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Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation Carmen Vela visited Barcelona yesterday to participate in the closing event of the Woman and science lecture series at the Vall d'Hebron Research Institute (VHIR) and to give a conference on the Spanish government’s main focal points with regard to science, as well as the position of women in the research world.

Vela explained that in 2012 the government will implement a strategy to prioritize scientific excellence, support and encourage researchers to attract European funding, and put in place human resources policies that create jobs and avoid brain drain.

The Secretary of State for R&D&i explained that there isn’t yet a clear budget for her department for 2012 because the general accounts won’t be presented until 30 March. Although Vela ensured that she will continue working so that the “impact on scientists, companies and science is as minimal as possible.”

The event at the VHIR featured Government of Catalonia Director General for Research Josep Maria Martorell, Head of Health Research and Innovation for the Catalan Government Marta Aymerich, Director of the VHIR Joan Comella, and a number of directors and researchers from Catalan research centers and bodies.

Vela also had the chance to visit one of the largest European facilities, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS), where she was received by Director Mateo Valero.

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