The Value of the Smart Specialisation Strategy – Beyond the Boundaries in the Northernmost Europe

16-19 November 2016
Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland
University of Lapland (Yliopistonkatu 8)

Northernmost Europe is playing an important role in the overall development of the EU. With its vast deposits of natural resources and pristine yet fragile nature… well, Lapland is more. We make Lapland thrive with multisector industrial development, Modern Cluster collaboration and offer a solid foundation and place for innovation and entrepreneurship.

It is our pleasure to invite you to the Lapland Local Event of the European Week of the Regions and Cities. The Local Event is organised by the Regional Council of Lapland and North Karelia and the Arctic Smartness Excellence ERDF-project . The Event consist of two back-to-back events:

16-17th November 2016. Week of Cities and Regions Local

Event under the theme Sustainable Innovation in Less Urban Areas in the North where good experiences on practical implementation of Smart Specialisation will be presented. The event will interact with the audience in an open discussion on the future of Northernmost Europe (see full programme here).

17-19th November 2016. The Arctic Innovation Camp (venue: University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland), under the title “The Value of the Smart Specialisation Strategy –Beyond the Boundaries in the Northernmost Europe”. The Arctic Innovation camp will gather approximately 60-70 people from around Europe from a diversity of ages, disciplines, backgrounds and cultures to co-create and support the development of the entrepreneurial and civic spirit in Europe. The debates will be structured around the following core challenges:

  • Developing the strategic partnership (Cluster Partnerships) for smart specialisation investments in the territorial basis. Two subgroups will be established with more detailed challenges.
  • Northernmost Rural communities – nurturing the ‘truffles’ for the entrepreneurial discovery
  • Makings of a good Arctic Policy – being an active partner (creating contributions to the Arctic Policy stakeholder meeting to be held in June 2017 in Rovaniemi

Please note that a separate expression of interest/registration is required -  see more Arctic Innovation Camp page and registration page.

It would be an honour if you could join us for the Local Event and Arctic Innovation Camp. Save the date to your calendar and make sure you book your place early as the number of participants is limited.


1)Method used in the Arctic Innovation Camp is based on the ACSI innovation camp methodology , that has been adopted by CoR and JRC and an instrument for driving Social Innovation forward, see more and and



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