The University of Valencia participates in the program that unites science and politics in the face of the challenges of the green transition and sustainability

The University of Valencia (UV) has opened a call for the participation of its researchers in the -Science Meets Regions- programme, an initiative of -Science in Parliament- and RUVID aimed at facilitating understanding and cooperation between representatives of the science and politics in the field of green transition and sustainability. UV researchers can submit their applications until next February 8.

The ’green transition’ covers the time stipulated by Europe to implement the changes that lead societies to achieve a sustainable lifestyle model. Since 2019, the European Green Deal establishes political initiatives whose objective is to put the EU on the path towards an ecological transition, with the ultimate goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050.

Along these lines, ’Science Meets Regions Valencian Community 2023: Green transition and sustainability’ is a program selected by the Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission as one of nine European initiatives to strengthen ties between the scientific and political communities. The program will select around 12 pairs formed by one person from the field of science and another from the field of politics, with the aim of fostering tangible, effective and sustainable collaborations, as well as advancing the challenges posed by the green transition in the Valencian Community.

"It is about adopting a clear and strategic approach on issues of relevance to regions and cities, in line with the priorities of the European Commission", says Cristina Portalés, member of the board of directors of CeeP, Ramón y Cajal researcher at the Institute of Robotics and Information and Communication Technologies (IRTIC) and representative of the University of Valencia in the project. "The idea is to fill the existing gap, at the local and regional level, in this type of experience for the promotion of science in the legislative field and the establishment of better-informed science policies, which have already been carried out successfully in other countries", she concludes.

The initiative is led by the state-level association Science in Parliament (CeeP) in collaboration with the Network of Valencian Universities for the promotion of Research, Development and Innovation (RUVID), of which the University of Valencia (UV) is part.

’Science in Parliament’ is a non-profit association whose objective is that science and scientific knowledge are sources of information in the formulation of political proposals. It emerged in 2018 as a popular initiative with volunteers from the world of science who dedicate part of their free time to this work.

The Network of Valencian Universities for the promotion of Research, Development and Innovation (RUVID) was born in December 2001 through a collaboration agreement between the five Valencian public universities. Currently, it is made up of the University of Valencia, the Polytechnic University of Valencia, the University of Alicante, the Jaume I University of Castelló, the Miguel Hernández University of Elche, the CEU Cardenal Herrera University, the Catholic University of Valencia and the Spanish National Research Council - Valencian Community Delegation.

Researchers whose work revolves around the green transition and sustainability from any area of knowledge can access the call for ’Science Meets Regions Valencian Community 2023: Green transition and sustainability’.

Access to the submission of applications.