POINT OF DEPARTURE
OBJECTIVES AND STRANDS OF ACTION
SCIENTIFIC ADVANCEMENT: POINT OF DEPARTURE
CAMPUSHABITAT5U is a strategic group specializing in Habitat and Territory with the goal of fostering and stimulating a process of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth based on creativity, knowledge and interdisciplinary innovation in excellence. It aims to become a benchmark in science, technology and creativity in the region of the European Mediterranean Arc in the sphere of Habitat and Territory.
In the last decade, R&D figures in the Valencian Community (CV) have doubled, with growth exceeding the national average. The same has occurred with R&D investment by Valencian universities, which account for 46% of total R&D investment in the CV.
Data from the Valencia Science and Technology System (SVCYT) on R&D staff and researchers collected in the EJC also point to strong growth. In five years, the number of R&D personnel has grown by 58%, reaching 15,256 individuals, while the number of R&D researchers has reached a total of 12,076.
Scientific output has also increased considerably, both in terms of the number of articles published in journals indexed in international databases (from 3,087 in 2001 to over 5,000 in 2007), and in their quality. The quality of these articles is demonstrated by a pronounced increase in the number of times they are cited, the average number of citations in scientific articles, and the average number of citations per 100 researchers, as well as in the reduction in the percentage of articles which are not cited.
The R&D contributions of the five universities that make up the strategic alliance of the Valencian Public University System (SUPV) account for a significant proportion of production in the region, with notable strengths in the following areas:
- They are core constituents of the Valencia Science and Technology System, managing 49% of the financial and human resources dedicated to R&D in the CV.
- They generate 19.2% of all patents in Spain and 36.4% of all European patents developed at Spanish universities.
- Of patents from Valencian universities, 68.7% are being exploited and generating financial gain. This same figure is only 34.1% in Spain.
- They produce 12.4% of the articles published in Spanish scientific journals and 98% of those published by public and private universities in the CV.
- They have generated 1.748 million euros in technology capital from investment in R&D, which represents 42% of cumulative technology capital in the CV.
The number and type of technology institutes in the CV also demonstrates that the CV is a region which places great emphasis on the promotion of scientific research and technological development.
These centres – which are part of the Network of Technology Institutes of the Valencian Community (REDIT), and all of which belong to CAMPUSHABITAT5U – despite their relative youth, are already well-established and have permanent staffs of reliable research personnel. Their distribution throughout the territory also makes them key drivers for social cohesion and productivity in their respective areas.
At the same time, the science parks of the five Valencian public universities, which are at different stages of development, are becoming new focal points for the integration of scientific, technological and industrial interests within today’s knowledge society.
In addition, the Valencian Community’s ambitious General Strategic Plan for Science and Technology (PGECYT) aims to promote and coordinate scientific and technological research in the CV and to act as point of convergence for active integration of the Valencia Science and Technology System (SVCYT) in the European Research Area. In pursuit of these goals, the PGECYT has established the following key objectives:
- To promote scientific and technological advancement in the Valencian Community
- To develop basic high-quality, high-capacity research infrastructure
- To promote the dissemination of technology which strengthens the culture of science and technology in Valencian society
Research, knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship support structures
As already mentioned, the increased research activity of the five universities in the alliance in recent years as well as their socio-economic contributions are related to the growth and modernization of support structures for research and knowledge transfer.
- Science and technology parks linked to public universities The five universities boast several science and technology parks, including the following:
- The University of Valencia Science Park (PCUV) This park has more than 200,000 m2of developable land. The PCUV currently accommodates:
- Four inter-university research institutes and two joint CSIC-UV institutes including the Institute for Corpuscular Physics, the Institute of Material Sciences and the Institute of Robotics and Information and Communication Technologies.
- More than 60 technology companies active in the fields of habitat, energy, information and communication technologies, and more.
- Scientific services.
- A business incubator for projects promoted by external companies as well as for university and research group spin-offs.
- More than 1,300 researchers and support personnel who work at the PCUV every day.
