The HERGAR Foundation for Educational Research and Promotion aims to encourage research, as well as technological development and innovation in education and business in our country, through scientific research activities of quality and excellence.
A fourth edition is thus being organized, the granting of economic aid for those projects that have any of the following fields as their priority research objective :
Application of IT to Adult Education and Health Sciences.
Applied and technological research in Social and Legal Sciences and the Humanities.
Applied and technological research in Engineering.
Those who may apply for this aid are Groups of Researchers with R & D & i projects whose main researcher is associated with any Spanish educational, scientific or business entity, public or private.
More information in this link.
Summary of the Resolution of November 3, 2017, of the National Parks Autonomous Organization, which calls for the concession of grants for the realization of scientific research projects in the National Parks Network for the year 2017.
The following can be beneficiaries of the aid:
1) Public R + D + i centers, Public universities, public research organizations recognized as such by Law 13/1986, of April 14, on the Promotion and General Coordination of Scientific and Technical Research, R + D + i centers with their own and differentiated legal personality linked to or dependent on the General State Administration, and R & D & I centers linked to or dependent on territorial public administrations, regardless of their legal personality, as well as public entities with capacity and demonstrated activity in R + D + i actions, including technological centers whose ownership and management are mainly in the hands of the Public Administrations.
2) Private university research and development centers: private universities, their departments, or private university centers in accordance with the provisions of Basic Law 4/2007, of April 12, which modifies Basic Law 6/2001, of December 21, of Universities.
See the Official State Bulletin in this link.
The Center for Networked Biomedical Research in Cancer (CIBERONC) (Spain), through the research group led by Xosé R. Bustelo, also belonging to the Cancer Research Center of Salamanca, has just discovered that the VAV1 gene, usually involved in the formation of a wide range of tumors, can also play roles involved in the suppression of some specific types of acute lymphoblastic leukemia of T lymphocytes.
This leukemia is the most frequent pediatric cancer and, even today, it poses many challenges for an adequate diagnosis and treatment. This discovery has just been published in the prestigious scientific journal Cancer Cell. T-lymphocytes are cells of the immune system whose function is to recognize and destroy cells from our organs that have become cancerous or that have been infected by viruses or other pathogens. They are also in charge of regulating other cells of the immune system, which are involved in the destruction of any external agent that invades our body, such as chemicals or bacteria. Despite these positive functions, T lymphocytes undergo in some cases genetic alterations that turn them from protective agents to malignant cells that cause tumors.
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Antonio M. Álvarez Valero is travelling to Antarctica in the 2017-2018 campaign of the international project POSVOLDEC to determine the key magmatic factors under the active volcano of the island and improve our knowledge of the volcanic eruptions all over the planet.
Expelled from Olympus at birth, Vulcan grew up under the protection of the divinities of the ocean in the depths of a sea cave from which he made fire tongues flow when he unleashed his fury. This god of fire made the volcano that gives shape to Deception Island, in Antarctica, cry lava for the last time in 1970. Headed there is Antonio M. Álvarez Valero, a scientist of the University of Salamanca, to study the magmatic processes that took place during that eruption within the framework of the POSVOLDEC project (MINECO), coordinated by the Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera (CSIC) .
The main goal of the project “POSVOLDEC. Understanding post-caldera volcanic processes in Deception Island (Antarctica): Implications for assessing potential future volcanic hazards”, of an interdisciplinary and international character, is to characterize the current state of the magmatic system that resides under Deception Island. The ultimate goal is to understand the ‘key factors’ that control volcanic processes in order to advance in the determination of the ‘patterns of operation of these geological structures in different regions of the planet,’ as Antonio M. Alvarez Valero explained to USAL Communication.
More information: Comunicación Universidad de Salamanca
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Exhibitions, workshops, conferences, guided visits and dissemination events make up the program of the 14th Science Week of Castile and Leon.
The Vice-chancellor for Student Assistance and University Extension, Cristina Pita, accompanied by the director of the Cultural Activities Service of the University, Manuel Heras, presented at the press conference held this morning at the R + D + i Building the program of activities prepared for the celebration of the 14th Science Week of Castile and Leon at the University of Salamanca, which will take place from November 13 to 19.
In total there will be 28 activities designed by USAL’s Unit of Scientific Culture and Innovation, distributed among exhibitions, workshops, talks, lectures, visits to laboratories and research centers of the University of Salamanca, as well as scientific competitions, with the purpose of bringing science, technology and innovation to all people in the city of Salamanca.
More information: Comunicación Universidad de Salamanca
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The call for grants from the research project support program co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund has been resolved.
By Order of June 28, 2017, of the Ministry of Education (extract published in the BOCyL, No. 126, of July 4, BDNS (Identif.): 353524), a call went out for grant applications from the research project support program co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.
Now that the statutory deadlines have expired, the submitted applications have been examined and the reasoned proposal of the General Director of Universities and Research has been considered, following a report from the assessment committee set up for this purpose, in accordance with the provisions of section eleven.1 of the aforementioned order, the concession of grants to public research organizations and centers, public universities and foundations in the health sector has been resolved.
Aid destined to finance strategic plans and strategic research programs executed by the research structures of excellence. The deadline for submission ends on Thursday, December 7.
Call for aid to finance strategic plans and strategic research programs carried out by research structures of excellence within the framework of the Regional Strategy for Research and Innovation for Smart Specialization (RIS3) of Castile & Leon 2014-2020, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, to start in 2018.
