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Spain hosts the Statutory Seat and the ICT e-Infrastructure Technical Offices, assisting in the day-to-day coordination and management of LifeWatch ERIC.

The LifeWatch Spain distributed centre is supported by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, the Regional Government of Andalusia and the Guadalquivir River Basin Authority (Ministry for Ecological Transition-MITECO).

These three bodies have signed the LifeWatch ERIC-Spain Agreement (ratified by the Ministry of Finance and Public Administrations, with the subsequent agreement of the Council of Ministers) and make up the Steering and Monitoring Committee of the LifeWatch Spain Joint Research Unit (hereinafter, JRU LW.ES).

The main goal of the JRU LW.ES is to foster R+D+I activities related to LifeWatch ERIC, thus better coordinating the actions of Spain in this and other international initiatives.

Organisation

The JRU LW.ES works with some thirty institutions and R+D+I organisations, including:

  • three OPIs (the Spanish Council for Scientific Research-CSIC, CIEMAT and the Spanish Institute of Oceanography-IEO and INTA),
  • the Deputation of Huelva; the City Councils of Sevilla and Malaga-OMA,
  • Port Authorities (Cartagena, Huelva and Seville),
  • the Network of River Basin Authorities (led by the Guadalquivir River Basin Authority),
  • Scientific, Technological and Innovation Parks (the Extremadura STIP Network one Andalusian STIP),
  • Technological Centres (three Andalusian, one Galician),
  • five public-private foundations (including the MITECO Biodiversity Foundation),
  • and a dozen universities and Centres of International Excellence in Andalusia, Cantabria, Extremadura, Madrid and Navarra.

Activities

The Ministry for Ecological Transition-MITECO has made available its databases, which constitute the most complete store of knowledge on Biodiversity in Spain. These databases include those of the National Inventory of Natural Heritage and Biodiversity (in accordance with article 9 of Law 42/2007), the General Water Directorate, the Spanish Agricultural Guarantee Fund (FEGA), the River Basin Authorities (whose information systems have recently been improved in terms of their interoperability) and the General Directorate of Fisheries (linked to the Spanish Institute of Oceanography, as well as those related to the construction of Green Infrastructure in Spain and the Biodiversity Foundation itself. Also noteworthy are the connections of LifeWatch Spain to the Natura2000 Network, the EU-Atlantic-Latin America and the Caribbean Foundation, IPBES, UNECE, Copernicus and EIT Climate-KIC, among others.

All of these bodies and institutions share a concern for and an interest in understanding the characteristics and impacts of Climate Change on biodiversity and ecosystem management, in addition to the pressures arising from a growing population that are causing desertification, the depletion of water reserves and associated natural resources and serious loss of Biodiversity. This loss, as well as the changes that are occurring in biological systems, is seen in both rural and urban environments, affecting terrestrial, marine and fluvial species. Some examples of this are the spread of invasive alien species such as the water hyacinth and the zebra mussel, the extensive decline in holm oaks, the Zika virus, an increased rate of allergies due to the presence of pollen from other latitudes, etc.

The policies of sustainability and conservation at the urban, regional and national levels, designed and developed by the competent Public Authorities, and the actions of those responsible for environmental management necessarily rely on scientific knowledge of what is happening and on the evaluation of the effectiveness of the implemented measures.

News from LifeWatch Spain

General Assembly Members

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Inmaculada Figueroa

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Loreto del Valle Cebada

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Alejandro Rodríguez

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Francisco J. Sánchez Martínez

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Maria Vallejo

María Vallejo Abascal

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Inmaculada Figueroa's Bio

Inmaculada Figueroa is the Chairperson of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly and Vice Chairperson of the LifeWatch ERIC Financial Committee.

She is Deputy Vice Director General for Internationalisation of Science & Innovation in the Spanish Ministry of Science & Innovation and the ESFRI Vice Chairperson. She trained in electrical engineering, with more than 17 years’ experience in the Space domain (Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial), being responsible for the assembly and integration of scientific satellite payloads. Since 2009, she has been working in the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain, in the field of Research Infrastructures and e-Infrastructures.

