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Smart specialisation: progress and future prospects

Date: 22 October 2018
Venue: Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania (Gedimino avenue 51, Vilnius)
Organizers: Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA) and European Commission S3 Platform.

Four years have passed since Smart specialisation officially entered EU policy framework and have been integrated into the national policy strategies of the member states. The purpose of this conference is to discuss the progress of Smart specialisation implementation, take a closer look at the lessons learned from the first half of the implementation phase as well as to glance at the future prospects of this approach to regional development.

The second day of the conference is dedicated to the Peer exchange and Learning workshop on Monitoring for Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3). This PXL Workshop is built on the peer-review methodology from the Smart Specialisation Platform oF the DG JRC. It is organised by the Smart Specialisation Platform in co-operation with MOSTA. It brings together national, regional and sub-regional policy makers from EU countries, representatives from the European Commission and researchers on the field. The aim is to explore the main challenges associated to the setting up of an effective monitoring system and the use of monitoring information to improve strategies' performance and future policy development.

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22 October

09.00 – 10.00
Registration - coffee and networking
10.00 – 10.15

Ramojus Reimeris, Acting director of Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre

Virginijus Sinkevičius, Minister of Economy

Jurgita Petrauskienė, Minister of Science and Education

10.15– 12.00
First session

Alessandro Rainoldi, Territorial Development, Head of unit, JRC, European Commission 

4 years of smart specialisation: lessons learned and plans for the future (25 min with Q&A)

Peter Berkowitz, Smart and Sustainable Growth, Head of unit, DG REGIO, European Commission

Smart specialisation: future finance perspectives (25 min with Q&A)

Alasdair Reid, European future innovation system center, Policy Director

Smart specialisation where to now? Lessons, challenges and opportunities (25 min with Q&A)

Esa Kokkonen, Director of The Baltic Institute of Finland

Baltic sea region initiatives for smart specialisation (25 min with Q&A) 

12.00 – 13.00
13.00 – 14.45
Second session

Ramojus Reimeris, Acting director of Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre

Interim Evaluation of S3: how we did it? (25min with Q&A)

Jens Sorvik, Regional developer for Region Skåne

Smart specialisation in Skåne (25 min with Q&A)

Laura Arengu, Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Expert

Towards smart specialisation 2.0 (25 min with Q&A)

Anja Gjarum, Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation

Smart specialisation in Norway and the development of a national manual (25 min with Q&A)

14.45 – 15.15
Coffee Break
15.15 – 16.45
Panel discussion

The next smart specialisation (90 min with Q&A)

Discussion participants – Alessandro Rainoldi, Alasdair Reid, Laura Arengu, Ramojus Reimeris

Moderator – Dr Žilvinas Martinaitis, Partner and Research Manager, Visionary Analytics

23 October

08.30 – 09.00
09.00 – 10.15

Moderator:  Alessandro RAINOLDI, Head of Unit, Territorial Development, DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission


Ramojus REIMERIS, Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA)
Jurgita STANIULYTE, Senior Advisor, Office of the Government, Lithuania

Monitoring Smart Specialisation Strategies: Recent evidence

In early 2018 the Territorial Development Unit of the Joint Research Centre carried out a survey on the Smart Specialisation experience across European regions and countries. The survey intended to take stock of RIS3 implementation, identify critical issues and challenges and draw some lessons and recommendations in light of the debate on the post-2020 Cohesion Policy.
The main results of the survey will be presented during this session. The presentation will focus on respondents' views concerning monitoring Smart Specialisation Strategies.

Carlo GIANELLE and Fabrizio GUZZO, Territorial Development Unit, DG JRC, European Commission

Challenges and Options for RIS3 Monitoring Systems

The process of designing a monitoring system for RIS3 involves a variety of components. First, the identification of the system’s goals, around which a consensus is to be achieved by key actors. Second, the integration of key principles to ensure the quality and the adequate functioning of the proposed monitoring system. Third the adoption of a suitable framework for its governance, which includes:  the allocation of clear responsibilities for building and implementing the system with the aim to ensure clear ownership; the identification of the main users to ensure political endorsement of the system;  the involvement of key stakeholders in the production of the system.
And last but not least the definition of key input, output and result indicators which are at the heart of the system. The presentation will illustrate those points on the basis of recent experiences of developing RIS3 monitoring systems. 

Claire NAUWELAERS, STI Policy Expert

Presentation of the PXL methodology

This session will provide some information on the organisation of the following  PXL sessions in which each partner will provide a short account of their experience in defining and implementing monitoring for Smart Specialisation. Presentations will be then followed by a discussion of the key questions, issues and challenges proposed by the three regions under review. 

Carlo GIANELLE and Fabrizio GUZZO, Territorial Development Unit, DG JRC, European Commission

10.15 – 10.30

Coffee break

10.30 – 12.00

Peer review session 1: Lithuania (LT)

12.00 – 13.30

Peer-review session 2: Friuli Venezia Giulia (IT)

13.30 – 14.30


14.30 – 16.00

Peer-review session 3: Lower Austria (AT)

16.00 – 16.15

Coffee break

16.15 – 16.45

Collective reflection and conclusions

Moderator: Fabrizio GUZZO, Territorial Development, DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission. The three partners under review, together with Fabrizio GUZZO and Claire NAUWELAERS, will comment on the main recommendations and lessons learnt emerged during the PXL exercise.

Conclusions and follow-up activities will also be provided during this final session