http://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/smartsp-theme/images/header_logo.pngUniversities can be crucial institutions in the design and implementation of successful Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3). They have a multi-dimensional role to play, with their research, teaching and community activites all contributing to the transformation of a regional economy through RIS3.
For this reason, the S3 Platform has teamed up with the European University Association to show how universities can become vital regional partners  and to survey the opportunities, challenges and obstacles they face.
A workshop in February 2013 at the S3 Platform's headquaters in Seville produced a report including key messages, a summary of the discussions and good practice examples from different universities. The final report is available to download here.