"The Smart Specialisation' approach combines industrial, educational and innovation policies to suggest that countries or regions identify and select a limited number of priority areas for knowledge-based investments, focusing on their strengths and comparative advantages.” www.oecd.org/sti/inno/smartspecialisation.htm
ECCI (along with the University of Edinburgh) are part of an EU wide project that aims to create an online platform for Smart Specialisation Policy Advice. And we need your help to come and listen, view, discuss and help shape the first 30 methods developed for the ONLINE S3 Toolkit.
We are keen for people and organisations involved in the design AND implementation of RIS3 to engage and participate in the development of the S3 Toolkit.
We invite relevant partners, stakeholders and end users - anyone working with EU funding on a financial, project management, policy or strategy level - to join us in the first of a series of workshops designed around shaping and informing the ONLINE S3 Toolkit.
This first workshop has limited availablity and places will be allocated to relevant delegates on discretionary basis. Please register now to ensure your place!
A full agenda and preliminary materials will be sent to all registered delegates. This half day workshop will introduce the S3 Toolkit and invite detailed feedback on the initial content of the platform - the methodologies and case studies.
For questions please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information about the project and details about Smart Specialisation can be found below through the following links.
The project website is: http://www.onlines3.eu and the Policy Advice developed by ONLINE S3 will feed into the EU platform for smart specialisation strategies (S3) currently offered by IPTS as a JRC (see: http://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu). Scotland’s Smart Specialisation Strategy can be accessed here.
This project aims to develop an e-policy platform augmented with a toolbox of applications and online services, which will advise national and regional authorities in the EU on how to elaborate their smart specialisation agenda, in terms of policies and strategy. In meeting this aim, the platform will leverage existing methodologies, initiatives and tools developed by the EC for RIS3, but it will also investigate, develop and test new and innovative technologies, tools and services int order to strengthen the European capacity for knowledge-based policy advice. The platform and the accompanied services will constitute an online mechanism for policy advice, integrated with a well defined, commonly accepted and broadly used methodology for regional policy- namely the RIS3 Guide.
Taken together, the platform of services ONLINE S3 offers shall include all the necessary tools, methods, and roadmaps available to assist with the design, implementation and impact of smart specialisation policies. Within ONLINE S3, the University of Edinburgh is responsible for piloting the platform as a toolkit for the design and implementation of RIS3 statements.
Online access to the new methods under development shall be provided to ALL participants in advance of the workshop and the event shall be led by three members of the ONLINE development team.
For further information, Scotland Europa have created a short development guide to Smart Specialisation that is useful for pre-reading and further information.