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January 18, 2019
Stradivarius will launch perfumes
Stradivarius, which arrived at Barcelona Synchrotron Park in 2017 with the opening of its new world headquarters designed by Batlle i Roig (see photo), had closed the financial year of that year with 1,480 million euros in overall sales, 10% more than in 2016, and with 1,017 stores spread across more than 70 international markets and a website available in 32 markets.

At the end of last year, Sofia Ellar singer was commissioned to inaugurate in Bilbao the most cutting edge and innovative establishment of the Inditex group, a 650 m2 eco-efficient store in terms of water and electricity consumption.

Also in December, Stradivarius announced its alliance with Cristian Lay to launch perfumes. Although the chain had already had small collections of perfumes in the past, its alliance with Perseida, owned by Cristian Lay, is to take a step forward in this category.
 
January 11, 2019
Graphene-based implant developed by IMB and ICN2 on UAB campus records brain activity
In the graphite tip of a pencil, carbon atoms are arranged in a layered, planar structure forming a honeycomb lattice. Graphene is one of these sheets with only one atom thick.

Within a few years, graphene has become the prime example of a promising material for its numerous properties: resistant and light, flexible and elastic, transparent, conductor of heat and electricity, etc. Graphene has already been awarded a Nobel Prize in 2010 and Graphene Flagship is one of the two current key scientific initiatives of the European Union (Humain Brain Project is the other one) that gathers 142 academic and industrial groups from 23 different countries with 1 billion Euros in funding over the 2013-2023 period.

In this context, researchers in Barcelona have developed a graphene-based implant able to record electrical activity in the brain at extremely low frequencies and over large areas. The prototype was developed at the Barcelona Microelectronics Institute (IMB-CNM, CSIC) and the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2, a BIST and CSIC centre), both on the Barcelona Synchrotron Park’s UAB campus partner, and was adapted for brain recordings in collaboration with the August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS).

Published in Nature Materials, the ground-breaking technology promises to enhance the understanding of the brain and pave the way for the next generation of brain-computer interfaces.

More information
January 03, 2019
CREAF: 30 years in environmental sciences
CREAF, Ecological and Forestry Applications Research Center, which works in the field of terrestrial ecology, especially forestry, in order to improve planning and management of the natural, rural and urban environment, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

The anniversary of this 130-researcher institute located on the campus of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), partner of the Barcelona Synchrotron Park (BSP), is a good excuse to remember the powerful CERCA research centers network which CREAF is involved in and the commitment to biodiversity protection shared by both CREAF and BSP.

Catalonia has developed its own research system based mainly on a talent attraction agency (ICREA) and a network of 40 research centers (CERCA), 6 of which are on the UAB campus, that is to say into the BSP’s sphere: in addition to CREAF, ICN2 (Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology), IFAE (Institute for High Energy Physics), CRAG (Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics), CVC (Computer Vision Centre) and ICP (Catalan Institute of Palaeontology).

Regarding biodiversity, one of the four research areas of the center (together with Earth Observation, Global Change and Ecosystem functioning), CREAF studies the mechanisms which generate and maintain biodiversity in terrestrial ecosystems and analyzes the factors which threaten it. CREAF works with species and communities of plants and animals, with studies carried out from the molecular to ecosystem scale.  

This commitment is also that of BSP with its emblematic 140-hectare green corridor where actions for biodiversity protection are carried out: they are included in this document and awarded by the Business & Biodiversity label of the European Commission.

Congratulations, CREAF!
 
December 14, 2018
The Open Innovation Forum matches business challenges to academic solutions
The Open Innovation Forum is an Open Innovation Program promoted by the main Catalan universities that gives companies the opportunity to launch their innovation challenges and obtain solutions from academic research centers.

Among the 7 institutions that initiated this forum, let’s point out the UAB University Research Park (PRUAB): for many years, with for example its generating ideas program (en Catalan) sponsored by Barcelona Synchrotron Park, PRUAB works actively to encourage companies to make use of the creative wealth of UAB researchers to find answers to their technological challenges.

Throughout 2019, the Open Innovation Forum's online platform will remain open to receive challenges and solutions and will match them.

This initiative is open to any company with innovation needs and research groups from universities and technology centers interested in applying their research results.
 
December 07, 2018
2017 BioCat report: The best of the Bioregion of Catalonia
The bioregion of Catalonia is an international reference bioregion as the 2017 Biocat report released this week shows (Biocat is the organization that champions the healthcare and life sciences ecosystem in Catalonia).

ALBA synchrotron is part of this ecosystem, among other with the XALOC beam line that allows the protein structure determination, an important step in the design of a new drug.
 
At the end of 2017, the bioregion hosted 1,060 companies (a new company created each week) that invoiced 17.8 billion euros (average annual growth of 2.4% between 2000 and 2016), 89 research entities, 58,000 employees, etc.
Those figures and much more information and analysis are available in this new report downloadable here.
 
November 30, 2018
Barcelona Synchrotron Park’s Commitment to Sustainable Growth
This week, the Catalan government has presented the book "Catalonia Green Future" that collects the conclusions and presentations of the cycle of workshops and reflection on the bases of a sustainable economic growth.

Creating economic wealth at the service of society and at the same time preserving the natural capital, that is, the economic value of the services offered for free by nature, is part of the challenge to achieve a necessarily sustainable growth and Barcelona Synchrotron Park does its part.

Indeed, the Park, awarded by the EU Business & Biodiversity label, has already carried out different actions in this field: 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.

The BSP’s global action program designed to enhance its green infrastructure and support biodiversity can be downloaded here.
 
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