The Secretary of State for R&D, under the Ministry of Economy and Innovation, has just announced that Villamayor will join the municipalities which form part of the Innpulso Network for Cities of Innovation

This network was created six years ago as a strategic city-based platform to strengthen innovation at a local level, without taking into account the size of the municipalities. This is why cities such as Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao can share this distinction with towns such as Ávila, Cáceres, Eibar and villages with populations numbering fewer than 10,000 inhabitants.

In order to join this network, candidates must demonstrate that they have conducted activities in which they “support innovation in their region, define politics, strengthen structures, institutions and local businesses with a strong scientific, technological and innovative component” according to the call notice.

In addition to Villamayor, the following cities have also joined Innpulso: Alcalá de Guadaira, Alcázar de San Juan, Almussafes, Alfaz de Pi, Aranda de Duero, Camargo, Gandía and Torrente.

Some of the advantages for municipalities receiving this distinction include the possibility to launch collaborative projects with network partners, higher priority to house scientific and technological facilities, and preference for hosting conferences, seminars and other events. A total of 62 Spanish towns have received this recognition, with Villamayor the only town located in the province of Salamanca to hold this distinction.

The Science Park of the University of Salamanca congratulates the town of Villamayor, its local government and its citizens for its incorporation into the Innpulso Network. This is a national level seal of quality recognizing efforts to strengthen innovative scientific, technological and social networks, contributing toward the creation of a productive knowledge-based model.

Approaching 10 years since its founding, our Science Park is becoming a reference in R&D not only at a local or regional level, but at a national level as well, as the numbers show (100% occupancy, housing more than 50 companies with 800 direct employees) and can now boast this honour for our municipality.

To form part of this Spanish map of R&D and of a network such as Innpulso is a source of satisfaction, but also comes with a responsibility to take advantage of this situation and maintain the recognition, which is renewed every three years.

Our efforts to make Villamayor and Salamanca a hub of intensive activities in innovation is a goal which is bearing significant fruit. The objective is to consolidate and expand our model to the rest of the University campuses of Salamanca: Zamora, Avila and Bejar.

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Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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