TecParques – Portuguese Association of Science and Technology Parks, in partnership with the Nonagon Association – Science and Technology Park of São Miguel, promoted, for the first time in the Azores, the Iberian Meeting of Science and Technology Parks.
The opening session of this event was attended by the President of the Azores Government, Vasco Cordeiro, the Mayor of Lagoa, Cristina Calisto, the President of the Portuguese Association of Science and Technology Parks, Paula Grijó, the President of the Association of Science and Technology Parks of Spain, Felipe Romera Lubias and the President of the Nonagon Association Board of Directors, Arnaldo Machado.
Vasco Cordeiro, President of the Government of the Azores, also expressed his satisfaction with the holding in the Azores of this XIII Iberian Meeting, stating that this event means a statement by the Region through these mechanisms and instruments in a relevant global path, not only in itself, but also in the effects it projects on the regions it welcomes.
“To talk about Science and Technology Parks and to emphasize this idea of science, technology, innovation, but above all, how any of these activities can be projected, to be an inducing factor for economic development, wealth creation, employment in the communities in which it belongs is a determining factor in any circumstance but it ends up in a Region such as ours, an Archipelagic Region, for gaining a particular relevance, not only for its own history but for its own potential in truly essential and cutting-edge areas of economic growth and development”, added the President of the Azores Government.
After the opening session, the XIII Iberian Meeting received the presentation by Soledad Diaz, on the theme “APTE, a network that promoted disruptive technologies and their application in the ODS”, by Bruno Pacheco, addressing the “Stimulation for the transfer of knowledge: a new generation of policies” and by Carlos Santos, with the theme “Creative Tourism”.
In a moment called “Park Flirt”, all Science and Technology Parks present had the opportunity, within 4 minutes, to present their mission, objectives and projects that are being developed.
The Iberian Meeting assumes as its main objective to promote a better knowledge of what represent the two Iberian networks of Science and Technology Parks – APTE – Association of Science and Technology Parks of Spain and Tecparques – Portuguese Association of Science and Technology Parks to enhance the creation of interconnections and cooperation dynamics among its members.
The approximation between Portuguese and Spanish parks, configures organizational advantages that can allow a broader reach, in terms of projects, research, sharing of good practices and knowledge, vectors that are always intended to translate into innovation, organizational efficiency and advantages for the respective communities.