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Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology (ICBiBE)

Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology (ICBiBE)

The Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology (ICBiBE) was founded in 1998 by professors assigned to various departments of the Faculty of Biology with the goal of promoting research in biodiversity and evolutionary biology with a multidisciplinary and integrative approach covering all fields of the life sciences. In addition to the Science Park, the ICBiBE has headquarters at the Burjassot Campus and in the Botanical Garden of Valencia. At present the ICBiBE includes 17 groups, covering the following research areas: evolutionary genetics, limnology, entomology and pest control, evolutionary and integrative ecology, plant conservation biology, marine zoology, paleontology, vertebrate ecology, ethology, evolutionary plant biology, comparative neurobiology, biology and evolution of cnidarians, and theoretical biology.

Web: http://www.uv.es/~biodiver

 

Through its four-year Scientific Action Plan (PAC), the ICBiBE combines basic research in evolutionary biology and biodiversity with application to sectors as varied as the protection of flora, fauna and ecosystems, pest control, environmental pollution and public health. The PAC provides a comprehensive training program for doctors and the popularization of science and museums. At present the ICBiBE is the official headquarters of the Spanish Society of Evolutionary Biology.

In the ICBiBE around a hundred research projects and contracts are being implemented, funded by various public and private entities such as the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, the Ministry of the Environment, the Generalitat Valenciana, and the Hydrographical Confederation of Júcar. The ICBiBE also coordinates a European project of synthetic biology (TARPOL) and participates in five more, as well as two of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation. The ICBiBE also participates in the Marie Curie ITN program to train doctors. Its researchers are leading five PROMETEO projects related to regenerative therapy, symbiosis and marine biodiversity, and are part of the CIBER in epidemiology and public health (CIBEResp) and in neurodegenerative diseases (CIBERned). The ICBiBE also coordinates the area of genomics and health of the Public Health Research Centre of the Generalitat Valenciana.

Some of its researchers have received awards and honours, both national (City of Barcelona, Idea, the Biomedicine Award from the Generalitat Valenciana) and international (AAAs Fellow), direct international research journals related to biodiversity and evolution, form part of their editorial teams, and have participated in the creation of spin-offs such as BIOTECHVANA.

 

Director: Manuel Serra

 

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