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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The 5 new Severo Ochoa excellence centers receive their accreditation

The Severo Ochoa Programme recognizes the excellence of the scientific contributions of the centers, their potential industrial and social impact and their potential for talent attraction.

Madrid, Tuesday July 15, 2014. The accreditation ceremony of the Severo Ochoa excellence centers took place this morning in Madrid. The Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, Carmen Vela, presided over the event which was attended by representatives of the 5 awarded centers. ICN2 participants were Prof. Pablo Ordejón, director, Lluis Bellafont, manager, Prof. Laura M. Lechuga, Group Leader of the Nanobiosensors and bioanalytical applications Group, and Alex Argemi, Communication manager.

During the ceremony Carmen Vela explained the essence of the Severo Ochoa Program. This initiative, in its third edition, recognizes the international importance of scientific research by the chosen centers, and the overall interest of the research and human resources attraction and equality promotion programs proposed for the next four years. With this accreditation, the each center will be awarded a million euros per year during the next four years.

There were also interventions by representatives of the Institute of Neurosciences of Alicante, the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics (BCAM), the National Center for Biotechnology (CSIC), the Catalan Institute for Chemical Research and the Institut Catala de Nanociencia i Nanotecnologia (Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology - ICN2). They all underlined the importance of the Severo Ochoa Program to support the research developed at the frontiers of knowledge.

Prof. Pablo Ordejón, ICN2 director, explained that "nanoscience and nanotechnology offer radically new opportunities to improve existing processes and materials or create them from scratch by exploiting extreme miniaturization and extraordinary properties that appear in the matter at nanometric scales".

The research developed at ICN2 has a big impact on fields such as life sciences (medicine, health, environment), energy and information and communication technologies. Prof. Laura M. Lechuga added that "Severo Ochoa is an excellent opportunity to, along with the rest of Groups at ICN2, undertake more ambitious projects in the field of nano-biosensor devices, especially applied to health solutions."

"Being accredited as a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence means a big boost for our research program about Nanodevices for Social Challenges", says Prof. Ordejón. "We pursue disruptive solutions oriented to design, manufacture and integrate devices that exploit the phenomena observed in the matter at the nanoscale. The ultimate goal is to increase the value of the knowledge generated by our basic research, in order to produce specific applications which are able to reach the market, providing new solutions to major social challenges".

For further information:

Institut Catala de Nanociencia i Nanotecnologia (Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology - ICN2) Marketing and Communication Department Alex Argemi (alex.argemi@icn.cat), manager Tel: +34 93 737 26 07; Mobile: +34 635861543 Ana de la Osa (ana.delaosa@icn.cat), Events Officer Tel: +34 93 737 26 06