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Moderator: Karen Coleman

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

08:00-09:30 Registration

Opening Speech and Opening of the Exhibition

  • Walter Deffaa, Director-General for Regional and Urban Policy
    Opening Speech en PDF document
    “Smart Specialisation is one of the key innovations of the new programming period 2014-20 for the European Structural and Investment Funds. It's about creating a new growth dynamics and a transformation of the EU economies.(…) Linking up the Smart Specialisation Strategies between regions in related areas can create additional growth potential beyond the silo approach.”
    Presentation en PPT

    Policy PART 1 • Implementation of Smart Specialisation in the region
    Session 1 • Smart Specialisation: From Theory to Practice

Continuous Entrepreneurial Discovery

  • Dominique Foray, Professor of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
    “RIS3 is not about sectoral prioritisation but the specialisation is on modes of transformation of sectors and ways to establish new ones. (…) These transformative activities are not known ex ante; they cannot be planned by the Government in a top down fashion. They will be discovered through knowledge, interactions and dialogs between companies, research, public agencies and other communities”.
    Presentation en PPT
  • Wiesław Byczkowski, Vice-Marshall of Pomorskie region (Poland)
    "Smart specialization means concentrating public support in areas that are economically most promising and using as much private capital as possible in the process."

Governance settings

  • Kevin Morgan, Professor of Governance and Development, Cardiff University
    “Sound political leadership is crucial to the success of the RIS3 process. Robust political leadership is the difference between a transactional v transformational RIS3 ethos.(…)Universities masquerade as innovation agents, while they are knowledge silos"
    Presentation en PPT
  • Natalia González Hereza, Director-General of Andalusian Agency
    “We identified technological and market opportunities, strengthened public-private relations, facilitate decision making platforms and continue entrepreneurial discovery process"

Questions and answers

11:00–11:30 Coffee Break and exhibition

Video message – Digital Economy

  • Günther Oettinger, Commissioner Digital Economy & Society
    “New applications appear every day. Digital world depends on connectivity. We need to go beyond 2020 targets now." Session 2 • Smart Specialisation: From Design to Implementation

Selection process and monitoring

  • Claire Nauwelaers, Independent Policy Analyst and Governmental Adviser
    “Feedback mechanism between Monitoring and Evaluation and strategy /policy mix definition: use of monitoring and evaluation as decision tools (not legitimation only)”
    Presentation en PPT
  • Jean-Charles Manrique, Deputy Director-General in charge of Innovation, Economy, and Education, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region (France)
    "The problem is not to have good projects but leave many projects because of lack of funding. We need to leverage public funding with private one"

Transnational cooperation and value chains

  • Slavo Radosevic, Professor of Industry and Innovation Studies, Centre for the Study of Economics and Social Change in Europe, University College London
    “There is a positive and strong correlation between the extent of involvement of firms in both international and innovation activities (…)Regional integration as a necessary condition to create scale economies and complementarities that can drive more production and processing and thus higher value exports”.
    Presentation en PPT
  • Esa Halme, Mayor of Tampere (Finland)
    “We analyse how we can improve our ability to have new markets. The best way is to do with foreign regions.”

Questions and answers

Closing morning sessions

  • Vladimír Šucha, Director-General Joint Research Centre
    “If we unzip the intelligent potential of the others we are bringing inteconnectivity of difference to have innovation.”
    Concluding Remarks en PDF document
13:00–14:15 Networking Lunch and exhibition

PART 2 • Implementation of Smart Specialisation through
interregional cooperation

Session 1 • Workshops on Thematic Smart Specialisation Platforms

  • Energy - Report en PDF document
  • Agri-Food - Report en PDF document
  • Industrial Modernisation - Report en PDF document
15:45–16:15 Coffee break

Session 2 • Plenary discussion/feedback

  • Reports from the workshops of Thematic Smart Specialisation Platforms – 3 Rapporteurs
  • Vanguard Initiative
  • Feedback, discussion with audience

Closing speech

  • Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
    “Smart specialisation thus has an impact that goes well beyond regional policy as we used to know it. It can be a vehicle for implementing many different EU and national political priorities in regions and cities, through an inclusive and participative process.”
17:50–19:00 Networking cocktail


Thursday, 2 June 2016

08:30–09:15 Registration and Welcome Coffee

PART 3 • Policy Agenda for Smart Specialisation investments

Opening session

  • Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
    “Translation of our research outcome into real benefits of firms is too slow.(…) The implementation of smart specialisation will be only a success, if industry is engaged (…) We need Thematic Platforms and Cluster Partnerships to boost interregional cooperation and joint investments.”
  • Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission
    " Smart specialisation strategies create clear, stable, predictable investment conditions in regions to mobilise public and private research and innovation investments."
    "Smart specialisation strategies allow regions at different development level to take different development paths.”
    “Smart specialisation priorities allow regions to make themselves and their scientific and industrial potential known abroad. They help find cooperation partners to become part of global value chains.”

    Speech en DOC

Session 1 • Co-investments for economic transformation

Panel debate

  • Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions
    "We in regions and cities should be more catalysts and enabling changes. We need to move stronger to the mindset change. We should share resources."
  • Andrey Novakov, Member of the REGI Committee of the European Parliament
    "If we have to invest in something it should be people, smart people, find them, educate them and give them smart environment"
  • Wim van de Donk, King’s Commissioner, Province of North-Brabant, South Netherlands’ Chair of the Vanguard Initiative
    "The Vanguard Initiative is an action-oriented learning-by-doing club."
  • Joana Valente, Senior Adviser and Strategy Coordinator, Business Europe
    "From business perspective important is change of mentality in the way we operate regional strategies design and you really bring together the different stakeholders".
11:00–11:30 Coffee Break and exhibition

Session 2 • International experience in governing innovation

Keynote Speaker

  • Professor Charles Sabel, Professor of Law and Social Science, Columbia Law School (USA)
    “We want to discover in real time, at the projects level, what the problems with executions are so that you can convene the people who can address those problems. (…) Diagnostic (problem solving) monitoring. It is monitoring because you have to keep looking continuously at what is going on and diagnostic because the purpose is not to identify the shortfall and then to punish somebody (…) but it is a way to find out what is going wrong so that you can really fix the problem.”
    en PPT

Questions and answers

EU-Latin America cooperation on regional innovation systems

  • Jaime del Castillo, European expert, Infyde, Spain
    "The new model of international diplomacy is different from a traditional one based on development aid. Today it is based on processes of technical collaboration."

Closing session • Synergies in policy support for economic transformation

  • Walter Deffaa, Director-General for Regional and Urban Policy
  • Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General DG Research and Innovation
13:30–14:30 Networking Lunch and exhibition
14:30–16:00 Continuous exhibition and networking