At a time of greater convergence of science and innovation, the IASP – the worldwide network of science parks and areas of innovation based in Málaga, Spain – is a good example of the successful commitment between the excellence of strategy and the capacity to ensure effective results in the agenda of value creation.

ISAP Director General Luis Sanz and Chief Operations Officer Ebba Lund represent this new ambition of giving innovation a clear role in the competitiveness agenda, particularly as European society faces new challenges of innovation.     

Science parks and areas of innovation demand an effective partnership contract between all of society’s main players to build a real strategy of confidence in the implementation of different policies. The focus on innovation and knowledge as drivers of creating added value with international dissemination is a unique challenge that may be the answer to a new way of interaction between those who have the responsibility of thinking and those that have the responsibility of producing goods and services.

The differences between these science parks and areas of innovation must be centred on an active entrepreneurial culture and attitude in the new knowledge economy. They must have a negative attitude towards financial risk and focus on innovation and cultural exchanges that create positive dynamics.

We need our society to have a new challenge. The IASP has an important role as a platform of innovation to contribute to a more entrepreneurial society based on new areas of knowledge and new sectors of value. In a modern and active society, the key word is ‘co-creation’. Promoting a dynamic and active creative process that involves each and every citizen is society’s biggest challenge in the coming years.

In the future, our society of ideas must be the most complete example of a positive attitude towards the future. Talent must be the new competitive advantage for Europe’s economy of ideas, which will be pushed by the “enablers” of modernity, added value, and excellence. Global participation in such a demanding society is an exercise of commitment between individual creativity and collective cooperation. This is also a great challenge for the IASP.

It´s time to believe in a new cycle for the future. These are, in fact, the drivers of change for Europe’s civil society. The challenge of the IASP is, in a large sense, to give a new opportunity to the reinvention of the economy. The reinvention of the economy is the reinvention of a country’s people and institutions.

The IASP has the challenge of being one of the key actors for this sort of change across Europe.