I would like to share an article published a few days ago in the newspaper, El Mundo, in which I talk about the advances in R&D.
R&D is central to the activity of universities and research centres. A few years ago I was working with my PhD students on a binomial that was almost impenetrable, only we knew what we were doing and we only published what we wanted other people to learn about. This has changed radically, now, everyone working at our lab shares everything they do. Moreover, we encourage open research by holding seminars at which we discuss our projects and our doubts and to which we invite researchers from other groups.
We are breaking the old tendency to conceal R&D. An increasing number of people open their laboratories to other research groups in order to share projects and advance more quickly and solidly in their research. The same trend is emerging in the world of business due to international entrepreneurship funding systems.
Open innovation means sharing knowledge with other experts, conducting timely research and working with the best infrastructures. For this reason, there is a growing need for venues where universities, companies, entrepreneurs and administrations can work together, share information and help each other. International companies want to work with entrepreneurs, and with newly created companies; they want to help accelerate the growth of companies and collaborate with them. The activity of large companies is essential for entrepreneurs, and it is what drives open innovation and research. This has created many opportunities for researchers who must collaborate with companies on the development of new technologies.
It is a growing trend and it affects all organizations, both public and private. The next European funding program will encourage the development of collaborative projects and joint working structures (innovation hubs) in which technology, humanities, social sciences, and other fields of knowledge will be combined in projects and initiatives, moving the world in the right direction. We must strive towards developing the services and products that today’s society needs: sustainability and humanization. Open innovation is no longer just a possibility, it is becoming a necessity.