The first Regional Innovation Strategy projects supported by the European Commission, which have had slightly varying names and acronyms (e.g. RTP, RIS, RITTS) started in the mid-1990s. From 1994 to 2000, more than 100 regions of former EU-15 established their innovation strategies using a common methodology. In a context of increasing global competitiveness and rapid technological and market change, many of the regions that pioneered in developing regionalised innovation strategies (particularly those who did it from 1994 to 2000), have felt the need of reformulating the original strategies and, in some cases, designing and launching new ones.
The IRE workshop ‘New Generation of Regional Innovation Strategies’ is intended for IRE member regions that developed their innovation strategies long time ago and need readapt their strategies, but also for the regions based in new EU Member Countries that have recently performed RIS projects in order to perceive how their long-term plans of action to enhance regional innovation capabilities might evolve in the future.
The event will present examples of regions that are involved in the preparation and implementation of a new innovation strategy, and will examine a number of key issues and trends related to the development of recent Regional Innovation Strategies