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The most innovative and impactful industrial doctorate projects of 2023

2023 marked a decade of strategic, collaborative and applied research into the Industrial Doctorates Plan with 918 projects | Applied research has been key to identifying societal challenges and providing solutions | The focus of the ID Plan has been not only on the production of knowledge, but also on its dissemination, reinforcing the visibility of the socioeconomic impact and giving visibility to all the institutions involved | This article highlights a selection of projects disseminated during 2023, highlighting their social impact.

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"Industrial doctorates have given me a unique opportunity for personal and professional development"

Jordi Alba Granados is technical director of the Industrial Doctorates Plan of the Government of Catalonia and head of Development of Academic Programmes and Projects at the Department of Research and Universities. He is also a tutor and course instructor on the final project (TFM) of the University Master's Degree in Business Management (MUDE) at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Due to the growing demand for industrial doctorates, the university has talked to him to explain in more detail what these research projects consist of.

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The Industrial Doctorates Plan commemorates a decade of collaborative research in Catalonia with the publication of a book

The book offers a retrospective of the evolution of industrial doctorates, highlighting the contribution of doctoral staff to the economic and social progress of Catalonia. | The book outlines the impact of the Plan since its inception, comparing it with international programs and demonstrating a change in trend in the employability of doctoral staff towards the non-academic private sector.

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The jury of these awards is chaired by the Minister of Research and Universities Joaquim Nadal i Farreras, and is made up of outstanding professionals from the academic and industrial field. Among them, Dra. Isabel Amat, Global Head of Innovation and Pipeline Management at Reig Jofre; Dr. Enric Canela, emeritus professor at the University of Barcelona; Pere Joan Giralt, research professor at the Pere Tarrés Faculty of Social Education and Social Work at Ramon Llull University; Dr. Antonio Huerta, director of the ICREA institution; Dra. Anna Sánchez, founder of iTimes Advisers and vice president of Telescos.cat; Dra. Mariona Serra, co-founder and CEO of Goodgut (HIPRA); Dr. Jordi Mas, director general of the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (fcri); and Ms. Sara Miragall, from SEAT S.A.'s Young Talent Program HR.

Constitution of the jury of the 2022 Impact Awards of the Industrial Doctorates of the Generalitat de Catalunya

The Industrial Doctorates Plan of the Generalitat de Catalunya celebrates its tenth anniversary with the first edition of the 2022 Impact Awards. The jury, chaired by the Minister of Research and Universities, Joaquim Nadal i Farreras, is made up of leading professionals from the academic and industrial fields. The competition seeks to make visible the impact of collaborative research on industrial doctorate projects, and has been open to participants of the Industrial Doctorates Plan and to anyone of legal age residing in Catalonia.

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Artificial intelligence revolutionises research

Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing the relationship between humans and machines with its ability to manage and generate knowledge. It has become a key tool for academic research and there are many Industrial Doctorates projects working in this field. But the generation of artificial knowledge still depends on human beings. Therefore, it is necessary to explain well what is the use that researchers can make of AI to exploit its potential intelligently and ethically.

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The Industrial Doctorates Plan promotes more than 800 collaborative research projects

– The first decade of operation of the Program of the Department of Research and Universities has involved 530 companies, 25 research centers, the 12 Catalan universities and more than 600 researchers.

– Consellera Geis: "Industrial Doctorates promote the competitiveness and internationalization of the industrial fabric and are a lever for generational change in research".

– The funding of the program between 2012 and 2022 has amounted to 105 MEUR and this year's call for the plan has increased by 25% to 6 MEUR

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Industrial Doctorates. 10 years of collaborative research in Catalonia

Industrial Doctorates, 10 years of collaborative research in Catalonia

Industrial Doctorate (DI Plan) projects are consolidated as a key tool to transform knowledge into practical solutions for all citizens. The collaborative research model has demonstrated, with more than 800 projects promoted, its capacity to impact companies and institutions, the people who participate in the projects and society in general.

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