Smart Specialisation with Smart Clusters

For the last two years, the Interreg VB project “Smart Specialisation Strategies to build an Innovation Model for Alp Clusters” (S3-4AlpClusters) has been actively involved in the S3 process of its 11 participating regions. The main output of the project, the S3-Innovation Model, introduces a systematic process for the identification and development of transformative activities (TA) with clusters.

The policy briefing on March 13 in Venice is conceived as a platform for invited EU policy shapers, analysts and regional policy makers to discover and debate new approaches in S3-implementation.The S3-4AlpClusters partnership will present its innovative contributions to answering crucial challenges in current and future S3-implementation with clusters.

Venue: Hotel NH Rio Novo, Calle Larga Ragusei Dorsoduro, Venice, Italy
Moderator: Christian Altmann, Head of Clusterland, Business Upper Austria

The presentations are available clicking on the corresponding speaker's name.


16.30  Registration

17:00  Welcome Address
Roberto Marcato, Regional Minister, Ministry of Economic Development and Energy, Veneto, Italy
17:05 The EUSALP Programme 2019 - The Italian Presidency
Adriana May, Lombardy Region, Head of European Territorial Cooperation

17:10 Challenges in S3-Implementation
Prof. Dominique Foray, EPFL, Chairman of the S3-4AlpClusters Advisory Board, Switzerland
17:20 DG REGIO Perspective
Peter Berkowitz, DG REGIO, Head of Unit Smart and Sustainable Growth
17:30 DG GROW Perspective on the Interplay between S3 and Clusters
Ulla Engelmann, DG GROW, Head of Unit Advanced Technologies, Clusters and Social Economy

Insights from the S3-4AlpClusters Project
17:40 Transformative Activities for Regional Development - A New Approach for S3-Implementation with Clusters
Jacques Bersier, Lead Partner, HES-SO//FR HEIA-FR Innosquare Clusters, Switzerland
Michael Keller, Lead Partner, HES-SO//FR HEIA-FR Innosquare Clusters, Switzerland

18:00 Transformative Activities across Regional Borders – A Proposal for a Joint Call Scheme
Gerd Meier zu Köcker, Executive Director, ClusterAgentur Baden-Württemberg, Germany

18:10 The Future of S3 – Transformative Activities, Cross-Regional Cooperation and Clusters
Debate moderated by: Christian Altmann, Head of Clusterland, Business Upper Austria, Austria
Keynote Speakers will be joined by regional and macro-regional policy makers to debate the insights with the invited audience
Susanne Ast, Leader of EUSALP Action Group 2, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Armin Mahr,  Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research BMBWF, Head of Strategy Unit, Research Locations & Regional Innovation
Gorazd Jenko, Senior Expert, Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy, Slovenia
Fernando Mérida-Martin, DG JRC, S3-Platform

18:55 Closing Address
Olivier Curty, Minister of Economic Affairs, Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland

End of the Policy Briefing
20:30 Gala Dinner in a Historical Palace of Venice

The agenda can be downloaded here.


The Policy briefing is an invitation-only event: Here is the invited guests list.