Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) Spain

Overview

The CSIC (Spanish National Research Council) is the largest and leading public research institution in Spain and the third in Europe due to the quality and quantity of its scientific production. It plays an essential role within the Spanish System for Science, Technology and Innovation and contributes to reinforce Spain’s position at the international level.

CSIC’s main aim is to develop and promote scientific studies to contribute to foster scientific and technological progress. CSIC's mission includes:

  1. Multidisciplinary scientific and technical research
  2. Scientific and technical advice
  3. Transferring results to the private sector
  4. Contributing to the creation of technology-driven companies
  5. Training specialised personnel
  6. Management of infrastructure and large facilities
  7. Promoting scientific culture

The CSIC is multidisciplinary, carrying out research in almost all fields of knowledge. Its activities encompass basic research all the way through to technological development.

The CSIC is present in all the autonomous regions through their centres across Spain. It comprises 120 centres spread across Spain, and is also present in Brussels and Rome. It is formed by employees with a wide range of academic qualifications and professional categories. The CSIC employs 11,000 people, of which 3.000 are researchers. In total, they represent the 6% of Spain’s R&D workforce and generate approximately the 20% of the country’s production. Likewise, the CSIC collaborates with other juridical entities such as consortia and trading companies.

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Research

Date range: 1 November 2020 - 31 October 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) published between 1 November 2020 - 31 October 2021 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the Share for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

Article Count and Share for Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
Count Share
1132 205.47

Outputs by subject (Share)

Outputs by subject
Subject Count Share
509 79.84
366 65.19
244 53.94
139 25.08

Share output for the past 5 years

Share per year
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
211.32 200.75 202.47 207.12 217.69

Compare Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) with other institutions

Highlight of the month

Designer quasicrystals

© ALFRED PASIEKA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Getty Images

A strategy for constructing quasicrystals with a special symmetry has been devised for the first time.

Quasicrystals are curious entities. Unlike conventional crystals, they are not made up of repeating building blocks. But despite that, they do possess order when viewed on a large enough scale.

Possessing the same symmetry as three-dimensional 20-sided shapes known as icosahedrons, icosahedral quasicrystals were the first quasicrystals found in nature. But unlike quasicrystals with other symmetries, they have only been found as metallic alloys — they haven’t been found as covalent materials, which have directional bonds.

Now, two researchers at the Spanish National Research Council and two collaborators have used computer simulations to show that colloidal particles could assemble themselves into icosahedral quasicrystals through directional bonding.

The team suggest that icosahedral quasicrystals could be made in the lab by using nanotechnology techniques employing DNA origami particles.

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References

  1. Nature 596, 367–371 (2021). doi: 10.1038/s41586-021-03700-2

View the article on the Nature Index

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Collaboration

Date range: 1 November 2020 - 31 October 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 41.87% Domestic
  • 58.13% International

Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.


Top 10 domestic collaborators with Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) by Share (361 total)

  1. Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) (67.48)
    Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)33.34
    Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM)34.14
  2. Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Institute for Corpuscular Physics (IFIC) (52.13)
    Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)17.96
    Institute for Corpuscular Physics (IFIC)34.17
  3. Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and University of Valencia (UV) (50.31)
    Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)25.12
    University of Valencia (UV)25.19
  4. Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Institute for Theoretical Physics (IFT) (45.65)
    Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)15.86
    Institute for Theoretical Physics (IFT)29.79
  5. Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) (35.78)
    Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)13.91
    University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)21.87
  6. Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and University of Barcelona (UB) (31.55)
    Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)14.87
    University of Barcelona (UB)16.68
  7. Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) (28.51)
    Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)15.70
    Complutense University of Madrid (UCM)12.81
  8. Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII) (24.04)
    Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)11.67
    Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII)12.37
  9. Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and University of Seville (US) (23.79)
    Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)13.35
    University of Seville (US)10.44
  10. Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) (22.17)
    Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)9.73
    Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST)12.44

Top 10 international collaborators with Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) by Share (2825 total)

  1. Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) (34.93)
    Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)19.27
    French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)15.66
  2. Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (21.74)
    Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)8.78
    Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres12.95
  3. Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Max Planck Society (19.08)
    Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)7.24
    Max Planck Society11.83
  4. Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) (16.02)
    Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)3.37
    National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN)12.66
  5. Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) (10.73)
    Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)3.46
    Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)7.28
  6. Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and University of Cambridge (9.29)
    Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)2.98
    University of Cambridge6.31
  7. Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) (9.06)
    Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)1.41
    European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)7.65
  8. Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) (7.85)
    Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)2.47
    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich)5.38
  9. Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and University of Oxford (7.70)
    Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)2.98
    University of Oxford4.72
  10. Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) (7.76)
    Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)5.00
    The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)2.76

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