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27 February 2020Bilbao Campus

The European project Waste4Think wins the XV Deusto- Banco Santander Research Award

The European project Waste4Think: Moving Towards Life Cycle Thinking by integrating Advanced Waste Management Systems, won the first prize of the XV UD-Santander Research Award, while the second prize was awarded to a project that helps correcting the flaws of the current innovation measurement systems (EIS).

Waste4Think is a project funded by the EU research and innovation framework programme: Horizon 2020, coordinated by the University of Deusto under the direction of the researcher Ainhoa Alonso, in collaboration with 18 organisations from all over Europe. The main objective of the project is to move towards a new waste management model that goes from the current traditional treatment and disposal systems to recycling and material recovery models, based on the circular economy principles. The challenge is to improve this management taking into account both the economic or operational costs, as well as the environmental and social impact.

For that purpose, the project is integrating and validating a set of 20 eco-innovative solutions covering the entire value chain, from innovative social actions to prevent the generation of waste, to ICT tools and economic instruments to encourage collection and recycling, as well as two new processes for the recovery of high added value materials.

Waste4Think also proposes a methodology for data capture and management based on the new information and communication technologies and allowing agents to make decisions in an integral and reliable manner for the most cost-effective integral management options.

The project, which is being tested and validated in 4 different contextos: Zamudio (Spain), Seveso (Italy), Halandri (Greece) and Cascais (Portugal), will facilitate the uptake of these solutions into the market and contribute to the creation of a holistic data management methodology based on ICT tools and community participation.

On the other hand, the EIS project (On the meaning of innovation performance: Is the synthetic indicator of the European Innovation Scoreboard Flawed ?) aims to correct the flaws of the current innovation measurement systems. It aims to help policy makers responsible for science, technology and innovation policies understanding where these systems fail, how they can be improved and how they can make better use of them.

The project has shown that the scale of an innovation system (how much) is not decisive when it comes to obtaining results and that, instead the main determinant of the performance of an innovation system lies in the use (the how) that is made of the available resources.

EIS was presented by DEUSTO researcher Jon Mikel Zabala and counts with the participation of Charles Edquist (Lund University), Javier Barbero (Joint Research Center of the European Commission) and José Luis Zofio (Autonomous University of Madrid, Erasmus University Rotterdam).

Deusto-Banco Santander Research Award celebrates 15 years
In the delivery of this year's award, the University celebrated 15 years of Deusto-Banco Santander Research Award and dedicated a moment to honor the winners of the previous editions.