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28.10.2016 13:58

PTS Endorses Granada's Bid to Become City of Science and Innovationl

The Granada Health Science Technological Park (PTS) has officially endorsed Granada's bid to become Spain's next City of Science and Innovation at an event attended by the Park's managing director, Jesús Quero. Other organisations supporting the bid include Granada City Council, the Autonomous Government of Andalusia and the University of Granada. The winning city will be selected by the Spanish Ministry of Finance and Competitiveness.


[Translate to ENG:] Representantes de instituciones y entidades en el Ayto de Granada.

According to the mayor of Granada, Francisco Cuenca, if the city's bid is successful, it will be "an acknowledgement of the investment made in scientific, technological and social infrastructure, Granada's talent pool, and the city's leadership in innovation." The mayor was speaking at a meeting at the City Hall organised by the City Council, the PTS, the Autonomous Government of Andalusia and the University of Granada, and attended by representatives from the Parque de las Ciencias museum, the Estación Experimental del Zaidín research centre, the Astrophysics Institute, School of Arabic Studies, López Neyra Parasitology and Biomedicine Institute, the Institute of Earth Sciences and the Granada Confederation of Entrepreneurs. Mr Cuenca went on to say that Granada's bid will help "bring science closer to society as a whole".

The Spanish Ministry of Finance will evaluate all the bids, submitted by cities that have invested in infrastructures that contribute to economic sustainability and promote knowledge and innovation-based growth.

In his speech at the event, Granada's mayor also highlighted the role played by the city's university. He said that "thanks to the University of Granada, and the support of all government bodies, various public and private companies and organisations have been established over the last 50 years, creating a dense network of researchers and scientists who continue to make excellent contributions to the world of science."

 

Mr Cuenca also pointed out that a successful bid to become City of Science and Innovation would "boost the productive fabric and innovation-related activity of Granada, a city with a major focus on the biohealth sector."