In Central Europe regional innovation strategies (RIS) and the real needs of end users for smart specialisation are too often not well aligned. As each region gathers relevant data in different structures, the SMART_watch project will develop a common methodology and benchmarking tools to improve the situation. More concretely, the project will develop a model for regional branch observatories equipped with a set of monitoring and benchmarking tools, available to all RIS stakeholders and intelligent markets’ actors.
As the project will coincide with the mid-term evaluation of the implementation of regional innovation strategies, partners will elaborate policy recommendations for European Union institutions, based on international pilot projects and research results. A newly created network of Regional Branch Observatories will enable national and European Union authorities to monitor Smart specialisations implementation across the European Union. Technology areas that are prioritised in partner regions cover health, life science, ICT, future services, sustainable production technics and Industry4.0.
THE COMPETENCE MAP IS DESIGNED AS AN ICT TOOL THAT WILL ALLOW SMART SPECIALIZATIONS
MONITORING, GRAPH VISUALIZATION OF KEY AREAS AND CORRELATIONS BETWEEN KEY ACTORS.
IT WILL CONSIST OF TECHNOLOGY TRENDS DATA BASES, S3 SERVICES AVAILABLE AND COMPLETE
INFORMATION ON REGIONAL OBSERVATORIES COMPETENCES DEDICATED FOR ENTERPRISES.
- it is a network of entities that have different roles in the process of entrepreneurial discovery , the purpose of which is to provide different types of information on specific specializations for diversified audiences (institutions, local authorities, companies, R & D sector).
As part of the SMART_watch project, the Lubelskie Voivodeship (Poland) managed to carry out the external audits at more than 3 institutions. The aim of the SMART_watch project is to identify institutions in the Lubelskie Voivodeship that could play the role of Regional Observatories of Intelligent Specializations in the future. They will be intended to contribute to the designation of areas or industries that are attractive from a regional point of view and whose functioning should be supported. The audited partners were the Lublin Science and Technology Park, the "Puławskie Centrum Przedsiębiorczości" Foundation, the Klaster Lubelska Medycyna and the Eastern ICT Cluster. During the meetings, it was possible to identify the strengths and weaknesses of all audited entities, select the industries or specializations that are most distinctive in the environment of the given entity.
The Smart_watch team from the Lubelskie Voivodeship met with the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University hosted professors from Great Britain. At the meeting the potential of the region was presented with particular emphasis on agri-food, photonics, initiatives and historical and cultural attractions of our region. The team also presented Interreg projects, paying special attention to the Smart_watch objectives and outputs.
Professor Hawkins from the Entrepreneurship Centre of the Future showed many interesting practices regarding innovative entrepreneurship, involving society, in improving the functioning of cities, regions and companies. Professor Barratt presented the project with a graceful name "Eden". On the site of an old clay mine, a kind of botanical garden has been created in appropriate microclimate and human-friendly landscape. The next day, individual meetings and study visits took place in a nursery farmland an organic hop farm, in which we had the opportunity to present the potential of the region and a healthy lifestyle.
The meeting was a great opportunity to determine future forms of cooperation, research topics and mutual development. The team is waiting impatiently for the next steps!
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