Nutikas spetsialiseerumine – konverents Berliinis 6.-7. märts

How to get Smart Specialisation Strategies closer to business?
Date: 6 – 7 March 2019Venue: Technologiepark Adlershof Berlin, Rudower Chaussee 17, 12489 Berlin

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For more information on conference programme and hotel recommendations please scroll down

The concept of smart specialisation as initiative from the European Commission serves as a pre-condition for regions to receive ERDF-funds. However, its implementation is by no means trivial. To turn the Baltic Sea Region into Europe’s most dynamic, innovative and competitive economy of the continent, the regions need to apply and constantly improve their Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3).

Since 2016 the Interreg BSR project EmpInno has supported twelve partner regions in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden to foster the implementation and improvement of RIS3. This happened inter alia by providing diverse actors from strategy owners to strategy implementers with the needed resources to work with the RIS3 approach and by boosting cooperation with SMEs within and beyond the partner regions.

After three years of intensive work and transnational collaboration the project partners share their knowledge and expertise with you. Therefore, EmpInno invites all interested stakeholders of the Innovation Ecosystem of the Baltic Sea Region to attend the projects’ final conference on the 6-7 March 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

The attendance is free of charge.

Conference draft programme

(For a PDF-version of the conference programme please click here)

Wednesday, 6 March 2019 

08.45 – 09.30 Registration and Welcome Coffee

09.30 – 09.50 Opening session       

Welcome words by

       Christian Weiß, Managing Director of Rostock Business, Lead Partner of the EmpInno project
       Henrik Paape, Ministry of Technology and Innovation of the
       Region of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (DE)

9.50 – 10.35   RIS3 Implementation from the EU perspective – expectations, challenges, traps?

       Dr. Ales Gnamus, S3 Platform, Growth & Innovation, Joint Research Centre

10.35 – 11.00 Coffee Break 

11.00 – 12.30 EmpInno – smart, straightforward and only successes – wasn´t it?

       Panel discussion on project activities, success stories and recommendations
       Voices from the partner regions

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch Break

13.30 – 15.00 Networking Session within six priority areas

ICT, Health + Life Science + Biotech, Maritime Industries,
Food, Energy and (Advanced) Materials     

15.00 – 15.15 Coffee Break

15.15 – 16.00 The role of Smart Specialisation in the Baltic Sea Region   

Esa Kokkonen, Policy Area Coordinator Innovation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

16.00 – 16.45 Berlin-Brandenburg – a common RIS3 and good practices of implementation

       Dr. Peter Eulenhöfer, Division Manager Labour, Energy, Start-ups & Internationalisation of
       Brandenburg Invest Ltd (WFBB)

16.45 – 17.00 Closure Day 1   

19.00      Dinner reception

Thursday, 7 March 2019

09.30 – 09.45 Welcome Coffee

09.45 – 11.15 How to build a better tomorrow with S3? Two parallel open interactive sessions

       a) How do businesses benefit from Smart Specialisation Strategies?
       Values from funds, resources and strategies.
       Facilitation: Design to Innovate/DK and Tartu Science Park/EE

b) Governance challenges, monitoring and evaluation
Facilitation: Region Östergötland/SE and Lubelskie Voivodeship/PL

11.15 – 11.45 Conference Closing – a look beyond EmpInno

       Rostock Business, Lead Partner of the EmpInno project
       Dr. Ales Gnamus, S3 Platform, Growth & Innovation, Joint Research Centre
       Voices from Project Partners

11.45 – 12.15 Light Lunch

12.30      Optional tour through the Science and Technology Park Adlershof (

Hotel recommendations

Dorint Adlershof Berlin –

Rudower Chaussee 15 · 12489 Berlin-Adlershof
Airporthotel Berlin-Adlershof –
Rudower Chaussee 14 · 12489 Berlin-Adlershof

ADAPT Apartments Berlin –
Erich-Thilo-Straße 3 · 12489 Berlin-Adlershof

IBB Blue Hotel Berlin-Airport –
Groß Berliner Damm 71 · 12487 Berlin