- The Polytechnic City of Innovation (CPI) at the UPV This park has more than 140,000 m2 of developable land, 100,000 m2of which are currently in use. The CPI currently accommodates:
- Twenty-seven research and technology centres including the Institute of Chemical Technology, the Institute for Energy Technology, the Biomechanics Institute of Valencia and the Institute for Computer Technology (see details in 2.5, Alliances).
- More than 20 technology-based companies and business associations.
- R&D laboratories.
- A technology-based business incubator.
- More than 2,500 researchers and support personnel who work at the CPI every day.
- Espaitec Technology Park of UJI. This park is backed by the UJI and the Castellón Business Confederation (CEC) and has more than 90,000 m2of developable land. Espaitec is currently home to:
- The Institute of Ceramic Technology (ITC).
- The University Institute of Pesticides and Water (IUPA).
- More than 20 companies.
- The UJI Central Scientific Instrument Services.
- More than 300 researchers and support personnel who work every day at Espaitec.
- Alicante Science Park of the UA. This park has more than 170,000 m2of land which can be developed and has:
- A science unit with knowledge management centres, research institutes and joint R&D laboratories.
- A technology unit with business creation centres and science-based businesses, specialized sectoral clusters.
- Lifelong learning centre for professionals.
- Scientific instrument services, scientific and technological consulting services, and more.
- Science and Business Park of the UMH. This park has more than 60,000 m2 of developable land spread across four cities: Elche (30,000 m2), Altea (10,000 m2), Orihuela (20,000 m2) and San Juan (3,000 m2). It currently has five fully operational buildings and more than 15,000 m2 of constructed land.
- The University of Valencia Science Park (PCUV) This park has more than 200,000 m2of developable land. The PCUV currently accommodates:
- Assessment and knowledge transfer support units
The five universities also have innovation, research and knowledge transfer support structures which serve to promote and manage knowledge generation activities and collaborative scientific and technological projects, creating links between university researchers and the business community and participation in different R&D&i support programmes, such as:
- The Office for the Transfer of Research Results (UV).
- The Support Centre for Innovation, Research and Technology Transfer (UPV).
- SGITT-OTRI: The Research and Technology Transfer Management Service and the Research Results Transfer Office (UA).
- The Office for Cooperation in Research and Technological Development (UJI).
- The Office for the Transfer of Research Results (UMH).
The research budget for the five universities exceeds 400 million euros while income from contracted R&D projects, technology transfer and support is over 50 million euros.
- Business creation support structures The development of a social environment conducive to science, innovation and entrepreneurism requires actions that foster the creation of businesses and support for new entrepreneurial ideas. In keeping with this, the measures of the five universities aimed at promoting a society that is open to change and advancing toward a new model based on knowledge, are as follows:
- A support programme for the generation of technology-based companies which would apply research results generated by the university
- Assessment and guidance for new companies in businesses incubators
- Awards for entrepreneurial initiatives
The support structures for the creation of innovative and technology-based businesses. This is one of the basic pillars of the “entrepreneurial university” and of the universities’ contribution to the economic and social development of the territory. The primary objectives are:
- the development of an entrepreneurial culture;
- support for the creation and development of innovative technology-based and spin-off businesses; and
- support of innovation and the transfer of knowledge and technology.
Support structures are already in place at each of the five universities:
- UV: The UV has several support programmes for the creation of businesses.
- University Extension (antenna): A project launched in 2006 via an agreement with the UV and the Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation of Valencia in order to cooperate with other institutions in the promotion of entrepreneurial initiatives in the university community and in the provision of services of value to the business community.
- Office for the Transfer of Research Results
- University-Business Foundation of Valencia (UV)
- UPV: IDEAS Institute for the Creation and Development of Enterprises
Created in 1992, this was the first programme for the support of university entrepreneurship in Spain. Since its inception it has provided support for the creation and development of more than 500 businesses and consulting services for more than 5,000 entrepreneurs. At the same time, it has taken part in several projects and collaborative efforts both within Spain and internationally, making the institute a leader to be followed in university business creation. The institute has been recognized by prestigious awards, including the European Enterprise Awards 2008-2009.