Loreto del Valle Cebada's Bio

Loreto del Valle is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly, and she currently serves as General Director of Research Planning in the Regional Ministry of University, Innovation and Research in Andalusia.

Loreto del Valle held a graduation in Telecommunication Engineer from the Universidad de Sevilla with additional training from L’EPF École d’Ingénieur-e-s (Paris, France). She worked as an IT analyst and senior consultant for large private corporations in the ICT sector until she joined Junta de Andalucía in 2002. She has held various administrative positions, including Head of Training and Technological Innovation Service and General Director of Digital Economy and Innovation. She has also promoted the womANDigital program to empower women in the ICT sector and encourage more girls to join STEM fields. In 2019, she was awarded “Engineer of the Year” by the Professional Association of Telecommunications Engineers of Andalusia.

Alejandro Rodríguez's Bio

Alejandro Rodríguez is an Alternate Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly.

He is Water Commissioner at the Guadalquivir River Basin Authority (CHG).

Francisco Javier Sánchez Martínez's Bio

Francisco Javier Sánchez Martínez is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly.

He is Deputy Director General for Water Protection and Risk Management Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO).

María Vallejo Abascal's Bio

María Vallejo is an Alternate Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly, and a Member of the Financial Committee and IKCC.

She works at the Deputy Directorate General for Internationalisation of Science & Innovation in the Spanish Ministry of Science & Innovation.

She graduated in Sciences. She combines substantial experience in technical, management, administrative and political issues in the last 4 Ministries related to Science and Innovation in Spain; in 2 National Research Institutions (CSIC and ISCIII) and in the European Commission Directorate General responsible for Science, Research and Development.

She is a representative for several European Research Infrastructures in the field of the environment: ICOS ERIC, ACTRIS ERIC, EPOS ERIC, DANUBIUS RI and eLTER RI, and supports the Ministry regarding the international network Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).

Bulgaria

The Bulgarian National Distributed Centre is represented by the  Agricultural University-Plovdiv.

To know more about how Bulgaria contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Spain

The Spanish National Distributed Centre is supported by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, the Regional Government of Andalusia and the Guadalquivir River Basin Authority (Ministry for Ecological Transition-MITECO). Moreover, Spain is the hosting Member State of LifeWatch ERIC, the location of its Statutory Seat & ICT e-Infrastructure Technical Office (LifeWatch ERIC Common Facilities). 

To know more about how Spain contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Slovenia

The Slovenian National Distributed Centre is led by the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU). It focuses on the development of technological solutions in the field of biodiversity and socio-ecosystem research.

To know more about how Slovenia contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Portugal

The Portuguese National Distributed Centre is managed by PORBIOTA, the Portuguese e-Infrastructure for Information and Research on Biodiversity. Led by BIOPOLIS/CIBIO-InBIO – Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, PORBIOTA connects the principal Portuguese research institutions working in biodiversity.

To know more about how Portugal contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Netherlands

The Dutch National Distributed Centre is hosted by the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam. Moreover, The Netherlands hosts one of the LifeWatch ERIC Common Facilities, the Virtual Laboratory and Innovation Centre.

To know more about how The Netherlands contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Italy

The Italian National Distributed Centre is led and managed by the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and is coordinated by a Joint Research Unit, currently comprising 35 members. Moreover, Italy hosts one of the LifeWatch ERIC Common Facilities, the Service Centre.

To know more about how Italy contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Greece

The Greek National Distributed Centre is funded by the Greek General Secretariat of Research and Technology and is coordinated by the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, in conjunction with 47 associated partner institutions.

To know more about how Greece contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Belgium

The Belgian National Distributed Centre makes varied and complementary in-kind contributions to LifeWatch ERIC. These are implemented in the form of long-lasting projects by various research centres and universities distributed throughout the country and supported by each respective political authority.

To know more about how Belgium contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.