Madrid, 4 May 2017. The “Rocasolano” Chemistry and Physics Institute (CSIC) witnessed this morning the presentation of the new Fundación GADEA por la Ciencia; a non-profit organisation born with the objective of promoting and improving the Spanish Science, Technology and Innovation system.
Fernando Tejerina, chairman of the board of Fundación GADEA por la Ciencia, José Antonio Gutiérrez, director of Fundación GADEA por la Ciencia and the biochemist Mariano Barbacid, chairman of the Scientific Advisory Council (CCA) of the foundation took part in the presentation event.
All of them highlighted how important it is to “promote and encourage research and science” in order to “generate a more competitive society that guarantees a future of prosperity and independence for Spanish citizens”, as highlighted by José Antonio Gutiérrez, director of the foundation.
Its objectives include focusing efforts on promoting communication and interaction among scientists through symposiums and annual discussion forums, in addition to promoting a quality scientific education.
As a participatory body, Fundación GADEA por la Ciencia has a Scientific Advisory Council (CCA-FGC), chaired by the researcher Mariano Barbacid, that includes Spanish researchers with excellent qualifications and proven experience in the various scientific areas: Biomedicine and Health, Economy and Society as well as Basic Science and Technology.
It is especially important for this entity to promote a scientific culture in society, as well as encourage public-private cooperation as R&D&i in Spain holds a limited relation between the business scope and the academic and scientific areas. Fernando Tejerina, chairman of the Board of Fundación GADEA stressed that “knowledge is the raw material and talent is the yeast that ferments and transforms it into social prosperity”. This is why, he adds, “resources destined to education, training, research, innovation and entrepreneurship are considered an investment and not an expense”. Furthermore he adds that “Never before have these been so important to improve the quality of life of society as a whole as in the present”.
This is the message that dominated the presentation to the public of Fundación GADEA por la Ciencia, which congregated an excellent representation of the Scientific and Research Community. According to Mariano Barbacid, chairman of the Scientific Advisory Council of Fundación GADEA: “There is little philanthropy for Science in Spain. I hope this sets an example for investments towards this noble and necessary cause”.