Approved the new map of Singular Scientific and Technological Infrastructures (ICTS) of Spain

2019-04-08T10:57:05+01:00January 2, 2019|

In November 6th of 2018, the Scientific, Technological and Innovation Policy Council approved the updating of the Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructure Map (ICTS). The new Map is integrated by 29 ICTS, which brings together a total of 62 operative infrastructures.

In this new update the number of ICTS is maintained, but the number of infrastructures is increased by the incorporation of new nodes to existing distributed ICTS. The High Biosafety Laboratories Network (RLASB) is one of the infrastructures that builds the ICTS map constituted by two nodes, the IRTA-CReSA and the CISA-INIA.

The Council has counted with the participation of the 10 ministries with competences in R&I and with representatives of 16 Autonomous Communities. The objective is the coordination between the different public areas and to improve the strategic direction of science and innovation policies.

The ICTS map

The map of Singular Scientific and Technological Infrastructures is a planning and development tool for these infrastructures in coordination with the Autonomous Communities. The new ICTS Map is the result of a rigorous independent evaluation process and consolidates the single location and distributed infrastructures.

The Singular Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS) are large facilities, resources, equipments and services, unique in their kind, that they are dedicated to cutting-edge technological research and development of the highest quality, as well as promoting the transmission, exchange and preservation of knowledge, technology transfer and innovation. They are available to the scientific, technological and industrial, national and international community with a very high investment and / or maintenance and operation cost. Its strategic nature justifies its competitive access for the entire R & D + I system.

The 29 Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructures have been planned, from an operational point of view, in eight areas:

  1. Astronomy and Astrophysics: Gran Telescopio Canarias, Observatories de Canary Islands, Calar Alto Astronomical Observatory, IRAM 30M Radio Telescope, Yebes Astronomical Center, Javalambre Astrophysical Observatory and Canfranc Underground Laboratory.
  2. Science of the Sea, Life and Earth: Canary Islands Oceanic Platform, Les Coastal Observation System Illes Balears, Spanish Oceanographic Fleet, Spanish Antarctic Bases, Doñana Biological Reserve and Infrastructure for the Cultivation of Bluefin Tuna.
  3. Information and Communication Technologies: Spanish Supercomputing Network – coordinated by the National Supercomputing Center – and RedIris.
  4. Health and Biotechnology: Integrated Infrastructure of Production and Character bristling of Nanomaterials, Biomaterials and Systems in Biomedicine, Integrated Infrastructure of Omic Technologies, Network of High-Security Biological Laboratories, Distributed Network of Biomedical Image and Network of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Laboratories of Biomoléculas.
  5. Energy: Plataforma Solar de Almería and Laboratorio Nacional de Almería Fusión.
  6. Engineering: Aggregated Infrastructures for Maritime Hydraulic Research.
  7. Materials: ALBA Synchrotron, Network of Micro and Nanofabrication White Rooms, Integrated Infrastructure of Electron Microscopy of Materials, Center of Pulsed Ultra-Light Lasers and National Center of Accelerators.
  8. Socioeconomic Sciences and Humanities: National Center for Research in Human Evolution.

By autonomous communities, Madrid (12 infrastructures) and Catalonia (11) occupy the first two state positions, followed by Andalusia (8), the Canary Islands (5), Aragón (4), the Valencian Community (3), the Bale Islands ares (3), the Basque Country (3), Castilla y León (3), Galicia (3), Cantabria (2), Extremadura (2) and, finally, Castilla-La Mancha (1).