Développement économique et création locale d’emplois (LEED)

OECD EURADA Winter School for Regional Development Agencies


 13, 16 Jan & 26-29 Feb 2024Online & Utrecht, The Netherlands | 2nd edition

Organised by the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development in collaboration with the European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA) 

The project 

The initiative is divided into two parts: an online segment with two online workshops and an in-person gathering at 2024 Winter School for Regional Development Agencies

The main objective of the Winter School is to make professionals working for the regional development agencies aware of the importance of anticipatory approaches to local development and in particular strategic foresight which can help them anticipate potential future challenges and opportunities.

2024 Focus: Cultivating forward-thinking and future literacy in Regional Development Agencies

In today's rapidly changing world, regional development agencies play a pivotal 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

  • Explore future literacy as a vital skill for regional development
  • Understand the role of forward-thinking in driving sustainable regional development
  • Engage in interactive workshops and discussions
  • Network with peers
  • Gain hands-on experience

Online Workshops

Dates: 16 and 23 January 2024 from 14:00 to 16:30 CET 

Workshop 1: Introduction to strategic foresight for regional development

  • Future awareness
  • Defining strategic foresight for regional development
  • Framing, visioning, managing the change
  • Foresight exercise:
  • Spotting the change
  • Future visioning
  • Navigating the change and transition

Workshop 2: Drivers of change and foresight methods

  • Trends and drivers of change
  • Foresight tools and methods
  • Foresight exercise (cont.):
  • Vision of a desirable future
  • Positive signals
  • Supporting existing innovative processes and dynamics in the current system
  • Key aspects and features of the current system that will be maintained in the future
  • Progressive destruction of the present system

Onsite Workshop: a session at the 2024 OECD EURADA Winter School for Regional Development Agencies

Date: 27 February 2024 | Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands | Registration will open soon

Workshop 3: Navigating the futures

  • Lessons learnt from two online workshops
  • Overview of foresight methods and tools (cont.)
  • Foresight exercise in groups
  • Reflecting on the experience of foresight at regional level


Material & information

Participants profile

The programme of the Winter School targetes professionals working for (regional) development agencies.

How to apply

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. Two online workshops are free of charge.

Registration for two online workshops closes on 9 January 2024 and places are limited.

To register for the online workshops, please fill in this online form: EUSurvey - Survey (

The registration for the 2024 OECD EURADA Winter School for Regional Development Agencies will open soon.


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Join us in this exciting journey to enhance your regional development expertise and contribute to a more sustainable and resilient future for your region. We look forward to welcoming you to the foresight online workshops and the Winter School for Regional Development Agencies!





Previous edition

1st edition | 28 February - 2 March 2023, Trento, Italy

2023 OECD EURADA winter school group visiting Trentino Sviluppo 

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:

  • DAY 1. Innovation ecosystem in Trentino: entrepreneurship, start-ups and SME scaling ups.
  • DAY 2. Smart Specialisation in practice: sharing experience on implementation of S3 strategies and discussion on challenge-led innovation, green transition, resilience and skills.
  • DAY 3. Instruments and policies to boost local competitiveness: examples of teleworking in Trentino and skills for green and sustainable local economy.

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.

Course outline & Agenda



Previous OECD related work 

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

Internationalisation of the next Smart Specialisation Strategy
Opportunities and barriers in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region


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