European Week of Regions and Cities
7-10 OCTOBER 2019 Brussels

Smart Specialisation and the Heritage City

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Wed 9, October 2019
09:15 - 10:45
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This workshop seeks to strengthen the linkage between Cultural Heritage (CH) and the smart specialisation strategies (RIS3) that are running at regional and national levels, and raise awareness of the potential role of cities as tier-one RIS3 actors. Local authorities have been poorly engaged so far, resulting that smart specialisation is still barely assumed at city level. It is time to empower cities as RIS3 actors and use cultural heritage as a tool. 

Partners of the Horizon 2020 ROCK project, including EUROCITIES and TASO, have shaped an intriguing and very dynamic agenda that will include introductory statement by the European Commission DG Research and Innovation (Framing CH at the innovation policy), keynote by TASO (Talking to cities about smart specialisation) and the case study Bologna and Emilia Romagna´s S3 joint approach to cultural heritage that will be jointly presented by the Regional Development Agency ART-ER and Comune di Bologna. 

Participants in the workshop will be involved in a group discussion with the aim to agree on two questions: i) technology-driven challenges related to CH - which links to the RIS3 idea of prioritisation; ii) and cross-innovation vectors involving CH - linked to the RIS3 concept of relatedness. This highly interactive part, bringing together the different perspectives and backgrounds from participants, will be facilitated by Prof. Christer Gustafsson from the University of Uppsala, specialised in challenges and opportunities for cultural heritage as a driver for sustainable growth and heritage-led innovation-driven regional/urban development. 

Target participants:

  • City officers wanting to unlock the potential of CH as a driver to local and sustainable economic development.
  • CH managers wanting to frame heritage within the innovation policy.
  • RIS3 regional leading authorities wanting to focus on cultural heritage.
  • Start-ups, technological firms and researchers. 

To those interested, the discussion will be extended the same day at the dedicated networking space provided by the EWRC organisation (Agora Village, level -2).

Giorgia Boldrini, Barbara Busi, Cecile Houpert, Maria Kayamanidou, Domna Paschalidou, Miguel Rivas, Sveva Ruggiero
A smarter Europe
Building SQUARE - Brussels Convention Centre, Room 313+315.
Address: Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels

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  • Posted by: Miguel RIVAS
    On: 28/06/2019 - 18:49pm

    Gathering inspirational practices

    Geat opportunity to discuss about framing cultural heritage within smart specialisation and examining the role of cities in it. Gardening this framework will led to new funding sources for innovation-led projects related to heritage management. It´s like an experimental field, where any good or inspirational practice will be welcome