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Spain holds the EIT DAY, the first National Day about this EU body in a Member State

This meeting has been the first one held in a European country that has brought together all the Knowledge Innovation Communities (KICs), and its Co-Location centres along with the key actors throughout the innovation value chain.

28.10.2021

Aiming to advertise and promote the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in Spain, the first EIT DAY SPAIN was held in Madrid on October 21st , organized by the strategic network RED4EIT with the collaboration of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation and the support of Cross-KIC Spain, a joint initiative that unites the current eight KICS: Climate, Digital, Food, Health, InnoEnergyInnoEnergy, Manufacturing, Raw Materials and Urban Mobility.

This first National Infoday on this European body has brought together in a collaborative meeting each one of KICs, along with its Co-Location centres in Spain, being the first one held in a European Member State.The event featured representatives of the KICs in Spain and the EIT in Budapest, political decision-makers, public administrations, companies, and universities, enabling, therefore, a space for dialogue throughout the entire actors involved in the innovation value chain.

The speakers highlighted that the development of a community around their business areas is one of the distinctive features of the KICs to assert their important role in improving innovation in Spain and Europe. Needless to say, the EIT contributes to generate innovation ecosystems within its current eight supported areas, being these generated environments something unique and valuable to promote innovation from the public perspective. Therefore, the cross-KIC activity allows to generate spaces that promote the exchange of knowledge between the different disciplines existing in the KICs, promoting multidisciplinary and intersectoral initiatives.

As the Spanish General Secretary for Innovation, Teresa Riesgo, explained, "the possible collaborations that can be carried out between our Ministry and the EIT are many, given that in the end we share the common objective of backing the most innovative Spanish entities, trying to give them the best possible support from different points of view."

Moreover, Teresa Riesgo pointed out the key role that public-private collaboration must play in restructuring the environment for innovation and entrepreneurship, taking advantage of the strengths and capabilities of each of the parties, always without forgetting the objective of improving the structural support for innovation.

On the other hand, Asunción Gómez, Vice-Rector for Research, Innovation and Doctorate at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Coordinator of the RED4EIT network pointed out that the KICs and the EIT are a unique opportunity to promote technology transfer processes towards the productive sector, as well as the exchange of business knowledge from the companies to the universities or technology centres, to truly take advantage of the synergies between the two fields.

Finally, the speakers reinforced the need to take advantage of the instruments offered by the EIT to decisively strengthen the knowledge triangle. Universities with an entrepreneurial culture, companies with long-term training interests and structures that serve as a bridge are needed for knowledge to have an impact on society.

Red4EIT, the network to support and disseminate the activities of the Spanish KICS
The "RED4EIT" network, co-financed by the Ministry of Science Innovation within the call for Strategic Networks for the years 2020-2021, has the main objective of supporting and disseminating the activities of Spanish participants within the framework of the EIT KICs in Spain.

To achieve this main objective, it is supported by two main specific objectives: to promote the exchange of good practices between the KICs by supporting a cross-KIC structure that encourages the exchange of knowledge between the different disciplines existing in the KICs; and facilitate dialogue between Spanish agents, public administration, and participants in the KICs to enhance the different ecosystems and improve the transfer of results in them.