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Moving to Spain

Clarisse Faria-Fortecoëf & C. Schoch

Clarisse Faria-Fortecoëf has drawn up a mobility guide to consulted on the Association Bernard Gregory website. If you're tempted by The Spanish Apartment adventure, she suggests that you take a look at some of these websites to prepare for departure.

Picasso Program

Picasso, the egg program for researcher mobility is managed on the Spanish side by the Ministry of Education and Science and on the French side by the Egide Association.
Calls for applications, issued every year in the spring, are open to research laboratories that come under institutions of higher learning, research organizations or companies.

Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología

The Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), founded in 2001, is a private nonprofit organization that comes under the Ministry of Science and Innovation. The foundation posts openings on the English version of its website under "job offers" and directs you towards other institutions that are recruiting, where the command of Don Quixote's tongue is a prerequisite.

Asociación de Parques Científicos y Tecnológicos de España
APTE plays a key role in the Spanish Science-Technology-Enterprise system and serves as an umbrella organization for all the scientific and technological parks distributed over the 16 autonomous regions. Under the "companies" section, you can look for companies by Park and by sector of activity and thus obtain fair contact information (address, e-mail, telephone). Not all the information on the website is available in English.

Parc Cientific de Barcelona
on the website of Barcelona's Scientific Park (in English, Catalan and Spanish) under the "job offers & fellowships" heading, you can check out job offers in the park, the companies and research groups, and submit your resume by e-mail. You will also have access to the various funding programs as well as the corresponding calls for applications.

Parc Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona
the PRBB is physically connected with the Del Mar Hospital in Barcelona and groups together six public research centers. It also hosts companies such as Pharmatools and Chemotargets. On the English-language version of the website under the heading "jobs and fellowships," you can find the list of websites for institutions that have job offers and that post calls for applications for funding.

Fundacion La Caixa
This foundation offers 40 funding packages for doctoral studies in biomedicine at four Spanish research institutions in Barcelona and Madrid. Students the world over may apply, but its website is Catalan and Spanish.

as its name indicates, the official website of the Federation of young Spanish researchers is decidedly activist. The Spanish counterpart to the French Confederation of Young Researchers (CJC), Precarios is out to put an end to instability in research (no more Spanish researcher without contract), campaigns to promote respect for the status of researcher and aims to help find solutions to improve the situation of R&D and innovation in Spain.

We should also point out an initiative from the University of Perpignan where the first cross-border Doctoriales were held in May 2008.