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Third Regional Innovation Monitor Policy Workshop (Brussels, 5 December 2012)

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In order to discuss the activities of RIM and to get feed-back from users, the Regional Innovation Monitor Consortium has organised a third policy workshops on 5th of December. This dissemination event was hosted by Nether (Netherlands house for education and research) and organised by UNU-MERIT.

Following an introduction by Bonifacio Garcia Porras, Head of Unit of DG Enterprise and Industry, and setting the objectives of the workshop, an overview of the results of the last years and recent progress on activities of RIM was presented. The more in-depth focus of the next presentation was on the latest annual report in which the RIM regional reports where analysed for three groups of EU regions which showed how such regional reports can be used for policy learning. Next on the agenda were the results of the Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012. Next the RIM toolbox for designing RIS3 Strategies was presented, by highlighting examples from RIM Thematic Report 5. Richard Tuffs provided the first user’s perspective. As Director of ERRIN, a Brussels-based network of innovating regions, he explained how their working groups make use of such tools for developing Smart Specialisation.   

After lunch the following representatives from regions presented their regions and how they made use of the Regional Innovation Monitor: Wim De Kinderen from Brainport Eindhoven, Filippa Arvas Olsson of Skåne European Office, Niko Geerts of Department EWI of the Flemish government, and Sylvie Huguet from Bretangne Développement Innovation. Besides praising some of the RIM material, several users explained that they have only been aware of, or able to use, part of what is available. Since there are many relevant sources of information, including those coming from various DGs of the European Commission, it is a day-time job to keep on top of it. In this respect, the participants also gave some suggestions for further improvement, e.g. offering on the website a summary of a few pages of the regional reports would be helpful.