The Council of Salamanca and the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology lead a Project to select five scientists in the city, capable of being at the head of other research groups.

The Program for the Attraction of Scientific Talent is supplied with 2,5 million euro, allocated for the contracting of researchers. The call, which has been closed in September, was open to professionals of all nationalities who had obtained a PhD in the last three years. It is evident that the call was a success, with a total of 170 candidates presenting their proposals, which are now being directed by Mariano Barbacid.

Two main activities that give sense to universities, are teaching of tertiary knowledge and research. In order to be able to do both, it is necessary to rely on people who have the necessary capabilities and who know how to move on a global market. This is what it has been like for centuries in the University of Salamanca; this allows us to have a network of graduates what facilitates exchange and collaboration. A project like that of the University of Salamanca and FECYT contribute to making this mobility two-way.  We export talent and we receive it, so that the system advances and strengthens, we have to pursue having the greatest talents.

The model is exportable to the whole University, because for all of this to work it is necessary to have professionals who will certify their capabilities and merits in teaching, in research and also in management. The latter task, often not very attractive to the University ensemble, is necessary if we want to perform other tasks satisfactorily. Here we also talk of risk, we not only have to get the design of the model right for both middle and long term but also the execution of plans and every day management, of both the universities themselves as well as those that develop their activity in them (professors, administration and services staff and students) as well as the relations with the rest of the actors in the system: administrations, public and private businesses, professional regulators, associations, etcetera.


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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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