This month, La Vanguardia newspaper has published a series of articles devoted to the analysis of the current science system in Spain, its advances and its handicaps. The jounalists have given voice to several actors involved in the development of the Catalan and Spanish system: leading scientists, politicians, Pharmaceutical Industries, University representatives...
There is a general feeling of improvement but the system still shows a number of deficiencies.
The articles are:
Ciencia y declive
Ciencia y empresa hablan lenguas distintas
Y sin embargo se mueve
Un oasis en el desierto
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).