Policy Dialogue on Transnational Dimension of Smart Specialization Strategies

On February 20th, 2019, the Hamburg Institute of International Economics in cooperation with the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg organizes a Policy Dialogue on the Transnational Dimension of Smart Specialization Strategies at the Hanse-Office in Brussels (Belgium). The dialogue will be held within the Interreg project “GoSmart BSR” and gather stakeholders from politics, industry and science to jointly debate on how to enhance the potentials for transnational cooperation in S3 development and implementation in the Baltic Sea Region. Furthermore, problems, challenges, tools and initiatives for the internationalization of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) at European level shall be discussed.

The opening keynotes will address problems in SME internationalisation and potentials for transnational cooperation in S3. Then, the two panels will focus on how to put S3 strategies on a transnational level and the needs for further action.

The conference will be moderated by Robert Girejko, representative of Bialystok University of Technology. Among the speakers and panellists will be Janos Schmied, European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Enterprise Europe Network and Internationalisation of SMEs Unit, Gert Proba, Director of Business Development, Rostock Business and Technology Development, Jerker Johnson, Regional Council of Ostrobothnia, Tanja Woronowicz, Innovation Capability Center – TZI University Bremen as well as Wioletta Dąbrowska, Director of Regional Development Department, Podlaskie Marshal Office (Poland), Thomas Jacob, Senate Chancellery, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (Germany), Krista Taipale, Region of Kymenlaakso (Finland), Head of Brussels office, Esa Kokkonen, Director, The Baltic Institute of Finland and Coordinator of PA Innovation of the EUBSR, Marta Marin, ERRIN, Smart Specialisation Working Group Leader, Wieslaw Urban, Bialystok University of Technology and Lead Partner of the “GoSmart BSR” project as well as Isabel Sünner, Head of International Cooperation at the Hamburg Institute of International Economics.

Since 2017, the Interreg project “GoSmart BSR” aims to boost transnational cooperation among industry, the research & development sector and authorities in employing smart specialisation strategies.

Full programme of the dialogue is available here: https://lnkd.in/dAh4UM8