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Round Table: Reflections on the future of innovation policy

Round Table: Reflections on the future of innovation policy

The challenges of territorial cohesion, inclusive growth and climate change.

Kevin Morgan, Special Advisor to the European Commissioner for Regional Policy and Professor at the University of Cardiff (United Kingdom), will participate in the event.

Generating a debate on the future of regional development policies, in a context in which it is expected that they can solve economic, social, political and environmental problems is one of the objectives of the round table: "Reflections on the future of innovation policy: the challenges of territorial cohesion, inclusive growth and climate change".

After the financial and economic crisis of 2008, investments in the development of the peripheral regions of Europe and other continents have not succeeded in reversing the economic stagnation generated. Recent research shows that the emergence of populist phenomena is related to the perception of the populations in these areas, as they do not feel they benefit from the economic progress made in the central regions. However, these same peripheral regions can be centres of creativity and innovation, developing technologies and disruptive ideas that can benefit precisely because they are far from the centres of political and economic power.

Starting from this perspective, the meeting will share some of the most interesting initiatives that have been developed in the Valencian Community, in the field of innovation, and will have the participation of Olivia Estrella López, secretary general of the Valencian Innovation Agency; Elisa del Río, Director of the Technical Area of the Business Confederation of the Valencia Region; Victoria Pellicer, President of the Som Energía Cooperative and Energy Technique in Las Naves; and José Luis Hervás-Oliver, Professor of Innovation at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. After that, Kevin Morgan, professor at Cardiff University and Special Advisor to the European Commission for Regional Policies, will present a more global vision of the future of these policies. Morgan is one of the most influential academics on the subject of innovation and territorial development in recent decades. The table will be moderated by Pedro Marques, researcher at INGENIO (CSIC-UPV). 

The meeting will be held on September 25, at 18 hours, in the Casa de la Ciencia del CSIC in Valencia (C/ de la Bailía, 1). This space for reflection takes place within the framework of the scientific content activities that INGENIO (CSIC-UPV) organises to commemorate its 20th anniversary

The event will be held in English.