The expertise of Spanish research groups are beginning to spill over into the private sector thanks to new European initiatives. Projects, such as EUROINGENIO and IMDEA Networks, which promote the mutual and continuous exchange of knowledge, are transferring to Spanish companies the tremendous success that has recently been observed in its R&D sector.
We live in a globalised world in which the generation of knowledge is the essential raw material for the creation of wealth. This fact, so often repeated, is so evident that developing countries such as China and India already invest as much as developed countries in the generation of new scientific knowledge. They are developing structures to transform this knowledge into technology, which later will be applied by businesses in new processes, products and services considered innovative by the markets.
IMDEA is a network of international research centres of independent legal status, promoted on the initiative of the regional government and created to contribute to positioning Madrid among Europe’s knowledge-generating regions.
Esperanza Aguirre's government plan to invest 300 million euros in opening ten institutes of science and technology in the region in their next term of office, if they win the regional elections in May 2007. The regional president made the announcement yesterday as she presented the Madrid Institute of Advanced Studies (IMDEA), which will coordinate the ten future centres.
Esperanza Aguirre has her sights set on making Madrid Europe's Mecca of scientific research. To do so, from 2007 the regional government will increase its budget for RD&I, creating ten research institutes and hiring 600 people, of which 200 will be internationally renowned scientists.