Beyond Research Internal collaboration

With increasing emphasis on taking findings out of the lab and contributing to the issues of the day, science in general is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary. Almost by definition, nanoscience groups together multiple traditional branches of science into a single field, yet old divisions are sometimes hard to overcome. The Severo Ochoa programme has served to catalyse internal collaboration between the different research groups, with a common research programme setting a fast pace for the exploitation of the knowledge generated and its translation into devices with real-world applications.

Actions taken to promote collaboration between groups and disciplines, the following actions have been taken:

  • All incoming PhD students under the ICN2 Severo Ochoa programme are assigned to collaborative projects developed between two or more ICN2 research groups;
  • All dissertations are similarly co-supervised by members of two groups;
  • Internal committees and work groups have been set up to guide actions in areas such as dissemination, recruitment and equality policy to ensure input from and impact across all of the institute’s areas of activity.

Click here to show the collaborations between the ICN2 research groups.

By way of tangible results, the 28 articles published jointly by two or more ICN2 research groups between 2014 and 2016, representing nearly 20% of all ICN2 publications, stand as testament to this enhanced internal collaboration. So too does the filing of the first patent with inventors from two different ICN2 research groups, while an ICN2 spinoff company launched in 2016 will offer solutions that fall under both the Life and Energy research areas.

But beyond this, the ICN2 as a whole now has a more unified identity than four years prior and is one of the few examples of successfully blended public-private centres co-managed by two administrations, thanks also to actions led by the Human Resources Department.