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The Basque Country opens the first Cognitive Neuroscience research centre in Spain

2010 June 7

This excellence research centre sets out to "delve into neuropsychological acquisition mechanisms, processing and representation of language in babies, young persons and adults, with special attention to bilingualism and multilingualism.

The Lehendakari, Patxi Lopez, has inaugurated the BCBL, Basque Centre on Cognition, Brain and Language, a scientific excellence research centre in which the Basque Government will invest 13.5 million euros up to 2012, with the aim of placing the Basque Country "among the top European regions for its level of development". The Lehendakari has announced that the Science, Technology and Innovation Plan will lead to "greater efficiency" in the use of R&D&I resources in the coordination and networking of universities, technology centres, companies and institutions in the field of innovation. "Only in this way will we be able to bring into line the efforts of the entire Basque science, technology and innovation network, coordinate programmes and avoid redundancies and inefficiencies", he emphasised. Moreover, the Lehendakari pointed out that centres like this one "are an aid in the linguistic normalisation process, avoid high-handed methods and provide a range of adequate incentives" to promote bilingualism.


From today, the Basque Country has the first Cognitive Neuroscience research centre in Spain. This morning, the Lehendakari, Patxi Lopez, inaugurated the headquarters of the BCBL (Basque Centre on Cognition, Brain and Language), an excellence research centre based on the Miramon Technology Park. The Basque Country will invest 13.5 million euros over the period 2009 - 2012. The Lehendakari has highlighted the importance of this research centre, which aims, among other objectives, to place the Basque Autonomous Community "among the top European regions for its level of development". Moreover, the Lehendakari pointed out that centres like this one "are an aid in the linguistic normalisation process, avoid high-handed methods and provides the adequate incentives" to promote bilingualism.

The BCBL is based on a 1500 m2 site on the Miramon Technology Park and has a staff of 50, of 15 different nationalities. This excellence research centre sets out to "delve into neuropsychological acquisition mechanisms, processing and representation of language in babies, young persons and adults, with special attention to bilingualism and multilingualism".

In his speech, the Lehendakari declared that the Science, Technology and Innovation Plan designed by the Basque Government "will continue to provide support for excellence" but will "demand greater efficiency in the use of resources for R&D&I activities". "Achieving a real Plan for the whole government and for the whole community is an essential requirement. Only in this way will we be able to bring into line the efforts of the entire Basque science, technology and innovation network, coordinate programmes and avoid redundancies and inefficiencies", he emphasised.

The BCBL is an example of the government's strategy of "building a country", to ensure that "its universities, its R&D centres, its technology centres, companies and institutions become steeped in a culture of innovation.

The Minister of Education, Research and Universities, Isabel Celaa, highlighted the importance of "looking to the future" in crisis situations such as the current one in order to continue "generating talent". Moreover, Celaa underlined the "enormous interest" of the government in this centre in order to "shelve commonplace misconceptions" and improve linguistic projects "based on solid evidence".

 

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  • @zigaurre
    2010 June 7

    Comentario de Twitter: RT @Irekia_News: Euskadik, neurozientzia kognitiboa ikertzen duen Espainiako lehenengo zentroa ireki du. http://bit.ly/dr0me9

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