Your are invited to the eDIGIREGION regional stakeholders’ workshop organised in conjunction with the Regional Studies Association (Irish Branch). The workshop is being held in order to generate the eDIGIREGION Regional Innovation System (RIS)  Joint Action Plan (JAP). We also believe the outputs from the workshop may provide valuable inputs into the South East Region Action Plan for Jobs and the new Southern Region Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy.

Date:              16th April 2015

Venue:          QUESTUM Enterprise Centre, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (On the Chair Roundabout of the Clonmel by-pass)

Time:             9.00am – 2.00pm (Lunch included)

Event:            Regional Stakeholders’ Workshop

Objectives:  The object of this workshop is to:

(a)    Provide you with feedback from the eDIGIREGION Regional Benchmark Audit

(b)    To discuss potential Smart Specialisations for the South East Region

(c)     To commence the process of developing the region’s Joint Action Plan (JAP) for Smart Specialisations



09.00 – 09.30      Registration (teas/coffees and croissants)

09.30 – 09.45      Introduction                      Michael Moroney, eDIGIREGION

Welcome Address          Cllr. Michael Fitzgerald, MCC, Cathaoirleach Tipperary County Council

Today’s Expectations     Prof. Bill O’Gorman, Coordinator, eDIGIREGION

09.45 – 10.15      SMART SPECIALISATION – Identifying Targets and Implications for the South East

Dr. Chris van Egeraat, Lecturer Economic Geography, Department of Geography / National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis, Maynooth University

(See abstract at end)

10.15 – 10.45      Regional Benchmark Audit – What You Had To Sa

Prof. Bill O’Gorman, Coordinator, eDIGIREGION

10.45 – 11.15      Smart Specialisations for the South East

Introduction and Case Studies

11.15 – 11.30      Tea/Coffee

11.30 – 12.30      Workshop – Prioritising Smart Specialisations for the South East

The workshop will be facilitated by members of the Irish branch of the Regional Studies Association (including Dr. Chris van Egeraat, Department of Geography, Maynooth University and Justin Doran, School of Economics, UCC).

The purpose of the workshop is to discuss and prioritise, for the South East, the range of Smart Specialisations derived from the eDIGIREGION Benchmark Audit, within the context of a set of specific criteria.

12.30 – 13.00      Feedback from the Workshop and outline of next steps in developing a regional Joint Action Plan

Workshop facilitators and Prof. Bill O’Gorman

13.00 – 14.00      Networking and buffet lunch


Key note address: Smart Specialisation – Identifying Targets and Implications for the South East

This presentation introduces a new methodology for identifying targets for regional Smart Specialisation strategies. Current methodologies, generally adopt methods and indicators based on specialisation (for example: the Location Quotient; Maurel and Sedillot Index). Such indicators are problematic in that they don’t, necessarily, identify areas of regional strength. We introduce a new methodology for identifying “significant sectoral concentrations”. The indicator accounts for the number of firms and the number of employees in a concentration. In addition, the methodology employs point data, thereby overcoming the drawbacks associated with arbitrary administrative boundaries. The results will be illustrated with sectoral maps and the discussion focuses on the implications for the South-East Region.
This work draws on research in progress involving Dr. Declan Curran (DCU), Mr. Justin Gleeson (Maynooth University), Mr. Rutger Kroes (Wageningen University), Professor Edgar Morgenroth (ESRI) and Dr. Chris van Egeraat (Maynooth University). Some of the work was conducted as part of an InterTradeIreland commissioned research project into All-Island sectoral ecosystems.

William O’Gorman wogorman@tinet.ie