In recent years, smart specialisation strategies have been a widely used concept to support research and innovation, especially in EU countries. As the name suggests, the concept is oriented towards the “smart, intelligent” exploitation and development of a country’s or region’s potential, aiming to create long-term competitive advantages that are based on knowledge exploitation and innovation. The concept of smart specialisation needs to be perceived as a new approach to innovation policy, where – instead of overall support for research and innovation activities – state interventions focus on selected priority areas with a high potential for the development and application of new knowledge in economic activities. The strategy builds on the strengths of a country or region and its specific capacities and resources in terms of economics, innovation and research.
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A new perspective on the innovation policy brings study of Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission29. 9. 2023 The new perspective on the Czech Republic's innovation policy and key guidelines for achieving greater sustainability. The Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission have produced a study called "Aligning smart specialisation with transformative innovation policy". Read more
A smart specialization strategy will focus more on sustainability. Experts from the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Serbia discussed the new focus of RIS3 strategies at the MIT14. 12. 2022 On December 8, 2022, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic hosted almost 20 experts in smart specialization from the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Serbia at a peer-to-peer seminar on the implementation of STI (Science, Technology, Innovation) for the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read more
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Activities of the National RIS3 team at the ESPON international conference
On days 7-8. In December 2022, the international conference „Entrepreneurial Regional Governance: Territorial cohesion through open societal innovation“ took place in Prague as part of CZ PRES. The smart specialization strategy in research and innovation, RIS3, was also an important topic for strengthening the regional innovation policy. At the conference, Petr Očko, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, spoke in the high-level policy panel, who presented the activities of the MIT to support the development of regions. The national RIS3 team in cooperation with the JRC completely provided two panel discussions, where representatives of European institutions, foreign regions and domestic experts presented different approaches to the involvement and use of science, technology and innovation for the fulfillment of sustainable development goals.