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Smart Specialisation Strategies: Implementing European Partnerships

This bench-learning conference will explore possibilities for European partnerships in detail, and provides an interactive participatory platform for regions and cities to explore relevant collaboration methodologies and relevant thematic areas directly relevant to RIS3 partnering.

The conference will take place on Wednesday, 18th June 2014, 8:30-17:30, at the Committee of the Regions, Rue Belliard/Belliardstraat 99-101 in Brussels


The Committee of the Regions, the S3 Platform, the Helsinki-Uusimaa, Province of Utrecht and Valencia regions are organising this one-day bench-learning conference to explore concrete possibilities for European partnerships and to offer an interactive participatory platform for regions and cities to explore relevant collaboration methodologies and important thematic issues.

Between 2014 and 2020, the research and innovation strategies based on smart specialisation (RIS3) will define the priorities for each region under the European Structural and Investment Funds, as well as the Horizon 2020 programme and other initiatives. But what does this mean for the creation of concrete partnerships and successful collaborative partnering arrangements?

The focus is on both regional and city collaboration. Specific examples for pioneering from many regions will serve as a starting point for practical and creative conversations about activities already in progress, innovative methodologies in use, and concrete next steps for developing partnerships.

Programme and online registration:

A link to the registration provided by the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region:

Registration is also possible at:

The conference offers extensive opportunities for participants to establish the next generation of partnerships and projects to translate smart specialisation strategies into practice.

In addition to this, two rounds of parallel sessions on topics such as RIS3, industrial renaissance, open innovation 2.0 and e-health will allow participants to follow their own interests and benefit from inspiring examples of work-in-progress. We kindly ask you to indicate your preferred topics by priority upon registration so we can ensure the best arrangements for you to develop future partnerships. Your registration for the event and parallel session topics will be confirmed by email.

Part of the conference work will also take place on-line before, during and after the conference.

For more information, please contact

Christine Chang,, +358 443533014

The draft programme is available on-line, and can also be downloaded here:


As background information, a booklet about Smart Specialisation and Europe’s Growth Agenda is available at: