La Vanguardia newspaper has published an opinion article by Gabby Silberman, general director of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), an organisation of which IRB Barcelona is a member. It is urgent for the government to increase public allocations for science to reach the European average of investment in R+D, 2.07% of GDP in 2017, compared to a low 1.2% in Spain. Silberman also emphasizes the great value that doctorate people have in science for society and how BIST centers look after them to train them during their doctorate and postdoctoral studies with a wide range of abilities. "We are redirecting our postdoctoral training programmes, because we are sure that the most intelligent and productive way to return to society the investment made in training scientists is to offer them a range of careers in which they can put their knowledge to the service of improving people’s quality of life, "says Silberman.
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About IRB Barcelona
Created in 2005 by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia) and University of Barcelona, IRB Barcelona is a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence, a seal that was awarded in 2011. The institute is devoted to conducting research of excellence in biomedicine and to transferring results to clinical practice, thus improving people’s quality of life, while simultaneously promoting the training of outstanding researchers, technology transfer, and public communication of science. Its 27 laboratories and eight core facilities address basic questions in biology and are orientated to diseases such as cancer, metastasis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and rare conditions. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 employees and more than 30 nationalities. It is located in the Barcelona Science Park. IRB Barcelona is a CERCA center, and a member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).