CIT UPC participated in the 2023 edition of meetechSpain, organised by the Spanish Federation of Technology Centres (Fedit) and held on 18 and 19 May in Madrid. The event was attended by over 500 professionals from the Spanish innovation and industrial ecosystem. The capabilities of Spanish technology centres were presented, and challenges and opportunities in research, development and innovation were discussed. In addition, collaboration was promoted between agents of the ecosystem.
The centres, distributed on 28 stands, presented around 200 research development and innovation projects in the “Technological Showroom” of meetechSpain covering various sectors, such as health, agrifood, aeronautics, industry and technologies such as additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence (AI), IoT sensors or blockchain.
During the event, the role of technology centres as catalysts of knowledge transfer and cooperation was discussed. The round tables addressed the challenges and opportunities of the research, development and innovation ecosystem: from the results of the Cervera Technology Transfer Programme to the impact of centres’ activities, their role in industrialisation and economic transformation, the research, development and innovation proposals that increase the country’s competitiveness, and the keys for communicating on innovation. In addition, the promotion of business innovation, an understanding of the economic potential of research, development and innovation and the change in employment profiles are some of the challenges that the sector faces.
As part of the event, the UPC Technology Centre (CIT UPC) demonstrated the research capability and technological innovation potential of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech (UPC) in the areas of materials, health, agrotech, advanced production, energy and the environment, chemistry, logistics and mobility, digital transformation, urban development and sustainability and infrastructure.
Some of the projects that were presented were:
On 18 May, CIT UPC took part in the Speaker Corner of meetechSpain with the talk ‘Twenty-first century cities and innovation’, given by Silvia Chellini in the area of business development.
In addition, a video was presented on the technological capabilities and development and innovation potential of the UPC, including data on the university’s transfer activity.