This October the European Commission's Joint Research Centre is organising a conference to present the Serbia's Smart Specialisation Strategy (4S) together with the opportunities and challenges for sectoral specialisation of Science and Technology Parks (STPs), Accelerators and Incubators in the broader region of South-East Europe.
The two-day event is co-organised together with EU4TECH Western Balkans, a project funded by DG NEAR, and the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development. The conference will take place on 15 and 16 October at the Science Technology Park Belgrade.
The first day will be focus on Smart Speciliasation Strategy in Serbia and its priority domains such as Information and Communicaiton Technlogies, creative industries and food for the future.
On the second day, participants will discuss the role of Science Parks and incubators in the Western Balkans and South-East Europe regions can play in supporting emerging Smart Specialisation priorities.
Registration is open to all interested participants until 30th September.
Participation will be free of charge but subject to space availability.
Financial support for attendance
Moreover, nationals from Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Israel, Kosovo*, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine, the Republic of North Macedonia, Tunisia and Turkey may apply for waiving accommodation and travel costs.
If you are eligible, please make sure to submit your expression of interest at the latest by 15th September.
The applications will be assessed on the basis of motivation, background, geographical balance and organisation. The evaluation's results will be announced by 20th September.
(*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence)
Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) are now at the heart of the plan for smart economic growth in the EU Member States and important steps towards development of S3 are already underway in the Western Balkans (WB) region and also South East Europe (SEE) and the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries.
These have been supported by the European Commission through its Joint Research Centre (JRC) together with the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) and DG for Regional Policy (DG REGIO). Ongoing support for S3 development from JRC is confirmed from 2019.
The commitment of the WB6 and EaP economies to developing S3 underscores their commitment to European integration, regional cooperation and smart growth through R&D&I.