EU Smart specialisation event comes to Belfast
The Titanic Quarter, a redevelopment area on the site of the world-famous Harland and Wolff shipyard which includes the Titanic Museum, a major international attraction (photo), is the prestigious venue for the UK's Smart Specialisation (S3) conference of 17 October 2013. The event is organized jointly by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (NI), the S3 Platform of the Joint Research Centre (Seville) and REGIO. S3 strategies will be central to the new generation of European regional and urban development programmes for 2014-2020 and will seek to prioritize investment in national and regional innovation and to ensure that implementation is tightly monitored and results-orientated. A key element is that of partnership between government, knowledge providers and the business community. A similar approach to the EU's S3 strategies has been explored in other parts of the world, for example, in Norway, South Korea, Australia and Latin America, and the programme includes a presentation on actions currently being implemented in Chile with EU support. The idea to hold the UK conference in Belfast originated in the Commission's Northern Ireland Task Force which is seeking to help the region to become more closely involved in key EU policy initiatives. The conference, which will be opened by Arlene Foster, Minister responsible for DETI, will include independent experts, representatives of several UK regions, as well as from Ireland and Sweden, and Commission specialists.