Ecosystem orchestration fostering sustainability transitions in European peripheral Regions

24 May from 19:10 to 20:00 CET

The European Green Deal is the European Commission’s strategy that aims to make the European Union climate neutral by 2050. To achieve this, it advocates a policy approach focused on climate neutrality and the circular economy. This workshop addresses the policy debate on orchestrating portfolios to drive innovation policy and the transition to sustainability as a bridge between scientific and technological developments, absorption capabilities, and the pursuit of market opportunities.

The following topics will be presented and  discussed during the event:

  • The case of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) Programme, where evidence shows the coexistence of multiple processes that facilitate the alignment of regional priorities with transformative activities. The overarching objective of the EIT RIS Programme is to contribute to the advancement of the innovation performance of countries with moderate or emerging innovation scores as defined by the European Innovation Scoreboard. The overarching objective is strengthening the capacity of their innovation enablers and actors and linkages among them (such as business accelerators, incubators, start-ups, scale-ups, businesses including SMEs, agencies, educational and research institutions and their infrastructures, etc.).
  • The Co-creation for policy, a Science Policy report by the EIT Climate-KIC and the Joint Research Centre on participatory methodologies to structure multi-stakeholder policymaking processes.


  • Cristian Matti, European Commission – Joint Research Centre
  • Annalisa Spalazzi, Gran Sasso Science Institute
  • Gonca Kara, Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology
  • Alexandros Charalambides, Cyprus University of Technology
  • Moderated by: Beatriz Camacho Avila, EIT Climate-KIC

Target participants:

  • The policy debate over orchestrating portfolios to drive innovation policy and sustainability transitions.
  • Learning from practical transformative cases in European regions (Southern, Central and Eastern) and Western Balkans.
  • Participatory methodologies to structure multi-stakeholder policymaking processes.
  • European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) activities and its Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs).

INNOVATE4CLIMATE (I4C), hosted by the World Bank Group, is an annual global conference on climate finance, climate investment and climate markets. Launched in 2017, I4C brings together thought leaders interested in linking climate innovation with investment opportunities – transforming dialogue into action.

The I4C 2022 edition will be held virtually over 3 days, from May 24-26. The three-day program includes high-level plenaries and workshops that provide a forum for practitioners to demonstrate how to achieve a resilient and low-carbon future and a space where public and private sector organizations showcase their climate action initiatives and engage with participants.


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