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European Week of Regions and Cities

Updating Smart Specialisation: navigating from growth to the twin transition

This event will examine the changing role of S3 within Cohesion Policy and beyond, in the context of the Twin Transition. The objective will be to examine the nature of future place-based transformative innovation policies with explicit sustainability aims, based on new generations of smart specialisation strategies. This new generation is not just about identifying growth priorities but actively shaping transformation of the growth model within a twin transition (green and digital) framework.

Speakers

Dimitri Corpakis

  • Co-founder, former EU official, FoSS (Friends of S3)

Kai Bohme

  • Founder and Director, Spatial Foresight (https://www.spatialforesight.eu/home.html#article-8 )

Marc Pattinson

  • Thematic Expert Research and Innovation, INTERREG Policy Learning Platform

Lara Porciatti

  • Project manager, Skills and Territories for Innovation Unit, ART-ER, Emilia Romagna Region

Jan Larosse

  • Independent Expert, FoSS, former EU and Flanders Region

Laura Roman

  • EU official, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, Prosperity Dir., Industry 5.0

Richard Tuffs

  • Independent expert, FoSS (Friends of S3), former ERRIN

Coordinator

Dimitri Corpakis

  • Administrator, Friends of S3

Practical information

When
Thu 28/09/2023, 16:00 - 17:30 CET
Type
Online
Web-streaming URL
https://forms.gle/9JorXUyZ6NL4d6Nx5
Language
English
How to register
https://forms.gle/9JorXUyZ6NL4d6Nx5
Website
https://friendsofsmartspecialisation.eu

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Session summary

The online workshop examined the changing role of smart specialisation within Cohesion Policy and beyond, in the context of the Twin Transition. The objective was to examine the nature of future place-based transformative innovation policies with explicit sustainability aims which could be based on new generations of smart specialisation strategies:not just about identifying and implementing growth priorities but actively shaping transformation of the growth model within a twin transition (green and digital) framework. S3 has now the potential to become a leading methodology for several other related policies (notably industrial policy). However, this potential must be examined in the light of recent major global challenges. We discussed four areas: (a) A stronger territorial focus – increasing the importance of place (b) A stronger interregional focus – looking outwards not inwards (c) A stronger focus on industrial strategy – as a key ingredient in implementation (d) A stronger focus on foresight.

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