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EU Structural Funds 2014-2020 : Promoting Innovation Through "Smart Specialisation"

7-8 May 2012, in Riga

Organised by the European Commission's Directorate General for Regional Policy, the Joint Research Centre in Sevilla and the Latvian Ministry of Finance.




Day 1

Monday 7. May 2012

Moderator Ms. Raquel Ortega Argiles, University of Groeningen

12.30 – 13.30


13.30 – 15.30

Welcome and scene setting

Welcome by:

- Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Latvia

- Armands Eberhards, Head of the Managing Authority of EU funds in Latvia

- Deputy Director General Normunds POPENS, DG Regio

Smart specialisation, the concept, by Prof. Dominique Foray

From S3 to RIS3 – the policy context by Philip McCann

RIS3 conditionalities and what is expected, by Katja Reppel, DG REGIO

Questions and discussions

15.30 – 16.00


16.00 – 18.00

How to comply with the conditionality on 'national/regional innovation strategy for smart specialisation (RIS3)'

The S3 Platform and the S3 Guide, by Inger Midtkandal, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC IPTS) in Seville

Examples from three Baltic regions:

- Pomorskie, by Joanna Oberbek, Office of The Marshall Of The Pomorskie Voivodeship.

- Skåne, by Mr. Lennart R. Svensson, Head of Department of Economic Development & Innovation, Region Skåne

- Lahti, by Prof. Vesa Harmaakorpi, Lahti School of Innovation

Questions and discussions

Closing of first day by Dominique Foray







Tuesday 8. March

Moderator Mr. Tarmo Kalver, Tallin University of Technology

09.00 – 10.45

The Baltic scene – Macro regional perspectives

A closer look at innovation in the three Baltic states - strengths and weaknesses,by Alasdair Reid, Technopolis

Baltic Science Link – a part of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region by Dr. Uwe Sassenberg, project manger Science Link he works at PT-DESY

BSR Stars, Mr. Mart Laatsit, the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication

BIRTI in Baltic: smart specialisation in RDI supporting complementarity in joint priority areas and synergies among the fields of unique achievement by Mr Roberts Ķīlis, Minister of Education and Science of Latvia

Questions and discussion

10.45 – 11.15


11.15 – 12.30

R&D&I strategies in the Baltic States

This session will present status for R&D+I strategies and future plans for RIS 3 for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Lithuania, by Mr Albertas Zalys, Ministry of Education and Science

Estonia, Mr. Indrek Reimand, head of the Research Policy Department, Estonian Ministry of Education and Research

Questions and discussions

12.30 – 13.30


13.15 – 15.30

Latvia, Ms Lauma Sīka, Deputy State Secretary, Latvian Ministry of Education and Science

Comments on the Baltic presentations and observations for future work on S3 in the Baltic from:

- Professor Philip McCann

- Alasdair Reid, technopolis

- Deputy Director General Normunds POPENS, DG Regio, DG Regio

Questions and discussions

Closing remarks and end of conference, by Deputy Director General Normunds POPENS, DG Regio and Armands Eberhards, Head of the Managing Authority of EU Funds in Latvia.

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