Amid the Covid-19 pandemic – which has by now caused immense repercussions on daily social and economic activities – the urgency for coordinated policy initiatives has been put at the forefront of the national public affairs agendas across Europe.

The SMARTER 2020 Webinar series will provide a comprehensive outlook of the Smart Specialisation policy experience, including an evaluation of its results and an account of its recent developments in a conceptual and empirical manner.

The event started off with two webinars in September and October and will continue with a series of high-level discussions until December 3rd.

In more detail, the upcoming sessions will take place in the following dates:

  • “Smart Specialisation for Sustainable Development Goals”, 10 November 2020 – 11:00-12:30 (CET)
  • “Quality of life in (European) cities: are cities in Europe inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable?”, on 19 November – 10:00-12:00 (CET)
  • “Smart Specialisation: evidence, lessons, challenges and opportunities”, on 24 November 2020 (time to be announced)
  • “Urban strategies and Smart Specialisation”, on 3 December 2020 (time to be announced)

Each session will take stock on a series of initiatives, around the key question points:

  • How can place-based policies play a role in tackling the severe socio-economic impacts of Covid-19?
  • How can these policies help territories discover new opportunities for more sustainable and inclusive economies?

The Smarter 2020 webinar series provides a unique entry point for debate in policymaking, thus fostering an open dialogue amongst practitioners, policy-makers, and researchers. Moreover, the webinar will work its way through Smart Specialisation (RIS3), an innovation policy concept that was conceived within the reformed Cohesion policy of the European Commission. The aim of Smart Specialisation to boost regional innovation capacities and contribute to growth and prosperity by enabling EU regions to leverage their inherent competitive advantages and strengths. The initiative

SMARTER 2020 Conference Webinar series on “Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development: Connecting grand societal challenges with local goals in place-based innovation policy” is co-organised by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and RSA Europe.

To find out more information about the series and how to participate, please click here.

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