Innovation at IMDEA Water is considered a key factor to obtain competitive results and to guarantee the best results for our work.

    • The Mission already includes the terms “Multidisciplinary research and innovation”.
    • There is a transversal value called innovation and creativity
    • There is a challenge of the Vision which is the attraction of talent, based on IMDEA Water’s focus on service innovation.
    • One of the pillars of our Ecosystem, called knowledge, includes technological vigilance as the basis for adapting to change.
    • Similarly, in the current Strategic Plan:
      • The Research axis based on innovation and technology is established to offer quality services and promote scientific production and dissemination.
      • There is a critical success factor that focuses the Strategic Plan, which is to have state-of-the-art technologies. Technological innovation
      • In the Internationalisation axis, collaboration with other leading innovation entities is sought, being aware that this produces benefits in the improvement and innovation of processes.

El plan de innovación está recogido en la matriz global de innovación. Sus principales características son:

  • It is structured in 3 axes
    • Management
    • Infraestructures-ICTs
    • Science
  • It is categorised into 5 areas
    • Business model or management
    • Processes
    • Market
    • Product or service
    • Organisation
  • Reflects what we achieve and how we do it.

This has enabled IMDEA Water:

  • To develop novel lines of research through research projects that involve the improvement of technology in the field of water.
  • To develop new methods of analysis in the laboratory

Digital transformation map

The current process of technological renewal arose from the need to adapt management to the foreseeable growth of IMDEA Water’s activity over the coming years.

The process we have followed, driven by the Leadership and which has highlighted the convenience of adapting the existing supports with a vision of the future, has been summarised:

  • The increase in size (number of researchers, number of projects underway, number of collaborative activities) and changes in methodology and ways of working are analysed and noted, highlighting the desirability of adapting existing supports in a forward-looking manner.
  • An inventory is made of the technology available so far, especially in the tactical field, which allows us to compete in the market to apply to carry out different types of projects in the water sector.
  • We proceed to classify them in order to detect the gaps and bet on new technologies:
    • Operational, to promote motivation and involvement.
    • Tactical, for value chain management
    • Strategic, to anticipate the market and to support new ways of working.