Abstract submission deadline 17th May 2018

Dear list members,

The RSA has once again partnered up with the European Commission's Joint 
Research Centre to organise a high-profile and free of charge conference on 
Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development.

We still invite proposals for complete sessions as well as single abstract 
submissions for the conference. The submission deadline is 17th May. Please see 
below for more details.

We hope you will be able to join us in Seville.

With best wishes,


2018 SMARTER Conference on Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development:
Implementation across global networks of regions, cities and firms

Seville, September 26-28, 2018

Co-organised by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre
and the Regional Studies Association European Foundation (RSA Europe)

Abstract submission deadline 17th May 2018
Conference website 

Four years have now passed since smart specialisation officially entered 
European policy. This approach to territorial development through the promotion 
of smart, inclusive and sustainable growth represents a unique opportunity in 
contemporary policy for territorial development; for the first time, national 
and regional authorities across an area of more than five hundred million 
inhabitants are implementing a common set of policy principles and 
This conference offers a comprehensive picture of the smart specialisation 
policy experience, including an evaluation of its early results, and highlights 
recent developments both conceptually and empirically. Particular attention 
will be given to implementation challenges and ways to address them, as well as 
to methodologies for impact assessment. In addition, the conference will 
explore how smart specialisation   engages with global value chains and 
production networks, and how firms, regions and cities can benefit from 
relationships across the borders.
The concept of smart specialisation has now expanded in geographical scope 
beyond just Europe. The theory and practice of smart specialisation is being 
constantly developed and it is enriched by these processes. These developments 
will be discussed.
We welcome contributions from all areas of regional analysis that carry 
analytical weight but also, which have operational applicability. The 
conference offers to a limited number of participants from academia, 
institutions and territorial authorities, a unique opportunity to discuss and 
define the scope and main avenues for future research and policy analysis, and 
to address the challenges confronting policy makers and practitioners. As well 
as academic submissions, papers by practitioners or co-authored by academics 
and practitioners are welcome. In addition, we welcome complete session 
proposals on a specific area/ issue including the list of 3-4 speakers and 
their papers.

Themes of interest to the conference may include:

·         Smart specialisation from design to implementation: lessons, 
challenges, opportunities, experiences and early results

·         Methods for monitoring and evaluation

·         Territorial economic analysis in support of smart specialisation

·         Smart specialisation, global value chains, and production networks

·         Urban challenges and strategies for innovation and development

·         Trans-regional and trans-national cooperation

·         Models of regional and multi-level governance

·         The Entrepreneurial Discovery Process and stakeholder involvement

·         The actors of smart specialisation: research organisations, 
businesses, public actors, civil society groups

·         Smart specialisation experiences worldwide

Confirmed plenary sessions and speakers
Plenary 1: Why places matter
Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, Professor of Economic Geography, LSE, UK
Charles W. Wessner, Professor, Global Innovation Policy Georgetown University, 
Plenary 2: Moving to smart specialisation 2.0
Simona Iammarino, Professor of Economic Geography, LSE, UK
Peter Berkowitz, DG for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission, Belgium
Plenary 3: Places, networks and value chains
Inger Midtkandal, Science and Technology Counsellor, Innovation Norway New 
Delhi, India
Henry Wai-chung Yeung, Distinguished Professor/ Professor of Economic 
Geography, NUS, Singapore
Slavo Radosevic, Professor of Industry and Innovation Studies, UCL, UK
Plenary 4: Is smart specialisation a game changer?
Jurgita Petrauskiene, Minister of Education and Science, Republic of Lithuania

Submission of complete special session proposals
We invite proposals for complete special sessions on specific themes/areas 
within the scope of the conference. Proposals including the list of 3-4 
speakers with their affiliations and their abstracts should be submitted by the 
prospective organizer(s) who will commit to promoting the paper submission 
process of their special session and chair or co-chair the session during the 
Prospective organizers of special sessions should submit proposals indicating:

-        Title of the session.

-        Name(s) of organizer(s).

-        Affiliation of the organizer(s).

-        Email of main contact person

-        Description of the Special Session (in the form of a 500/1000- word 
outline highlighting the motivation and relevance for smart specialisation)

-        Potential participants (name, affiliation, title of the contributions 
and abstracts when available)

-        Long abstracts of each proposed paper (500-1000 words, text only, no 
pictures, graphs or tables, structured in the following sections: 
Motivation/objectives; Main research question(s); Methodology; Results; 
Implications and discussion; Resources/references)

Submission of abstracts
Please submit proposals for papers in the form of a long abstract (500-1000 
words, text only, no pictures, graphs or tables) structured in the following 
sections: Motivation/objectives; Main research question(s); Methodology; 
Results; Implications and discussion; Resources/references.
Important details
Both, paper and complete special session proposals should be sent through the 
Regional Studies Association online portal at 
https://members.regionalstudies.org/lounge/Meetings/Meeting?ID=194 by Thursday 
17th May 2018.
Delegate numbers for this free to attend conference are limited (travel & 
accommodation must be covered by the delegate).
Proposals will be reviewed and selected by the Conference Programming Committee 
against the criteria of originality, interest and subject balance.
Only one author per selected abstract will be invited to attend this 
conference. Only invited delegates will be able to attend the conference.

Daniela Carl
Deputy Chief Executive

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