|Posted on May 16, 2011 at 5:38 PM|
On April I moved to Donostia to start a postdoctoral stay in the group of Prof. Jesús Ugalde. I'm employed in the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) and work in the Faculty of Chemistry in the Euskal Herriko Unibersitatea (EHU). The group is about 15 people and they work on a wide variety of research subjects which, to my convenience, includes harmonium. My experience this first month could not be better. People in the group is very nice and the city, Donostia, is charming. I will stay in Donostia until the of November, then I will move back to Girona.
I'm hosted in the Talent House a residence for postdoctoral researchers that has been recently inaugurated. This residence is just an example of the investment that the city (and the Basque Country) is doing on research. Some time ago Catalunya invested on research and started the program ICREA, whose results are showing in the most competitive european research projects. Spain was awarded 23 grants in the last call of the Starting Grant, 9 of which were to Catalan institutions and 3 to Basque research centers. More recently the Basque Country started the ikerbasque program, quite similar to ICREA. Nowadays, ICREA program has reduced its budget (initially ICREA hired both senior and junior researchers, lately only seniors) while the Basque Country is investing more on research. I believe it's matter of time for the Basque Country to catch up to Catalunya.