RESEARCH INSTITUTES

The research institutes involved in the project are:

CRIB. Regional Center for Biomedical Research.

The Regional Center for Biomedical Research (CRIB, Centro Regional de Investigaciones Biomédicas) is a research center of the University of Castilla-La Mancha, which was created in July 2000 as a result of an agreement whith the Ministry of Health of the Junta de Comunidades de Castilla-La Mancha, in order to promote biomedical research in the region.

The goal is to strengthen and to coordinate existing research lines and encourage new ones to improve the quality of our health care system and to create opportunities for professional training in biomedical research. Its main objectives include the stablishment of programs of basic and applied research in biomedical health problems; implementing infrastructure and technology to carry out such projects, including core facilities; collaborating in the training of researchers and technical personnel; and promoting scientific collaboration with other regional, national and international institutions.

INAMOL. Institute for Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials.

The creation of the Institute for Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials of the University of Castilla-La Mancha, in Toledo campus, was approved by the Board of Government of 16 October 2007.

The proposal supported in the research groups, whose quality is internationally recognized, and who are currently working in this field in the UCLM, is to coordinate the efforts of these groups perform individually, grouping all forces acting as a seed for the incorporation of new groups and researchers to complement existing and facilitating the existence of a site where to locate the necessary infrastructure and common interest and the formation of multidisciplinary teams.

The founding goal of the Institute is establishing itself as core Research, Development and Innovation in the scientific area in our region, acting as a seed in the introduction in all areas of new molecular materials and their applications as well as the new technologies that lead linked, while acting with the aim of improving the competitiveness of Castilla-La Mancha, as a region and improving as well the quality life of its citizens, through the introduction, use and exploitation of new technologies these materials are associated with .

INEI. Institute for Energy and Industrial Applications.

The main purpose of the INEI creation is to perform basic and applied research on energy issues that contribute to the resolution of what may be the biggest problem that humanity has ever faced. p>

Nowadays, when we talk about energy crisis we tend to keep thinking about cyclical developments, political in origin and transient effects such as occurred in the decade of the 70s.

However, in the XXI century, the situation is very different: we have an economy, and a whole civilization, based on fossil fuels and particularly oil, which provide over 80% of the energy we consume.

Oil is a finite and precious resource we have reduced to the half of its reserves in less than 100 years. This fact, along with its disastrous environmental consequences, will oblige us to face, in a few years, the challenge of finding an alternative source to sustain the current world economic situation.

Unfortunately, these alternatives are not available nowadays and, therefore, the scientific and technological research is possibly the only way to find any acceptable solution.

The hope placed in scientific research is useless if not accompanied by sound policy decisions, considering the global effects global and for future generations.

ITQUIMA. Institute of Chemical and Environmental Technology.

The Institute of Chemical and Environmental Technology (ITQUIMA) is a center located in the Ciudad Real campus, whose objective is to apply research to provide solutions to the problems that companies and public institutions have encountered in the fields of chemical production, energy and environment.

The Institute provides to society the modern equipment and the expertise of its highly qualified staff , to offer advice and analytical services on new materials, recycling of waste, decontamination of soil and water and, in general, to protect the health and welfare of citizens.

The center has eight laboratories: Polymer Technology, Catalysis and Materials Technology, Chemical Processing, Waste and Soils, Biofuel, Water Treatment, Radiation Surveillance and Health. There is also a building (pilot plant) in which the new processes are developed in laboratories at a semi-industrial scale. Occupational Health Laboratories and Biofuels are certified according to the norm ISO 9001:2008 and accredited as ISO 17025.

The office for Research Results Transference is located within the center, where there is an available space for companies with entrepreneurial initiatives, emerged from research projects developed in the Institute.

Among the activities taking place in the center as part of the Master in Engineering and Environmental Management (UCLM own title), stand out those oriented towards environmental education.

IER. Institute for Research on Renewable Energy. The Institute for Renewable Energy Research (IER) is a technology center specialized in applied research, development and promotion of renewable energy.

It has a highly skilled technical team and has the latest technological infrastructure, which allows the IER to enjoy a strong reputation, both nationally and internationally.

