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The ICTA-UAB participated in the 100xCiencia.2 meeting in Alicante

Date: 2017-11-02

100xCIENCIA.2

 

The encounter, which was focused on the transfer of knowledge and technology, brought together representatives of 40 centres and research units “Severo Ochoa” and “María de Maeztu”, respectively.

The second edition of the 100xCiencia meeting took place in Alicante on November 2nd and 3rd, with the participation of 40 Spanish research centres and units recognized by the programme of excellence “Severo Ochoa” and “María de Maeztu”, respectively.

The “Severo Ochoa” and “María de Maeztu” awards are the largest institutional recognition to the scientific research in Spain; an international evaluation committee selects the awarded research centres and units. These centres cover virtually all areas of knowledge, from physics and mathematics to environment, biomedicine and the humanities.

The ICTA-UAB obtained the “María de Maeztu” award in 2015 and it is the first “María de Maeztu” centre dedicated to global environmental and sustainability challenges related to anthropogenic climate change and its socio-economic impacts.

This year, the 100xCiencia meeting, which took place in Alicante, was entitled “Co-creating Value in Scientific Research” and its focal point was the transfer of the knowledge generated in research centres and units and the enhancement of its value towards society.

The director of the ICTA-UAB, Jordina Belmonte, and the deputy director of research, Patrizia Ziveri, attended the meeting. On Friday, November 3rd, Belmonte presented the most outstanding strategies on knowledge and technology transfer.

“The transfer of the basic knowledge generated and the technologies developed in the research centres is one of the fundamental pillars on which their activity is based. No less important than the research itself is training or dissemination”, explained Juan Lerma, former director of the Institute of Neurosciences in Alicante and president of the Scientific Committee of 100xCiencia.2.

The meeting consisted of three keynote lectures by three internationally renowned female scientists, Krista Keränen, Lita Nelsen and Nuria Oliver, as well as four round tables shared by researchers from the Severo Ochoa Centres and the María de Maeztu Units with representatives from the world of the industry, the technology transfer offices and the economic policy and administration. Also included in the programme were short presentations from centres and units of excellence that are most successful in transfer and innovation and experts in this field.

This encounter in Alicante was designed as a space for dialogue and exchange of experiences with the aim of strengthen the capacity to transfer knowledge and enhance the social impact of the research work carried out by the centres and units of excellence in Spain.

 

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