16 October 2015


The Orkestra researchers, Edurne Magro and James Wilson, have presented three research papers at the International Conference on Regional Innovation Policies-RIP 2015 held in Karlsruhe, Germany. The papers covered topics such as: the new industrial policy, the role of cities in smart specialisation strategies and the role of policy-makers with regards to regional innovation policies.

The research work presented was carried out in collaboration with academics from other European universities such as Manchester University and Glasgow School of Art, both forming networks with Orkestra to carry out other research projects.

During the conference several cases were analysed such as that of Bilbao with regards to the role of cities in smart specialisation strategies, in which Orkestra worked together with the Bilbao City Council and the University of Deusto, through the project BilbaoNextLab; and the work that Orkestra is carrying out together with public administrations concerning the new industrial policy.

This 10th edition of the RIP conference, organised by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology-KIT together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research-ISI and the Bureau for Economic Theory and Applications (Bureau d'Economie Théorique et Appliquée-BETA) of the University of Strasbourg, was held from the 14-16 October.

Orkestra, who hosted the 8th edition of this annual conference in 2013 in San Sebastián, participated in this year’s event which brought together around 100 experts in aspects related to regional innovation policies.