The white paper on “Intelligence and Co-creation in Smart Specialisation Strategies” outlines some key conclusions from the Online S3 project, funded under the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission. The Online S3 project has produced an online platform composed of software applications and roadmaps that facilitate the design and implementation of Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3).
Taking into consideration the 28 applications that have been developed throughout the Online S3 project and are related to the 6 phases of the RIS3 design-process, this report tries to reveal the existing information flows between them. The overall Online S3 Platform mechanism indicates that there is a complex underlying network that links these applications to each other, which is essential to better understand the overall added value of the Online S3 Platform. Given the fact that the abovementioned applications have been developed as standalone apps, further potentials of this platform include the development of an interoperability mode. This could provide the final missing links between the 28 applications, facilitating the information flows between them, giving the opportunity to policy-makers to design even more comprehensive RIS3 strategies. Analytical capabilities and public participation should be further enriched and expanded in that case, promoting the effectiveness of the implemented RIS3 strategies.
White paper: ASEAN 4.0 – What does the Fourth Industrial Revolution mean for regional economic integration?
This paper focuses on the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Fourth Industrial Revolution refers to a set of highly disruptive technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, blockchain and 3D printing, that are transforming social, economic and political systems and putting huge pressure on leaders and policy-makers to respond.
The Commission published on 9 October the 7th Cohesion Report. It zooms in on EU regions and cities, draws lessons from cohesion spending during the crisis years and sets the scene for cohesion policy after 2020.
This report fulfils two requirements: 1) It reports on how cohesion has evolved in EU regions over the recent past and assesses the impact on this of national policies, cohesion policy and other EU policies as required by the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. 2) It reviews the measures linking the effectiveness of the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds to sound economic governance, as required by the Regulation on Common Provisions with regard to the Structural Funds.
This publication by nesta.org is an idea bank aiming to help local European policymakers and influencers create better conditions for entrepreneurship at the regional or city level. The publication is detailed and covers all the major areas on which local policy makers should address different challenges. The publication includes as Annex a Policy Action Guide with a template for policy makers to support the designing of a useful mix of policies to support digital entrepreneurship suited to different environments. The included guide contains ten-steps which comprise an idealised policy process and are not so straightforward in reality.
This publication is a documentation of smart projects and strategies implemented by 35 European islands and showcased during the 1st Smart Islands Forum, 21-22 June 2016, Athens, Greece . The publication presents lighthouse projects from: Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
According to Robert Madelin, Senior Adviser for Innovation to the President of the European Commission, Europe has always been a world-leading inventor. Europe retain the core skills and deep science culture that have made this possible. In this century too, Europe can contribute a great share of the world’s new tools: in genomics and biotech, in data and materials, in energy and nutrition, in propulsion and cognition, in health and well-being, both physical and mental.