19 July 2019

On Thursday, July 11th, the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC) hosted a meeting between a Chinese delegation, led by Prof. Chunli BAI, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and CSIC, to sign a collaboration agreement to promote remote sensing research in China and Spain.

This agreement between the National Space Science Centre (NSSC-CAS) and CSIC aims at defining and promoting the cooperation between both Parties, in the common interest research areas of satellite remote sensing and related applications. ICM-CSIC, which hosts the Barcelona Expert Centre (BEC) on Remote Sensing started collaborating with NSSC already a few years ago. The signed agreement will not only boost such collaboration but...

10 July 2019

Domestication involves raising animals in a different environment from their natural habitat, which ends up modifying their behaviour and physical appearance. Charles Darwin was the first to realize that domestic animals were not only more docile, but had common characteristics such as a shorter snout, drooping ears and lack of skin pigmentation in some areas. These changes are known as the "domestication syndrome". However, the processes involved at the initial stages of domestication and its contribution to the acquisition of a domesticated phenotype, have been an enigma for 150 years.

Five years ago, Adam Wilkins (Humboldt University, Germany), Richard Wrangham (Harvard University, USA) and Tecumseh Fitch (University of Vienna, Austria) proposed "the neural crest cell deficit" hypothesis, suggesting that...

1 July 2019

Today, the Institut de Ciències del Mar (Institute of Marine Sciences - CSIC) celebrates a tribute to Pepita Castellví, one of her most projected and pioneer researchers in Antarctica, coinciding with her 84th anniversary. A pioneer of Spanish research in Antarctica, she led the installation of the Spanish Antarctic Base and was its first director.

Josefina Castellvi Piulachs (Barcelona, ​​1935) is a pioneer in the Spanish participation in Antarctic research and led, in its day, the installation of the Spanish Antarctic Base. She was one of the pioneers of Antarctic research at a time when women hardly had a presence in the laboratories if they were not, as Castellví herself has explained, as "secretaries or assistants". In the act, Josefina Castellví has ​​been accompanied by research...

28 March 2019

Rafel Simó, researcher at the Institute of Marine Sciences of Barcelona (ICM-CSIC), is one of the 222 scientists who have been awarded an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) in the last call, the results of which have been announced today. It is the first time that the ICM gets an ERC grant.

The ERC Advanced Grants are given to consolidated scientists for innovative research projects. This is a very competitive call; of 2,052 submitted proposals this year in all Europe, only 11% have been selected.

The SUMMIT project led by Rafel Simó, which will be funded with 2.5 million euros, aims to unveil the associative behavior of microalgae and bacteria living in poor areas of the oceans.


Studying cooperation in nature

"Nature is complex. To...

14 March 2019

From 11th to 15th of march, the ICM and CephRes co-organize the course "Biology and care of cephalopods as experimental animals", accredited by the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Association (FELASA).

Cephalopods are a group of molluscs including species like the octopus, squid and cuttlefish, which have been included from 2013 in the European Directive on the protection and management of experimental animals for scientific purposes. This is a significant advance in the field of animal science laboratory since it is the only group of invertebrates included in this directive and represents an entire class of molluscs with about 800 described species.

In this new legislative framework, CephRes and ICM work together to offer the...