All morning sessions can be accessed by clicking on this link: https://www.gotomeet.me/europeanclustersalliance

As the regional dimension will play an important role in the economic recovery in Europe, EURADA, in collaboration with the European Commission and the European Clusters Alliance, with the support of the European Cluster Collaboration Platform, will dedicate during the 7th and the 11th of September five 1-hour morning sessions of the European Alliance Against Coronavirus (starting at 8:30 a.m. [CET]) to Smart Specialisation Strategies to offer examples and good practices on how European institutions, regional authorities, and clusters can successfully collaborate and implement the available policy instruments.

The Smart Specialisation week will gather high-level speakers from the European Commission, Regional Development Agencies, and other European institutions. The first day will cover the topic of how to enhance R&I capacities and how to take up advanced technologies. The second day will deal with digitalisation for citizens, companies, and governments. During the third day, growth, competitiveness and the scaling-up of SMEs and start-ups will be discussed. The fourth day will be dedicated to the development of skills for S3 (industrial transition and entrepreneurship). The topic of the fifth and final day will be international and interregional cooperation.

Some of the people that will give a short presentation during one of the session are very well known by EURADA. Here you can find their profiles.

Carmen Sillero (Day 1): She is Master’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering, speciality Economy, Sociology and Rural Policy, from the University of Cordoba (Spain). Among other responsibilities, she is in charge of the task force which has prepared Agencia IDEA’s dossier for its designation process as an Intermediary body for the ERDF OP 2014-2020. Her division has also designed the Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation of Andalusia, RIS3ANDALUCIA and the Regional industrial Strategy 2014-2020.

Hassoun Mokhtar (Day 2): He is responsible for Information systems and communication at DEV’UP Centre-Val de Loire.

Gabriela Macovieu (Day 3): She studied chemical technology engineering at the Technical University Gheorghe Asachi Iasi. As Director of Communication Innovation and External Cooperation at ADR Nord Est, she is in charge since 2017 of communication and promotion of the Regional Operational Program, RDA communication strategy design and implementation, RIS3 North-East design and implementation as well as external cooperation projects of the Directorate, Deliver training on project evaluation.

Kevin Morgan (Day 5): He is Professor of Governance and Development in the School of Geography and Planning and the University Dean of Engagement for Cardiff University. His research has been supported by a wide range of sponsors, including the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy; European Commission; OECD; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/World Food Programme, etc. He is member of the OECD team that is currently conducting a review of Multilevel Governance in Wales.