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Carmen Herrero claims research to unlock the door to the future

University of Alicante lecturer was presented with the Valencian Government Jaume I Award in Economics

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Alicante. Tuesday. 31 October 2017

This year’s winner of the Jaime I Award in Economics, University of Alicante professor Carmen Herrero, stated at the award ceremony that "a country that does not do research, does not innovate or does not create and market products, is closing its doors to the future."

On behalf of the six winners, Herrero read a speech in which she criticised the cutbacks in public funding and the double damage that the 'one-size-fits-all approach' has done when it comes to distributing these dwindling funds affecting high-performance groups adversely. She has also condemned the limited contribution made by private companies to research.

Carmen Herrero reported that the government cutbacks have affected “research twice: as an effective budget reduction, and as a lack of criteria in their distribution". She also stressed the limited influence of private financing "unlike other countries, contribution to the generation of knowledge is very limited here." "This is bad news to knowledge, research and innovation as they are the root of our future".

 "A country that does not do research, does not innovate or does not create and market products, is closing its doors to the future." "Research and innovation technology should not only be generated in universities but also greatly in our companies".

The six winners this year have been Fernando Martín (Basic Research), Carmen Herrero (Economics), Josep Dalmau (Clinical Medicine), Susana Marcos (New Technologies), Ana María Traveset (Protection of the Environment) and Alicia Asín (Entrepreneurship) . The only winner from the Region of Valencia this year is University of Alicante professor in economic analysis Carmen Herrero.

Each of them received a €100,000 prize, with the commitment to investing  part of it in their research or innovative projects. Some of them have already confirmed that they will allocate part of this amount to keep those young researchers in their teams who have been released from their postdoctoral contracts.

Regional government president Ximo Puig higlighted science as the "best antidote to fanaticism".  In a clear reference to the Catalan crisis, Puig stressed  that "a united Spain and a shared Europe makes us all better". "We Valencian people want to claim a country of reasons against those who want a country of emotions", he added.

Puig also criticised financial insufficiency in research, which is the same as it was in 2006, at 1.2% of GDP, compared to 3% in other European countries.  

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