Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3)

A María de Maeztu unit since 2017

We are a research centre on the causes and consequences of climate change. Led by one of the most recognized scientists in the Climate Change field, Prof. Maria José Sanz, we produce multidisciplinary knowledge to support decision making towards sustainable development at the international level.

With a multidisciplinary team, connected to the main scientific institutions, networks and socio-economic agents, for a decade, our contribution to research of climate change and to the science-policy interface puts us in a unique position to offer knowledge, tools, new methodologies and cross-cutting proposals, that we lead towards action in a collaborative framework with stakeholders, to design and help implement policies aimed at sustainable development.

This vision and mission requires a seamless path from collecting evidence and expert judgements, through research that investigates and compares assumptions and results of different models, to the implementation and testing of integrated solutions. With emphasis on the multiple facets of the climate change problem, paired with its leadership position in state-of-the-art integrative modeling methodologies, BC3 has the potential to address and consolidate its position as a world leader in supporting the significant parts of the lifecycle of transdisciplinary climate change research.

In the 2018-2021 period, BC3 will further develop this strategic mission, emphasizing the bridging of scales and scientific languages to support policy- and decision-making in environmentally sustainable, economically efficient and socially equitable ways. In order to do so, the centre will continue to engage with highly recognized scientific teams and research institutions at global, national and regional levels with an increased emphasis on effectively conveying policy messages to public and private decision makers.

Key Facts of Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3)

84.2% Q1 Articles
Percentage of articles in first quartile journals.
15 Ikerbasque Profs & Fellows
Professors and fellows funded by the Basque Foundation for Science (Ikerbasque).
80% Competitive Funding
Percentage of competitive funding sources.
26% EU Funding
Percentage of funding originating from European Union programmes.
The María de Maeztu credential represents an acknowledgement of the work of a team with a shared vision on climate change and rewards the effort exerted to advance in multidisciplinary knowledge about this subject. It is an exceptional way of celebrating our 10th anniversary. We are very proud of obtaining this acknowledgement and will continue striving to ensure that we uphold the level of excellence required by this credential.
María José Sanz
Director at BC3