The European Recovery Funds: how to promote science and entrepreneurship in Spain

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22/04/2021 @ 18:00 19:30 CEST

The aim of the Club de Científicos Rafael del Pino is to promote technological innovation, civil leadership and social responsibility across different areas of science. We organise events on current affairs and act as a meeting point for our community of young Spanish scientists coming from international universities such as MIT, Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College or ETH Zurich. Our last Science Policy event on December counted with prestigious researchers from the Royal Institute Elcano, CSIC and the Johns Hopkins University to reflect on the role of science advise during the Covid-19 crisis.

Now, we would like to discuss how the European Recovery Funds could help reform the Spanish R&D system. These funds are a unique opportunity to address the structural problems faced by our country, but also present an unprecedented management challenge. In this context, we would like to discuss, amongst others, the following questions:

– What are the main challenges faced by the Spanish R&D ecosystem? Such as for example, improving R&D expenditure, strengthening the international profile of Spanish universities, incentivising public-private partnerships, retaining talent, addressing the gender gap amongst science graduates, etc.

– How, and to what extent, can the European Recovery Funds address the issues above?

– What are the main challenges associated to the management and implementation of the European Recovery Funds?

– What are the future prospects for Spain as new countries acquire more relevance in the international R&D landscape?