Aquarium Donostia

Aquarium Donostia

Rainova final conference announced on 11 December 2014

From project leaders Ikaslan Gipuzkoa

The final conference of the Rainova project will take place on 11 December 2014 from 09:15 until 13:30.

The conference venue will be the San Sebastián Aquarium,  Plaza de Carlos Blasco Imaz 1, 20003 Donostia/San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa/Basque Country. Registration of participants will commence at 09:00.

The keynote speaker will be Mr Angel Arbonies from the Arbonies Association, on the theme of “The Culture of Innovation”. The conference introduction and closing address will be made by Mr Jose Luis Fernández Maure from the Ikaslan Gipuzkoa association of public vocational and educational training centres in the Basque Country. There will also be a speech by Mr Fernando Sierra from the Euskalit organisation, which monitors and recognises excellence in innovative practice, concerning “The advantages of the Rainova Innovation Management Model for SMEs”.

In addition there will be presentations by project partners of three strategic outputs: the Rainova Innovation Management Model, Rainova Regional Innovation Observatory and Rainova Innovation Network.


Rainova Research Report published by the partners

Story by David Townsend Jones, Adastra Cymru, Swansea

The Rainova Research Report has been published by the partners. A link to it can be found on the Outputs page of this website, where there are also instructions on how to access the six sets of appendices to the report, through the project platform.

At the beginning of the Rainova project, the partners believed there was a need to develop innovation policies and systems in our regions not only to support existing innovation practices there but also to promote the emergence of new innovations and transfer them quickly and efficiently into VET institutions and SMEs.

We thought it necessary to research the position in each of our regions. We also thought that by sharing our experiences we would shed light on the comparative strengths and weaknesses of any existing strategies that were currently in place.

Through this research our aim was to provide a benchmark for developing our Innovation Management Model (IMM) and create a culture of knowledge and innovation via the resulting Regional Innovation Networks, which would bring together key stakeholders and policy makers who are in a position to implement or take advantage of any innovations. Our research would also provide the basis for developing innovation policies in the vocational education and training field.

Although the final published version of the report was not formally completed until 2014, the shared research results were available to the partners from late 2012, providing the foundation for subsequent work on the IMM, Observatory and Innovation Networks.