The Prince and Princess of Asturias open the Agri-Food Science and Technology Park of Lleida
Before the opening, the mayor Àngel Ros, gave a brief speech to welcome the prince and princess and to thank all of the businesses and institutions that had placed their trust in the Park. The mayor was in fact the only dignitary who could be heard. Although people did the best they could to get close to the royal guests, they were unable to hear the prince, or the other PCiTAL host, the rector Joan Viñas.
The visit around the Park focused on the H3 science block, which houses infrastructures for UdL research groups, company laboratories, and public and private R&D centres. The tour included a visit to the facilities of the technology-based company Indra, which was the first to establish itself on the PCiTAL. There, the prince and princess showed an interest in the Headmouse, a virtual mouse for the disabled developed by the Indra-Foundation Adecco-UdL chair that is directed by the robotics lecturer, Jordi Palacin. The research and technology transfer centre for bread, Innopan, also welcomed the retinue led by the prince and princess. Felipe was more eager than Letizia to taste the beer bread there and he must have liked it as it was among the other types of bread they were given as complimentary gifts.
|The visit around the Park focused on the H3 science block, which houses infrastructures for UdL research groups, company laboratories, and public and private R&D centres
The Agri-Food Science and Technology Park of Lleida was built at a cost of 13.5 million euros and over 700 people currently work there. In addition to the companies on the Park, the incubators, business associations and technology transfer centres, the PCiTAL also houses three UdL spin-off companies: Summa Precisió, Trigen Solar and USE-IT.