While the VI is committed since 2013 to lead by example to foster industry-led interregional cooperation, on the basis of smart specialisation - S3, the network is contributing to the management of DG REGIO’s newly launched Smart Specialisation Strategies Community of Practice(S3 CoP), collaborating with Technopolis Group (lead partner), IDEA Consult, EFIS, Opix, CIVITTA, Old Continent, Teamwork, 4FRONT, ERRIN and the University of Brighton.
The S3 CoP community of Practice will provide practitioners with a broad set of strategic services, by understanding their needs and co-designing solutions on any relevant S3 aspect.
The S3Community of Practice will support and animate the Smart Specialisation Platform and the Thematic partnerships (including the VI pilots) therein and will work on building the resulting Community of Practice.
The S3 Community of Practice should support the achievement of increased knowledge capitalisation and capacity of S3 stakeholders to develop and implement S3 strategies, as well as to initiate and /or bring to fruition thematic interregional innovation partnerships and projects.
The key activities, coordinated by the S3CoP Secretariat, are articulated along the following services:
Three Working Groups (WGs) on the themes of Innovation Diffusion, Industrial Transformation, Interregional Cooperation.
An Expert Group, bringing together researchers and practitioners to further the S3 concept, exploring what Smart Specialisation means in the current global and policy landscape.
Targeted expert-support to regions, addressing their specific needs on a demand basis. Support and coordination to S3 Thematic Platforms and Partnership Organisation of conferences and for practitioners and stakeholders.