Last week, the second 100xCiencia meeting, “Co-creating Value in Scientific Research”, brought together Spain’s Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu centers of excellence – among them IBEC – to analyze and discuss the transfer of scientific knowledge to industry.
IBEC director Josep Samitier, Head of Strategic Initiatives Teresa Sanchis, and Head of Technology Transfer Xavier Rubies were in attendance at the meeting in Alicante on November 2nd and 3rd, where Xavier also participated in a round table on the rights to intellectual property in various scientific fields.
The event was attended by the Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, Carmen Vela, who opening meeting. She stressed that the resources put into institutions such as the Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu centers of excellence are “an investment rather than spending”, and expressed her appreciation for the work that these cutting-edge research centers are doing.
Also on the agenda were keynote talks by three internationally recognized experts in the field of innovation and technology transfer: Krista Keränen, director for entrepreneurship and innovation at the Laurea University of Applied Sciences in Finland; Lita Nelsen, formerly Director of the Technology Licensing Office at MIT; and Nuria Oliver, winner of the European Digital Woman of the Year award in 2016. During the two days issues such as the social responsibility of science, the role of the Technology Transfer Offices and public-private dialogue in science and transfer were discussed.
The 100xCiencia meetings started in 2015 to a forum to bring together the SO and MdM centers and units, the highest official recognition of the scientific research granted in Spain, to discuss various relevant themes. At the first meeting in La Palma, the focus was on communication.
Click here to read an interview with Josep Samitier conducted at 2015’s 100xCiencia meeting.