Pedro Duque makes firm commitment to the Severo Ochoa programme of excellence

Severo Ochoa - María de Maeztu alliance (SOMMa)

The Minister of Science and Innovation Pedro Duque today met with Luis Serrano, president of the Severo Ochoa/Maria de Maeztu alliance (SOMMa) and director of the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG). The minister expressed his firm commitment to the continuity of the Severo Ochoa/Maria de Maeztu programme.

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From left to right: Maria Terrades, Rafael Rodrigo, Monica Vallés, Ivo Gut, Pedro Duque, Luis Serrano and Bruna Vives.

The program currently benefits 49 research centres of excellence around Spain, helping them further consolidate their science. The program’s continuity will help raise the ambition of research projects taking place at these centres by boosting their international standings.

“We’ve had a constructive meeting with the minister, who has told us about his eagerness in boosting science funding and removing red tape that afflicts Spanish science. He recognised the importance of the Severo Ochoa and Maria de Maeztu programmes for Spanish science. As SOMMa, we offer to do everything we can to turn this into reality,” says Luis Serrano, director of the CRG.

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Snapshot of the meeting; in the picture, Pedro Duque and Rafael Rodrigo.

The minister Pedro Duque met with Luis Serrano during a trip by the government to the Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico (CNAG-CRG) in Barcelona, part of the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), which is led by Serrano. The Secretary General of Research, Rafael Rodrigo and Bruna Vives, CRG Managing Director also attended to the meeting.

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