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The KNOW-HUB project


KNOW-HUB bridges the gap of shortage of knowledge, skills and experience of European regions in designing and implementing smart and effective strategies for innovation. The practitioners from 10 EU regions will collaborate in reviewing their policies and practices to identify issues for improvement and good practices to share with others. They will learn together how to apply the knowledge and experience identified in the peer review process, and sharing this knowledge with the aid of modern knowledge management tools.

Now, more than ever before, Europe needs to remove the obstacles to the knowledge based economy in Europe, such as little demand for innovation, poor social capital, red tape, institutional barriers, shortage of skills and competencies of human capital or poor connectivity between innovation actors.

European regions have a crucial role in helping their economies to develop and gain durable competitive advantages. Making it happen requires relevant strategies and new types of intervention instruments, capable to change the behaviour of companies, researchers and other actors in the innovation system.

The objective

KNOW-HUB bridges the gap of shortage of knowledge, skills and experience of European re

gions in designing and implementing smart and effective strategies for innovation. The practitioners from 10 EU regions will collaborate in reviewing their policies and practices to identify issues for improvement and good practices to share with others. They will learn together how to apply the knowledge and experience identified in the peer review process, and sharing this knowledge with the aid of modern knowledge management tools.

The project will collaborate with the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3) in their work on reviewing and improving their Smart Specialisation Strategies for Research and Innovation (RIS3) and built on lessons drawn from the implementation of the previous Regional Innovation Strategy (RIS and RITTS) initiatives.

 

The activities:

  • Peer policy reviews in 10 partner regions
  • 2 series of workshops on :
    • smart specialisation strategies
    • effective instruments of innovation policies
  • Debates in the partners region the practical use of the lessons learnt and preparation of action plans
  •  Knowledge base on www.know-hub.eu:
    • smart encyclopaedia on regional innovation strategies and instruments
    • repository of good practice examples
    • blog and newsletter on important activities related to the smart strategies and policy instruments in the EU
    • short videos lectures on regional innovation
    • library – gateway and reference to interesting publications and reports carefully selected for readers
  • Two practical guides with  reference to the knowledge and good practices identified in KNOW-HUB
  • Training sessions for public stakeholders

Benefits for the partn

er regions

  • Opportunity to stimulate the region development by better policies
  • Skills and knowledge to manage policies and actions for innovation and research 
  • Mutual inspiration by good practices of partner regions
  • Sharing solutions for common problems

Benefits for anybody interested in regional innovation

User-friendly source of knowledge on the theory and practice of:

  • Regional innovation strategies  for smart specialisation
  • Effective instruments of innovation policies

and reference to activities in partner regions and other EU actors on these issues.

 

 

 

 

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