World-class scientific infrastructures in Catalonia

Years of public and private commitment to science, technology and research in Catalonia makes us, today, the place to be for innovation in Spain and in Europe. 

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Scientific infrastructures

Barcelona-Catalonia, where industry and innovation thrive.

An extensive network of scientific and tech centers in Barcelona-Catalonia connect our talent at all levels, while empowering numerous prestigious applied and basic research groups that make tech transfer an ongoing reality in all sectors.

Research facilities in Catalonia abound

Catalonia is home to top scientific facilities in Spain:

The automotive industry, a significant sector of Catalonia’s industrial base, also has a state-of-the-art testing facility with the Applus+ IDIADA center, that gives support in product development activities by providing design, engineering, testing and homologation services.

Ensuring excellence in technology

Further proof of public support for innovation is the Catalan Government TECNIO program that certifies the most qualified suppliers, public or private, for both developing and providing innovative and differential technology to businesses. Today, the TECNIO network counts on 84 accredited centers.

This base of excellence is supported by leading research facilities in Catalonia such as Eurecat, offering advanced technology R&D services and transfer throughout the entire value chain in a highly multidisciplinary environment.

And, if you’ve been to the cinema recently anywhere in the world, you’ll probably have heard one of Eurecat’s success stories, the Dolby Atmos cinema sound system for cinemas, fruit of a collaboration between IMM Sound and Eurecat.

Leitat is another leading Catalan technological institute working with companies and other entities. By means of innovation and creativity, its goal is to create economic, social and sustainable value through R&D projects and technological processes.

A coordinated network to ensure success

Behind these leading institutions are other organisms at work, ensuring that our research and tech ecosystem is optimized at all times. For example, the CERCA Institute fosters and maximize synergies and strategic cooperation between players while improve the positioning, visibility and impact of the research carried out.

The CSIC or Spanish National Research Council, Europe’s third largest public research institution also has 21 centers in Catalonia, and whose main objective is to develop and promote research that will help bring about scientific and technological progress.

A bottom-up innovation culture

Research and investigation permeate throughout all Catalan knowledge centers. For example, 8 hospital institutions and 36 university research institutes actively perform research. In fact, thanks to this research at this level, your cellphone probably contains some Catalan university-developed technology, with Fractus, a spin-off from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech (UPC), that got rid of exterior cellphone antennas to replace them with geometry-based multi-band and miniature ones.

“Intel has an ambitious goal to sprint to zettascale era for high performance computing, and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center shares our vision for this goal. We are excited to partner with them to embark on this journey”

Jeff McVeigh, vice president and general manager of the Super Computer Group at Intel

  • ALBA Synchrotron

    ALBA Synchrotron is the largest particle accelerator in Southern Europe

  • Institute of Photonic Sciences

    The Institute of Photonic Sciences is one of the finest research institutions in the world

  • Barcelona Supercomputing Center

    The Barcelona Supercomputing Center hosts one of the most powerful supercomputers in Southern Europe