The 4th EUA Annual Workshop on Smart Specialisation (RIS3) entitled “Universities as Regional Lead Institutions” will take place on 13 November 2018 at the University of Graz in Austria.
Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3), in short “Smart Specialisation”, have been a useful tool in developing innovation ecosystems in many regions in Europe. Smart Specialisation aims to increase economic growth in Europe, by helping regions to identify and develop their own competitive advantages based on R&I. Through its bottom-up approach, Smart Specialisation brings together universities, businesses, public authorities and civil society to focus on a number of regional priorities.
EUA is actively involved in promoting the strategic role that universities play in RIS3 strategies. The 2018 EUA Annual Workshop on RIS3 will put special emphasis on their place in promoting innovation ecosystems beyond 2020 and on the further development of impact that universities can have on their regions. The discussion will be supported by a series of stimulating talks including evidence of good practices showcased by leading universities in linking education, research and innovation. The outcomes of the discussions will inform the EUA policy recommendations in this area.
The workshop is organised by EUA in collaboration with Universities Austria (UNIKO) and the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI) within the framework of the EUA Expert Group on Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3).
Registration is free. Deadline: 31 October 2018.
University of Graz in Austria