Baltic Leadership Programme – full ahead for innovation

The Baltic Leadership Programme on Smart Specialisation Strategies Module 1 was held in Malmo in 29-31 OCtober 2018. The event was organised by Swedish Institute. Representants of the administration, business, institutec and clusters were participated in the BLP S3 Module 1. The meeting was held under the title – State of the art.  It was the first physical meeting of the programme of the Baltic Sea Region smart specialization experts. During the meeting, directions of action were discussed and established such as Interregional Value Chains, Non-Technological Innovation and the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process. Interregional/transnational cooperation were be initiated as an effect of the parallel, leadership training.

Participants of the meeting were welcomed by Asa Lundmark and presented the areas of activity and international activity of the Swedish Institute. Gabor Schneider informed the participants about the project’s tasks and the course of the conference. Daniel Sköld described the structure and methodology of the workshops. EU BSR Strategy was presented by Esa Kokkonen, director of the Baltic Institute of Finland. Policy Area Coordinator, EUSBSR PA INNO. Jens Sörvik (regional developer) He had a presentation about the region of Scanne smart specialization activity and policy. A workshop for mapping the context and needs of each participating organisation, regional network of stakeholders and country was held in the first day of the meeting.

Markus Grillitsch, Senior Lecturer, Lund University, began the second day of experts conference on smart specialization of the Baltic Sea Region with a presentation on new paths of regional development. During the session after the theoretical lecture, experts exchanged their experiences on development methods of the three concepts of Smart Specialisation: Interregional Value Chains, Non-Technological Innovation and the Entrepreneurial Development Process. The session included and connected theoretical input and practical work around these concepts and relevant tools. The aim of this ssion was to prepare  participants for identifying routes of action to follow during the rest of the  programme. Participants  of the conference were identify and specify challenge-based topics to be used as a case study in smaller groups for the remainder of the programme during the workshop. On the subject of areas of innovation policy in the Baltic Sea region and the conditions for their implementation they said Niclas Forsling (Policy Area Innovation) and Asa Bjering, CPMR Baltic Sea Commission.

During the course of the third day the conference participants focused on the challenges and identified topics in order to prepare new solutions allowing for the development and internationalization of innovative specializations in the Baltic Sea region. Photo: Marek Grzybowski