Juan Antonio Bertolín, who is the person in charge of innovation and projects of espaitec, the Scientific and Technological Park of the Universitat Jaume I (UJI), presented the initiative Penyagolosa, Smart Territory as part of the research session of the Living Labs International Summer School, whose fourth edition was held this week in Manchester, in which more than 200 international experts participated to analyse various Living Labs trends internationally.

This fourth edition has paid special attention to consider the Horizon 2020 strategy of the Livinglab concept by the European Union, as well as the RIS (Regional Intelligent Specialisation) strategies, a line in which espaitec has presented the “Penyagolosa, Smart Territory” initiative, espaitec’s commitment to take the e’ LivingLab Project beyond UJI’s Campus del Riu Sec and to convert the province of Castellón into a Smart Province.

One of the objectives of espaitec’s e’LivingLab Project centres on territorial impact by allowing experimental and collaborative innovation to reach all the municipal districts in the province of Castellón. Espaitec honours its commitment with e’Rural Lab initiatives so that the inland municipal districts of this province can incorporate innovation and technology as basic tools in order to obtain a differentiated identity with their territory to become Smart Territories that provide added value to all the commercial, institutional and social actions they undertake.