SERN Thematic Activities

During 2018, SERN is launching several thematic activities aimed at encouraging discussions among regions on specific themes of common interest for them. Since each thematic activity will be held online, you are free to join us to exchange, share your experience and learn from other local contexts. The SERN Thematic Activities are an open community, providing members the opportunities to be:

  • Connected to peers;
  • Invitations to take part in policy analysis, study tours, webinars and training workshops;
  • Collaborative inputs: suggest a topic of interest, ask for a peer review or taking part in face-to-face events;

The Thematic Activities reflect the SERN thematic categories and cover, among others, the following main topics:

Regional Ecosystem

Within this thematic, SERN is focused on analysing the conditions and policy-makers in several European regional ecosystems, describing the dynamic collaborations for innovation and entrepreneurship, and finally identifying the best practices to be shared in each regional ecosystem.

Innovation Procurement

Innovation Procurement supports the uptake of innovative products, works and services and it helps to establish more favourable conditions for the creation of new markets, in particular in areas of public interest. Pre-commercial procurement (PCP) is a competitive multiple-sourcing procedure for procuring research and development services. The PCP is complementary to Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) that refers to a public procurement in which procurers act as early adopters of innovative solutions that are new arrivals on the market, but not yet available on a large-scale commercial basis.

ICT & Arts

Art is essential for research and innovation in ICT. Overall, it contributes to enhancing creativity and innovation in society, technology, science and education. The multidisciplinary and hybrid approach with technology as common ground blends research and artistic practices into tangible outcomes and results.

Financial Instruments

The use of financial instruments in Cohesion Policy is increasing, as they are considered a resource-efficient way of using public funding. As part of the move towards a smarter ‘funding mix’, the European Commission (EC) turned its attention to ‘innovative financial instruments’. Those instruments, in the form of loans, equity, quasi-equity and guarantees, are considered as a particularly effective way not only to increase the impact of the EU funding, but also to promote a more responsible, result-oriented use of European funds by companies.