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What does the Corona crisis mean for European regions and their innovation strategies? How can smart specialisation help overcome the economic crisis? How can cities and regions tap the full potential of smart specialisation through targeted cluster policies?

In recent years, smart specialisation has become a guiding concept to make Europe more cohesive and, at the same time, to foster the regions’ competitiveness. However, while Europe was close to make the next step towards more smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, the Corona crisis now represents a serious challenge for its present and future.

Join our online conference to discuss with renowned international experts how European cities and regions can achieve economic transformation through smart specialisation, especially against the background of the current crisis.

 

You can register using the following link:

 

Programme

18 June 2020

BLOCK 1: STRIKING NEW PATHS FOR SMART SPECIALISATION IN EUROPE (English)

10.00 am
Welcome address and introduction to the conference
Rasmus C. Beck, CEO Business Metropole Ruhr GmbH (BMR)


10.10 am
Delivering Smart Specialisation investments through industrial clusters
Dr. Ulla Engelmann, Head of "Advanced Technologies, Clusters and Social Economy" Unit at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME's (DG GROW)


10.30 am
Cluster policies and Smart Specialisation in times of Corona

Interview with Merete Daniel Nielsen, President of TCI Global Practitioners Network for Competitiveness, Clusters and Innovation (TCI)


10.50 am
Playing the long game: Smart Specialisation in the Basque Country
Dr. James Wilson, Research Director of Orkestra - Basque Institute of Competitiveness


11.10 am
Panel discussion: Striking new paths for Smart Specialisation in Europe
Dr. Ulla Engelmann
Merete Daniel Nielsen
Dr. James Wilson


11.45 am
Virtual coffee break

 

BLOCK 2: ADVANCING SMART SPECIALISATION IN CHALLENGING TIMES (English)

12.00 pm
Welcome and introduction
Rasmus C. Beck, CEO Business Metropole Ruhr GmbH (BMR)


12.10 pm
Overcoming the economic crisis through Smart Specialisation
Dr. Christian Ketels, Visiting Executive, Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School


12.40 pm
From Lead Markets to Smart Specialisation

Dr. Judith Terstriep, Head of Research Department Innovation, Space & Culture, Institute for Work and Technology (IAT)


01.00 pm
From cluster policies to Smart Specialisation
Prof. Dr. Matthias Kiese, Chair of Urban and Regional Economics, Ruhr University Bochum


01.15 pm
Panel discussion: Advancing Smart Specialisation in Challenging Times
Dr. Christian Ketels
Dr. Judith Terstriep
Prof. Dr. Matthias Kiese


01.45 pm
Virtual coffee break

 

BLOCK 3: INTELLIGENTE SPEZIALISIERUNG ALS CHANCE FÜR DIE METROPOLE RUHR (German and English)

02.00 pm
Begrüßung
Rasmus C. Beck, CEO Business Metropole Ruhr GmbH (BMR)

02.10 pm
Smart Specialisation in regions with a strong industrial core: new policy perspectives for Ruhr Metropolis (Results from an empirical study)
Prof. Dr. Willem van Winden, Professor of Urban Economic Innovation, Amsterdam University of Applied Services / European Institute for Comparative Urban Research (Euricur)


02.40 pm
Intelligente Spezialisierung aus der Sicht der Metropole Ruhr

Rasmus C. Beck, Geschäftsführer Business Metropole Ruhr GmbH (BMR)


03.00 pm
Podiumsdiskussion: Intelligente Spezialisierung als Chance für die Metropole Ruhr
Dr. Frank Dudda, Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Herne
Dr. Stefan Gärtner, Direktor Institut Arbeit und Technik (IAT)
Jürgen Köder, Geschäftsführer der Wirtschaftsförderungsagentur Ennepe-Ruhr GmbH
Ralf Meyer, Geschäftsführer WirtschaftsEntwicklungsGesellschaft Bochum mbH

 

Moderation: Jürgen Zurheide

The event is carried out together with:

Your contact person

Dmitri Domanski
HUB-Manager
Smart Specialisation
Tel.: +49 201 632488-40
Fax: +49 201 632488-99
domanski@business.ruhr

Your contact person

Jennifer Apé
Project Manager
Smart Specialisation
Tel.: +49 201 632488-32
Fax: +49 201 632488-99
ape@business.ruhr