Role of Clusters in smart specialisation

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Role of Clusters in smart specialisation

  1. 1. IC-MED Intercluster Copperation Seminar, Sevilla, October 26 2011 Role of Clusters in smart specialisation The Smart Specialisation (S3) Platform Inger Midtkandal Knowledge for Growth Unit Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) Joint Research Centre page 1
  2. 2. IC-MED Intercluster Copperation Seminar, Sevilla, October 26 2011 Smart Specialisation for Economic Growth • Smart Specialisation Strategies will foster economic growth, in the region and in the Union • Smart Specialisation Strategies is about value for money, about Smart R&D investment in a context of scarce public resources • The Commission has proposed smart specialisation strategies to be in place as an ex ante condition for the disbursement of R&D and ICT-related funds in the 2014-2020 framework
  3. 3. IC-MED Intercluster Copperation Seminar, Sevilla, October 26 2011A Smart Specialisation Strategy is: A place based strategy which allows regions to find their own way to innovation by exploiting existing assets and capabilities. No size fits all! About making choices – prioritizing (based on history and planning for the future) About outward orientation, looking beyond the regional (and national) boarders (for both R&D competence and business partners, and for finding the regional unique niche) About a process that brings on board the right partners and that allows an entrepreneurial discovery of the regions future path
  4. 4. IC-MED Intercluster Copperation Seminar, Sevilla, October 26 2011 The S3 Platform is a service To support regional policy makers, implementing bodies and Commission services Established at the JRC – IPTS in Seville • Institute for Prospective Technological Studies of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre Launched in June 2011 • Services becoming progressively available - fully operational by mid-2012 Overseen by a Steering Team • With European Commission officials from various DGs (REGIO, ENTR, EMPL, RTD, INFSO, EAC, SANCO, CLIMA, AGRI) Stakeholder advice provided through a Mirror Group • Chaired by C. Saublens (EURADA)
  5. 5. IC-MED Intercluster Copperation Seminar, Sevilla, October 26 2011 Guide to Regional Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) The contents of the Guide Edited by JRC IPTS in association with DG REGIO and with contributions from: policy rationale D. Foray, P. McCann, J. Goddard, K. Morgan, R. Ortega-Argilés governance issues A number of Commission officials from various DGs practical steps to design a JRC IPTS staff RIS3 First draft of chapters to be discussed with Mirror Group on 27 October peer review and monitoring Finalised by the end of 2011 policy instruments Reviewed in 2012 after feedback from users case studies
  6. 6. IC-MED Intercluster Copperation Seminar, Sevilla, October 26 2011 Seminars and training Forum for regions to learn from each other •Training of experts that could assist regions in the RIS3 Discussions with peers and experts on processes • Drafts of strategies • Challenges •Training of regional policymakers • Tools for designing a good process who would be better equipped to • How to involve the right partners run a RIS3 process in their own • Best practice… region. More focused seminars on (e.g.): Will be organized • Governance throughout 2012 • Indicators • Policy instruments According to needs and requests from regions
  7. 7. IC-MED Intercluster Copperation Seminar, Sevilla, October 26 2011 The S3 Platform will develop analytical tools Science-based approach with constant discussion and collaboration with academics and policy makers Experience on smart specialisation gained by JRC IPTS in recent years (JRC Scientific and Technical Reports, 2009): • «The question of R&D specialisation» • «Is networking a substitute or a complement to regional innovation capacity?» Better understanding of dynamics of industrial structures: http://iri.jrc.ec.europa.eu/reports.htm Suitable indicators (existing and new) will be selected to support analysis (build on Guide and on-going OECD project) We will be learning!
  8. 8. IC-MED Intercluster Copperation Seminar, Sevilla, October 26 2011Features of the current website(http://ipts.jrc.ec.europa.eu/activities/research-and-innovation/s3platform.cfm) •Presentation of the activities of the S³ Platform •Useful documents and links to Commission resources and activities •Presentation of forthcoming events •Explanation of requirements to register to the S³ Platform •List of registered regions and highlights on new registrations •Being progressively upgraded with new features
  9. 9. IC-MED Intercluster Copperation Seminar, Sevilla, October 26 2011 How to join the Platform? Send an e-mail to : jrc-ipts-s3platform@ec.europa.eu Include in the email the following information. 1. The department / body and persons responsible for the work with the platform. 2. A chart / diagram illustrating the bodies and responsibilities regarding the drafting and coordination of innovation strategies. Include names and contacts 3. Commitment to develop a webpage on smart specialisation. Will be linked to the S3 portal. 4. Commitment to use the Technical Assistance of Structural Fund programmes or other financial resources available to participate to the work of the S³Platform.
  10. 10. IC-MED Intercluster Copperation Seminar, Sevilla, October 26 2011 Registered regions As per Oct 2011, we have 12 registered regions (and more in process): Andalucía (ES) Oberösterreich (AT) Centre (FR) País Vasco (ES) Cornwall (UK) Västra Götaland (SE) Friesland (NL) Vest (RO) Kent (UK) Wallonie (BE) Nord - Pas de Calais (FR) Weser-Ems (DE)
  11. 11. IC-MED Intercluster Copperation Seminar, Sevilla, October 26 2011 The role of Clusters in S3 Clusters should be involved in making the S3 Clusters could bring in outward looking perspectives to the process S3 can ensure a good regional dialogue with clusters S3 can give clusters a voice in governmental structures S3 can ensure knowledge and understanding of clusters within R&D institutions and governmental bodies S3 can support clusters S3 can give better tools to clusters A good S3 process will give a better innovative environment also in governmental structures. Clusters will benefit from that!
  12. 12. IC-MED Intercluster Copperation Seminar, Sevilla, October 26 2011 Examples from Norway… Nordland: Cluster in Aquaculture included in regional strategy prioritized in the tools (VRI) for strengthening R&D in the cluster Vestfold: Tools for regional R&D (VRI) found water cleansing companies, cluster was made now included in regional strategy. Agder: Regional strategy wanted to attract more tourists Prioritized tourism in their R&D activities (VRI) Cluster was created!
  13. 13. IC-MED Intercluster Copperation Seminar, Sevilla, October 26 2011 What kind of support do clusters get from the S3 implementation? Maritim cluster in Møre: challenges when Norwegian work life culture is challenged by a large proportion of foreign employment Windmill ‘cluster’ in Nordfjord: bringing in the right R&D competence from outside the region Cooperation with University to educate tailored engineers Foresight in clusters Network companies and R&D partners Crossover technology with existing R&D in region Etc etc
  14. 14. IC-MED Intercluster Copperation Seminar, Sevilla, October 26 2011 Thank you for your attention! Inger.Midtkandal@ec.europa.eu im@rcn.no

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