Dr. Ales Gnamus is a scientific policy analyst at JRC-IPTS since February 2008. Since January 2012 he is closely involved in the activities of the Smart Specialisation Platform. He has been working for the European Commission (DG RTD, DG REGIO, DG JRC) since 2004. He has long-standing analytical experience with European trans-regional and international S&T cooperation, renewable energy technologies, smart cities, eco-innovations and sustainability issues as a whole. His interests include policy analysis, benchmarking, qualitative and quantitative assessment of policies and on modern internet-based communication / dissemination information platforms. He holds a Ph.D. in natural sciences and had been previously working as researcher dealing with different research topics at universities and research institutes in various countries.