- UA: Business Creation Unit
This unit offers comprehensive services to all entrepreneurially minded students who would like to develop a business project. The centre provides consulting services, business plan creation services, a business creation centre, seminars and training courses.
- UJI: The UJI has several support programmes for the creation of businesses, including the following:
- Netec Programme
This is a programme for the development of technology-based companies. It promotes collaboration between students in the Faculty of Legal and Economic Sciences and researchers in the UJI University School of Science and Technology.
- The StartUJI Programme for the Creation of Technology-Based Enterprises (TBEs)
This programme was launched by the university to provide support for the detection and development of business opportunities in the university environment.
- UMH: The Inizia Programme
The objective of this programme is to promote and support the launch of technology- and knowledge-based companies with the utmost guarantees of viability. Technological entrepreneurs who would like to analyze their ideas and launch a business have a variety of services at their disposal.
Doctoral programmes, R&D groups, university institutes, chairs, technology institutes and research bodies which are part of the CAMPUSHABITAT5U project CAMPUSHABITAT5U has a significant number of institutes, chairs, technology institutes and research organizations in each of the four areas of action of CAMPUSHABITAT5U (see details in 2.5, Alliances):
The distribution of these bodies according to area of action is as follows:
SCIENTIFIC ADVANCEMENT: OBJECTIVES AND STRANDS OF ACTION
In the area of scientific advancement and knowledge transfer CAMPUSHABITAT5U’s objectives are as follows:
- To promote advanced research through collaborative, interdisciplinary and inter-university research in the sphere of Habitat and Territory
- To consolidate CAMPUSHABITAT5U as an international benchmark of excellence in Habitat and Territory
- To drive innovation and creativity in an interdisciplinary environment of Habitat and Territory as an alternative path to economic growth and social well-being
- To strengthen the capacity for inter-university knowledge transfer in the sphere of Habitat and Territory on both a national and international scale
- To increase the visibility of the impact of scientific and technological innovations on current needs
Strands of action
The actions to be undertaken to achieve these objectives revolve around four strands of action:
1. HABITAT5U International Doctoral School
2. The Habitat and Territory Institute
4. Advanced Studies Centre in Habitat and Territory
Strand 1 . HABITAT5U International Doctoral School
In the creation of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), doctoral programmes play a key role in the convergence of the EHEA with the European Research Area (ERA). Research must be clearly prioritized as a key component of university education, and mobility must be valued both at the doctoral and post-doctoral level as an essential tool in the education of young researchers.
The process of moving our current productive model towards a more sustainable economy means that doctoral students and graduates must take on leading roles in society for the generation, transfer and adaptation of R&D&i. They must be actively involved in all institutions devoted to innovation and research so that they can take their place at the forefront of the transformation of knowledge into something that improves people’s lives.
The universities’ institutional R&D&i strategies must make the doctoral degree the centrepiece of their actions. They must allow for wide-ranging flexibility and autonomy while achieving high levels of quality, internationalization, innovation, recognition and mobility. The number of personnel with research and innovation skills must also be substantially increased. At the same time, their influence and employment must be promoted both within and beyond academia.
The definition of a doctoral school according to Spanish Royal Decree 99 of 28 January 2011 regulating official doctoral education is as follows:
“A doctoral school is considered to be an institution created by one or several universities, possibly in collaboration with other bodies, centres, institutions or R&D&i entities, be they from the State of Spain or abroad, which has as its fundamental purpose the organization of doctoral programmes within its area of activity, in one or more areas of knowledge or of an interdisciplinary nature.”
CAMPUSHABITAT5U is committed to the creation of a doctoral school with the involvement of all five universities in the alliance under the joint research school model, which will provide doctoral programmes in the sphere of Habitat and Territory. The objectives of the CAMPUSHABITAT5U International Doctoral School will include:
- Promoting, coordinating and managing doctoral programmes of recognized excellence in the sphere of Habitat and Territory through interdisciplinary research, facilitating cooperation between R&D&i units and institutes
- Promoting the range of doctoral programmes in Habitat and Territory with international excellence endorsements
- Developing and institutionalizing international doctoral programmes in Habitat and Territory
- Organizing courses, conferences and seminars for instruction in general competences for candidates in different doctoral programmesIn accordance with the new royal decree, doctoral students will acquire certain multi-disciplinary skills which will enable them to pursue professional careers or to work in the generation and transfer of knowledge, in accordance with the leadership role of doctors in society.
