Today and tomorrow, February 3 and 4, the Spain Pavilion will hold the National Entrepreneurship Summit, which coincides with the week dedicated to our country at the Expo 2020 Dubai, created to disseminate the essence and cultural wealth of Spain to the visitors at this global event.

This conference will showcase the country’s technological and innovative progress, in addition to being a space for promoting sustainable development between European and Arab countries. The aim of this event is to position Spain as a role model for entrepreneurs and start-ups from all over the world, as well as to encourage collaboration between countries and the exchange of initiatives.

Juan Manuel Corchado, professor at the University of Salamanca and Director of the AIR Institute and the BISITE Research Group, attended this meeting and took the opportunity today to meet with technology, energy and biotechnology companies, with whom he analyzed possible opportunities for collaboration.

The agenda for Thursday 3 began with an official opening speech by Francisco Polo, High Commissioner for Spain as an Entrepreneurial Nation. This was immediately followed by a session on innovative Spanish technologies, with the participation of companies from the sector.

After these previous conferences, the central part of the event was held, divided into three sections: the talk “Scalling up on the shoulder of giants” by the main Spanish energy companies; a discussion between entrepreneurs from different Spanish capitals, and a closing session with the participation of universities and business schools, which debated the current Spanish educational system and its necessary restructuring.

Undoubtedly, these conferences are an excellent showcase of the science and innovation that is being developed in Spain. We are very lucky to belong to this ecosystem thanks to the work of the BISITE Research Group and the AIR Institute.

Highlights from the event. Photos: @EnagasEmprende@expospain2020

Attached is a short video of Francisco Polo’s speech.

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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