Organised by the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development in collaboration with the European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA)
The Winter School provides capacity building for managers and officials working for Development Agencies. By the end of the course participants will:
2024 Focus: Navigating the future of regional development - Driving the change and enabling green and digital transitions for sustainable regional development
The theme of the 2024 Winter School is Strategic Foresight and Interaction. The Winter School lasts 3 days and provides local regional development experts, development agency staff, national and regional policy makers, with knowledge about practices, experiences, trends and challenges in regional development and innovation. This objective will be achieved through discussions between the participants and regional development experts, experts from the OECD, regional or local development agencies, European institutions, as well as through site visits.
The focus of the 2024 Winter School will be on the role of regions and regional development agencies in addressing socio-economic challenges and megatrends. This will be done by concentrating on foresight and interaction.
During the Winter School participants will be able to take part in interactive sessions on the topics of strategic foresight, Strategic Autonomy, green and digital transition. Taking into account the missions and core activities of RDAs, namely innovation support, investment and internationalisation, as well as the specificities of different innovation ecosystems, the participants will explore the future opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for RDAs.
RELATED INITIATIVE: Cultivating forward-thinking and future literacy in Regional Development Agencies
The initiative is divided into two parts: an online segment with two online workshop and an in-person capacity building meeting at 2024 Winter School for Regional Development Agencies.
In today's rapidly changing world, regional development agencies play a key role in shaping the future of their regions. The ability to anticipate and adapt to emerging trends and challenges is crucial. The workshops will equip the participants with the tools and insights they need to stay ahead in regional development.
Key Session Highlights
Dates: 16 and 23 January 2024 from 14:00 to 16:30 CET
Workshop 1: Introduction to strategic foresight for regional development
Workshop 2: Drivers of change and foresight methods
Onsite Workshop: a session at the 2024 OECD EURADA Winter School for Regional Development Agencies
Date: 27 February 2024 | Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Workshop 3: Navigating the futures
Material & information
The programme of the Winter School is aimed at officials from national and regional Development Agencies and/or students or other professionals interested and active in socio economic development. Participants should be strongly committed to local development, innovation and/or the development and implementation of EU R&I and/or Cohesion policies.
Registration for the online workshops is separate from the registration for the Winter School. Please note that non-EURADA members who attend both online workshops will be entitled to a reduced fee for the Winter School.
Candidates for the Winter School need to submit a duly compiled application using this online form by 28 January 2024.
Candidates can propose a topic for a pitch on one of the themes of the Winter School.
Selected participants will be notified by 4 February 2024. Priority will be given to EURADA members. If the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, the participants will be selected on the basis of professional level and work experience.
To register for the online workshops, please fill in this online form by 14 January 2024. Places are limited.
There is a participation fee for the Winter School. The organisers will cover transport, lunches, and dinner during the Winter School, whereas travel to Utrecht and accommodation costs will be borne by the participants.
The two online workshops are free of charge.
OECD Trento Centre
2023 Focus: Smart Specialisation for competitiveness, sustainability and resilient local development
Smart Specialisation strategies if well designed, implemented and monitored, can help build resilience at local level, address societal challenges and contribute to the achievement of sustainability goals. The three main themes of the Winter School were the following:
The Winter School combined presentations with hands-on and practice oriented approach, which helped participants to comprehend better the challenges and opportunities for local development. Substantial time during each day was reserved for field visits, case pitches and peer-learning to promote exchange of practices. The Winter School included interactive presentation sessions, discussions, group exercises and field visits in Trentino, Italy (onsite). The Winter School allowed participants to get a better understanding of local development challenges, meet and learn from their peers, as well as network and establish new working relationships.
Webinar | 28 June 2021
The Internationalisation of Smart Specialisation Strategies
The OECD Trento Centre for Local Development and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy, developed a project on local development and internationalisation of the innovation system in Friuli Venezia Giulia. The project devotes specific attention to the regional S3 and its future evolution, in view of the 2021-2027 EU programming cycle.
This international webinar focused on the opportunities and challenges posed by S3 internationalisation. Building on the Friuli Venezia Giulia case study, the webinar offered an opportunity to compare national, regional and international methodologies, practices and experiences.
Report | 30 November 2021