LABEIN Tecnalia R&i is an applied research centre of international excellence with a great impact, settled in Bilbao (Spain). TECNALIA has been born out of the merger between 8 Technological Centres in the Basque Country, thus creating the largest private Research, Development and Innovation (R+D+i) group in Spain and one of the leading ones in Europe, with a staff of over 1,400 people and a turnover of 125 million Euros. TECNALIA has 13 Business Units, made up of multi-disciplinary teams; this enables the organization to achieve a more all-round, more specialized and excellent proposal for the business base and for the administrations. All the key staff involved in HELENA project belongs to the Innovation Systems Unit, which is the TECNALIA Unit specializing in Innovation Policies and Programmes as a key factor in Regional Development, as well as in the Management of Innovation as the decisive element in Competitiveness. This Unit contributes to sustainable economic development. This applies research and provides policies for Innovation and Models of Regional Development, research into regional innovation systems and knowledge systems and also designing and developing innovation programmes. Having been involved both as coordinator and co-coordinator in several international projects, the Innovation Systems Unit of TECNALIA have broad experience in international cooperation activities co-funded by the European Commission. The Unit is very committed to gender equality in Science and Technology and has specific experience in Women & Science issues. This Unit is a founding member of the European Platform of Women Scientists and has participated in many projects related to Women & Science, such as: Lot II-Monitoring Progress towards gender equality in the 6th Framework Programme (FP6)- Co-Coordinators. WOMEN-CORE- Women in Construction Scientific Research. European Commission, DG-Research. FP6-2004-Science-and-Society-10 (STREP). Coordinators, among others.

Persons involved:
Begońa Sánchez, Regional Development Manager. E-mail:

Araceli Gomez, Senior Researcher. E mail:

Ezekiela Arrizabalaga, Researcher. E mail:

"Research project funded by the European Commission in the 7th Framework Programme: "Science in Society"