María José Jurado, researcher at GEO3BCN-CSIC, was one of the invited speakers of the 2-days event "CSIC: get ready for Horizon Europe!" organized by the CSIC Deputy Vice-Presidency for International Relationships between June 29th and 30th. This thematic event, which was held both online and in-person, was aimed at showing the main novelties and new opportunities brought by "Horizon Europe", the new research and innovation funding program launched by the European Union (2021-2027). Jurado offered the talk entitled "How to bring your research results to the market" on 3rd June.
During her talk, María José Jurado explained her experience as a coordinator of the INNOLOG project to show how the innovations developed by this project funded by EIT Raw Materials "have been brought to society and the market". INNOLOG project team has developed three new exploration tools based on innovative techniques which have been applied for the first time to the subsurface: two sensors based in hyperespectral and laser spectroscopy imaging techniques, and a new mineral identification software based on the last IA machine/deep learning technology.
The researcher provided an overview of the project's life. Firstly, Jurado explained the development of the initial ideas and the proposal presented and finally accepted the proposal in 2016. Then, Jurado detailed the execution and conclusion of the project in 2020, when she was awarded with the 3rd EIT Innovators Award.
Then, María José Jurado explained how the INNOLOG project had been selected for the final phase of The Collider program (fostered by the Mobile World Capital) and had been also selected for the first phase of the Accelerator program (fostered by the EIT Raw Materials). María Jose Jurado ended her talk by introducing a the INNOLOG's innovation roadmap and the establishment of the new startup.
"I offered the vision of a researcher who has had to learn everything in this field and who has walked this path in the last years, with a lot of effort and with the support of the CSIC, both for the project management through the European Programs fostered by the CSIC Deputy Vice-Presidency for International Relationships as well as for the patents and the participation in the start-up calls through the Area of Industrial Property and Entrepreneurship Support of the CSIC Deputy Vice-Presidency for Knowledge Transfer", said Jurado.
According to the researcher establishing bonds between the researchers and those who have an understanding and knowledge of the market is key to overcome the challenges of knowledge transfer. "We know our sector very well, the research and the innovation, but, in general, we certainly do not know the path and the tools needed to bring innovation to market. To undertake this travel we need professionals with appropriate skills, entrepreneurs who have long experience in bringing the innovation market".
"It is therefore important that the market and business specialists and the project members experienced in research, technology, and innovation collaborate since both parts are indispensable and complementary", concludes Jurado.
Representatives of several CSIC areas, researchers, and members of the European Union's institutions shared their knowledge and experience in the Framework Programmes during the "CSIC: Get ready for Horizon Europe!" event. The meeting program had scheduled more than a dozen of presentations and dialogues.