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Smart Specialisation Strategies for Sustainability in Latin America, a place-based innovation approach for development in transition

Dec 09 2020
online event

Co-organised by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and the Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, (DG DEVCO), in collaboration with the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), this event takes place next 9th December to oficially launch the project S4LatinAmerica.


Registrations are now open.

The online event is open to the public, but registration is mandatory and places are limited. For additional information of the event, please visit the dedicated website.

Main objectives

The main objectives of this event are three fold:

  • To present the potential of Smart Specialisation to foster localised, innovation-driven sustainable territorial development, as an important milestone in the new Innovation pillar of the EU-CELAC Common Research Area (CRA).
  • To officially launch the project S4LatinAmerica as a joint action of two services of the European Commission: DG DEVCO and the Joint Research Centre (JRC). The event will allow to share detail of activities and expected outcomes, notably those addressing: (i) mapping of innovation potential, (ii) Entrepreneurial Discovery Processes, (iii) identification of pilot projects and (iv) role of sustainable dimension in place-based innovation approaches.
  • Review progress of the Smart Specialisation uptake in Latin America through results achieved by previous projects. Implicitly, the event will contribute to situate the S4LatinAmerica project as strategic action within the “Development in Transition” initiative led by the European Commission in collaboration with strategic partners such as OECD, CEPAL, SEGIB, etc.


The project S4LatinAmerica will be implemented under the governance of the Regional Facility for Development in transition. Its main goal is to confirm the potential of the EU Smart Specialisation policy concept to steer innovation-driven territorial development, in line with sustainable development principles. The territorial scope of the project addresses EU-Latin America cooperation by focusing on cases and practices in Mexico, Chile and Peru. Lessons learnt from other EU programmes/projects dealing with Smart Specialisation as innovation bridge between EU and América Latina y el Caribe (LAC) and regions will be also reflected.

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