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Co-organised by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and RSA Europe, the third "Conference on Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development: Connecting grand societal challenges with local goals in place-based innovation policy" will be a webinar series based on selected themes of the SMARTER 2020 Conference.
In line with the measures to contain the diffusion of COVID-19, the physical event will be replaced by a series of five webinars held between 17 September and 3 December 2020.
17 September: Place-based responses to the COVID-19 economic crisis.
10 November: Smart Specialisation for Sustainable Development Goals.
The SMARTER 2020 Webinar series will provide a comprehensive picture of the Smart Specialisation policy experience, including an evaluation of its results and an account of its recent developments both conceptually and empirically.
The webinars will also offer an opportunity to discuss and compare different territorial development approaches, exploring how they engage with the Commission's priorities for 2019-2024 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Open to all, the webinars will offer to participants from academia, territorial authorities and institutions a unique opportunity to discuss and define the scope and main avenues for future research and policy making, and to address the challenges confronting policy makers and practitioners.
Themes of interest to the conference include:
- Smart Specialisation: evidence, lessons, challenges and opportunities
- Smart Specialisation on the move: the evolution of a policy approach
- Science, technology and innovation policy for Sustainable Development Goals
- Smart Specialisation and Cohesion Policy: Aligning Policy for ‘left behind’ places
- The COVID-19 crisis: socio-economic impacts and the role of territorial policies for recovery
- Innovation policy for sustainable and inclusive growth
- Tools and methodologies for territorial analyses in support of development policies
- Evaluation of territorial innovation policies
- Global value chains, innovation and local development
- Urban challenges and strategies for innovation-led development
- Models of regional and multi-level governance and stakeholder involvement.
- The actors of territorial development: research organisations, businesses, public actors, civil society groups
- Regional Governance, capacities and resources for place-based policy