The IER is divided into 5 departments specialized in technologies for harnessing renewable energy:

  • Biomass
  • Wind and Electric Systems
  • Environment
  • Fuel Cells
  • Solar and Energy Efficiency

ICAM. Institute of Environmental Sciences.

The ICAM is a Research Institute belonging to the University of Castilla-La Mancha, which was created in 2001 facing the need of having a specific and multidisciplinary center whose organizational structure will facilitate the synergies necessary to address the complexity inherent in multiple environmental problems. Participants come from several areas of knowledge forming multidisciplinary teams to advise, analyze or address any issues related to the environment. It is structured into five sections:

  • Functional Biology and Biotechnology
  • Biodiversity, Conservation and Sustainable Development
  • Ecosystems and Natural Resources
  • Climate, Atmospheric and Environmental Modeling
  • Environmental Chemistry

CREA. Regional Centre for Water Research

This center for research and development, created in 2001, part of the University of Castilla-La Mancha is dedicated to various issues affecting the use and water exploitation.

The main objetive of CREA is to facilitate a better knowledge and efficient use of water resources through promotion and implementation of studies and research projects, to share teaching activities of basic and specialized training, to provide scientific and technical support and advice to public and private institutions and the creation of a specialized bibliography and documentary.

IDR. Regional Development Institute.

The Regional Development Institute, founded in 1994, is a center of the University of Castilla-La Mancha dedicated to R&D+i in various scientific areas of particular relevance and application in this region.

IDR’s work comes from its mission to contribute to the development of Castilla La-Mancha. This contribution is made by the work of their teams and staff in several lines of applied research that focus on the resolution of problems affecting our community, or for the development of scientific areas that are considered with great potential and future. Research, one of the main tasks of the University, must be for the benefit and enjoyment of society. IDR is integrated and involved in this process through collaborations with companies and institutions.

Through the developed projects, funded through agreements and contracts with institutions, administrations and companies interested in the different areas of action of the Institute, IDR attempts to respond to external demands and technology providing the human capital to solve problems that social development demands.

CURRENT RESEARCH GROUPS

  • Biotechnology.
  • Food Quality.
  • Materials Science and Engineering.
  • Agroalimentary Economics.
  • Cynegetic Resources and livestock.
  • Electronics Technology, Image and Sound.
  • Teledetection, Geographic Information Systems and Hydrogeology.

 

IRICA. Regional Institute for Applied Scientific Research

The Regional Institute for Applied Scientific Research (IRICA) has been created by the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) to provide scientific and technological service to this Region in chemical and food industries. It has a significant number of scientific infrastructure and qualified personnel, mainly around the Faculty of Chemical Sciences, in Ciudad Real Campus.

It is divided in the following units:

  • Unity of instrumentation and research support.
  • Unit of Sustainable Chemistry.
  • Unit of Materials.
  • Unit of Instrumental Analysis.
  • Unit of Innovation and Food Sector Development.

ITSI. Technology and Information Systems Institute.

The mision of ITSI is to promote research in different areas of Computer Engineering to develop and transfer organizations, technologies and information systems that contribute to the progress and society welfare, especially in Castilla La Mancha.

ITSI’s vision is to be the leading research institute in the technologies field and information systems, national and international reference especially in the area of applied research.

ITSI has 70 highly experienced researchers in basic (purchased from participating in several research projects and research stays in North America and Europe) and applied (in projects and contracts in collaboration with public and businesses) research. Researchers develop his work in 8 groups addressing different research lines related to technology and information systems. Also ITSI includes a Joint Center UCLM-Indra.

It has a variety of laboratories and equipment with specialized hardware and powerful software, plus proprietary tools developed by the research groups.

I3A. Computer Science Research Institute of Albacete.

The Computer Science Research Institute of Albacete (i3A), was funded in March 2005. Since then he has dedicated most of its activity to participate in a variety of research, development and innovation, thus leading to the transfer of research results to the productive sector at national and European level.

During first five years, i3A research projects and innovation have experienced spectacular growth, reaching two million in 2009. Is worthy of note the significant increase in funding through corporate projects, from just over 50,000 euros and representing 5.5% of the funding received by the institute, to more than 760,000 euros, 40% of the total funding, for 2009. This increase in i3A activity has resulted in a significant increase in human resources with which the Institute has: more than 100 researchers and fellowship holder to this day. Two major factors have contributed to this success: the consolidation of a number of groups that make the I3A has been rewarded by obtaining highly competitive calls projects at national and European level and increasing participation younger researchers trained within the PhD program taught by the departments of Computer Systems and Technologies and Information Systems Campus of Albacete and Ciudad Real at the University of Castilla La Mancha.

