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Smart Specialisation Conference

Event details
Thursday, 29 November 2018
10:30 am – 16:30 pm
Event around place based innovation



The Smart Specialisation Hub is pleased to announce its first Annual Conference. Taking place on Thursday 29th November at a central London venue, this high-level event will bring together Government, agencies, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Combined Authorities, universities and more to reflect on the essential role place-based innovation and collaboration must play in driving economic growth, increasing productivity and fully leveraging the UK’s leading research and innovation strengths.


The programme will reflect:

  • The future and structure of Local Industrial Strategies; the Hub’s involvement in supporting LIS, the challenges of delivering against them, the principles of evidence-gathering and testing and methodologies for identifying comparative advantage
  • Achieving the 2.4% investment in R&D target in a local context: exploiting assets and collaborations to drive investment
  • Bridging understanding of local analysis collection and deployment
  • Bringing together local actors in a place-based context – what roles each component of a locality can usefully play, how these can be defined and interlocked clearly and productively
  • Measuring and exploiting civic university activity


Senior representation from BEIS, UKRI and partner organisations will be present, alongside leading academics working in the place policy space.

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For more information about this event please contact our sector lead
Chloe Walker Harrison
Knowledge Transfer Manager - Projects