Department of Culture and Language Policy



The Department of Culture and Language Policy of the Basque Government is promoting a work route within the framework of RIS3 around Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) as an area of opportunity.

A process of reflection began in 2019 around the conceptualisation and exploitation (via indicators) of R&D&I in the Basque cultural and creative sector. The reason to undertake this is the R&D&I deficit reflected in data for these sectors in comparison with the three strategic priorities (Advanced Manufacturing, Energy and Life Sciences - Health) and two of the four areas of opportunity (Food and Urban Habitat) included in the RIS3. According to data from Innobasque collected in the document Bases of the Plan for Science, Technology and Innovation (PCTI) 2030, the cultural and creative industries represented 0.7% of the whole of R&D investments in the Basque Country in 2017. In comparison with 2014-2017, it is the only field to experience a negative evolution (-9.4%), which contrast with the increase of 10.0% in investments in R&D in the whole of the RIS3 fields.

To this specific situation of the cultural and creative sectors (CCSs) is added the deficit presented by Europe faced with other contexts and which justifies the European commitment to R&D&I which is at the base of the new programme, Horizon Europe. Specifically, it is indicated that in spite of 20% of R&D globally and 1/3 of all high-quality scientific publications coming from Europe, investment in R&D by European companies reaches 1.3% of GDP, compared to 2% in the USA, 2.6% in Japan and 3.3% in South Korea.

 Starting out from this double problem, the development working process for a conceptual framework for the application of R&D&I in the CCSs has the following objectives:

  • RAISE AWARENESS of innovation taking place in the CCI, according to approved and standardised measuring criteria for the group of sectors.
  • SHOWCASE the uniqueness of the CCI, identifying aspects characterising cultural innovation, which are not reflected in the frameworks established for the group of sectors and which make them unique.

During 2020, we have compared reflections with GT2 Piloting Group about the CCI niche of opportunity, devoted to R&D&I and participation by associations, companies in the sector, technological centres, universities, CCI infrastructures, public institutions, clusters and Innobasque.

Opening the debate around the measuring of R&D&I in accordance with the existing indicators at European and regional scale. The result will be the object of analysis with experts in R&D&I in CCI, both from the theoretical and measurement points of view, at an international work conference held in 11/12 November 2021 in teh Guggenheim Museum.

Conference Programme (PDF, 822 KB) (leiho berri batean irekitzen da)

CCIs and Innovation - Conceptual Framework (PDF, 1 MB) (leiho berri batean irekitzen da)

CCIs and Innovation - General Outcomes (PDF, 1 MB) (leiho berri batean irekitzen da)