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


[Event Review] Danube-INCO.NET Peer review workshop for regional RIS3, Novi Sad

This peer review, the first that took place in a non-EU region, aimed at discussing key elements and challenges in the design of regional innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3). The peer reviewed regions are Vojvodina (Serbia), Northeast Romania and Wester-Ems (Germany).

  • Posted on: 24.05.2014
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Countries and regions in the EU, in Southeastern Europe and in the Danube macro-region are at very different stages of development and exhibit high variation in their regional innovations systems. In addition, smart specialisation is only for EU member states a legal requirement. Nonetheless, there are important lessons to be learnt from other regions concerning strategic, evidence-based and participatory innovation policies regardless of legal provisions and varying socio-economic development. One aspect that deserves closer attention is transnational cooperation and how to make this a beneficial and institutionalised practise for both more and less developed regions.

Topics for discussion

The aims of the workshop are:

  • - To allow regions from both EU and accession/candidate countries to meet their peers, European Commission staff, academic experts and others to discuss common issues related to smart specialisation. 
  • - To allow regions and countries to peer-review and discuss each other's work on RIS3. 
  • - To better understand how to incorporate transnational cooperation in RIS3. 


In a panel discussion on transnational R&I cooperation the speakers cover the following topics:

- Driving transnational innovation cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region – Experience from BSR Stars, Emily Wise (VINNOVA)

- Innovation between policy learning & implementation – Lessons from Central Europe, Monika Schönerklee-Grasser (CENTRAL EUROPE Programme)

- The role of transnational research & innovation in the Danube region, Miroslav Veskovic  (EUSDR Coordinator for Knowledge Society)


Peer reviewed regions


Vojvodina (Serbia): Presentation & background document

Northeast Romania (Romania): Presentation & background document

Weser-Ems (Germany): Presentation & background document


The workshop was held at Hotel Putnik, Ilije Ognjanovica 24, in Novi Sad on April 10-11, 2014.





S&T field/scope: General | Affilation and Pillar: Research and Innovation support Initiatives | Geographical focus: Germany, Serbia, Romania

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