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Forschungs- und Transferzentrum "Nachhaltigkeit und Klimafolgenmanagement"
Forschungs- und Transferzentrum "Nachhaltigkeit und Klimafolgenmanagement"

LARS – Learning among Regions on Smart Specialisation

The project „Learning among Regions on Smart Specialisation“, project acronym LARS, supports the development and implementation of regional Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) in the Baltic Sea Region by transnational Learning. The regional research and innovation strategies for Smart Specialisation will be developed as regional concepts for support of structural change and growth as a joint vision of politics, economy and leading institutions of knowledge, technology and innovation (triple helix actors). The Smart Specialisation Strategy is the basis for funding by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


The objective of the project is to improve the institutional capacities of the public sector as leading actor by enabling S3 partners to jointly identify and close gaps between triple helix actors and in innovation networks through triple-helix dialogues on findings inside and across regions. The project is expected to strengthen regional connectivity, and in that way enable better integration of territorial development strategies as well as cooperation on improved systems of innovation. The benefit is the transnational dimension, through comparative analysis, which reveals opportunities and address issues, which are not obvious with a perspective inside the region, leading to improved governance and strengthening of the institutional capacity of the public sector as an innovation driver. Methods and tools are standardized, which enables transnational comparative analysis, identification of good practices, and dialogues on improvements of policy strategies between different types of regions across the Baltic Sea. This involves relevant partners in collaborative processes. In this way, the project is expected to improve entrepreneurial discovery processes through networks of interactive learning across the Baltic Sea macro-region.


The Regional Council of Ostrobothnia is the project leader for the consortium of 9 international partners from politics, public administration research and economy. The CPMR – the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions as an associated partner and especially the Baltic Sea Commission will feed the results of the project into the relevant bodies on international, national and regional level.

Contact and further information

Ivonne Stresius
Forschungs- & Transferzentren
Projektmanagerin Nachhaltigkeit und Klima
Ulmenliet 20
21033 Hamburg
T +49.40.428 756107
Jennifer Louise Pohlmann
Forschungs- & Transferzentren
Deputy Head / Project Manager Digital Learning and Sustainability (in Elternzeit)
Ulmenliet 20
21033 Hamburg
Raum 0.37
T +49.40.428 75-6358

Letzte Änderung: 08.10.18

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