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Smart Specialisation Strategies in the UK

Chair: Kevin Morgan and Adrian Healy; Itinerary provided below:
Thursday 28th June 2012 - 9:30am
Council Chamber, Main Building

Smart Specialisation Workshop

For a number of years, the European Commission has promoted the concept of ‘Smart Specialisation’, a strategic approach to economic development through targeted support to Research and Innovation (R&I), and has established a Platform at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) in Seville (part of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre) to provide advice on the topic.

Use of the smart specialisation approach, at national or regional level, has been proposed by the Commission as an aid to the development of European Regional Development Fund Programmes that include support for innovation in the 2014-2020 period. Across the EU, some regions have already begun this process, often building on existing innovation strategies, while others have yet to do so.  To discuss the key issues related to the design and delivery of such strategies in the UK with policy-makers and practitioners, Cardiff University has organised a workshop on Smart Specialisation in association with the European Commission. 

The aims of the workshop are threefold:

(i)                 to raise awareness of Smart Specialisation;

(ii)               to highlight what support is available to the nations and regions of the UK as they prepare their strategies; and

(iii)             to explore and compare the diverse approaches being adopted in different parts of the UK.


The workshop is designed to be a highly interactive exercise, furnishing plenty of time for discussion to enable participants to share experience with their UK peers and to engage with Commission officials. 

Workshop speakers provide a judicious mix of policy perspectives and practical experience.  The emphasis is on strengthening the development of Smart Specialisation Strategies across the UK and helping practitioners to think more creatively about their approach and process.

This Smart Specialisation workshop will be of great practical interest to anyone involved in designing and implementing the research and innovation related priorities of the Structural Funds as of 2014. 

For further information please contact

Adrian Healy

Email: Healya2@cardiff.ac.uk

Tel: 07803 206840

Smart Specialisation Strategies and European Structural Funds


Council Chamber

Main Building

Cardiff University, Cardiff

28 June 2012



Arrival and Registration




The Policy Context


Chair: Prof. Kevin Morgan, Cardiff University



Smart Specialisation Strategies in the context of the future Cohesion Policy



Michael Ralph, DG REGIO, advisor to the Director General, DG Regional Policy



RIS3 Guide: 6 steps for developing Smart Specialisation Strategies - and how the S3 Platform can help



Xabier Goenaga, Smart Specialisation Platform (hosted by the Commission’s IPTS-JRC)


KETs: A Competitive advantage and opportunity


Prof. Gabriel Crean, CEA Technology



Q&A with the speakers, Discussion










The UK Government perspective



Sue Baxter, BIS






Perspectives from Practice


Chair: Agnes Lindemans, DG Regio




Experience from Northern Ireland


Michael Lilley, DETINI



Experience from Scotland



Alison Munro, Scottish Enterprise


Experience from England



Ron Moys, Kent County Council


  Q&A with audience





Stakeholder perspectives





Tea and close








There is no charge for this event but places are limited to around 60 persons.  To confirm a place please register by completing your details in at the top right hand corner of this page.


Please provide your name (or that of a colleague), your organisation details and an email address for contact. You will then be contacted to confirm any dietary requirements:


Venue Location


The event will be held in the

Council Chamber

Main Building
Cardiff University
Park Place

CF10 3AT


Directions to the Main Building can be found here at: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/locations/locationsaz/index.html#mainbuilding

The Council Chamber is on the first floor of the Main Building, accessible from the main foyer.  There will be signs for the event or please ask for directions at the Porters Lodge.


The Main Building is conveniently located near to Cathays Railway Station, itself just two stops from Cardiff Central Station.  There is no parking at the venue but car parks and on-street parking can be found in close vicinity to the Main Building.