorities, we regret to inform you that our upcoming Working Group meetings will be postponed or will take place online.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

Information concerning the COVID-19 outbreak and ERRIN meetings

Considering the current outbreak of the Coronavirus and cancellations of some events taking place in Brussels, we would like to inform members that for the time being all ERRIN Working Group meetings will take place as planned, unless communicated otherwise.

  • By Hilary Webb

Managing authorities and intermediate bodies to participate in pilot action on engaging citizens with cohesion policy

DG Regio has launched a call for expressions of interest for managing authorities and intermediate bodies of Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund programmes wishing to explore closer cooperation with citizens in the implementation of cohesion policy.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

'Evidence informed policymaking' training course by JRC

A 2-day training course is organised on “Evidence informed policymaking” which will aim to introduce participants to useful tools, train them to navigate between different types of evidence and research methods, and reflect on how to deal with the many challenges of evidence-informed policymaking. ERRIN has been invited to nominate up to 3 candidates.

  • By Aija Konisevska Azadi

Erasmus+ VET Centres of Excellence: /AI,VR,AR Companies and VET within Healthcare and Technical sector needed

Partners from Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Sweden and Malta are sought for a VET TNE project.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

Call for examples of citizen engagement at regional level

DG REGIO is looking for examples of citizen engagement in regional development processes e.g. related to Smart Specialisation. Selected examples will be showcased at a Conference organised by the European Commission on 6 February 2020. In addition, we will promote all collected examples on the ERRIN website.