26 October 2020
Connecting grand societal challenges with local goals in place-based innovation policy
Co-organised by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and RSA Europe
The Territorial Development Unit of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and RSA Europe are delighted to present 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 15 September and 10 December 2020.
Increasingly, innovation policies are framed around grand societal challenges and sustainable transformation. More traditional objectives of productivity enhancement, job creation and international competitiveness are accompanied by the search for solutions to environmental and social needs in line with the European Green Deal priority and the accomplishments of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, to be achieved through the mobilisation of science, technology and innovation. This transformation is also gaining momentum in local and regional policy making, raising a number of issues in relation to the capacity of place-based industrial innovation policies to meet these goals.
What are the implications of this shift for place-based policy and instruments? What does the alignment of solutions to social and environmental problems with more traditional growth objectives imply? How can potential contradictions between different goals and dimensions (social, environmental and economic) can be resolved? Can we expect territorial policies to deliver on broad societal challenges, by providing solutions to those needs that are locally relevant?
A dreadful pandemic is currently sweeping the planet causing dramatic health, social and economic consequences. We need coordinated policy initiatives at international, national and regional level to mitigate the COVID-19 economic crisis and promote a swift recovery. How can place-based policies play a role in tackling the severe socio-economic impacts of COVID-19? How can they help territories discover new opportunities for more sustainable and inclusive economies?
The SMARTER 2020 Webinar series is a forum for debating those issues.
Smart Specialisation provides a unique entry point for such debate. Smart Specialisation is a place-based EU policy promoting economic transformation by designing targeted investment in research and innovation. Building on a growing interest in this policy, the main principles and mechanisms of Smart Specialisation are travelling fast, attracting attention outside the European Union. At the same time, the Smart Specialisation approach is evolving, incorporating evidence on what worked and what did not, embracing a larger policy scope than just research and innovation and enriching its policy toolbox.
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 European Commission's priorities for 2019-2024 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Registrations will be open until the day before the start of the webinar. Participation is free of charge and open to anyone with an interest in the webinar’s topics.
Each seminar will last between one and two hours and include a section for Q&A.
Location: Seville, Spain
2020 SMARTER Webinars Connecting grand societal challenges with local goals in place-based innovation policy
17 September: Place-based responses to the COVID-19 economic crisis.
6 October: Smart Specialisation Strategies for Sustainability: opportunities for economic recovery and competitiveness.
10 November: Smart Specialisation for Sustainable Development Goals.
19 November: Quality of life in European cities: are cities in Europe inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable?
24 November: Smart Specialisation: evidence, lessons, challenges and opportunities.
3 December: Urban strategies and Smart Specialisation.