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  1. Stairway to Excellence (S2E)

    As part of the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3P), the " Stairway to Excellence " (S2E) project is centred on the provision of assistance to the 13 Member States (EU13) who joined the European Union in 2004 and subsequent years with the aim of ...

    24 June 2015

  2. Smart specialisation

    The European Commission's Cohesion Policy aims to reduce differences between regions and to ensure growth across Europe. Structural Funds are among its main tools. Its efficient use and management is a crucial factor for many regions in Europe to ove ...

    29 June 2015

  3. Rural development

    Rural areas in the EU represent, according to a standard definition, 91 % of the territory and 56 % of the population. Many of these rural areas face significant environmental and socio-economic challenges. Agricultural practices put pressure on the rural ...

    30 April 2014

  4. Crop yield forecasting

    Crop yield forecasts and crop production estimates are necessary at EU and Member State level to provide the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) decision makers with timely information for rapid decision-making during the growing season. Estimates of cr ...

    25 February 2016

  5. S2E and S3P National Event: SLOVENIA

    06 Apr 2016 The SLOVENIA National Event: "Synergies with Research and Innovation Funds: Stairway to Excellence" is co-organised by the S3 Platform (S2E project) and the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Republic of Slovenia.  It will be ...

    16 March 2016

  6. S2E National Event- Estonia: "The Synergies with Research and Innovation Funds: Stairway to Excellence"

    11 Mar 2016 The ESTONIA National Event was co-organised by the S3 Platform- Stairway to Excellence and the Estonian Research Council. Tallinn ESTONIA region growth innovation ...

    16 March 2016

  7. S2E- National Event of Prague- Czech Republic: "The Synergies with Research and Innovation Funds: Stairway to Excellence"

    03 Mar 2016 The CZECH REPUBLIC National Event was co-organised by the S3 Platform- S2E project and the Government Office the Czech Republic.. Prague CZECH REPUBLIC region growth innovation ...

    23 February 2016

  8. Call for paper- 1st SMARTER Conference on Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development

    16 Mar 2016 The 1st SMARTER Conference on Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development will take place in Seville on Sept 28-30 aiming to take stock of the smart specialisation experience and assess its current state of the art both in terms of concep ...

    16 March 2016

  9. Call for contributions to forthcoming S2E events

    03 Mar 2016 Stairway to Excellence (S2E) is calling for contributions to be presented at the forthcoming S2E national events or the final S2E conference. Potential speakers may include (but are not limited to) representatives from universities, research o ...

    03 March 2016

  10. The Urban Development Network tests the smart specialisation methodology

    28 Jan 2016 Seville, Rotterdam, Brno and Reggio Emilia will be the first four European cities to peer-review their cities' integrated urban development strategies. They will use the methodology developed by the Joint Research Centre for research and ...

    28 January 2016

  11. Key enabling technologies foster economic growth, especially in low-tech EU regions

    26 Jan 2016 A first-time analysis finds that key enabling technologies (KETs) – such as nano electronics or industrial biotechnologies – directly boost EU regions’ growth, particularly those which lag behind in innovation. Comparison with specialisation i ...

    26 January 2016

  12. Research and Innovation Observatory

    RIO https://rio.jrc.ec.europa.eu/ The Research and Innovation Observatory (RIO) is an initiative of the European Commission to monitor and analyse research and innovation developments at country and EU levels to support better policy making in Europe. DG ...

    16 October 2015

  13. Towards a Model of Sustainable Construction and Energy Efficient Buildings

    03 Dec 2015 First event on ¨Towards a Model of Sustainable Construction and Energy Efficient Buildings¨- The construction sector represents more than 40% of energy consumption in Europe. Many European regions have launched interesting initiatives in this ...

    18 November 2015

  14. S2E National Event- Lithuania: "The Synergies with Research and Innovation Funds: Stairway to Excellence"

    30 Oct 2015 The LITHUANIA National Event was co-organised by the S3 Platform- Stairway to Excellence and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania, Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA). Vilnius LITH ...

    16 October 2015

  15. How Outward-looking is Smart Specialisation? Results from a survey on inter-regional collaboration in Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3), S3 Policy Brief Series No. 16/2016

    Smart specialisation (S3) emphasises the identification of niches, cross-sectorial innovation and solving societal challenges. With this comes a need for an outward-looking dimension, to find a region’s potential advantages in international markets, and t ...

    18 March 2016

  16. Regional patterns of energy production and consumption factors in Europe Exploratory Project EREBILAND- European Regional Energy Balance and Innovation Landscape

    The Resilient Energy Union with Forward Looking Climate Change Policy is one the ten priorities of the overarching Agenda for Jobs, Growth, Fairness and Democratic Change of the European Commission. The Communication on the Energy Union package and its An ...

    01 April 2016

  17. Enhancing stakeholder collaboration to boost regional growth

    18 Nov 2015 The JRC and the European Commission's Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy have supported Greek authorities in order to help entrepreneurs and authorities to find out in which areas they should prioritise and further speciali ...

    18 November 2015

  18. Food and gastronomy as elements of regional innovation strategies

    The paper discusses recent innovation and diversification paths in agro-food, specifically the linkage between food, territory and branding, the emerging phenomenon of Food Cities and increasing interest in healthier and more sustainable food products. It ...

    04 March 2016

  19. Scientific support to Danube Strategy – enhancing access to data

    28 Oct 2015 In conjunction with the 4 th annual forum of the EU strategy for the Danube region, the JRC held its annual event dedicated to the scientific support of this strategy on 27 and 28 October. Over 200 participants from the Danube countries took p ...

    28 October 2015

  20. A Measure to Target Antipoverty Policies in the European Union Regions

    The reformed cohesion policy (CP), which is the major investment tool in the European Union (EU) for delivering the Europe 2020 targets, will soon make available substantial funds to improve the quality of life of the EU citizens through supporting the ec ...

    17 February 2016

  21. European Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy- launch

    26 May 2015 The high-level conference will launch a joint initiative between the Directorates-General (DG) for Regional and Urban Policy, Energy, and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) setting up a platform on Smart Specialisation on Energy. Smart specialisa ...

    26 May 2015

  22. 3rd Regional Modelling Workshop

    10 Dec 2014 to 11 Dec 2014 This is the third year that JRC-IPTS (Seville) hosts a General Equilibrium workshop to exchange views with researchers from all over Europe and all over the world. The presence of so many experts from the academic world and from ...

    27 March 2015

  23. Monitoring Agricultural ResourceS (MARS)

    The JRC’s monitoring of agriculture using remote sensing started in 1988, initially designed to apply emerging space technologies for providing independent and timely information on crop areas and yields. Since 1993, this activity has contributed towards ...

    19 August 2015

  24. Annual Report of the JRC-IPTS activities within the Danube-INCO.NET project

    This annual report briefly reports on the activities of the JRC-IPTS project team in the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3P- as a part of the Knowledge for Growth Unit) in charge for the Danube-INCO.NET project. One of the main tasks of the Danube S3P tea ...

    13 April 2016

  25. Conference on Smart Specialisation: Challenges and Monitoring Implementation

    06 Mar 2015 Countries and regions are now embarking on the implementation phase of the RIS3. The work on ex-ante conditionality assessment of RIS3 has influenced the Commission RIS3 agenda in 2014 and will also help to tackle the most critical elements de ...

    06 March 2015