ROCK calls on your input on smart specialisation

Getting the view from tech firms, knowledge producer and funding agencies

Smart specialisation has become the mainstream approach par excellence in today´s innovation policies all over Europe. It relies on the so-called Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3), which were promoted as an ex-ante conditionality for member states and regions to get EU Structural Funds. And it will continue to be that way for the next EU programming period 2021-2027.

One of the ROCK tasks aims to strengthen the linkage between Cultural Heritage (CH) and RIS3. Many of those strategies prioritise culture-related domains, but often with vague content, where the contribution of CH to an innovation-led growth is not properly examined yet. Gardening this link will no doubt lead to new RIS3-related funding sources for heritage-applied emerging technologies and innovations.

In this perspective, ROCK is undertaking an online consultation to get the understanding of the number of "knowledge producers", notably technological firms, university departments and other innovators with an interest in technologies and emerging activities with an application to modern heritage management. It is a short consultation indeed that will take little time. Available at this link:

In this context, ROCK is organising the workshop “Smart Specialisation and the Heritage City”, at the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels, on the 9th of October 2019. Further info at

Author: Rivas Miguel - TASO