The Lehendakari visits the BCBL centre’s premises, a benchmark in the field of neuroscience in Europe
- The Lehendakari reiterated the commitment to investing in R&D&i as a means to "secure" the economic future and competitiveness of the Basque Country
- The centre in San Sebastián has recently been accredited as a 'Severo Ochoa’ centre of excellence and has joined the Human Brain Project, the European macro-project studying the brain.
Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu, the Basque Premier, visited the premises of the BCBL in San Sebastián. BCBL is the international research centre dedicated to studying cognition, the brain and language. The Basque Government’s Minister for Economic Development and Competitiveness, Arantxa Tapia, its Minister for Education, Linguistic Policy and Culture, Cristina Uriarte, and its Minister for Health, Jon Darpón, were also at the event. The Lehendakari reiterated his commitment to investing in R&D&i as a means to "secure" the economic future and competitiveness of the Basque Country..
The Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL) has established itself as a benchmark centre in the field of neuroscience in Europe.. It has recently received two important accolades of its work: on the one hand, it has been awarded the 'Severo Ochoa' accreditation of excellence, the Spanish Government's highest accolade to the country's best research centre; and on the other hand, the Human Brain Project, the European macro-project studying the brain, has approved the entity from San Sebastián to take part in a new line of research that will get underway in 2016.
BCBL's research has always particularly focused on three major areas: language, reading and development disorders; multilingualism and learning of second languages; and brain damage, neurodegeneration and healthy ageing. The centre, which is marking its sixth anniversary, is acclaimed around the world. Not without reason, the international panel of experts tasked with assessing the candidates for the ‘Severo Ochoa’ accreditation, placed the BCBL among Europe’s top five research centre in the field of neuroscience.
The Lehendakari reiterated the Basque Government’s commitment to excellence in basic research, innovation and transfer of results, and recalled that the BCBL is a good example of it, as EUR 18.8 million were invested between 2009 and 2014, leading to competitive funds of EUR 21 million (1.1 euros for each euro invested). Urkullu explained that Euskadi is going to gradually but steadily increase the funding of R&D&I, while always applying rigor and budgetary responsibility to ensure these investments are sustainable. In this regard, he recalled that the Basque Country’s debt levels have remained steady at 15% of GDP, when Europe establishes a maximum of 60% and Spain has reached 99%.