Severo Ochoa centres meet in La Palma

The forum concluded with a clear message that the continued growth of science depends on it being successfully transmitted to society. In addition, the directors signed a joint statement calling for a major “Pact for Science” and an urgent reform of laws regulating research.

The President of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, Secretary of State Carmen Vela, and Rafael Rebolo, director of the host centre the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands and president of the Organizing Committee, closed the meeting on Friday. Carmen Vela emphasized the quality of the twenty Severo Ochoa centers, saying that they could “be compared with any research institute in the world” and sought the assistance of everyone to help make Spain “a country of science”.