The Basque Country unveils the first full map of science & technology infrastructures
- The scientific community can now use the www.science.eus portal to access information on all the science infrastructures of the Basque Country for the first time
- The new portal will help to position the Basque Country as an international benchmark in the science and technology field, and foster cooperation between researchers, centres and companies
- The map currently has data on over 30 institutions and 127 infrastructures, where there are 364 facilities available to the scientific community.
Bilbao, 27 January 2016 – The Basque Government’s Minister for Education, Linguistic Policy and Culture, Cristina Uriarte, together with the Deputy Minister for Universities and Research, Adolfo Morais, and the IKERBASQUE Scientific Director, Fernando Cossío, today unveiled the map of the Basque Country science & technology infrastructures.
The map, developed by Ikerbasque and commissioned by the Basque Government’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Linguistic Policy, provides the scientific community for the first time with information on all the science infrastructures of the Basque Country.
The data on over 30 institutions and 127 infrastructures, in which there are 364 facilities, are available to be consulted on the web portal (www.science.eus), It is the result of several months’ work involving all the universities, research centres and technology centres of the Basque Country.
This initiative is aimed at fulfilling two objectives. On the one hand, to foster collaboration between researchers, centres and companies, thus generating a dynamic and multidisciplinary community. And, on the other hand, to showcase capacities internationally, as the map of the science & technology infrastructures is the first tool of this type that provides full information on a country's science & technology infrastructures.
Any researcher can now save time by avoiding the tedious process of contact different institutions to discover if an infrastructure is available. A simple search is all that is required to establish where an infrastructure is located, who the person in charge is, what the access protocol is, what service are offered or facilities are available, among other aspects.
Furthermore, the science.eus information is structured according to the MERIL scheme, the European initiative to map openly accessible research infrastructures. This will allow both tools to be synchronised and provide greater international showcasing of our science & technology capacities.
The science.eus portal also provides other useful services for the scientific community. It provides direct access to the job offers on the www.sciencecareers.eu portal, the agenda of the key scientific events of the different institutions (seminars, scientific dissemination events, technical workshops), and even information on the Euraxess service centres for scientists who come to work in the Basque Country, and it will therefore be a benchmark portal for the Basque scientific community.
The Basque Government created IKERBASQUE, the Basque Foundation for Science in 2007, with the fundamental goal of driving scientific research in the Basque Country by means of attracting and retaining research talents. Its basic objectives are to consolidate the Basque Science Systems by means of attracting researchers from outside the system and promote the image of the Basque Country as a benchmark in the international research panorama. The European Commission selected IKERBASQUE as one of the most important initiatives in Europe in the 7th European Research Framework Programme and has funded the IKERBASQUE programmes to the tune of over EUR 18 million.