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Snapshot of the study visit organised by NCP_WIDERA.NET project. Image / IBEC.

IBEC as a management model for other European research centers

From February 14 to 16, IBEC hosted 20 research managers from European ‘widening countries’, facing disadvantages in terms of R&D, such as the lack of infrastructure, funding, or the possibility of creating solid networks and retaining talent. The initiative has been promoted by NCP_WIDERA.NET, a project financed by the European Union to strengthen a transnational network of National Contact Points (NCPs) that facilitates transnational cooperation within the framework of the Horizon Europe program “Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area” (WIDERA).

This meeting is the first ‘Study visits‘ organised by NCP_WIDERA.NET project to promising research managers and administrators (RMAs) from widening countries the opportunity to access excellent practices and networks, by visiting leading research-based organisations with a view of taking valuable lessons learnt “home” to their host institutions for better supporting their communities.

In this context, IBEC plays a key role in expanding knowledge and international collaboration in the field of bioengineering while positioning itself as an international benchmark research center. This contributes to placing Spain at the same level as other leading countries in R&D, such as Germany, Italy, and Finland.

Throughout the three days of the event, IBEC’s Research Management teams shared their knowledge and experience, delving into crucial topics for research and innovation. Key areas highlighted included research management, educational programs, participation in competitive funding, and support for technology transfer. Institutional initiatives, outstanding projects, and cross-cutting issues such as open science and research ethics were also discussed.

In addition to exploring IBEC’s internal practices, the event provided a valuable space for attendees to share their own experiences. This exchange facilitated learning about the unique perspectives of different centers and countries, strengthening ties and potential collaborations between institutions.

“We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to share our research and open science management model and learn about experiences in other countries. Collaboration and mutual learning are fundamental pillars of science, and it has been a great experience for IBEC to participate in this initiative,” says Teresa Sanchis, IBEC’s head of strategy.

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