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Research and Innovation Plan (PRI)




In the past, innovation took a back seat in political priorities. Today, however, it has moved to the top of the political agenda and to the forefront in the media, as it has been shown to have a highly favorable influence on job creation and development.

Breakfast may 2010

The May 22@Update Breakfast took place in the Auditorium at the UPF Communication Campus – Poblenou and focused on one of Catalonia’s key priorities: Research and Innovation. Additionally, this event also raised awareness of innovation-related activities in the 22@Barcelona district.

Jordi Cartanyà, director of the Government of Catalonia’s Office of Research and Innovation Coordination, presented the newResearch and Innovation Plan for 2010-2013 (PRI). This is an instrument that will plan, foster and coordinate research and innovation in our region. The Research Plan lays out three basic principles: first, making innovation a key challenge; second, doing this transversally, applying innovation in all sectors of society; and, finally, using it as a formal element of judgment, evaluation and requirement.

The Research and Innovation Plan is a key instrument to plan, foster and coordinate research and innovation in Catalonia”


According to Cartanyà, we have reached a turning point regarding innovation. Currently, public institutions and private companies must work together with a joint strategy and common goals. Innovation is an essential issue, but until relatively recently it had no place on the political agenda or in the media. In 2008, the National Pact for Research and Innovation was created in order to bring about a profound change in institutional and governmental discourse. It was in that moment that innovation came to be seen as a key element in public policy. This is the second plan to be carried out (the first encompassed the 2005-2008 period) and aims to be solid, ambitious and a top priority, both for the government and for the general public. The basic guidelines of this plan are scheduled to be applied through 2020, however it is clear that they will be revised and updated periodically in order to adapt them to changing situations.

The PRI, in addition to periodic recommendations and evaluations, must also meet the 17 challenges from a number of fields laid out in the Focus 2020 project. It is essential that this plan be applied on an interdepartmental level, as we must begin to understand that innovation is key to all fields, activities, areas and sectors. The government has shown a clear desire to change all these aspects, applying wide-reaching and modern policies that cover the whole region and, in addition to promoting innovation, also foster its demand.

The PRI must be transversal, because innovation is key to all fields, activities, areas and sectors

 

As mentioned previously, the PRI is ambitious and requires teamwork in the private and public sectors. Therefore, it has been structured around three main transversal lines: first, SMEs, which need support to innovate; second, internationalization; and third, the service sector, which is the most important to our economy. However, the base of all this must be talent. We must train people to be ever more innovative and this must begin in the initial stages, in primary and secondary schools. Another important point in the Research and Innovation Plan is that public policies will not be sector-specific; they will be carried out depending on each company’s level of innovation.

To finish up, Cartanyà highlighted the main conclusions to come out of the European Commission’s Europe 2020 meeting, which made clear that no viable economic plan can fail to take into account both social and environmental issues. We must develop ambitious strategies that are, at the same time, sustainable and based on social inclusion.

Pablo Lara, president of the 22@Network Innovation Committee, was May’s Innovator of the month. This group began as a forum to share knowledge related to innovation and has become a true Open Innovation system thanks to the good work atmosphere and relationship built among the participating companies.

Lara also spoke on the topic of this month’s event: innovation. This concept is often less than precise, but through enterprise, it can become a highly practical element. Working on innovation means working in an atmosphere of doubt and uncertainty, with the risk of not finding the right path and making mistakes. For this reason, it is much more useful to work on solutions than on problems. We must change our thought process, look for a work model that is comfortable for all and allows for multidisciplinary work among all sectors.

Regarding innovation, it is more useful to work on solutions than on problems. We must change our thought process”

 

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The Research and Innovation Plan is a key instrument to plan, foster and coordinate research and innovation in Catalonia.”

On innovation, public institutions and private companies must work together with a joint strategy and common goals.

The 22@Network Innovation Committee began as a forum to share knowledge related to innovation and has become a true Open Innovation system thanks to the good work atmosphere and relationship built among the participating companies.

Working on innovation means working in an atmosphere of doubt and uncertainty, with the risk of not finding the right path and making mistakes. For this reason, it is much more useful to work on solutions than on problems.

Attendees speak


I agree; innovation is key to business development. But in order to innovate we need support from the Administration.

These breakfasts are a good way to stay up-to-date on a variety of topics, but also a good place to meet with colleagues.

The markets are saturated and, therefore, innovation is essential. It’s about time this issue was on the political agenda.



Documents linked:
  • Presentation of Mr. Jordi Cartanyà, director of the Government of Catalonia’s Office of Research and Innovation Coordination.
  • Presentation of Mr. Pablo Lara, president of the 22@Network Innovation Committee.






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