14 Nov 2019 - 15 Nov 2019 | Brussels, Belgium
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14 Nov 2019 - 15 Nov 2019
Brussels, Belgium
SMART REGIONS 3.0 Conference

Smart Regions 3.0 Conference
Transformation through Smart Specialisation


Changes in climate, technology, and demography are transforming our societies and way of life. Europe must lead the transition to a healthy planet and a new digital world. The Smart Regions conference will be a good occasion to strengthen the links between people, nations, and institutions. Between expectations and delivery of smart specialization strategies. Between words and deeds. People of Europe who design, implement and master regional economic development through innovation will discuss where and how it makes sense for public authorities to act, leaving European, national, regional and local actors to deliver where they are best placed to do so.

The European Commission, Member States and Regions will present achievements in the current financial period 2014-20 and key directions for smart specialization as a tool for an effective economic transformation in 2021-27.

It will focus on three topics:

  • Boosting innovation-led growth in the EU industrial transition regions
  • Supporting the catching up EU regions to close the innovation gap
  • Integrating regional economies in the global value chains


In 2014 smart specialization strategies were introduced in the European Union's Cohesion Policy as the basis for research and innovation investment. As a result, around 180 strategies have been established to shape investments from 2014-20. The Conference will provide the opportunity to national and regional authorities to share experience on how smart specialization strategies have been implemented, present projects financed and discuss impacts on the ground.

As well as highlighting best practice and lessons learned, there will be an opportunity to debate the future of innovation in the context of European regional development with representatives from the European institutions and national and regional governments. The conclusions of the discussion will be an important contribution to the implementation of post-20202 Cohesion Policy.

Registration

Closed since 8 November 2019

Location

Rue Bara 175
1070 Brussels, Belgium

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Meetings

Participants 146
Meetings 95

Participants

Austria 5
Belgium 203
Bulgaria 4
China 1
Croatia 2
Cyprus 1
Czech Republic 7
Denmark 3
Estonia 1
Finland 38
France 22
Germany 18
Greece 13
Hungary 6
Ireland 3
Italy 32
Latvia 3
Lithuania 2
Luxembourg 2
North Macedonia 1
Netherlands 12
Norway 5
Poland 20
Portugal 11
Reunion 1
Romania 18
Slovakia 1
Slovenia 2
Spain 44
Sweden 9
Switzerland 1
Turkey 1
Ukraine 1
United Kingdom 5
United States 2
Total 500

Participants

Public administration 297
Business 37
Research 43
Civil Society 6
Other 116
Total 499