Programa de excelencia de Centros Severo Ochoa y Unidades María de Maeztu: compromiso con la ciencia

Programa de excelencia de Centros Severo Ochoa y Unidades María de Maeztu: compromiso con la ciencia


Diana Morant visited the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (ICMAT), where she highlighted that the excellence program of the Severo Ochoa Centers and the María de Maeztu Units is an example of our commitment to science and how we strengthen our research centers. «Investing in science is investing in the future of Spain, in well-being, in economic development, and in the international projection of our country.»

«We want the most advanced science to help us find a cure for cancer or Alzheimer’s; new ways to combat climate change and its consequences, such as increasing droughts and forest fires; or effective policies to end inequalities and their most tragic expressions, such as gender violence, which is also scientifically proven,» she stated.

«At the ICMAT, mathematicians are trained and researched who change our society»

During her visit, Morant emphasized that the ICMAT is one of the only two centers in all of Spain that has consecutively obtained the accreditation of «Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence» in all the calls it has submitted since 2011.

«Here, mathematicians are trained and researched who change our society and who are key to the development of decisive technologies in our lives: artificial intelligence, quantum computing, or energy transition. That’s why I call on girls and women to join mathematics because they explain life and ensure a job future where we must also incorporate their talent,» she said.

Morant also recalled that the «Severo Ochoa» and «María de Maeztu» excellence program, from the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, «recognizes the work of the best research centers and units and, based on this distinction, provides economic support.» for their growth and strengthening.»

In particular, each of the centers accredited as «Severo Ochoa» receives a total of 4.5 million euros in structural funding over four years, while the smaller «María de Maeztu» units each receive a total of 2.25 million euros during that period.

In this regard, she highlighted that «since I took office, the number of ‘Severo Ochoa Centers’ and ‘María de Maeztu Units’ has increased by 36%, from 53 to 72 accredited centers currently.»

She also noted that in the last six years, «the Government has increased the annual budget allocated to these centers of excellence by almost 80%, from 42 to 76 million euros.»

The minister also announced that next September «an event is scheduled to be held in Madrid to bring together the excellent centers and units of our country that already compete with the best in the world in their respective fields.»

«The government is supporting our universities in an unprecedented way»

Morant also emphasized the importance of «clearly and decisively supporting our public universities, also in their financing.»

«We appeal to the responsibility of all public administrations, of the General State Administration and the Autonomous Communities, all of them, without exception. And they do so, because not all act with the same responsibility and commitment. at a crucial moment to modernize and transform our university system,» she stated.

In this sense, she maintained that «the Government supports our universities with unprecedented programs, such as the Program for the Incorporation of Teaching and Research Talent in Spanish Public Universities, with which we will finance the incorporation of 150 million euros per year.» . of 3,400 doctoral assistants starting from the academic year 2024-2025.

«I trust that this investment commitment will be matched by the Autonomous Communities, which are the ones that have, as the rector who is with us today knows well, the competences in this matter,» she stated.

ICMAT, a joint center of the CSIC and three public universities in Madrid

The ICMAT is a joint center of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), under the Ministry, and the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M), and Complutense University of Madrid (UCM).

During her visit, Morant visited, along with the president of CSIC, Eloísa del Pino; the rector of UCM, Joaquín Goyache; the rector of UAM, Amaya Mendikoetxea; and the rector of UC3M, Ángel Arias, the ICMAT’s facilities, including the library, which features such notable books as Galileo Galilei’s The Cosmic System (17th century) and Isaac Newton’s Principles of Natural Philosophy (18th century).


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