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E-talks webinar series: Smart Specialisation for Sustainable Development Goals

Oct 04 2021
Jan 20 2022

This series of six e-talks on Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will summarize and explore the theoretical background as well as the methodological and practical applications of including the sustainability dimension in the traditional S3 concept.


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Each meeting will be a 2-hour long webinar dedicated to a specific publication or train of thought, presented by the authors and allowing for a dynamic discussion within academics, practitioners and everyone interested in the subjects covered.

Visit the dedicated event's website for the full Agenda.

4 October 

9.30-10.00  Opening of the e-talks series 

  • Mikel Landabaso Alvarez, Director for Growth and Innovation, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

10.00-10.35 Towards next generation Smart Specialisation for sustainable territorial development. Conceptual and theoretical framework  

  • Dr. Michal Miedzinski, Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Sustainable Resources, UCL, London, UK
  • Prof. Lars Coenen, Mohn Centre for Innovation and Regional Development at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen, Norway

10.35-11.00 Feedback from academic and practitioner discussants

  • Michaela Trippl, Head of Department Full Professor of Economic Geography at University of Vienna
  • Alasdair Reid, Advisor on innovation systems for sustainable futures at European Future Innovation System (EFIS) Centre

11.00-11.20 Q&A session

11.20 - 11.55 Moderated discussion with participants

  • Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

11.55-12.00 Closing remarks and next steps

  • Monika Matusiak, Team Leader, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

25 October 

10.00-12.00   Smart Specialisation Strategy for Sustainability as Innovation Policy for Transformative Change

  • Dr. Chux Daniels, Research Fellow in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at SPRU, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, UK

9 November 

11.00-13.00  Smart Specialisation, Sustainable Development Goals and Environmental Commons    

  • Prof. Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, former Deputy Director General/CEO of IIASA, and former tenured Professor of Energy Economics at Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Austria
  • Dr. Caroline Zimm, Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions (TISS) at International institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria

23 November 

10.00-12.00  Pilot methodology for mapping Sustainable Development Goals in the context of Smart Specialisation Strategies

  • Dr Enric Fuster, SIRIS Academic
  • Dr Francesco Massucci, SIRIS Academic

3 December 

10.00-12.00  Pathways for digital and green transition in view of structural transformation and technological upgrading: the role of innovation in long-term sustainable growth    

  • Prof. Slavo Radosevic, Professor of Industry and Innovation Studies, SSEES, University College London
  • Dr Randolph Bruno, Associate Professor in Economics, SSEES, University College London


20 January

10.00-12.00  Recommendations – Smart Specialisations Strategies for Sustainability  

  • Johan Stierna,  Team Leader,
  • Monika Matusiak, Team Leader,
  • Dimitrios Pontikakis, Senior Policy Officer

Joint Research Centre, European Commission

12.00-12.20  Closing of the e-talks series     

Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission 
Xabier Goenaga, Head of Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission 


Sustainable development is a core principle of the Treaty on European Union and a priority objective for the Union's internal and external policies. The Joint Research Centre started reflecting on the contribution of Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) already in 2018. Since then a consolidated reflection and methodologies such as S3 for SDGs or S4 (Smart Specialisation Strategies for Sustainability) have been developed in cooperation with experts and practitioners.