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A selection of Next Wave content from or about Spain and Spanish early-career scientists.

The Situation of Researchers

Spain Reconsiders Its University Reform Law
10 November 2006
A bill being debated in Spain's Parliament would give more leeway to universities in hiring. Some academic leaders are pleased, but others say it could be a step backward. (Link courtesy of Science magazine)

The Angst of Ramón y Cajal Researchers
14 July 2006
The 5-year Ramón y Cajal contracts--and the promise of a bridge to a permanent position--lured many accomplished researchers to Spain. But as the first contracts end some of them are struggling to find a place in the Spanish system.

Getting your Foreign Diploma Recognised in Spain
3 February 2006
Young scientists in Spain with a foreign degree have had a hard time finding a place within the Spanish academic system. But with a new law, things are now improving.

Young Scientists in Spain Want Action
30 September 2005
The five-year Ramón y Cajal research contracts were launched by the Spanish government in 2001 to give young scientists much needed opportunities within academic research. But for many of those who are now reaching the end of their contract, there still is no permanent position in sight.

Research Careers In Spain: Young Scientists' Perspective

The Federación de Jóvenes Investigadores (FJI)/Precarios give scientific careers within Spanish universities and public research organisations an uncompromising look in their 2004 report.

Spain Offers Helping Hand to Hospital Researchers

Xavier Bosch describes how the Spanish government is giving hospital-based clinical researchers more freedom and cash in an effort to boost their role in the nation's biomedical research effort.

Spanish Science Haemorrhages Talent In our Eurodoc Exchange series, Susana Cebrian explains the situation of Ph.D. students in Spain. A related article describes the Spanish Ph.D. system for those from elsewhere.

Spain Opens Coffers to Keep Talent at Home A news report from 2000 about the Spanish government?s plans to increase the science budget and create 25% more positions for scientists.

Student Unrest Sweeps Across Spain The Spanish government?s decision to abolish a programme to support Ph.D. students from developing countries led to demonstrations in Barcelona and Madrid.

Self Help

Asociación 'Ciencias en Acción'--Or If You Want It Done, Do It Yourself ... Maria Lopez describes how a group of science students at the University of Zaragoza have taken their career development into their own hands by organising a job fair.

Role Models

Archaeologist and naturalist Jordi Serrallonga has developed an unconventional career where research and travel are both adventures.

Spaniard Juan A. Añel has established himself quickly in atmospheric physics while still finding time for other professional activities.

A passion for music led physicist Sebastián Grinschpun to his new gig as a science communicator on the popular Spanish TV programme REDES.

Carlos Trujillo and Natalia Karelaia both left corporate jobs in their native countries to travel to Spain to study aspects of decision-making.

To say that María Blasco has been blessed with awards in her still young research career would be somewhat of an understatement. Still, she remains very modest and attributes most of her success to luck and a passion for her field. But when talking to her it becomes rapidly evident that her sheer drive to move on to the next step and her proactive approach also have something to do with her achievements.

Ancestors of Science - Santiago Ramón y Cajal. The Spanish histologist Santiago Ramón y Cajal is regarded as the father of neuroscience. He proved the neuron is the basic unit in nervous system and provided a modern understanding of the nerve impulse. For his work, he shared the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1906 with Camillo Golgi for their work on nervous system structure.

Cristina Bonilla, a 23-year-old engineering student, already had doubts that engineering was too much of a male-dominated business for her. But that gave her all the more reason to empower herself and engage in dialogue with her female professor--something which turned out to be a very important form of mentoring.

Technical Support: A Different View of Science After completing her PhD at the University of Madrid, Marta Fernandez landed a job which suits her down to the ground. Working in technical support for a large international company not only allows her to use her scientific training in a satisfying environment, it has also helped her to be one half of a dual-career couple.

Behind the Scenes at CERN A quality assurance engineer at CERN, Isabel Bejar Alonso believes that even though she doesn't carry out experiments herself, she still helps to push back the frontiers of physics, and loves CERN's multinational environment.

Science Broadcasting: An Accidental Broadcaster Physicist Jorge Mira Pérez explains how he ended up on television and radio and how he combines his broadcasting activities with his job as a university lecturer.


New Research and Job Opportunities in Southern Europe
10 March 2006
Science's Next Wave looks into the research and job opportunities at the latest science centres in southern Europe.

From Molecular to Systems Biology
3 March 2006
New integrative tools and genomics data have allowed Spanish researcher Ildefonso Cases to follow his research and career ambitions.

Career Diversity in Evolutionary Genetics
23 December 2005
Young Spanish scientists show us that there are many paths into evolutionary genetics research.

Giving Junior Group Leaders a Chance A new programme at Madrid?s National Cancer Centre aims to give young researchers the chance to develop and head their own research groups.

DNA Helix Gets Spanish Twist The brand new Center for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona has bold ambitions to launch the independent careers of many young researchers, reported Xavier Bosch.

New Cardiovascular Centre Puts Heart Into Spanish Research Simon Bartlett reported on the development of a centre for heart research in Madrid with ambitions to become a world centre of excellence, one of three new Spanish health research centres.

Plus, see the resources we have put together for Spanish researchers or foreign researchers working in Spain (students? associations, job and grant databases, mobility, and more)

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