Smart specialisation in the Arctic - experiences and next steps

Side event at Arctic Frontiers organised by European Commission's Joint Research Centre and NORCE.

Sist oppdatert: Jan 9, 2020

Smart specialisation (S3) concept developed for higher impact of the research and innovation investments of EU countries has found very relevant applications in European Arctic regions. The European Arctic Region presents a unique social, economic, and environmental setting in Europe with a distinct challenge posed by long geographical distances between sparsely-populated communities and opportunities for sustainable economic activities. Having this context, smart specialisation provides opportunities for new developments, diversification and potential new investments, addressing Arctic challenges.

The aim of the session is to bring European Arctic regions together for sharing their approaches and developments of smart specialisation. Arctic regions working on similar and interconnected priorities such as e.g. digitalisation, circular economy, sustainable utilisation of natural resources, experience industries and other will have opportunity to explore and connect smart specialisation knowledge nodes for cross-regional networking in search for joint investment solutions. The session will propose a discussion on strengthening emerging and already established joint S3 initiatives towards a sustainable, innovative Arctic Region.


Moderator: Inger Midtkandal, Science and Technology Counsellor, Research Council of Norway

Welcome and opening – Elisabeth Maråk Støle, CEO, NORCE

Smart specialisation as EU contribution to the ArcticAlessandro Rainoldi, Head of the Territorial Development Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Overview of implementing smart specialisation in European Arctic and lessons learnedJukka Teräs, Senior Researcher, NORCE

Connecting smart specialisation and Digital Hubs in the ArcticJens Sörvik, Region Skåne

Experiences of Arctic regions in implementing smart specialisation:

  • Finnish Lapland – Kristiina Jokelainen, Regional Council of Lapland
  • North Norway – Håkon Dahlmo, Troms County Council and Finnmark County Council
  • North Sweden – Per Erik Andersson, Region Norrbotten and Magnus Rudehäll, Region Västerbotten

Discussion on the potential of the Arctic regions to advance joint S3 initiatives.

Link to the Arctic Frontiers side-events program.