- Guaranteeing the quality of doctoral programmesthrough the creation and implementation of control procedures:
- Evaluation of the general environments of doctoral programmes
- Periodic assessment of evaluation procedures
- Establishment of standards for good practices
- Periodic comparative evaluation between doctoral programmes
- Promoting and attracting young international research talent (see list in section 2.6, Internationalization Policies)In order to meet this goal, the following measures will be pursued:
- Awarding of grants to doctoral students for their tuition, participation in mobility initiatives and for the organization of workshops
- Periodic supervision of doctoral students by research and teaching staff of recognized calibre
- Provision of broad-ranging academic, management skills, information technology and career development courses for doctoral students
Strand 2. The Habitat and Territory Institute
CAMPUSHABITAT5U aspires to make a qualitative leap forward in scientific advancement and the transfer of knowledge through the development of a coordinated institutional research and innovation policy through the Habitat and Territory R&D&i Institute.
The institute’s objectives will be the development of knowledge and strategies for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth through clustering in the sector of Habitat and Territory (universities, research institutes, technological institutes, the as well as the business and institutional sectors). The institute will concentrate primarily on the following activities:
- Communication and publicity
- The goal in this area is the implementation of a programme to promote participation and coordination amongst research groups in the sphere of Habitat and Territory. In order to achieve this objective, the following measures are planned:
Creation of a master plan for each of CAMPUSHABITAT5U’sfour areas of action:
- Planning and management
- Social setting
In addition to establishing other criteria, each master plan will establish objectives, strategic courses of action in R&D&I, policies to attract talent, and policies for the promotion of collaborative interdisciplinary and inter-university research. For instance, some of the courses of action to pursue include the following:
- Construction: recovery of principles of Mediterranean architecture, one of the objectives of this being to improve energy efficiency.
- Construction and housing: analysis of regional climate-related building techniques of other areas in order to incorporate new methods and materials.
- Planning and management: conservation and promotion of diversity and multi-functionality of rural areas, in particular agricultural areas with great historical or cultural significance which are part of the area’s identity and heritage, such as orchards and meadows.
- Social setting: promotion of theoretical and applied research on science tourism, and study of the feasibility of implementing programmes with universities and research centres in the Valencian Community via the science Chair for the Dissemination of Science, the botanical gardens, the astronomical observatory, and others.
- Social setting: promotion of a territorial social research platform revolving around projects, resources and capabilities of CAMPUSHABITAT5U’s research institutes (including Polibienestar, Biomecánica-IBV and Desarrollo Local-Iidl). A concept of Habitat and Territory which contemplates sustainability and inclusivity needs not only to address its intrinsic social aspect, above all it must incorporate a new vision which places the highest priority on the system of rules and policies that determine how the territory is used and organized, building requirements and regulations, and most importantly, lifestyles and values. The platform will develop projects from the perspective of the economy of lifestyle, social and inclusive well-being and local sustainable development.
- Coordination of scientific and technological infrastructure of the five-university alliance as well as R&D bodies and technological institutes in the Valencian Community which belong to CAMPUSHABITAT5U, including:
- Science and technology parks
- Research laboratories
- Scientific and technical equipment
- Technology based enterprise incubators
- Spaces for R&D departments of centres and businesses
- Development and establishment of policies for the coordination of scientific and technological services in the five-university alliance as well as R&D bodies and technology institutes in the Valencian Community which belong to CAMPUSHABITAT5U
- Promotion of the integration of research groups in national and foreign networks and platforms
- Promotion of incentives to orient research in accordance with the strategies established in the master plan
- Fostering competitiveness and quality in CAMPUSHABITAT5U groups, as well as their quality and the international projection of their scientific output
- Creation of Living Labs on the campuses and in the science parks of the five Valencian public universities in order to test technological solutions for problems in Habitat and Territory – the goal here is to be able to test innovative solutions in real situations. By means of this measure, CAMPUSHABITAT5U would become a member of the European Network of Living Labs
- Promotion and development of a common university space for technology centres and the business community
- Creation of a programme to develop an open platform for the promotion of exchanges of university research staff with technology centres and businesses through participation in applied research projects as well as participation of business professionals and technology experts from private concerns and technological centres in university educational projectsThe programme will design incentives to promote bi-directional mobility for short-term exchanges which will help to build an open network with the five universities and the seven technology institutes participating in the project, as well as businesses in the sector which voluntarily elect to join the programme.
