The challenges we face as a society today are complex and multifaceted. The specialization that scientific progress requires contrasts with the need to seek cross-cutting themes, from genomics to photonics, from nanotechnology to chemical biology.
BIST aims to construct a scientific project based on the search for these complementary and interdisciplinary fields, not only to promote the creation of innovative projects, but also to provide the most competitive environment for the training of scientists.
The multidisciplinary approach in science is key
One of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology’s main goals is to promote a multidisciplinary research agenda to pool and share the research capabilities of the six centers, so as to enlarge the scope of the science they produce as well as its impact. This will transcend classical disciplines and, in some cases, lead to the creation of new fields of knowledge through the convergence of existing disciplines.
First lines of research that BIST aims to promote
An opportunity in the field of big data
A requirement that scientists in different fields have in common is the analysis of data to obtain knowledge. Using a combination of data from various sources, researchers can analyze and make predictions about the future of a system. BIST is in an excellent position to develop IT platforms to manage big data, incorporating new technological developments quickly and effectively.
Obtaining information on materials and biological entities at a nanometric and molecular level is of great importance in current cutting-edge research. Much of the knowledge we already have about biological, chemical and physical processes is due to our ability to visualize them at their origin, including observation at cellular, molecular, atomic or quantum level.
At BIST we have identified as strategic the promotion of a collaborative program that includes technological development and the applications common to biology, nanomedicine and materials of super-resolution optical microscopy and electronic microscopy.
Graphene and 2D materials: enormous potential for cooperation
Graphene is one of the important focuses of attention for the research and industrial community worldwide. There is no finer nor more lightweight material and its resistance, flexibility and conductive properties are second to none; we are only just beginning to see its possibilities in fields such as technology, medicine and energy. BIST has researchers who are international leaders in these materials and who work in fields as diverse as photonics, spintronics and biomedical devices. This diversity is unique and will be extremely valuable to approach the applications of graphene and 2D materials in an interdisciplinary manner.
BIST aims to promote an area of work focusing on Chemical Biology, the objective of which is to study and understand biological problems by applying the techniques and tools of chemistry. This area of work will be open to interaction and collaboration with groups from other disciplines, such as geneticists, molecular biologists, biochemists, systems biologists and synthetic biologists, etc.