Richard Tuffs was director of the ERRIN network (www.errin.eu) from October 2010 to August 2017. He then acted as senior advisor until December 2018. Prior to this role he worked for UK regional offices in Brussels (West Midlands and Kent) and also coordinated the UK Open University’s office in Brussels.
Richard Tuffs has been involved in numerous EU projects such as science communication, future internet, smart specialisation, regional innovation, smart cities, territorial planning and eco-innovation. He has also acted as an evaluator for Horizon 2020 and Climate-KIC projects.
He was the rapporteur for the European Commission expert group on the Capital of Innovation prize launched in 2013 and also served as a rapporteur on the European Commission’s Advisory Group for Science with and for Society as well as on many other advisory boards focusing on education, research and innovation. He was also a member and brief chair of the Smart Specialisation Mirror Group and is a founder member of the Friends of Smart Specialisation.
He is often invited to moderate, present and act as rapporteur at conferences on European regional research and innovation topics such as the annual European Week of Regions and Cities and the Week of Innovative Regions in Europe.