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Meeting of 150 Ikerbasque scientists to promote synergies in research

2023 July 5
  • The Minister Jokin Bildarratz is meeting with scientists from more than 30 countries and all areas of knowledge, to seek to identify commonalities and needs to advance their research projects.
  • These are researchers who carry out their work in universities and research centres in the Basque Country.

This morning, the Minister of Education Jokin Bildarratz took part in a meeting with scientists from Ikerbasque, held in Villabona. In an increasingly complex and eclectic world, it is key to scientific advancement to seek synergies and commonalities, between researchers from different disciplines, to help them advance the research they are carrying out. That is why Ikerbasque, the Basque Foundation for Research, has gathered today in Villabona 152 international researchers, who carry out their work in universities and research centres in the Basque Country with two objectives: to identify common points that will help to promote science in the Basque Country in future years and to discuss the challenges and opportunities posed by artificial intelligence.

Bildarratz, accompanied by the scientific director of Ikerbasque, Fernando Cossio, and the Deputy Minister of Universities and Research, Adolfo Morais, was in charge of opening the conference. During the opening of the day, Minister Bildarratz referred to the 16 years of Ikerbasque, highlighting that in this journey the Basque Foundation for Science has been consolidated, with its 345 researchers, as the most relevant talent attraction program not only in the Basque Country, but also in the entire State.

The scientific director of Ikerbasque, Fernando Cossío, stressed the need to maintain the commitment and investment in research. In the long-term, the research will generate new products and services for Basque companies to improve their competitiveness and generate wealth and employment. In the short term, investment in research will yield immediate returns in the form of funds for the Basque Country, which are converted into investment and employment.

Following the opening, Ikerbasque researchers, divided up into working groups and, taking advantage of their extensive research experience, presented their current lines of work, with special emphasis on identifying needs to boost their current and future research. In total, 34 researchers from areas as diverse as cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, microgravity, energy and new materials were involved.

Ikerbasque researchers in the area of social sciences and humanities also held a fruitful discussion on artificial intelligence and the challenges and possibilities it offers for their lines of research.

About Ikerbasque:

The Ikerbasque programmes pursue a clear objective of attracting and retaining talent: on the one hand, it is about attracting those who are developing their research work abroad, with special emphasis on the return of research personnel from the Basque Country who at some point in their careers went abroad; and on the other hand, offering opportunities to consolidate the career path of those who are already researching in the Basque Country.

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