- Internationalization The internationalization of research will concentrate on the following points:
- stimulating the development of research projects with international participation through the creation of international alliances;
- attracting high-quality doctoral candidates and research personnel;
- increasing the international scope and visibility of research projects
Please refer to the list of proposals for internationalization in Area 2.6, Internationalization Policies.
CAMPUSHABITAT5Uwill increase the capacity of support and assessment units in the five universities to transfer knowledge through the establishment of an assessment programme in the area of Habitat and Territory.In order to achieve this aim, the creation of an Interuniversity R&D Protection, Assessment and Marketing Unit in Habitat and Territory is planned.
The following is a list of some of the measures to be implemented by the unit:
- Indentifying and evaluating knowledge generated by the five universities
- Providing consulting services on the most suitable strategies for the protection of intellectual property
- Conducting market research to identify market opportunities and product niches in order to determine the most appropriate marketing strategies
- Marketing and sale of technology under licensing agreements
- Supporting the creation of spin-offs:
- Selection of suitable experienced entrepreneurs to manage them
- Securing of suitable financing for each stage of growth
- Follow-up monitoring of the spin-off
- Creating new professional profiles in fields related to the management and exploitation of R&D&i
- Maintaining technological vigilance: provision of reports on the state of technology as well as economic, financial and market information which may be of use in the preparation of R&D projects or in determining new avenues of research
- Communication and publicity
CAMPUSHABITAT5U aims to lead the way and demonstrate new forms of interaction with the territory, promoting an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable habitat. To this end, CAMPUSHABITAT5Uwill promote and publicize science and technology developed in the sphere of Habitat and Territory in order to:
- Transfer scientific advances to the public
- Increase visibility of the impact of scientific and technological innovations on current needs
- Garner interest in the business community in the application of innovations
- Disseminate scientific and technological information in schools in order to spark interest in the sciences as a career path
In order to meet this goal, the following measures will be pursued:
- Creation of a Habitat and Territory showroom at the Habitat and Territory event at the Valencia Trade Fair Centre and the Trade Fair Institute of Alicante.The fair and conference institutions of the Valencian Community are leaders in the organization of events in the many sectors linked to habitat, such as tiling, furnishing, household accessories, and so on.The goal here is to increase visibility of the CAMPUSHABITAT5U project through active participation of the members of the CIE and the creation of a permanent showroom at all fair events in the sphere of Habitat and Territory organized by the Valencia Trade Fair Centre and the Trade Fair Institute of Alicante in order to increase visibility of the educational and research activities of the project amongst members of the business and academic communities. Furthermore, the campus plans to join the organizing committee for fair events related to the area of Habitat a Territory in order to improve its capacity in and increase the visibility of innovations that have been developed.
- Organization of international events in Habitat and Territory that are open to the public, which serve to bring together scientists and intellectuals under one roof to discuss and plan new forms of sustainable, inclusive growth.This includes the organization of an international forum in Habitat and Territory. The forum reinforces CAMPUSHABITAT5U’s commitment to all of its stakeholders and to the public to apply results and advancements to the process of change and to involve scientific research in the area of Habitat and Territory. The forum is slated to be held at the same time as World Habitat Day and the Valencia International Habitat Fair and will include the representatives of United Nations-HABITAT for the purpose of publicizing our shared mission: promoting the social and environmentally sustainable development of human settlements and achieving adequate housing for everyone.
