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Incentives to organise events and activities in Aragón to promote, divulgate and disseminate science, research, technological development and innovation

Title of measure
Full title in national language:
Subvenciones para la realización en Aragón de eventos y actividades de promoción, divulgación y difusión de la ciencia, la investigación, el desarrollo tecnológico y la innovación.
Policy objectives Plus
1.1. Institutional R&D funding
7.2. Social innovation initiatives
Presentation of the measure:

The objective of the measure is to bring science closer to society, disseminating activities and knowledge generated by the research centres in Aragón. As a result, it expects to enhance the visibility of Aragón as a science and innovation reference, a society open to change and technological challenges, and an attractive region to invest in development and innovation, where talent and high-skilled professionals are identifying traits.
The measure focuses in those activities oriented to non-specialised public to favour citizenship engagement and encourage scientific vocations among students, promoting the social and economic utility of science and technology and their attractive as a professional career. Moreover, those activities aligned with European initiatives will have a special consideration, i.e. Researcher’s Night.
The eligible activities include scientific meetings, congresses, symposiums, salons, seminars, forums, workshops and similar initiatives. They need to last one day minimum and have at least 25 participants (non-related to the beneficiary).

Budget, source and type of funding
National public funds
Regional public funds 7500090000
EU Structural Funds
Private funds
Form of funding provided
Policy learning
To what extent the measure can be considered as a success and worthy of policy learning?:
There has been a positive response by beneficiaries to the measure (e.g. over-subscribed in terms of requested versus available budget) but it is too early to judge results or impact
Evidence of outcomes based on evaluation and other evidence:

No evaluation has been conducted so far however, the call emphasises some points based on the past experience.

What are the most important “Do’s and Don’ts” that regional stakeholders should be aware of when launching a similar measure?:

Bringing closer science and society has proved to be very important to optimise the impact of the RDI activities developed, especially among youth. Raising awareness among those people outside the field is also key to spread the potential of science and technology not only in economy but in the daily life. 

Would you recommend this measure as an example of regional good practice to policy-makers from other regions ?:
Organisation(s) responsible