The Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria (IBBTEC), is a new institute with great potential, hosting successful and competitive groups (e.g. one ERC StG, two ERC CoG) and providing a multidisciplinary and vibrant scientific environment. IBBTEC is a joined institute between CSIC (Spanish National Research Council) and the University of Cantabria and, consequently, it has major regional and national support. IBBTEC is equipped with state-of-the-art research and computational infrastructures and has several core facilities (e.g. advanced microscopy, genomics, etc.) that, all together, fully cover our scientific needs. Furthermore, as one of the institutes belonging to CSIC, the largest scientific institution in Spain and one of the largest in Europe, IBBTEC members also have access to core facilities across the country.
IBBTEC is located in Santander, the capital and largest city of Cantabria in Northern Spain. Santander is home to several museums, including the recently inaugurated Botín Centre, and has a vibrant cultural life. Furthermore, Santander is located in a beautiful harbor, with immediate access to over a dozen sandy beaches and outstanding views of the pristine Cantabrian Sea coastline and the high peaks of the European Mountains range. Therefore, Santander offers a unique combination of academic, administrative and touristic resources.
IBBTEC students are typically enrolled in the PhD program of the University of Cantabria (UC). The UC is a modern public institution whose main purpose is to contribute to social progress through teaching and scientific excellence. This allowed UC to confirm the “International Campus of Excellence” label in December 2014. Although UC is the 44th in terms of size within the Spanish University System, it is positioned among the first five Spanish universities in terms of world impact and excellence of its scientific publications and it is the 4th more productive Spanish university in teaching, research and knowledge transfer. Furthermore, the UC has an extensive experience in international research projects and programmes, including those funded by the EU, participating in more than 100 such projects both in the FP7 and H2020 calls.