The Superior Council of Scientific Investigations (CSIC – http://www.csic.es/) is one of the foundational associates of Cantabria’s International Campus, according to the agreement framework signed by this institution in 2009.
The CSIC, the largest research body in Spain due to its number of researchers and their budget, has collaborated for decades with the University of Cantabria and the UIMP on various strategic topics. Its integration in Cantabria’s International Campus impells and proportions a new dimension in its collaboration with these two universities on various areas of excellence.
The CSIC, the UC and the Department of Health of the Government of Cantabria together created the Institution of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria (IBBTEC) in 2007. Within the framework of the area of excellence of “Biomedicine and Biotechnology” of Cantabria’s International Campus, CSIC participates by means of the IBBTEC in the unique group of health sciences created with the Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital, the Department of Health of the Government of Cantabria and the UC, in order to fortify all of the research and the biomedical and biotechnological formation of Cantabria. In addition, the scientific ability of our associates and infrastructure funding will be reinforced in 2012 with the inauguration of the new headquarters of the IBBTEC in the Scientific and Technological Center of Cantabria, which is a joint center between the UC and CSIC, with the support of the Government of Cantabria*. The research management in these areas advises the alliance of these institutions into a sole body, and therefore, the pertinent authorities and organisations are advancing towards this purpose.
The UC and CSIC together have also managed the Physics Institute of Cantabria (IFCA) since its creation in 1995. This centre administers the Supercomputing Service of the UC, Node of the Spanish Network of Supercomputation (RES), which pertains to the National Centre of Supercomputation. The UC service of Supercomputation provides solutions to the needs of the Research, Development and Information Groups of the university, as well as public technological and administrative businesses that require such services. The IFCA is part of the strategic area of “Physics and Mathmatics” of Cantabria’s International Campus, which has foreseen the investment of a portion of the funds obtained in the INNOCAMPUS 2010 official public competition of the Ministry of Science and Innovation in order to improve the funds of the Supercomputation Service by means of the renewal and maintanence of the equipment. The ability management in supercomputation will permit a better relationship with private users using an orginal collaboration model.
The International Institution of Prehistoric Researchers (IIIP), encompassed in the strategic area of “Language and Cultural Heritage” of Cantabria’s International Campus, has already begun the creation of a cluster in prehistoric cultural heritage connected to the Altamira Museum. This situation is set to favour the anticipated increase of researchers and the fortification of this joint institution together with the CSIC.*
The high quality training of the researchers in one of the strategic lines of action of Cantabria’s International Campus, which it is promoting in the UC and in which it has found in the CSIC a reliable associate. Via the “Augusto González Linares” international talent training program, the UC and the CSIC have hired a high level scientist to research the in the area of astronomy and astrophysics, and has recently been incorporated into the IFCA.*
(*) This is an action that corresponds to the one found in the CEI Strategic Conversion Plan in 2009.
NOTE: This text has been elaborated by the University of Cantabaria based on those agreements reached with the CSIC and it remains subject to the reviewal on behalf of this institution.