#ResponsibleRegions – second dialogue

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#ResponsibleRegions – second dialogue

#ResponsibleRegions is a series of monthly webinars dealing with the concepts of the Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). EURADA and the TeRRItoria consortium are organising these webinars with the aim of sharing the valuable experience of Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) and local actors in developing and adapting strategies for regional development.

The second event will take place on Thursday the 17th of December at 15:00 CET. Giulia Bubbolini, head of EU and Public-Funded Projects at CISE – Centre for Innovation and Economic Development, Agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Romagna, Italy – will illustrate her experience in improving regional public policy by implementing RRI among SMEs. She is the project coordinator of two European projects: MARIE and ROSIE.

The event, moderated by Esteban Pelayo, Director of EURADA – the European Association of Development Agencies – will also include the participation of two panellists: Dimitri Corpakis, Friends of Smart Specialisation, and Ninetta Chaniotou, Senior Project Manager at Kainuu Regional council.

If you are interested in this event, simply click here to register.

14.45 –15.00Registration/ZOOM Connection
15.00 – 15.10Opening speech by Esteban Pelayo – Director of EURADA
15.10 – 15.35Giulia Bubbolini Head of EU and Public-Funded Projects at CISE – Centre for Innovation and Economic Development, Agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Romagna, Italy.
15.35 – 15.40Contribution from Dimitri Corpakis. Friend of Smart Specialisation
15.40 – 15.45Contribution from Ninetta Chaniotou. Senior Project Manager at Kainuu Regional council
15.45 – 16.30Q&A session

Fascinated by the possibility of finally bringing together its two souls – support for innovation and dissemination of corporate social responsibility – CISE began investigating Responsible Research & Innovation some years ago. Since then, being the agency of a chamber of commerce, CISE’s aim has always been to bring RRI closer to SMEs and within local innovation ecosystems.

European Territorial Cooperation programmes provided an excellent opportunity to do that on an interregional level, and the projects Interreg Europe MARIE and the Interreg Central Europe ROSIE have been great exercises in understanding how to include RRI in regional innovation policies and how to have SMEs play with the concept and possibly implement it.

Interreg Europe MARIE aims to mainstream RRI in regional smart innovation policies. 10 public bodies from 8 European regions have been working together mapping maturity, finding gaps, collecting good practices, identifying priorities, and planning tangible actions that will unfold until 2021 and hopefully beyond. RRI-inspired criteria for public funding, RRI-inspired impact assessment of research, and RRI helpdesks are among some of MARIE’s achievements so far.

Interreg Central Europe ROSIE dealt with SMEs and their potential journey towards responsible innovation. It was an exploration for about 350 SMEs from 8 European regions and a bootcamp for about 50 of them. The lessons learned from the field are being fed back into policymaking.

The Interreg family of programmes are ERDF-based and are not expressly about generating new knowledge but about increasing capacity in policymaking and building on exchange of available knowledge and experience among peers. As it progresses, new practical knowledge is produced: MARIE and ROSIE are happy to share it.

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