Regions across the European Union have developed their national or regional innovation strategies for smart specialisation. They provide a strategic framework for the innovation-driven economic transformation of European regions and set out the main priorities for investments. They address emerging opportunities and market developments in order to build a competitive advantage by developing and matching research and innovation strengths to business needs. European Structural Investment Funds are the main financing source.

This High-Level Event will highlight the key role of regions in developing new growth dynamics for Europe, based on bottom-up entrepreneurship and innovation. It will mark the mobilisation of this potential for transformation in priority areas, e.g. energy transition, digital growth, circular economy, agro-food or industrial modernisation. Smart specialisation strategies can leverage numerous new growth opportunities for all regions, when aligning their business driven smart specialisation investments in new European value chains. The High-Level Event will accelerate the set-up of effective partnerships for co-investing across regions that commit to their smart specialisation priorities. It will show a way forward in using the synergies between the different public and private funding mechanism to support such investment dynamics.

During the two days, the participants will have the opportunity to visit the Smart Regions Exhibition where regions will showcase their smart specialisation areas.


For further support, information and advice, please consult:

Available publications on smart specialisation

Save the dates for these upcoming Smart Specialisation events

  • 8-10 June
    The Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE) 2016 Eindhoven (NL)
  • 19-20 September
    Be Smart, Think Blue
    Brokerage events for regions interested in Blue economy Gdansk (PL)
  • 28-30 September
    1st SMARTER Conference on Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development Seville (ES)
  • 7 October
    Industrial Modernisation - follow-up Barcelona (ES)
  • 10-13 October
    European Week of Regions and Cities Brussels (BE)
  • 8-9 November
    Smart Specialisation workshop at 7th Strategic Forum for the EUSBSR Stockholm (SE)
  • 30 November - 2 December
    The European Cluster Conference Brussels (BE)
  • 2017
    Europe-wide conference on Smart Specialisation as envisaged iii the European Parliament report on Cohesion Policy and Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) (2015/2278( INI))



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