Smart Specialisation for Regional Innovation (SmartSpec)

Smart Specialisation is a relatively new approach to regional innovation which is receiving much attention from policy makers.  During the period 2014-2020 it forms a foundation of EU cohesion policy and so influences spending and approaches in stimulating research and innovation activity.  The aim of the SmartSpec project is to explore the underlying theoretical basis of the smart specialisation concept in different settings and to deepen our understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the approach.

Final Conference - A livestream will be available here.

Smart Specialisation and Regional Innovation: Lessons for policy and practice 

Date: 12th May 2016 

Time: 0900 to 1700 

Location: Committee of the Regions, Brussels

This conference will bring together leading academics, policymakers and practitioners to consider the lessons learnt in the first years of implementing a smart specialization approach across the EU.

More information about the Smart Specialisation Final Conference is available here. 

More about this project


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement number 320131.

Further information on the EU Seventh Framework Programme can be found at EU webpage -
FP7: the future of European Union research policy.