June 15, 2017
Construction of the Natura Bissé’s new world headquarters is well on its way
The first construction phase (excavation and slurry walls) of the Natura Bissé’s new headquarters in the Barcelona Synchrotron Park (BSP) recently concluded and foundation works now have begun. Everything is progressing as planned and Natura Bissé, a Spanish family business leader in innovation and development of high-end cosmetic products, will be able to move to the new building by the end of 2018, as scheduled.

The future 13,500 sqm building will host the research center, the business and logistics departments, the production plant and an area specially devoted to training and innovation. The corresponding investment is € 15 million.

The company is present in 35 countries and is currently committed to a growth plan that includes the consolidation and the expansion in high potential cosmetic markets such as the Asian one, which already represents 14% of Natura Bissé’s turnover. The company employs 300 people and generated a € 49.7 million turnover in 2015, which is expected to double in 2020.

With a business based on R&D added value, the future establishment of Natura Bissé’s world headquarters in BSP is great news for the park.
June 06, 2017
​Walk in the Park: the biodiversity routes await you
Attracting innovative companies around the synchrotron is not incompatible with the protection of biodiversity: this is what the Park proposes as a founding principle and this was acknowledged last fall by the European Commission with the attribution of the Business & Biodiversity label.

In this way, the dossier available here synthesizes all past and present actions. On the other hand, the Park has taken advantage of the last European Forum on Urban Forests (EFUF 2017), organized in Barcelona last week, to present the different projects and works carried out during urbanization in terms of ecological restoration and creation of new ecosystems (defragmentation of the territory, recycling of soils, restoration of natural forest habitats, riverside vegetation, etc.) to restore and enhance biodiversity and connectivity in green areas that account for 40% of the park’s total area.

To make known all these achievements and to enjoy these rehabilitated natural spaces, the Park, together with the City Council of Cerdanyola, has created two didactic routes to walk on foot (leaflet in Catalan here) that will be inaugurated on next Sunday June 11 at 11.30 am: we are waiting for you!
May 31, 2017
UAB second most innovative university in Spain
The second edition of the Reuters News ranking of most innovative universities in Europe places the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in 81st position. It is the second university in Spain, following the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) which ranks 63rd in this year's edition. The ranking identifies and classifies the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies, and help drive the global economy.

The classification assesses the level of innovation of universities according to data related to the number of patent applications presented by each institution between the years 2010 and 2015, relation between the patents presented and those approved, and the commercial impact of the university's basic research, measured through the academic articles cited in the patents' registry.

According to the classification, the most innovative university in Europe is KU Leuven in Belgium, followed by the Imperial College London, the University of Cambridge and the Technical University of Munich.

The ranking is based on data provided by Clarivate Analytics (before it separated from Thomson Reuters) and identifies 600 institutions in order to conduct an in-depth analysis of those which applied for a minimum of 50 patents during the 2010-2015 period.

May 24, 2017
PRUAB: 10 years in strengthening relationships between research and business fabric
The main mission of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Research Park (PRUAB), which is associated with the Barcelona Synchrotron Park and celebrates its 10th anniversary this month, is technology transfer: how to transform the results achieved in UAB research centers into economic growth (jobs, patents, start-up companies…).

The Ideas Generation Program organized by PRUAB, is an original initiative, among others, supported by Barcelona Synchrotron Park that sponsors the top prize: every year, it aims at offering companies the benefit of the UAB researchers’ wealth of creativity to get proposals to their technological challenges.

May 10, 2017
​Barcelona Synchrotron Park’s Commitment to Nature and Biodiversity
The Espai Terra Catalan public TV program dedicated to nature and environment aired on April 28th was partly shot in Parc de l’Alba and its so-called Barcelona Synchrotron Park business area

The purpose was to present the ALBA synchrotron garden and green roof as well as the park new pathways about to be open in order to make the park’s action program known regarding conservation of biodiversity.

In the program excerpt that can be watched here (in Catalan), the synchrotron garden’s designer explains how the garden has been planned to require low maintenance, low water consumption, no phytosanitary treatment and to be wildlife friendly to foxes, rabbits or partridges, including a falcon couple that has taken up residence in the ALBA roof. Besides, part of this roof is green in order to integrate it in the environment, thermally insulate the building and help biodiversity.

By the way, supporting biodiversity is one of the missions of the park: the corresponding park’s action program that can be downloaded here received last November the Business & Biodiversity label from the European Commission.

The video also allows learning about these actions: Permeability of road infrastructures, creation of shelters to promote birds and other fauna to control pests, naturalised drainage systems (green ditches) or agreements with farmers to promote biodiversity-suited dry croplands in the green corridor and on undeveloped plots.
May 04, 2017
​Reference research centres in the environment of the Barcelona Synchrotron Park
The recently updated Nature Index, which tracks the researcher affiliations collected from worldwide high quality scientific articles, provides a good opportunity to speak about three important research centres installed on the campus of the UAB university, the Barcelona Synchrotron Park‘s partner: ICMAB, ICN2 and IFAE.

The Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB) has been recognized with many successes during these last years, including 9 ERC Projects awarded to its researchers. In the latest Nature Index, ICMAB is ranked in the top 4 research centres in Catalonia and Spain, only behind three other Catalan centres: the ICIQ (Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia), the ICFO (Institute of Photonic Sciences) and the ICN2 (Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology) also set up on the UAB campus.

The Institute for High Energy Physics (IFAE) also settled on the UAB campus, has been recently in the news: among the research team that published last month intriguing anomalies in the way some particles decay, 2 of the 5 researchers that analysed data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC, CERN) and other experiments, are from the IFAE. If confirmed, these results would be a sign of new physics phenomena not predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics.

Finally, let’s mention that both ICN2 and IFAE, jointly with ICFO, ICIQ, IRB (Institute for Research in Biomedicine) and CRG (Centre for Genomic Regulation) form the new Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) that aims to construct a scientific project based on the search for the complementary and interdisciplinary of fields, not only to promote the creation of innovative projects, but also to provide the most competitive environment for the training of scientists. According to Nature Index, BIST with its 1,400 researchers ranks 24 in Europe.
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