Last week, IBEC Director Josep Samitier was named new president of the Associació Catalana d’Entitats de Recerca (ACER).
Josep takes the reins from IFCO director Lluís Torner, who has held the position since 2009. The association’s first President was the Hon. Mr. Andreu Mas-Colell. The other members of the Director’s Board are ICAC’s Joan Gómez Pallarès (Secretary), Ramon Gomis (IDIBAPS), Jordi Galí (CREI) and Josep M. Monfort (IRTA) as members.
Established in 2003 by the Catalan government’s department of Universities, Investigation and Information Society, ACER is an independent association of more than 40 institutions in Catalonia – including CRG, IRB, ICFO, IBEC, VHIR and IDIBAPS – which conduct research as their principal mission. The association’s goal is to help establish the region as an international benchmark in scientific and technological research by representing its associated centres, encouraging collaboration and the coordinated exchange of information, promoting synergies with similar agencies related to local, national or international research, and contributing to the improvement of scientific understanding in society.
“It’s a great honour to represent all the centres in the Catalan research arena in front of the government, and to help bring ACER into a new era,” says Josep, who is also Full Professor in the Physics Faculty of the University of Barcelona.