AGENDA – 18/05



The Innovation and Smart Specialization Forum consists of various sessions, including peer learning sessions, roundtables, and networking events, that aim to establish the importance of collaboration and alignment between different actors and governance levels in achieving effective Smart Specialization and innovation multi-level governance. The Forum provides a platform for stakeholders to exchange knowledge and experiences, promote best practices, and foster collaboration and alignment towards achieving shared objectives in national and regional innovation.

The Forum is intended for key stakeholders from the European, national, and regional levels, including policy makers, businesses, academics, and civil society, who are interested in discussing and addressing the main challenges facing smart specialization and promoting sustainable and inclusive economic growth. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in informal discussions, build relationships, and explore opportunities for future partnerships.

– Participate in an in-depth analysis of the challenges and trends of smart specialization governance.Engage in an exchange of experiences with relevant stakeholders from different regions.Learn from success cases related to smart specialization and engage in discussions with other stakeholders on how to adapt and apply these solutions in their own regions.


09:00 – 09:30h


09:30 – 10:00h

Opening session:

▪ Flávio TiagoRegional Director for Science and Technology, Azores

▪ Alexandra Vilela – Member of the Board of Directors of ANI

▪ Markku Markkula Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions (online intervention)

10:00 – 10:30h

Keynote Speaker:

Smart Specialisation Strategies: insights from a large-scale policy experiment in the EUDominique Foray (Polytechnic University of Lausanne) – download

10:30 – 11:00h

Coffee Break & Networking Opportunity

11:00 – 12:30h


Multilevel Governance and the Path to Transformative Innovation in Portugal: Future Perspectives

Moderator: Alexandre Almeida (S3 Community of Practice High-level Expert Group)

• Portuguese Regions Representatives:

Teresa Jorge (CCDR Centro)

Tiago Teotónio Pereira (CCDR Alentejo)

Alberto Velez-Grilo (Unidade Implementação EREI Madeira)

Flávio Tiago (DRCT)

12:30 – 12:40h

Group Picture

12:40 – 14:00h

Working Lunch


14:00 – 15:15h

Peer Learning Session 1:

Transformative Innovation in Smart Specialization 

Moderator: Manuel Laranja (ISEG)

Partnerships for Regional Innovation: A new approach for territories that want to go beyond the S3 enabling conditionDimitrios Pontikakis (Joint Research Centre) – Apresentação – download

Transformative innovation and shared agendas in Catalonia’s S3Tatiana Fernandez (Generalitat de Catalunya) – download

Open Discussion

15:15 – 15:30h

Coffee Break & Networking Opportunity

15:30 – 17:00h

Peer Learning Session 2:

Open Discovery Process for Better Place-Based Policies

Moderator: Manuel Laranja (ISEG)

Rethinking the Discovery Process: innovation that creates co-benefits for the economy, society, and the environmentRamojus Reimeris (Joint Research Centre)

Open Discovery Process and local missionsMatthijs J. Janssen (Utrecht University) – download

New ways to foster open discovery processes: experiences from the Northern-NetherlandsLuc Hulsman (SNN) – download

Open Discussion

17:00 – 17:15h

Closing Remarks

17:15 – 17:30h

Musical moment


Informal Dinner *

Location – Anfiteatro

Please be aware that all sessions will be in English

* Please be aware that the dinner payment is the responsibility of each of the participants