Multi-level governance of innovation and smart specialisation
|Session Name||5.12 Connecting polar research, policy and stakeholders across scales - examples from Europe and beyond|
|Author(s)||Zane Šime (Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat, Sweden)|
The Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) Secretariat is delighted to present a good practice example – the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme funded Baltic TRAM project.
Baltic TRAM runs a transnational network of Industrial Research Centres in order to offer SMEs free access to state-of-the-art analytical facilities housed by the Baltic Sea Region. By offering materials´ science oriented services the network helps to boost innovation, explores smart specialisation trends and encourages entrepreneurship by supporting small and medium-sized businesses.
Baltic TRAM smart specialisation mapping exercise was concluded by identifying three strongly shared smart specialisation priorities – health sector, digital growth and sustainable energy. The commonalities and differences in innovation governance among the Four Regional Councils of the North are outlined in the report “Multi-Level Governance of Innovation and Smart Specialisation”. This policy-mapping and research exercise was accomplished in close cooperation with the Baltic TRAM High Level Group, the advisory body which gathers the key national managing authorities and distinguished experts of analytical facilities.
Thus, the two key Baltic TRAM governance and management structures – transnational network of Industrial Research Centres and Baltic TRAM High Level Group – serves as a telling example, how a materials science focused community advances its expertise in thematic areas and links its project-level activities with the overall policy-level thinking.
Last but not least, Baltic TRAM´s political component should be mentioned due to it being supported during the CBSS first Science Ministerial and 26th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference.