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Iohn Ecwards: Smart specialisation and partnership for economic transformation - Open days 2013


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Iohn Ecwards: Smart specialisation and partnership for economic transformation - Open days 2013

  1. 1. Smart Specialisation and partnerships for economic transformation John Edwards JRC.IPTS Brussels, 15 October 2013 1
  2. 2. Return of the placed based approach: Political support at EU level for the 'placed based approach', at least in terms of discourse – though there are many ifs and buts (Mendez 2013) Smart specialisation is a mix of bottom up and top down: placed based approach ≠ do what you want and give money to the local 'usual suspects' Classical R&D policy Smart Specialisation Target Individual companies and sectors Places Measurement Outputs and aggregate economic impact (GDP) Outcome indicators – does it meet regional needs? Process Linear Complex Approach to risk Probability of scientific success and market take up Encourages experimentalism
  3. 3. RIS3 is an Economic Transformation Agenda • RIS3 "Research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation" • is a dynamic and evolutionary process – "not a structure"- deeply grounded in an entrepreneurial discovery process (not a one-off action) where Governments are rather facilitators…than in a position of command and control. • RIS3 is for… • innovation leaders and for those lagging behind ! 3
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  5. 5. A sustainable/inclusive/smart process • Observing – all the regional niches and potentials should be scanned (both inward- and outward-looking), so that the priority setting step would be given the best conditions to make the appropriate choices for future specialisation. • Sharing - the smartness of smart specialisation lays precisely in leaving the stakeholders to ultimately define the optimal specialisation fields. Ensuring vast involvement of the quadruple helix stakeholders, the less conflictive should be the priority setting activity in terms of reaching consensus amongst the stakeholders on a limited number of priorities to support via public policy mechanisms. 5
  6. 6. Some "novelties" of the RIS3 process with respect to the past • Entrepreneurial Process of discovery • Outward-looking dimension 6
  7. 7. 7 "The entrepreneurial discovery process is about developing creative solutions to problems by combining assets and new partners, taking risks, experimenting, seeking new ideas along the value chain or for getting into new value chains" Panorama magazine, No44, Winter 2012
  8. 8. How to start entrepreneurial discovery process Kick-start with consultation in quadruple helix: Detect potential boundary- spanners between different stakeholder / interest groups, new innovative entrepreneurs, hidden champions, or persons with a potential for this is one of the aims of this first step. … See new annex III of RIS3 Guide Business manufacturing and services, primary sectors, financial sector, creative industries, social sector, large firms, SMEs, young entrepreneurs, students with business ideas, cluster and business organisations, Research & education public and private research bodies, universities, education and training, science and technology parks, Technology transfer offices, etc. if relevant at different government levels, agencies e.g. for regional development, business advice, public procurement offices, incubators, etc. Public administration NGOs and citizens’ initiatives related to societal challenges for which innovative solutions would be helpful, consumers associations, Talents! etc. Civil society / Users
  9. 9. Priorities of Ostrobotnia Source: Vaasa presentation, Vaasa
  10. 10. Outward looking dimension Saxony 10
  11. 11. 11 Priority activities Capturing knowledge and resources outside the region/country when required Companies RTO / Universities Venture Capitalists Human Skills Region / Country X
  12. 12. Macro-regional strategy Platform for transversal issues (governance, monitoring, intervention tools ..) How about synergies between differentHow about synergies between different RIS3s?RIS3s? INTERREG B Thematic Platforms INTERREG V C Policy learning platforms ► "hub" for partner finding for INTERREG (and other purposes: ERA-Nets, Joint Programming, EIPs, KICs, etc.) ► Analysis & good practices INTERREG V C Mainstreaming projects (incl. Cluster cooperation)
  13. 13. RIS 3 workshop in the Baltic Sea Region – Malmø, 7 Nov 2013 • What: Exploit synergies between regional priorities • eHealth • Sustainable cities • Open session Ambition: find partners for collaboration and concrete points for actions and way forward Follow up workshop foreseen in Tallin, spring 2014. Who: all regions in the Baltic Sea Region / Østersjøregionen – regional governments together with stakeholders involved in the governance of RIS3 More info:
  14. 14. 134 EU regions + 11 EU countries + 2 non-EU regions
  15. 15. 15 Peer Review workshops & trans-national learning RIS3 assessment and support to REGIO desks Country- and Macro- region events and targeted seminars at IPTS Interactive tools, S3 Newsletter and Website Methodological Guidance Thematic workshops & working groups Research and analysis Transantional Cooperaion Benchmarking and targeted support NEW ! Extra support for digital agenda and ICT sections of RIS3
  16. 16. 16 Peer review  The success strongly depends on trust, openness;  Emphasis on learning together and from each other;  Regions get concrete feedback on what they ask;  Participants switch roles (peer-reviewed and critical friend within the same event)  Integrating expertise/knowledge from a variety of sources: peers, invited experts, European Commission services Peer reviewed regions: 28 No of participants (excluding the EC staff) in the first  seven workshops: 383  Coming from 105 regions/countries  Average no of regions/countries present at each  workshop: 25  Average participants at each workshop: 54  Regions attending more than once: 46 (44% of total)
  17. 17. 17 Our experience at peer-review workshops We focus on the novelties We discuss the elements of change
  18. 18. Thematic workshop: Smart Specialisation for rural innovation: Fundão, Central Portugal 21-23 October • - Explores the territorial dimension of innovation • - Connects different policy communities (rural development and innovation) • - Participative methods • - JRC Policy Brief with inputs from all participants 18
  19. 19. 19 Thank you!