Connecting RIS3 to the city
First of a series of five thematic workshops that ran since 2016 to 2018 under the umbrella of InFocus, which was a pioneering transnational network led by the city of Bilbao and funded by the URBACT programme. With TASO as principal consultant, InFocus aimed to boost the urban/metropolitan agenda on economic development by means of smart specialisation as overarching approach, while articulating better with RIS3 at regional level.
In this context, the Ostrava worjshop (September 21-22, 2016) can be seen as the first serious attempt to think about effective city-to-region articulation in relation to smart specialisation. By bringing together city practitioners, regional and national representatives in charge of RIS3 and experts, the aim of the workshop was gathering ideas, relevant pilots and initiatives in order to pave the way for such an interaction and alignment between both scales the region and the city.