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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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The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) pursues a society free of disease. To this end, it conducts multidisciplinary research of excellence to cure cancer and other diseases linked to ageing. It establishes technology transfer agreements with the pharmaceutical industry and major hospitals to bring research results closer to society, and organises a range of science outreach activities to engage the public in an open dialogue. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 researchers and more than 30 nationalities. Recognised as a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence since 2011, IRB Barcelona is a CERCA centre and member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).