THA webinar: Smart specialisation – evidence based implementation in the EU

Submitted by Alina Danieles… on 26 February 2017

28th February 18:00 CET

The Webinar will address the emerging concept of Smart Specialisation, a place-based growth strategy that has been now fully integrated in the European Union’s Regional development policy and is already an ex-ante condition for all EU countries planning to get Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) support for research and innovation investment. More than 120 Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation are currently in place and being deployed on the ground. The Webinar will present the European experience so far and will demonstrate the very successful case study of smart specialisation implementation in the region of Emilia-Romagna, Italy. It will attempt to reveal concepts, strategies and expectations targeting innovation for local growth and jobs.

Expected outcomes

At the end of the Webinar, participants will:

  • Have acquired a working knowledge of the concept of Smart Specialisation and of the practical steps they need to go through to make it operational on the ground
  • Be able to understand the European experience, identify key success factors and pitfalls, stemming from different realities in governance, regional and national innovation systems as well as approaches in empowering local innovators, start-ups and clusters
  • Outline a course of action for their own regional communities and adapt it to their economic profile and expectations

Target audience

Policy makers at all levels of government, with an emphasis on local planners. Cluster managers, corporate leaders, business innovators and academics will all benefit from the course, while their feedback will provide important insights for further developing the concept and its relationship to the Triple Helix.

Please find additional information on the event, themes and more, here.

REGISTRATION FEE: 50€ which includes the access to the webinar and the annual THA regular individual membership.

If you are interested in all the THA webinar series subscribe now the annual THA regular organizational membership (200€) to have free access to all the 6 titles!

THA members can join the webinar free of charge.

To register send an email to: mlaura.fornaci [at]

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