“BC3 receives the María de Maeztu credential”
This credential brings 2 million euro to the Basque Centre for Climate Change, which celebrates its 10th anniversary of dedication to international research on climate change this year.
BC3 is among the 7 organisations distinguished as María de Maeztu units of excellence.
Along with BC3, the selection this year features the Astrobiology Centre, the Institute of Neurosciences of the University of Barcelona, CIC Biomagune and some others.
“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”.
Leioa, 16 July 2018._ The State Research Agency has announced the awarding of the “María de Maeztu” credential to BC3, the Basque Centre for Climate Change, in acknowledgement of the quality and level of excellence in the research it conducts. The evaluation committee stressed that “the multidisciplinary research conducted by BC3 is an example of what natural sciences should implement in the future”.
This credential brings BC3 a fund of 2 million euro for four years. In the words of María José Sanz, Scientific Director of BC3, “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”.
The distinction “María de Maeztu Unit of Excellence” forms part of the institutional reinforcement strategy of the National Plan for Scientific, Technical and Innovation Research and purports to finance and accredit those public research centres and units in any scientific field that demonstrate international impact and scientific leadership and collaborate actively with their social and business environments.
A total of 7 centres were distinguished in this edition, along with 5 other centres awarded the Severo Ochoa credential. An international scientific committee composed of researchers of renowned prestige took charge of the evaluation and selection process, which has considered both scientific results and the strategic programmes of centres and units, to highlight the candidacies that stood out among all others for their excellence.
In the assessment report, the scientific committee underscored “the multidisciplinary character of the centre and its high level of productivity in terms of scientific production and other research results, such as, for instance, contributions to international panels like IPCC or IPBES, and its capacity to attract external funding as a result of the excellence in the research it conducts”.
- BC3, the Basque Centre for Climate Change, is a Basque Excellence Research Centre (BERC) founded in 2008 by the Basque Government with the support of the University of the Basque Country.
- Its mission is to strategically promote the co-production of knowledge relevant to decision-making, combining the environmental, socio-economic and ethical dimensions of climate change.
- It produces multidisciplinary knowledge through the proprietary research of an international scientific team and the co-designing of innovative, cross-disciplinary solutions together with the different players concerned to facilitate and promote international decision-making towards sustainable development.
- Currently, it has a total of 47 highly qualified researchers from 11 countries.
- In 2016, it was acknowledged as the second most influential Think Tank worldwide in the field of climate change economics and policy, and the first in the European setting.