This pilot programme for the Spanish university system plans to incorporate prestigious researchers into Spanish universities.

The University of Salamanca and Iberdrola presented the Iberdrola VIII Centenniel chair  which aims to promote research in the field of energy and sustainability. This is the first chair dedicated to the VIII Centenniel, which is included in the programme for excellence and designed for a public-private collaboration allowing the creation of research, teaching and transfer units. This will allow for the incorporation of prestigious researchers, specifically a primary researcher, who will serve as director of the chair, a postdoctoral researcher, and a third predoctoral researcher.

The example set by Iberdrola illustrates a commitment to innovation, training and research, and, as company president Ignacio Sánchez Galán declared, it is “a new process of academic excellence, international projection and social influence”.

Establishing the chair is a very important step in promoting an effective university-business collaboration since young talent will solve the future problems of our society. To be enterprising and competitive will assist us in attracting this talent.

Standing next to me in the bottom picture is José Ignacio Sánchez Macías, in charge of the Observatory of Corporate Social Responsibility for the Iberdrola chair, University Rector, Daniel Hernández Ruipérez, President of Iberdrola, Ignacio Sánchez GalánMarcial Marín, General Secretary of the Universities and José Miguel Mateos Roco, Dean of the Faculty of Sciences.

More information at: Comunicación Universidad de Salamanca.

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Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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