Beyond Research Internal collaboration

The Severo Ochoa programme has served to catalyse internal collaboration between the ICN2's 17 research groups. The common research programme has set a fast pace for the exploitation of knowledge and its translation into devices with real-world applications.

Actions taken to promote collaboration between groups and disciplines include:

  • All incoming PhD students under the ICN2 Severo Ochoa programme are assigned to collaborative projects developed between two or more ICN2 research groups
  • All dissertations are similarly co-supervised by members of two groups
  • Internal committees and work groups have been set up to guide actions in areas such as dissemination, recruitment and equality to ensure input from and impact across all of the institute’s areas of activity

By way of tangible results, the 28 articles published jointly by two or more ICN2 research groups between 2014 and 2016, representing nearly 20% of all ICN2 publications, stand as testament to this enhanced internal collaboration. So too does the filing of the first patent with inventors from two different ICN2 research groups, while an ICN2 spinoff company launched in 2016 will offer solutions that fall under both the Life and Energy research areas.

But beyond this, the ICN2 as a whole now has a more unified identity than four years prior and is one of the few examples of successfully blended public-private centres co-managed by two administrations, thanks also to actions led by the Human Resources Department.