The promotion of initiatives that improve the spread and exchange of knowledge is the foundation on which a progressive project is built. The Parque Tecnológico de Andalucía is the reference point around which various knowledge transfer networks revolve, aiming to facilitate meetings that result in the development of future projects. The PTA plays host to such important organisations as RETA, APTE, IASP, ANCES and UICN.
Red de Espacios Tecnológicos de Andalucía [Andalucian Technology Network] (RETA)
The Red de Espacios Tecnológicos de Andalucía [Andalucian Technology Network] (RETA) is a non-profit business network set up in April 2005 (on the initiative of the Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Science of the Regional Government of Andalucia). Its goal is to create a collaborative culture between Andalucian companies and to promote innovation and technological development, transferring both the capacity for innovation developed in Andalucian technological spaces and the Universities’ knowledge to the centre of Andalucian production, thereby transforming knowledge and innovation into highly competitive products.
Asociación de Parques Científicos y Tecnológicos de España [Association of Science and Technology Parks of Spain] (APTE).
The existing Science and Technology Parks in Spain maintain permanent contact and collaborative links with each other through a network which makes up the Association of Science and Technology Parks of Spain (APTE). It is an NGO that was set up in 1987, with 79 Science and Technology Parks members (32 partners and 47 Affiliates), spread over 17 Autonomous Communities.
3,809 companies, who turnover 13,230 million euros per year and employ 100,474 workers, of whom 14,160 work in R+D+i, make up the Science and Technology Parks in APTE.
The most important sectors in APTE are, ICT (25%), Engineering, Consultancy and Advisory services (13%) and Technology Centres and R+D (7%).
International Association of Technological Parks (IASP)
Founded in 1984, IASP brings together the majority of global Science and Technology Parks. It currently has more than 350 partners, spread over 71 countries, housing more than 200,000 companies.
The IASP is structured into five Regional Divisions, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America and the Middle East, and operates from two offices, the head office in Málaga and a branch office in Beijing. China.
Its main objective is to develop into a global forum where its members can exchange experiences and information, and come up with new business opportunities for companies or institutions based in each of the Scientific and Technological Parks that are members of the IASP.
ANCES, National Association of Spanish BICs
The European Business and Innovation Centres (BICs) are grouped together in ANCES, located in Málaga. The president is Álvaro Simón, CEO of the Malaga BIC, more commonly known as “Bic Euronova”. ANCES, established in 1994 with a national scope, is a non-profit association with legal personality that came up with the idea of promoting economic and industrial development through BICs, providing expertise on the creation of new SMEs based on innovative elements with potential for development.
Starting with this objective, ANCES presents itself to its 29 members as a framework designed to facilitate the systems, services and activities that contribute to the achievement of aims with maximum efficiency and professionalism.
EBN, European Business & Innovation Centre Network
Founded in 1984 as a joint initiative between the European Commission, leaders of European industry and the first European Business and Innovation Centres, it is currently the main non-governmental European network that groups more than 250 BICs and other similar organisations, such as incubators or innovation centres and development agencies, throughout the whole of Europe, as well as associate members from Latin America, North Africa and the Middle East.The EBN’s main objectives are to promote the development of European BICs, providing expertise on the creation of new businesses and/or new activities in existing companies; and to promote innovation and diversification of production activity, technological progress and economic development in Europe.
IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature
Formed in 1948, it is the largest global environmental conservation network. It groups together 89 states, 124 governmental agencies, 1,018 non-governmental organisations, 34 affiliated agencies and 1,000 scientists and experts from 160 countries in a global network that is unique in its kind. Multicultural and multilingual, it has 1,000 employees in 45 offices around the world.Its mission is to influence, stimulate and support societies all over the world, with the goal of maintaining the integrity of nature and ensuring the equitable and ecologically sustainable use of natural resources. It offers expert advice on scientific, political and legislative aspects relating to the environment in order to develop framework agreements with institutions of various kinds, as well as strategies for the sustainable management of natural resources, all with the support of local communities and organisations.