The ICRA will manage this year two million euros in research projects

The Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA), based in the Science Park of Girona, manage research projects this year worth 2 million euros. Its director, Damia Barcelo, stressed that one of the lines to be promoted is contact with large companies, considered that currently around 15% of orders for analysis addressed to ICRA analysis com from the industrial world.
The center today inaugurated new research laboratories, which have been equipped during the last two years involving an investment of 4 million. The new facility is reference in Europe, exceeding the previous model of “dissemination of laboratories”, no longer viable due to the crisis, as noted by the Director of Research, Josep Maria Martorell.

Five years ago, the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA) began to walk. Since then, the center has taken a giant step, especially since October 2009 when it opened the new H2O Building at the Science and Technology Park of Girona.
During the past year and a half, its headquarters have been equipped with latest equipment. The aim of the research of these laboratories revolves around water, particularly anything that refers to “resources, quality or drought issues », as Damia Barceló remarked.
In total, during this time, the overall investment made in this scientific equipment in the ICRA has reached nearly 4 million euros. Of this amount, 32% has been used to provide material to the Technical Services Center, a group of laboratories that concentrate all the research related to water (in the physical, biological, chemical or molecular).

Unique laboratories in Europe
The center today opened new research laboratories. Barceló stated that the fact that the ICRA concentrates different research disciplines in one single space makes it a European reference. “There are very few research centers that cover all different disciplines in a single building, equipped with latest technology,” he said.
During the inauguration, the Director-General for Research of the Generalitat echoed this distinguishing feature. “We are at a time when there is a change in the paradigm of scientific infrastructure : the fragmentation of laboratories has finished as it would not be sustainable, we have to go towards facilities that are interconnected,” he said.
In this sense, the director said that it is not about « paying new search engines, but making the existing ones profitable ». He also stressed that, with these new laboratories, ICRA becomes “a scientific high level reference” in Europe.
Source: Diario de Mallorca 25/05/2011

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