- Landscape and Territory ObservatoryCAMPUSHABITAT5U will work with the government of Valencia to create a common strategy to coordinate a wide variety of programmes and actions to be implemented in the CV – both in public universities and research centres, with the cooperation of governmental bodies – in order to address issues related to the protection of the territory’s landscape and to promote local development through the creation of the Landscape and Territory Observatory.
- Objectives and stakeholders
This project was borne from a collaborative agreement with the government of Valencia which is to be developed under the aegis of the CAMPUSHABITAT5U programme. It is an inter-university programme with the objective of monitoring and assessing the natural resources and heritage of the CV in keeping with the model provided by analogous European observatories. CAMPUSHABITAT5Uwill support the activities of the observatory via a platform for innovation in sustainable development in the territory.CAMPUSHABITAT5U plans to create this platform through the recruitment of political institutions interested in environmental management, leading international research centres involved in the diagnosis of the state of the environment, businesses capable of providing consulting service and direct action, as well as highly capable university research groups that have the capacity to do research and provide instruction in advanced knowledge closely related to the areas of action ofCAMPUSHABITAT5U.
- Specialization and measures
The goal of this platform is to innovate in the sustainable development of the territory following two basic courses of action. The first of these is coordinating measures and plans related to the conservation, protection and development of the CV’s natural resources. The second aims to stimulate and reinforce research and the generation of new knowledge of excellence in local and regional development.In order to implement these two courses of action, the observatory will adopt the following measures:
- Creation of a platform for innovation in sustainable development in the territory. This will play a key role in inter-institutional coordination between the government of Valencia and the institutions promoting CAMPUSHABITAT5U which will help to increase the generation of R&D&i of excellence in the area of Landscape and Territory in key advocate research groups and institutions.
- The creation the observatory and the activity of the observatory will act as an instrument to contribute towards the protection, administration and regulation of the CV’s rural areas. The observatory will apply a comprehensive approach within the framework of sustainable development and will drive action through the creation of proposals and promotion of measures in the area of landscape and territory.
- Objectives and stakeholders
Strand 3. CreaInCube
CreaInCube is a CAMPUSHABITAT5U proposal for the creation of a new multi-disciplinary forum for the contemplation and incubation of new options, focuses and strategies for growth via creative We coffees, workshops and creative coaching workshops employing the new driving force for prosperity, CREATIVITY.
As a hub for innovation, CAMPUSHABITAT5U purports to create a “Patchwork for Creativity” in the Valencian Community to act as a catalyst for new creative industries. The patchwork will provide a meeting space for culture, technology, science and society, providing new models of technology and knowledge transfer for business that are economically feasible and sustainable over the long-term.
CAMPUSHABITAT5U, through CreaInCube, will launch an initiative to encourage Valencian university students’ creativity and innovation, enabling the creation of business projects which hold the internal values of a generation that is ready for change and new ideas in the knowledge society.
CAMPUSHABITAT5U believes that “in the era of globalization, regions which want to maintain high levels of quality of life and preserve their leading roles must function as ecosystems, open to global currents, and must be able to concentrate innovation, to attract talent and to generate creativity.”
In order to achieve these objectives, CreaInCube proposes the following strategic measures:
- To provide impetus for the attraction and retention of talent
- To play a leading role in its field in bringing about change towards a new socioeconomic model in the territory that places more emphasis on knowledge and the generation of employability and productivity
- To provide a benchmark model for socio-cultural values and innovations which promote transition to a sustainable economy
CreaInCube hopes that CAMPUSHABITAT5U will be recognized as a “focus for creativity, innovation and tolerance; the production of new ideas (innovative habitat) as one of the principal function of a university.”
A creative culture inspires development that is centred on people and is a key ingredient in the creation of employment, innovation and commerce while contributing to social inclusion, cultural diversity and environmental sustainability. For all of these reasons, it offers an excellent tool to combat future economic crises and to contribute to growth and prosperity, especially for countries which are trying to diversify their economies.
This is why all parties which wish to generate wealth, employment and quality of life (e.g. science parks) or which are searching for new, innovative, sustainable strategies that promote “regional growth while maintaining social well-being” must strive to support measures that promote creativity in their areas.
