The Universitat de València and the Confederación Empresarial Valenciana (CEV) have gathered this Wednesday in the Science Park of the academic institution with the purpose of strengthening ties between both organisations in favour of the transfer of knowledge, innovation and the improvement of the productive fabric. The meeting has been led by the president of CEV, Salvador Navarro, and the Principal of the Universitat de València, Esteban Morcillo.
A total of 26 companies who represent the Valencian business sector, as well as the top leadership of CEV, have gathered in the Science Park (PCUV) with the management bodies of the Universitat de València, the PCUV and the responsible of the different Research Institutes. The aim of the meeting is to continue to promote the approach and the collaboration between both organisations in favour of the transfer of knowledge, the innovation and the improvement of the productive fabric.
‘The UV cannot imagine itself without the connection with the productive sector’, has highlights the Principal Esteban Morcillo. ‘This is a modern and international institution which produces basic science and which should transfer that knowledge as a result of its will to contribute to the social and economic development. In order to do so, the relationships with the companies are essential’.
The Principal has recalled that the Confederación Empresarial Valenciana is founder of the Science Park of the Universitat de València and he has expressed his satisfaction with welcoming such an important representation of the Valencian business owners and to do so in the Science Park, a place that, as the director of the PCUV Juan Antonio Raga has affirmed, ‘aims at contributing to include innovation in the citizen’s culture’.
Salvador Navarro, president of CEV, has described a Valencian exceptional economic environment ‘whose crown of the jewel is the Port of Valencia’ as he has said. ‘It should be treated as it deserves; the R+D should be promoted, the Universities should be fully known so that there is representation in the Social Council and in the University Science parks. In the historic love-hate relationship between the companies and the academic institutions, the businessmen are the ones who end up losing. To have a business environment which connects with the University is an essential tool and from the CEV we are willing to support any initiative to improve the general interest, both economic, social and business’, he has concluded.
After the meeting, they have visited the biotechnological company Biopolis and the Institute on Robotics (IRTIC) and the Institute of Molecular Science (ICMoL) of the Universitat de València, which are located at the Science Park.
Apart from the Principal of the Universitat de València and the President of the CEV, the have attended to the meeting, the Vice-principal for Research and Science Policy Pilar Campins; the managing director of the CEV Inmaculada García; the Science Park Director, Juan A. Raga; the manager of the Science Park Foundation, Fernando M. Zárraga; the secretary for Innovation of the CEV, Elisa del Río; the responsible of business relations, Elena Pérez-Manglano and the director of the institutes Eugenio Coronado and Juan José Martínez, as well as near 30 responsible of the economic and business Valencian sector.