CSIC AND ALBA SIGN A COLLABORATION AGREEMENT

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With the aim of cooperating in the development of scientific research and technological innovation activities. ALBA receives more than 200 CSIC researchers per year, performing 20% of the experiments conducted in the facility.

Madrid, 10th October 2017. The president of the Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC), Emilio Lora-Tamayo, and the director of the ALBA Synchrotron, Caterina Biscari, have signed today a collaboration agreement to develop projects and research programs in the scientific areas shared by both institutions.

The objectives of this collaboration include the advice, support and information exchange related to scientific activities. In addition, the document establishes the cooperation to train research and technical staff as well as to promote the common activities that pursue social awareness of science and technological innovation. The agreement also foresees staff exchanges and joint research units in areas of common interest. ALBA receives more than 200 CSIC researchers per year, performing 20% of the experiments conducted in the facility. This agreement expands the ongoing collaborations between both institutions, such as the participation in European research projects, the development of a helium recovery plant in ALBA or having CSIC visiting members at the ALBA Synchrotron.

"Current science makes progress thanks to infrastructures like ALBA. CSIC is a member of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility and coordinates one of its work areas; BM25 SpLine, that soon will be in the ALBA Synchrotron, will contribute to the benefit of the whole Spanish scientific community. The work of CSIC researchers in this field can offer a lot of expertise to help ALBA becoming a national and international reference", says Lora-Tamayo. Caterina Biscari has highlighted the fundamental role that the CSIC has played in the evolution of the ALBA Synchrotron, "thanks to the active participation of CSICnd CSIC researchers who contributed in the definition of the ALBA beamlines", in her own words. 

This collaboration agreement between CSIC and ALBA is for four extendable years.

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