Danube-INCO.NET — Advancing Research and Innovation in the Danube Region


Starting Smart Specialisation: Experiences from the EU for innovation and economic transformation

In the framework of the Danube-INCO.net project, the Smart Specialisation Platform of the JRC together with the Academy of Sciences of Moldova is organising this S3 launch event to broaden the knowledge on the S3 concept, raise awareness of the pilot project and kick-start smart specialisation in Moldova.

  • Event date: April 5, 2017
  • Posted on: 01.04.2017
  • Hotel Codru, Chisinau,
  • Moldova

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The concept of smart specialisation (S3) started to diffuse outside the EU borders as an attractive model promoting growth and well-being in regions.  It has been recognised by the EU neighbourhood and enlargement policies as a model supporting economic reforms and leading to more efficient place-based research and innovation (R&I) policies. In support to EU enlargement and neighbourhood countries, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has been carrying out activities within its dedicated Enlargement and Integration Action (E&IA), which among other R&I activities also focuses on the S3 approach in identifying the strengths, opportunities and needs for building capacities. In 2016, JRC launched a pilot project to address the needs and gaps in R&I by supporting S3 processes in three selected countries: Ukraine, Moldova and Serbia.


08:30 – 09:00

Registration and coffee/tea

09:00 – 11:00


Welcome and presentation of the EU's support to S3 activities in the EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood countries – moderated by Sergiu Porcescu

Welcome: Academy of Sciences of Moldova,  Ministry of Economy of Moldova, EU Delegation of Moldova, S3 Platform

Introduction to JRC Enlargement & Integration Action - Alexander Kleibrink,  JRC,  S3 Platform

Recommendations for Moldova from Peer Review of national research and innovation system  – Dr. Daniel P. Funeriu, former minister of Education, Research, Youth and Sports of Romania

Smart specialisation for less favoured regions outside the EU – Matija Derk, EU High Level Adviser for Regional Policy

DG NEAR priorities and financial instruments to support  the S3 link to economic growth –  Gabriela Negut, DG NEAR

Danube-INCO.NET  report  "The role of S3 in the EU enlargement and neighbourhood policies" - Ales Gnamus,  JRC,  S3 Platform


11.00 – 11.20

Coffee break

11:20 – 13:00


Session – S3 experiences of the neighbouring regions – moderated by Ales Gnamus, JRC

S3 support to less developed regions - Mark Boden, JRC, LAGREG project

Smart Specialization in Northeast Romania – Gabriela Macoveiu, Northeast Regional Development Agency, Romania

Transferability of good practices – Northeast Romania's collaboration with Northern Netherlands –  Ovidiu Savu, Northeast Regional Development Agency, Romania

Danube Transnational Programme support to cross-border collaboration in innovation –  Marius-Valentin Niculae, Danube Transnational Programme Joint Secretariat 


13.00 – 14.00

Lunch break

14:00 – 15:30


Session –  Preparing  the design of smart specialisation in Moldova – moderated by Alexander Kleibrink,  JRC

Mapping smart specialisation: Capabilities and potential in economic, research and innovation terms – Gabriella Buscicchio, mapping  expert,  PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory SAS, France

How to ensure stakeholder involvement in the S3 process – Effie Amanatidou, University of Manchester, UK

Experiences of S3 mapping and entrepreneurial discovery process from Wielkopolska Region and other regions in Poland – Monika Matusiak, Centre for Public Policy, Poznan University of Economics and Business, Poland

Q&A: Discussion

15:30 – 15:50

Coffee break


15:50 – 17:00


Session –  The role of local ecosystems in smart specialisation – moderated by Lina Stanionytė, JRC

The role of innovation agencies in implementing smart specialisation – Ričardas Valančiauskas, Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA), Lithuania

Smart Specialisation in Eastern Europe, Regional Disparities and a Challenge of Science and Business Collaboration – Béla Kardon, Regional Centre for Information and Scientific Development, Hungary

Science and business collaboration for smart specialisation – Jan Chełkowski,  Poznan Science and Technology Park, Poland


Conclusions and the way forward: a roadmap for the S3 process in Moldova – Igor Serotila, Academy of Sciences of Moldova/ Alexander Kleibrink  JRC,  S3 Platform


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S&T field/scope: General | Affilation and Pillar: Research and innovation community | Geographical focus: Danube Region, Moldova