Tampere Region is one of the innovation hot spots in Europe. Coordinated and ambitious regional policy is needed to further develop the performance of the innovation ecosystem. For this purpose the Council of Tampere Region activates the adoption of new models of innovation activity, creates European and global innovation policy networks and promotes the role innovation in the regional development and decision making. Currently the key themes of the regional innovation policy include open innovation, multidisciplinary innovation platforms and user driven innovation.
Efficient co-operation in foresight is one of the success factors of an innovative region. In the Tampere Region the collaborative Pilkahdus ("Glimmer") -services, coordinated by the Council, provide regional actors with tools to create shared visions and scenarios of the future to be utilized e.g. in educational and urban planning and structural development. These tools include e.g. web portal, thematic working groups and regional future forums.
Situational Picture of Innovation
The Situational Picture of Innovation presents up-to-date information on innovation activities in the Tampere Region. Conducted each year, a review of the Situational Picture monitors phenomena which Tampere Region operators can influence in the short and medium-term. Strategically important phenomena are also jointly identified during the Situational Picture process. The Situational Picture is part of the Tampere Region information management process, which serves to support regional decision-making processes.
Tampere Region Reform
Current regional reform is one of the biggest ever administrative and operational overhauls in Finland and in Europe. The reform means that the structure, services and financing of health and social services and the duties of regional government will all be reorganized. Digitalization has a major role in the reform. The general aim is the integration of organisation, funding, information and service production. By using digitalisation, clients can be encouraged to assume more responsibility for their personal health and wellbeing. Digitalisation will also be an opening for new types of business related to wellbeing technology and genetic engineering. The reform is due to come into force on 1 January 2019.
Situational Picture 2016: New scale, new competances
In the 2010s, the Tampere Region innovation system transitioned to a new scale. Contrary to previous targets and expectations, the change has been on a descending trajectory: we are no longer a 1.2 billion RDI region - we are now at 0.85 billion. The national lead for RDI intensity per capita is now quite a long way off. Even though the change has been a relatively major one, even significant in absolute terms, it should be kept in mind that innovation investments are still very large, reaching the EU's ambitious goal of 3%. Although the familiar export sectors are not currently generating any significant growth, the assets gained from the exceptional growth in the ICT sector are still within reach.
The altered scale of RDI and imperative to create new things challenge us to update the structures of innovation and future goals. RDI resources, which have shrunk and are allocated in a new way, cannot be separated from the way our system works. Tampere's new university, regional and social and health care reform as well as the new role that municipalities play in assuring vitality offer the Tampere Region a unique opportunity to create a new type of innovation entity, which functions as a more effective, dynamic and intensive whole.
The most important thing in the changes we face is to find a common view of the roles of different actors, required competences, rules of play and operational resourcing. At the same time, we must set new goals for regional innovation and ensure that we have the capabilities to achieve them.
Read more about the Situational Picture using the following links
- Foreword: New scale, new competances
- Value Network Capability
- Growth companies
- Funding of RDI
- Higher education institutions
- Innovation platforms
In depth analyses and about the process:
Research and articles
Handbook: Open Innovation Platforms - an approach to city development
The handbook serves as a guide for platform-based urban development. The key aim of the handbook is to define platform-based development for cities and to offer tools and ideas for more extensive and systematic utilisation of innovation platforms on the national and international level.
Open innovation platforms as policy tools fostering the co-creation and value creation in a knowledge triangle
This OECD article focuses on the emerging role of open innovation platforms (OIP) as a policy measure fostering the convergence of innovation, education and research activities. Article focuses on the platforms in Tampere region.
Regional Innovation Report, West Finland
The main aim of this Regional Innovation Monitor Plus 2016 report is to provide a description and analysis of developments in the area advanced manufacturing with a clearly defined thematic focus and regional innovation policy, taking into account the specific context of the region as well as general trends.
Smart Specialisation for Regional Innovation: Dissemination Report for Research Study of Tampere
This report summarises a research study of innovation policy in Tampere, Finland conducted by members of Newcastle University’s Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS). It is based on one of 16 ‘living laboratory’ reports on regions across Europe that formed part of the EU Seventh Framework Programme project Regional Innovation for Smart Specialisation (SmartSpec).
Projects and networks
The Council of Tampere Region has ambitious goals for regional innovation policy development. Prerequisites for the development are regularly monitored and are actively renewed when necessary. The global projects and networks are tools for maintaining the flexibility in development.
Projects are also a way to create national and international networks. Through the projects it is possible to import novel knowledge to the region and also export some local know-how outside. Here we present our currently ongoing projects theme by theme.
