Richard Tuffs has been director of the ERRIN network since October 2010. ERRIN is a regional network that promotes the regional dimension of the European research and innovation agenda, European project development and management and raises the profile of its member regions and cities in Brussels.
Richard has been working in Brussels on the regional dimension of European policy in territorial cohesion and research for many years and worked for both the Kent and the West Midlands offices in Brussels before joining ERRIN.
Richard has been in involved in numerous EU projects such as science communication, Future Internet, Smart Specialisation, regional innovation, territorial planning and eco-innovation. He is currently Chair of the Smart Specialisation Mirror Group established by the European Commission and was the rapporteur for the European Commission expert group on the continuing Capital of Innovation prize launched in 2013. Richard is also on the European Commission’s Advisory Group for Science With and For Society and serves on many other research and innovation focused advisory boards. He is often invited to moderate and present at conferences on European research and innovation topics such as the annual European Week of Regions and Cities and the Week of Innovative Regions in Europe.
Richard has a degree in geography and social sciences and master’s degrees in town planning, applied linguistics and business administration. His career also spans town planning, applied linguistics, language and management training, university lecturing and research and education administration.