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Fostering innovation and growth in the bieoconomy through smart specialisation

Time: 15:00-16:20 Tuesday 8 November

Venue: Riddarsalen

Realizing the bioeconomy is critical to realise sustainable growth and prosperity in the BSR. A number of localized pockets of smart specialization in the bioeconomy exist in the BSR. What can we learn from these? – and what are the implications on innovation and smart specialisation strategies?

The bioeconomy in the Baltic Sea region can greatly benefit from Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) tailored as frameworks for place-based investments, innovation and business development. This can be realized by taking advantage of local and regional comparative advantages in bio-resources; specialized competencies, companies and entrepreneurs; knowledge infrastructures; and supporting institutions and policies.

Many regions in the Baltic Sea Region seek to take advantage of certain localized capacity and competence (physical/infrastructural/human) sometimes through national or regional bio- and circular economy strategies. Smart Specialisation Strategies can be enabling frameworks for such efforts. The workshop will discuss the value of growing the bioeconomy locally and regionally through Smart Specialisation Strategies. Furthermore, the workshop will address opportunities for building global competitiveness and leadership through macro-regional efforts aimed at sharing knowledge and infrastructures for innovation, including those directed to support innovation efforts in SMEs. The session will present on-going cooperation efforts within European Union funding project BSR Stars S3 – and invite other partners to engage in cooperation, within and beyond the project.
Esa Kokkonen, The Baltic Institute of Finland. 
Jens Sörvik, Joint Research Centre (EU).
Torfi Johannesson. NCM. 
Thomas Winther, Innogate.
Ewa Florczyk, Marshall’s Office of the Lodzkie Region.
Maria Hollander, Paper Province.
Maggie Lund, Symbiosis Center Denmark.
Sakari Ermala, CEO Verte Ltd. ECO3.
Uwe Sassenberg, Baltic TRAM.
Nelli Mikkola, NordRegio.



Main organiser:
Nordic Council of Ministers. As a macro-regional organisation, the NCM engages on a number of levels to realise the objectives of EUSBSR, and specifically on Smart Specialisation:

Seminar contact person:
Thomas Winther

Seminar partner organisations:
PAC Bioeconomy, PAC Innovation, Joint Research Centre, BSR Stars S3 and Poland.

Sub-objective of the EUSBSR:
Increase Prosperity