The Universitat Jaume I (UJI) and the Sagunto Town Council have met today, Wednesday 25 November, during the online «2 Innovation UJI – Companies» event. From the Sagunto City Council Chamber, the Mayor Darío Moreno opened the event along with the Deputy Vice-Rector of Transfer, Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the UJI, David Cabedo. Nine companies participated in this event coordinated by Espaitec from the Sagunto area, along with 18 UJI research groups.

Moreno stressed that it is «essential for the university to know the business fabric’s problems to focus its research resources on improving companies’ competitiveness and their territorial resilience. Therefore, the Transfer Antennae Programme is extremely positive for this vital objective». Cabedo emphasised that «this event shows that it is possible to do important things in innovation during today’s pandemic by underlining the importance of innovation to pull through these difficult times». He also highlighted that nine firms and 18 UJI research groups participated in this event.

The order of this event

Once opened, the event started with the speech Towards knowledge transfer. Financing R&D&i projects with Company-University collaboration by Ismael Rodrigo, Manager of the Cooperation Office for Technological Research and Development (OCIT – UJI). The event continued with Data Scientist Úrsula Pérez of Ampere Energy, and with Emilio Pérez, a member of the UJI EEA (Electricity, Electronics and Automation research group, who shared their experience in university-company collaboration in joint projects. Juan A. Bertolín, the Manager of the General UJI Foundation, introduced the programmed One to One meetings held between research groups and companies.

Nine companies from the Sagunto area participated in the virtual meetings: Aleson ITC, Explora Sagunto, Mapa Spontex Ibérica, Kimer, Importaco, Lafarge Holcim, Saggas, GDX Group (Almenara) and Ampere Energy (Puzol). The followings UJI research groups took part: MicroBIO (microbiology of opportunistic pathogens and their impact on human health); IMK (Innovation in Marketing);  GETUR (Tourist Studies Offices); ChEMTECh (Chemical Engineering and Materials  Technology – IUTC the University Ceramics Technology Institute); Manufacturing Engineering; INAM (Advanced Materials Institute); MASF (Materials for Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing); PIMA (Advanced Polymers and Materials); INIT (University Institute of New Imaging Technologies); Mathematic Modelling – Spatio-Temporal Data Statistic and Data Mining; BBuji (Biochemistry and Biotechnology); Environmental and Occupational Hazards; EEA (Electricity, Electronics and Automation); CECOM (the Structural and Computational Mechanics Calculation Group); QOMCAT (Organometallic Chemistry and Homogeneous Catalysis); GID (Green R&D); the FACSA – UJI Chair and QSS (Sustainable and Supramolecular Chemistry).

This event forms part of the Knowledge Antennae Transfer Project carried out by the General UJI Foundation, which is responsible for Espaitec’s management, and financed by the Valencian Innovation Agency (AVI) by means of an agreement signed by Science Parks from the Valencian Community to Boost Knowledge and Technology Transfer between University and companies, and to support Innovative Entrepreneurship.