Contributions to Science




Contributions to Science and the Institute for Catalan Studies (IEC) sections of science

The Institute for Catalan Studies, the Catalan academy of sciences and humanities, will soon celebrate a major event in the life of any institution: its first centenary. It will take place in 2007 and the inaugural session will be held on the 16th of October, 2006. While an event of this kind inevitably leads to reflections on the Institute's past and its continuity over 100 years, it also inspires ambitious planning for its future.

Contributions to Science aims at increasing international awareness of the scientific contributions made by Catalan researchers. However, it is even more than that. More than a third of the journals published in Spain that are listed in the Science Citation Index (SCI) are affiliated with research centres, scientific societies, and publishing houses based in Catalonia. Most of these publications are in English, at least in their electronic versions.

The Institute for Catalan Studies, or IEC, is a member of the International Academic Union and thus of the International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies (ICPHS). It is also a member of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) through some of its subsidiary societies, and is also currently working to improve its participation and integration in these three councils.

Despite being almost 100 years old, the IEC is an active and thriving institution that is now going through a period of great dynamism. The annual publication of more than 60 books and, together with its subsidiary societies, more than 30 periodicals shows the great amount of effort made in all its fields of research. Every available space in its headquarters in Barcelona bustles with activity, ranging from lecture series, courses, congresses, to meetings of scientific experts. The intense participation of students and young researches deflects the fear of a lack of generational renewal. Moreover, the IEC has several wide-ranging research projects of its own and participates in several others with universities and national and international research institutes.

Throughout the year of its centenary, the IEC will promote and develop the relationship between Catalan researchers and those around the world through its participation in and sponsorship of congresses and by organizing a series of events and exhibitions at different international venues. This issue of Contributions to Science participates in the centenary celebration. By doing so, it recognizes the IEC's firm commitment to continuity and renewal. It echoes the vitality of the IEC and thus the strength of research in the Catalan-speaking territories today.

Salvador Giner
President Institute for Catalan Studies





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