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The Basque Center for Applied Mathematics - BCAM achieves its third "Severo Ochoa" accreditation of excellence
  • This prestigious distinction recognises those research centres that, due to the international relevance of the research carried out, are among the best in the world in their field
  • BCAM is the first Basque research centre to receive the third consecutive accreditation and joins the list of 12 Spanish institutions that have achieved this milestone

The Basque Center for Applied Mathematics – BCAM, which is part of the BERC (Basque Excellence Research Centres) network promoted by the Basque Government’s Department of Education, has been officially recognised as a “Severo Ochoa” centre of excellence by the State Research Agency, part of the Ministry of Science and Innovation, in the 2021 call for applications. It thus becomes the first Basque centre to receive this recognition for the third time and consecutively after having achieved its previous accreditations in the 2013 and 2017 calls.

Bilbao Council has become a new partner of the Basque Centre for Applied Mathematics – BCAM, a BERC centre attached to the Basque Government’s Department of Education. In this way it joins Ikerbasque, Innobasque, the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), the Provincial Council of Bizkaia and Petronor Innovación S.L. as partners.

This new addition to BCAM’s Executive Committee aims to jointly promote projects to retain, attract and link talent to the city of Bilbao, as a driving force for progress and innovation, as well as to strengthen scientific dissemination activities in the urban environment. “The activity carried out at the centre is in line with the creation of an ecosystem linked to the mainstays of talent and innovation for the transformation process we are facing towards an urban model of intelligent development“, says Juan Mari Aburto, Mayor of Bilbao.

Depiction of "neuron-glial" circuits of the brain. Astrocytes (gold), neurons (blue) and their interactions are the core CPU power of the cortical circuits. Figures created by: Anais Lupu from De Pitta's Lab:
  • Molecular interactions between neurons and non-neuronal glial cells are at the heart of signal transmission in brain circuits. Their dysfunction has been implicated in almost the full spectrum of neurological disorders.
  • The proposed computational model opens new avenues of research in Neuroscience, Medicine, Physics, and Machine Learning. 

Maurizio De Pittà, BCAM Scientific Associate and Scientist at the Krembil Research Institute (Toronto, Canada), and his collaborator, Nicolas Brunel, at Duke University (Durham, USA), have developed the first model of cognitive circuits that include non-neuronal glial cells. The study has been published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). It proposes that glial cells, traditionally thought of as neural glue, are critical mediators in cognitive processing. The model is set to revolutionize our thinking about the brain, pioneering artificial neuronal-glial network paradigms.

  • The defense will be held in of Science and Technology at UPV/EHU

Razvan-Dumitru Ceuca his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi (UAIC) in 2015 and in 2017 he obtained his Master’s degree in Mathematics at the same university.

  • BCAM will participate in the Spanish-Portuguese event together with the Severo Ochoa Network of Centres of Excellence (SOMMa) in Open Science

The University of Algarve in Faro, Portugal, hosted on 10 October the Tripartite event between Spain and Portugal of the EOSC (European Open Science Cloud). The workshop was held with the aim of creating synergies between Spanish and Portuguese research centres focused on the promotion of Open Science.

On 11 and 12 November, the Ensanche Building will host mathematics researchers under the umbrella of the Transmath Cross-Border Laboratory (LTC). Together with the University of Bordeaux, the University of the Basque Country – UPV/EHU and the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics – BCAM, the event ENLIGHT-TRANSMATH: Building networks in Harmonic Analysis and PDEs will take place next month at the Ensanche Building in Bilbao.