The concept of smart specialisation has challenged European regions to establish innovation driven development strategies that focus on areas of strength and competitive advantage. The BSR Stars S3 project seeks to enhance growth opportunities in the Baltic Sea Region, focusing on the bio-/circular and digital economy fields. The main objective is to improve capacities of the regions to implement regional smart specialization strategies (RIS3) through tools and methods that engage bio- and circular business and research, support management of innovation processes and enhance transnational cooperation opportunities.
The BSR Stars S3 project has received a flagship status and contributes to realising the goals of overall Baltic Sea Region Stars flagship programme and thus to the Policy Area for Innovation (PA INNO) within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). The project contributes to realising the expanded scope of PA INNO – addressing the objectives for integrated support infrastructure for SMEs (through Enterprise Europe Network), for a strengthened digital internal market, and for further steps towards facilitating linkages and building longer-term innovation partnerships. In addition, the BSR Stars S3 project contributes to realising the strategic priorities of the EUSBSR Action Plan Priority Area Bioeconomy (coordinated by the BSR Stars S3 project partner Nordic Council of Ministers).
Key activities of BSR Stars S3 project include:
- Pilot tools and methods that will engage business and public actors also across borders and support development of new business value chains within the bio-/circular and digital economy fields, such as public-research-business matchmaking events, cross-sectoral business coaching, a voucher system for transnational usage of R&D facilities and S3 acceleration camp.
- Develop and pilot an online innovation process management tool and provide guidelines for the regions to enhance regional innovation process management and support infrastructures
- Organise regional peer/learning visits and produce policy recommendations to improve the knowledge among decision makers at different levels on more ecosystem based and cross-sectoral approaches to RIS3 and business support
- Industrial Symbiosis in the Baltic Sea Region: Current Practices and Guidelines for New Initiatives
- Inclusive Digitalization in the Baltic Sea Region: An Instrument for Growth and Development in Declining Rural Areas?
- Building Effective Transnational Partnerships: The Case of Smart Lighting
- Smart Specialisation in the Baltic Sea Region
- Developing and Managing Innovation Ecosystems in the Circular Economy
- REGINA Policy brief 2017:1: Local Smart Specialisation: a strategy for remote communities with large-scale resource-based industries
- Bioeconomy – the growth engine for Nordic regions?
- Implementing the Concept of Smart Specialisation in the Nordic Countries
- Nordregio News Issue 5 2012: Smart Specialisation for All Regions?
- Registration to a study trip to Värmland is open!
- The Geography of Higher Education – Evaluation of the Academy for Smart Specialisation
- 11 Steps to Implement Industrial Symbiosis
- Innovation not just an urban phenomenon
- Smart Specialization: What makes future places particularly attractive?
- “Discovering the Arctic future – as a part of Europe”
- 14 June, Nordregio joins the 8th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, Berlin
- 9 February, Nordregio hosts seminars at RegLab’s annual conference
- Study tour to Lapland, Finland
- Nordregio keynote at EU Baltic Strategy Forum
- BSR Stars S3 Final Seminar: “Specializing in bio- and circular economy in the Baltic Sea Region”
- International Seminar on the Circular Economy and Energy
- Business from Bioeconomy – International matchmaking and business coaching event