PURPOSE: in a regime of competitive competition, aid destined to finance strategic plans and strategic research programs executed by research structures of excellence within the framework of the regional research and innovation strategy for an intelligent specialization (RIS3) of Castile & Leon 2014 -2020, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Two students develop a precision agriculture project using a drone to spray plants and detect their status.
Improving yields in the field with respect to traditional systems, saving money and improving accuracy are the ambitious goals of the project on which the young people Alberto Gaspar Martín and José Guillermo Ara are working.
Pytosanitary products, herbicides and liquid fertilizers are applied with the help of a drone, acting as an aerial fumigator for crops. This is the main purpose of the project on which young university students are still working, and they also plan to install a camera in the drone to detect the state of crops, soil moisture or any type of pest.
The project is still in the development stage, but the idea is to put it on the market as a unique product.
The initial investment is about 10,000 euros, from the money obtained in the first edition of the 2017 Technological Challenge Award ‘Ávila Advance’ organized by the city council of the capital.
In the framework of the European Innovation Association for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI, in English, AEI-AGRI, in Spanish), MAPAMA has decided to launch a focus group on digitization and big data in the agri-food and forestry sector and in rural areas.
As recent studies and reports show, the future of the economy in general is linked to digitalization, and the challenges of the rural environment and the agri-food and forestry sector must be addressed from the perspective of a digital transformation if we wish them to continue being, respectively, a living and populated environment and a competitive and sustainable sector economically, socially and environmentally.
In the case of agricultural and agri-food activity, the use of technology is essential to maximize crop yields and the use of resources, increasing productivity and generating an activity that is more respectful to the environment and adapted to climate change . Likewise, the development of a true 4.0 food industry that interacts with the consumer and offers attractive products and services is essential to continue being leaders in marketing and export, generating wealth, employment and value-added.
The Castro Enriquez farm, pertaining to the Provincial Council of Salamanca, hosted a cattle workshop last September 29. At this workshop, we professionals and agents met to share our knowledge about the world of cattle: Provincial Council, University, IRNASA, ITACyL, FNyH , industries, farmers and local action groups.
On September 29 we held a meeting with all the agents linked to the world of cattle at the Castro Enriquez farm. Not only was it a very interesting meeting because of the subjects discussed, but also because of the atmosphere of trust that was created among everyone there.
Now it is up to the entrepreneurs (farmers and industrialists) to fight day by day to make their company profitable. The rest of the agents involved are starting from a more comfortable situation, but we hope to continue collaborating with you from our field of action. The first challenge we have come up with is to seek funding to address the studies you are demanding; the processes are slow but our intention is to continue improving to contribute to the development of an agro-industrial model that allows wealth creation in a sustainable way.
Fernando Vicente Amores (Prof. of the Faculty of Economics and Business)
The Cotec Working Group on the Internet of Things (IoT), led by Indra, has carried out an analysis of the training offer in this area and has generated a report that shows a gap between the needs of companies and the supply of educational systems.
The current training offer of the national educational system is insufficient to cover the professional demands in the area of Internet of Things (IoT). This is the main conclusion of the analysis carried out by the Cotec Work Group on IoT, led by Indra, and launched last year with the goal to analyze the need for training and skills for the full use of the Internet of Things.
Today’s report at Cotec on the analysis of educational supply and Spanish business demand in IoT indicates that an exponential growth is expected within the next few years in this area. In 2020, it is anticipated that there will be more than 20 billion connected smart devices with a global economic impact of 2.9 billion euros. In addition, companies consider IoT a key element for the development of the digital transformation and 61% of the respondents in this study understand that companies that delay the integration of IoT will not be competitive.
Download here the full report
The new EACB awards (European Association of Cooperative Banks) competition is aimed at young people up to 35 years old. This association is putting out a call for the Young Researchers in Cooperative Banking Award to promote the business model of these organizations. The contest is aimed at young people up to 35 years old (i.e. born in 1982 or later).
Documents should directly relate to cooperative banks. They are interested in papers related to the following topics:
• Innovation, digitization: challenges and opportunities for cooperative banks
• The specific management of cooperative banks and the evolution of their business model
• Cooperative banks: “Creating value for partners”
• Regulatory challenges of cooperative banks
• Cooperative banks and financial stability
• Bank diversity: the role of cooperative banks
• Contribution of cooperative banks to competitiveness in European banking
• Contribution of cooperative banks to the sustainability of society and the environment
• Cooperative banks and social and financial inclusion
• International comparison of cooperative banks
• Are there distinguishing characteristics of cooperative banks?
• Culture in the organizations (cooperatives) that generate value for their stakeholders and if there is a difference with shareholder-oriented banks.
Papers must be written in English and the deadline for submissions is January 31, 2018.
For more information about the award, see this link.
The Vice-Chancellor for Research presented this agreement, by means of which the Observatory of High Intellectual Capabilities is created.
The Vice-Chancellor for Research and Transfer, Juan Manuel Corchado; the president of the Salmantina Association of Support for High Capabilities (ATENEA), Silvia Carlota Calvente; and María Dolores García Román, a specialist in the field of high capabilities, presented at a press conference the collaboration agreement signed for the extra-curricular improvement of children and young people with high intellectual ability.
In particular, the University of Salamanca and the Athena Association are developing an ambitious project that will make the Salamanca Studium a point of reference in the work of detecting, training and raising awareness about the high intellectual capabilities of children and young people.
In this sense, USAL is already working to coordinate research groups that bring together specialists and researchers from the University, associations and external organizations, with the aim to better the detection and implementation of measures that can improve the education of children and young people with high intellectual abilities.
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