Madrid, Spain - The third edition of the Severo Ochoa programme to identify five new research centres of excellence will be held at the end of July.
The Severo Ochoa Programme of Excellence not only rewards research centres in Spain, but also provides each of them with one million euros over a four-year period. This strengthens Spanish research excellence and science.
Altogether there are already 13 centres of excellence. At the last event, the winning centres were the Centre for Genomic Regulation and the Institute of High Energy Physics, both of which are in Barcelona; the Doñana Biological Station (Seville); the Institute of Theoretical Physics (Madrid) and the Institute of Chemical Technology (Valencia). The award lasts for four years, and the projects receive four million euros over this time period.
Luis Enrique Ibáñez of the Institute of Theoretical Physics, says: “This award makes it possible to carry out high-quality science, attracts talent and boosts international relations.” Meanwhile, Juan José Negro, from the Doñana Biological Station, speaks up for public research, saying it is “great value for money”. All the previous award winners support Spain’s science policy and say that, scientifically speaking, Spain is competitive.