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EUA Annual Workshop on RIS3

Smart specialisation (RIS3): European workshop on universities as regional lead institutions


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)

Hosted by University of Graz, Graz, Austria

13 November 2018

  • Universities are more connected than ever before to the regional economy, having an important impact on competitiveness and performance of regions. However, their societal, cultural and long-term impacts are difficult to unambiguously identify and measure. It is important to fully capitalise on tangible and intangible assets that universities can offer for the benefit of culture, society and the economy of their regions in order to maximise the effectiveness of Research and Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3) in developing regional innovation ecosystems.

    Organised in the framework of the activities of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the goal of this workshop is to develop a series of recommendations to broaden and clarify the concept of impact of universities on their regional innovation ecosystems, to discuss visions for universities in regional innovation ecosystems beyond 2020, and to collect good practice of universities as key actors in RIS3 strategies.

    The workshop is addressed to university leaders (rectors, vice-rectors, heads of administration, etc.), municipal, regional and national policy-makers, and all other stakeholders interested in regional innovation. The workshop is the fourth in a series of workshops jointly organised by National Rectors’ Conferences and the European University Association on RIS3.

    More information will follow soon.

    More information about the RIS3 Expert Group is available here.

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