Andrea Conte is an Economist at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission where he is leading a team working on the "Stairways to Excellence" (S2E) Project. He holds a PhD and MSc in Economics from CORIPE and the Economics Department of the University of Turin, Italy. He was a visiting research fellow at the CNR (Italian National Research Council), ISTAT (Italian National Statistical Office), ILO (International Labour Organization) and Birkbeck College (London). He was Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Economics (Jena, Germany) from 2005 to 2007. He joined the European Commission in 2008 in the Directorate General for Economic & Financial Affairs (ECFIN), Brussels, Belgium before moving to the Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (Seville, Spain). He is a specialist in innovation, public finance and regional policy, and has authored or co-authored a number of articles and policy notes on these issues.
Synergies and RIS3. The experience of Stairway to Excellence project
As part of the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3P), the "Stairway to Excellence" (S2E) project is centred on the provision of assistance to the 13 Member States (EU13) who joined the European Union in 2004 and subsequent years with the aim of closing the innovation gap and promoting excellence in Europe.
The "Cohesion Policy and the synergies with the research and development funds: the "Stairway to Excellence" (S2E) is a European Parliament Pilot Project executed by DG-JRC (IPTS) together with DG-REGIO.