Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

Conference: CCIs support ecosystems as part of Smart Specialisation Strategy


 15 June 2018 Trento, Italy

Event rationale 

Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) play an important role in the economic, social and urban development of cities and regions and are also a powerful engine for innovation and competitiveness. Since 2010 the European Commission has supported a new approach to local development focused on strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3).

Such strategies should embrace a broad concept of innovation which goes beyond investment in research or the manufacturing sector to include also design and the broader creative industries. In practice this means that regional and local authorities can now focus on delivering place and partnership-based initiatives which capitalise on the unique cultural and creative assets of a locality.

The conference will deal with the potential such approach provides to deliver new opportunities for a truly inclusive and sustainable development.



The conference represents the closure of the 1st Summer Academy on Cultural and Creative Industries and Local Development organised by the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development, tsm - Trentino School of Management, the European Creative Business Network (ECBN), and Centro Servizi Cultura e Volontariato (CSCV) with the support of the Autonomous Province of Trento and the Department of Italian culture (Youth Policies Unit) – Autonomous Province of Bolzano.

The conference is open to local as well as to national and international stakeholders interested in the event themes, upon registration.


Speakers (in alphabetical order)

  • Cristina Farinha, Policy expert and researcher specialised in heritage, culture and the creative industries sector, Portugal
  • Bernd Fesel, Director, European Creative Business Network
  • Lia Ghilardi, Founder and Director, Noema Culture & Place Mapping, United Kingdom
  • Paolo Grigolli, Director, SMTC- School of Tourism and Cultural Management, tsm-Trentino School of Management, Italy
  • Teresa Pedretti, Manager, Centro Servizi Cultura e Volontariato, Italy
  • Ugo Rossi, President, Autonomous Province of Trento
  • Emanuela Rossini, Member of the Italian Parliament  
  • Pier Luigi Sacco, Special Adviser of the EU Commissioner for Education, Culture and Sport, European Commission 
  • Annick Schramme, Academic Director, Creative Economy, Antwerp Management School, Belgium


Materials & Information

Agenda (English) 

Agenda (Italian)


Registration form

Working language

English/Italian with simultaneous translation provided 


Buonconsiglio Castle, Marangonerie
Via Bernardo Clesio 5 | Trento, Italy

OECD Contact 

[email protected]




Culture & local development



The conference is organised by the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development in collaboration with tsm - Trentino School of Management, the European Creative Business Network (ECBN) and Centro Servizi Cultura e Volontariato (CSCV), with the support of the Department of Italian culture (Youth Policies Unit) – Autonomous Province of Bolzano (Italy) and the Department for Cultural Activities of the Autonomous Province of Trento (Italy) 



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