The bright side on…. “The dark side of innovation”

<p>Antonio Fumero, Joan J Guinovart and Cesar Ullastres. Image: IRB Barcelona</p>
Antonio Fumero, Joan J Guinovart and Cesar Ullastres. Image: IRB Barcelona
  • <p>Antonio Fumero, Joan J Guinovart and Cesar Ullastres. Image: IRB Barcelona</p>
  • <p>Round table. Image: IRB Barcelona.</p>

There are many ways to support research. Antonio Fumero and César Ullastres consider the science done at IRB Barcelona to be vital and have therefore decided to give the rights of their book “The dark side of innovation”(“El lado oscuro de la innovación”) to fund our research activities.

On 16 January, IRB Barcelona hosted the launch of the book with a round table discussion involving Joan J Guinovart, director of IRB Barcelona, Antonio Fumero and César Ullastres, the authors of the book, Mateo Valero, director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, and Carlos Buesa, director general of Oryzon, one of the companies featured in the book.

“The dark side of innovation” seeks to reveal the essence of innovation, highlighting its most evident features but also its hidden and intangible aspects. The aim of the book is to help people identify true innovation and to discern, what the authors identify as, "false innovation or vague applications of the term “Innovation” that we are constantly bombarded with" . To this end, the authors of the book have studied the policies and practices of three successful Spanish companies with distinct profiles: Telefónica, Talgo and Oryzon.

In the round table, Joan J Guinovart warmly thanked the authors for their support of IRB Barcelona research. César Ullastres replied that they had done this gesture because “A country without science is like a company without R+D, you are dependent on others for knowledge, and that comes at a price. We need to make sure we invest in creating our own knowledge and opportunities”.