PhD Days of the “G-9” Universities

I have been invited to present some of our projects: Hiriko and SaiatuSaiatu at the G-9 PhD Days. The G-9 Universities are the only public universities in their respective regions (Autonomous Communities). The G-9 Universities are the Universities of Oviedo, Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha, Extremadura, the Balearic Islands, Zaragoza, La Rioja, the Basque Country and Navarra.

The PhD Days are a fairly widespread activity, in different formats, among the universities around the world. PhD Days in Europe are usually organized at faculty or school level and are mainly aimed at the promotion of the PhD theses that are being elaborated. These seminars are especially common in French Universities (Journées Doctorales or Forum des Doctorands) as well as in Nordic, Dutch and German Universities (held under the name of PhD Days or PhD Days Forum).

Social Innovation has been proposed as main topic of this first edition for the PhD Days in Spain. The concept of Social innovation refers to the development and implementation of new ideas (products, services and models) to meet social needs. In other words, it can also be described as quest for novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable or fair than the existing ones and its created value primarily benefits society as whole and not specific individuals.