CreaInCube is a pioneering experiment in the developmental phase in the arena of talent and creativity management which aims to be known in the future as:
- A leader in driving the genesis of a creative culture and economy in the Valencian Community in order to bring this initiative to the national and international arenas
- An innovative, effective and efficient programme which offers alternative avenues for socio-economic growth that meets the needs of modern-day society
- A generator of creative entrepreneurial spirit in Valencian universities
Strand 4. The Advanced Studies Centre in Habitat and Territory
Habitat and Territory are subjects which should be approached from an interdisciplinary point of view with the aid of urban planners, architects, engineers, sociologists, economists, etc.
This is why CAMPUSHABITAT5U has planned the creation of the Advanced Studies Centre in Habitat and Territory. The principal objectives of the project are as follows:
- To promote dialogue between the different academic disciplines
- To launch and implement interdisciplinary research projects
The centre will promote the exchange of ideas between teaching and research staff and young pre-doctorate researchers from a wide range of disciplines for the subsequent development of collaborative research projects. The centre’s objective is to admit approximately 15 people every year to pursue these types of research projects. The goal is to improve dialogue between the different academic cultures in the sciences, engineering, architecture and humanities and to design and develop collaborative research projects.
The five universities in the alliances may offer grants through the centre for the purpose of allowing teaching and research staff and young researchers to pursue the proposed interdisciplinary projects and participate in scientific activities at the centre.With this measure, the centre hopes to establish a network of intellectuals to promote dialogue between the different academic disciplines of the SUPV. CAMPUSHABITAT5U believes this will lead directly or indirectly to new interdisciplinary projects.In order to make this possible, teaching and research staff will be excused from some of their duties. The centre will provide funding for visiting professors for the period of their participation in the project (approximately 30,000 euros per professor). Funds for new programmes may also be made available if they help to relieve teaching and research staff of their regular duties.People receiving grants may request additional financial assistance for new interdisciplinary projects in areas which require collaboration among the different academic disciplines. Decisions on the awarding of grants will be made by a selection committee comprised of representatives from the five universities.
Providing grants for projects is a key element of centre’s programme and an important compliment to financial assistance for teaching and research staff and young pre-doctorate researchers. Projects will be created based on dialogue and cooperation among the member of the centre. This will allow academic collaborative efforts to be transformed into long-term research groups. The centre’s projects are a key component of its strategy for the creation of a research network that connects the sciences, engineering, architecture and humanities.
Another important facet of the centre will be the organization of events to promote communication among the different academic disciplines and to illustrate the importance of building bridges between the sciences, engineering, architecture and the humanities. This programme will not only be open to senior research teaching staff and junior researchers, it will also be open to students and the public. The centre will offer several activities, including conferences, summer and winter schools as well as workshops and symposia.
SCIENTIFIC ADVANCEMENT: EXPECTED RESULTS
|Name of indicator||Current|
|Number of indexed scientific publications (ISI - ESI)||1.614||1.900||18%||2.200||36%|
|Joint ISI – ESI publication (with 2 or more institutions|
from the group)
|Participation in Excellence projects (European,|
Consolider, Avanze CENIT and PROMETEO)
|Coordinated European and international projects||39||44||13%||50,0||28%|
|Research personnel studying (pre-doctorate)||546||690||26%||750||37%|
|Contracted post-doctorate research personnel||117||130||11%||150||28%|
|Researchers in exchange programmes abroad||136||150||10%||170||25%|
|Number of international events organised per year||41||45||10%||50||22%|
|Name of indicator||Current|
|2013||% Inc |
|Number of patents requested in Spain per year||32||36||13%||40||25%|
|Number of technology licensing contracts per year||30||33||10%||36||20%|
|Number of spin-offs (BTEs) generated (last 4 years)||14||16||14%||18||29%|
|Number of companies in science parks||120||140||17%||160||33%|
|Number of employees in science parks||4.200||4.500||7%||5.000||19%|
|Annual income generated by knowledge transfer activity||28,1||32||14%||35||25%|
Data refers exclusively to CAMPUSHABITAT5U’s area of specialization, i.e. Habitat and Territory
SCIENTIFIC ADVANCEMENT: SUMMARY TABLE