Chapter 21

Foundations that work to promote and disseminate science



This week my friend Minerva and I had the pleasure of attending a conference arranged by the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones científicas – CSIC (the Superior Council of Scientific Research). They placed great emphasis on how important it is to involve people in scientific and technological progress. I agree that dissemination is vital if we are to increase social interest as, when push comes to shove, scientific development is a force for the common good.

There are public organizations in Spain that work to promote science, technology and innovation in order to increase public awareness of and participation in science.

Since its creation in 2001, the FECYT has also worked tirelessly to give visibility to scientific results that have been financed through public funds.

One of the organizations that carries out this work is the Fundación Española de Ciencia y Tecnología – FECYT (the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology) that I mentioned earlier. This public foundation is attached to Spain’s Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitivity. Its mission is to drive science, technology and innovation and to bring them closer to society and to create interest in them.

The CSIC employs a team of more than 1500 people in its different centres and institutes throughout the country. 6% of them are dedicated to research and development and they generate approximately 20% of the country’s scientific production.

01_POSTS_#T29_02On the other hand we have the other body I mentioned already, the CSIC, which is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe. Its primary objective is to develop and promote scientific and technological research for progress through partnerships with both Spanish and overseas entities.

There are also private foundations that promote Spanish scientific dissemination

Ever since it was set up in 1976, the Fundación Ramón Areces has been a dedicated patron of scientific activities, promoting research, contributing to the training of professionals and disseminating knowledge.

The Fundación Rafael del Pino offers “Espacio Investiga” (A Space for Investigation), a freely accessible platform that provides all manner of specialist information for personal and academic use. The information it provides is really interesting and it has been of great help during my postgraduate course.

If you check out the website of La Obra Social “La Caixa” you’ll find the fellowships that they offer to researchers and post-graduate students every year.

01_POSTS_#T29_03The Obra Social “La Caixa” also works hard to increase awareness in society of the great themes of contemporary science, relating them to such other disciplines as engineering, art or the humanities. I really recommend that you visit the CaixaForum Cultural Centres!

And last but not least, we have the Banco Santander, which offers study and research scholarships in several countries and the Open Talent programme from the BBVA which encourages young people to develop their ideas in the field of Fintech.

As you can see, there are lots of ways to immerse yourself in the world of science in Spain. If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to contact me!