8th International Seminar on Regional Innovation Policies
Donostia-San Sebastián 
10th and 11th of October 2013

Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness and Deusto Business School are proud to host the 8th International Seminar on Regional Innovation Policies in Donostia-San Sebastián (Spain) from 10th to 11th October 2013. This will be the latest in the stream of annual seminars that began in Porto (University of Porto, Portugal) in 2006 and have since been hosted in Saltzburg (University of Salzburg, Austria), Santander (University of Cantabria, Spain), Edinburgh (Napier Edinburgh University, Scotland), Grimstad (University of Agder, Norway), Lund (Lund University – CIRCLE, Sweden) and again in Porto (INESC Technology and Science – INESC TEC) in 2012. These seminars have placed strong emphasis on regions as a key unit for policy analysis, highlighting the role that regional innovation policies can play in building sustainable competitive advantages.

At a time when regions across Europe are adapting to new realities brought about by a deep and widespread economic downturn, changing environmental constraints and emerging social challenges, it is more critical than ever to analyse the roles and impacts of regional innovation policies. The seminar provides a meeting point for researchers, policy-makers, academics, practitioners and doctoral students interested in issues related to regional innovation policy, regional competitiveness and regional development. You are invited to present and discuss the results of cutting-edge applied research, and to join us in learning together how to better understand regional innovation dynamics and how policies can orient these dynamics towards meeting existing and future regional challenges.