IGEA. Applied Geology Institute.

The Institute integrates a total of 40 researchers, which report to the Centers: Almadén Technical College, Technical School of Agricultural Engineering of Ciudad Real, Faculty of Chemistry, Ciudad Real, Higher Technical School of Civil Engineering in Ciudad Real, Faculty of Environmental Sciences in Toledo, and integrated into a considerable number of our university departments, giving to the Institute a large interdisciplinary, integrating geologists, biologists, chemists and engineers from various fields of technology. On this basis, the main objective is to provide to IGeA the disciplines related to the study of Earth Science of a common space in which to develop comprehensively its scientific and technical studies.
Besides UCLM researchers, in IGeA are integrated a significant number of researchers of other Universities, national and international, and especially Ibero-American Universities, with which to date have been developed that are intended to enhance collaborations most markedly thanks to the human and technical resources of the Institute. This is one of the main vocations of IGeA distribute knowledge and technology at international level, enhancing the already formed teams in other countries.
Have also been quite remarkable responses of firms and organizations in Earth Sciences sectors at the establishment of the Institute, having received letters of support from more than 25 of these instances, which are proposed as contributors to the studies or well arise from these bodies or from the IGeA.

IMACI. Institute of Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering.

The Institute of Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering is a center for research of the University of Castilla-La Mancha in operation funded in December 2006.
The members are UCLM professors and researchers, which work in nine different faculties of the university and belong to four different areas of knowledge:

Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Operative Research, Graphic Expression in Engineering and Business Organization.

Botanical Institute..

Located in the Botanical Garden of Castilla-La Mancha, the institute is essential to achieve the goals of scientific research, conservation, educational and sociocultural associated with botanical gardens. It will allow the development of many of the activities provided under the Botanical Garden Foundation Castilla-La Mancha Founding Act:

The botanical research and defense of vegetal species through conservation programs by developing the conservation of fitogenetic resources in Castilla-La Mancha.

The performance of educational activities and, generally, dissemination of natural resources through exhibitions, seminars, congresses, conferences, scientific publications and any other informative.…

The broadcasting of environmental information and the promotion of defense activities for natural environment.

ICEC. Instituto Enrique Castillo de Investigación en Ingeniería Civil y Arquitectura.

Objectives:

Conducting research, development and innovation activities in collaboration with other research centers and companies and appropriate for third world countries and to encourage the development of multidisciplinary work.

Activity areas:

  • Science and Technology of Materials and Soil
  • Engineering and Infrastructure of Transport.
  • Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering
  • Urbanism and Territorial Planning.
  • Noise engineering and assessment.
  • Composition, Engineering and Architectural design.

International journals in which research results have been published in the last 5 years:

Applied Acoustics, Applied Mathematical Modelling, Cities, Construction and Building Materials, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Engineering Structures, European Urban and Regional Studies, European Planning Studies, Geotechnique, IEEE Transactions On Intelligent Transportation Systems, International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, International Journal of Fracture, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Journal of Impact Engineering, Journal of Infrastructural Systems-ASCE, Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation, Journal of Transport Geography, Journal of Transportation Engineering-ASCE, Journal of Urban History, Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, Proceedings of The Institution of Civil Engineers-Civil Engineering, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Strain, The Open Geography Journal, Transportation, Urban Studies.

 

CCA. Institute for Research in combustion and air pollution.

The Combustion and Air Pollution Research Institute (CCA), aims to develop interdisciplinary research in atmospheric chemistry and combustion processes, with great potential within UCLM and highly relevant to sustainable energy development at a regional and national level. The center aims to give greater scope and relevance to the research conducted in the area typically in chemistry, air pollution and Heat Engines, establishing relationships between the emission source (combustion) and the environmental effects of energy use the same, which is necessary for the combined analysis of all processes involved (characterization of fuels, combustion processes, emissions determination and analysis of degradation processes in the atmosphere of such emissions).