Bio and circular economy
The BSR Stars S3 project seeks to enhance growth opportunities in the Baltic Sea Region, focusing on the bio-/circular and digital economy fields. The main objective is to improve capacities of the regions to implement regional smart specialization strategies (RIS3) through tools and methods that engage bio- and circular business and research, support management of innovation processes and enhance transnational cooperation opportunities. Participating regions are Skåne (Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark), Tampere (Finland), Vilnius (Lithuania) and SorTrondelag (Norway). Visit project's website.
Project duration: 1 May 2016–30 April 2019 (36 months)
Total project budget: 2,9 M€. Budget for Tampere Region: 700 000€.
For more information: Project manager Johanna Alakerttula, johanna.alakerttula @ pirkanmaa.fi
SCREEN - Synergic Circular Economy across European Regions
SCREEN project aims at the definition of a replicable systemic approach towards a transition to Circular Economy in EU regions within the context of the Smart Specialization Strategy, through the identification and implementation of operational synergies between R&I investments from H2020 and the European Structural and Investment Funds, thus contributing to novel future eco-innovative and horizontal business models across different value chains. The SCREEN Consortium is composed by 12 partners representing 10 regions belonging to 8 European Countries: their interests, need and experience form a noticeable cluster able to well represent the European needs in the field of circular economy and Smart specialisation. Visit project's website.
Project duration: 1 Nov 2016–31 Oct 2018 (24 months) Total project budget: 1,7 M€. Budget for Tampere Region: 160 000€.
For more information: Project manager Johanna Alakerttula, johanna.alakerttula @ pirkanmaa.fi
Increasing SMEs’ competitiveness is at the core of the InnoBridge project by improving the Innovation Bridge and related policy instruments for SMEs: “Bridging the innovation gap through converting R&D results into commercial success in a more effective and efficient way”. The partnership consists of 9 partners from 8 regions in 8 countries spread over Europe with a balance of advanced and less advanced regions. Visit project's website.
Project duration: 1 Apr 2016–31 Mar 2021
Total project budget: ~1,8 M€. Budget for Tampere Region: ~300 000€.
For more information: Project Specialist Tiina Ramstedt-Sen, tiina.ramstedt-sen @ pirkanmaa.fi
The main objective of the S34Growth project is to develop and improve existing regional policy instruments to facilitate interregional collaboration, which in turn will support the renewal of Europe’s industry and competitiveness. The project focuses on industrial innovation related interregional collaboration. The project will engage ten European regions from 8 EU countries, as well as businesses, universities and other innovation actors from the regions, in innovative policy-learning, exchange of experience and co-creation activities. Visit project's website.
Project duration: 1 Apr 2016–31 Mar 2020
Total project budget: 2,2 M€. Budget for Tampere Region: 530 000€.
For more information: Project Specialist Harri Kuusela, harri.kuusela @ pirkanmaa.fi
The European Commission (Science in Dialogue Towards a European Model for Responsible Research and Innovation, 2012) states: “we can only find the right answers to the challenges we face by involving as many stakeholders as possible in the research and innovation process. Research and innovation must respond to the needs and ambitions of society, reflect its values, and be responsible.”
EU regions are starting to address Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), but they face common challenges of perceived complexity of the concept and means of application, lack of appropriate approaches for public authorities and lack of awareness over its huge potential impacts. In MARIE, partners from 8 regions face these challenges together in the context of their smart specialisation priority sectors. Their objective is to improve regional public policy that supports delivery of RRI to enterprises’ product, process and service design, production and distribution. Changes are expected in projects funded by policy instruments and in policy management structures and strategic focus, including integration of RRI criteria and RRI as a horizontal concept. Visit project's website.
Project duration: 1 Jan 2017–31 Dec 2021
Total project budget: ~2 M€. Budget for Tampere Region: 238 000€.
For more information: Director Petri Räsänen, petri.rasanen @ pirkanmaa.fi
Innovation platform management
Council of Tampere Region is partner of The Six City Strategy –project 6Aika. 6Aika Open and smart services is a strategy for sustainable urban development carried out by the six largest cities in Finland: Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku and Oulu. The main objective of the strategy, which will be carried out in 2014–2020, is to create new know-how, business and jobs in Finland. Open Innovation platforms focus area is implementing the Six City Strategy and the targets set for open innovation platforms theme. The primary target of the open innovation platform focus area is to improve the developing tools for innovation platform leaders, developing measurement tools of innovation platforms and creating ways to build a strong network of the open innovation platforms by six biggest cities in Finland. The Council of Tampere Region´s role is to develop and create new tools for platform management (concept models, operational indicators, impact assessment and life cycle models). The aim is to take advantage of the Tampere platform expertise and existing practices for the benefit of all parties involved, and also learn about the different solutions and environments in other cities, which enables management practices extensively in the development of a variety of environments. The project is implemented in close collaboration with the University of Tampere. Visit project's website.
Project duration: 1 Feb 2015–31 Jan2018
Total project budget: 12,4 M€.
For more information: Development Manager Taina Ketola, taina.ketola @ pirkanmaa.fi