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Fri, 07/05/2021 - 11:27

Pedro Marques, INGENIO (CSIC-UPV)'s researcher, has been interviewed by the ESNA European Higher Education News about the paper he wrote as a co-author of Joaquín Azagra Caro and Laura Salmerón, entitled: "Fiction lagging behind or non-fiction defending the indefensible? University-industry (et al.) interaction in science fiction". The researchers explore the relationship between science fiction literature and the perception in society of the research field. 

Marques and Timo Brömme, host of the UUU Debate Series, talk about these questions: How does society value science? How do citizens see the University? How does literature, as a segment of public perception, depict researchers? Are they in it only for money, fame and power? Are universities ivory towers of an arrogant elite? Do scientists work for the public good? The interview is part of the UUU Panel Debate series started in 2020 at the Berlin Science Week. It is a production of ESNA European Higher Education News.

Watch the full interview here:


Azagra-Caro, J.M., González-Salmerón, L. & Marques, P. Fiction lagging behind or non-fiction defending the indefensible? University–industry (et al.) interaction in science fiction. J Technol Transf (2020).

About UUU:

UNITED UNIVERSITIES OF EUROPE is a project initiated by ESNA European Higher Education News in 2020. This project has the purpose to keep of keeping record of the efforts leading towards this documentary film. It is an exploration of 41 European university alliances with portraits of innovative campuses, with stories of profs and students, conversations with experts, reports about new cooperative models and the policies aimed at improving higher education as a driver of European citizenship.

Sobre Pedro Marques: 

Pedro is a Ramon y Cajal fellow, a competitive 5-year programme funded by the Spanish Government. Under this programme he will continue to develop his research agenda on regional development, innovation and governance in peripheral regions of the European Union. He is also the principal investigator in a Innovative Training Network funded by the European Union (coordinated by Utrecht University) that will start in December 2019. He has been a visiting fellow at the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, Newcastle University, since 2012. He is an Associate Editor for the journal Regional Studies, Regional Science and has been a peer reviewer for several high-ranking journals.

Pedro´s research interests are in the following areas: innovation in less developed regions, innovation in low and medium tech sectors, the political economy of development, governance and politics, social innovation.