The big challenge of the small
Welcome to CIC nanoGUNE Consolider, a newly established center in permanent pursuit of scientific excellence, with the mission and commitment to contributing to the competitive growth of the Basque Country, through the development of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
Nanotechnology is currently accepted as being one of the main driving forces behind economic growth in the 21st century, apart from being a key factor of a sustainability that cannot fail to mark the future development of humanity. The road ahead is long and uphill: one needs to understand new phenomena and master the manipulation of matter on a nanometer scale; one also needs to be capable of designing and creating materials, devices, and systems through controlling matter at that scale.
To investigate the small and to extract a technological performance that can be converted into new products and more efficient processes, and at the same time contribute to make our world more sustainable, is a huge challenge. This challenge is currently being taken on by the most advanced countries in the world and, in particular, by those that expect to occupy a prominent place in the future. There is no doubt that this represents a big challenge for a small country, the Basque Country, which is currently aiming at becoming an innovation reference in Europe.
NanoGUNE, promoted by the Department of Industry, Trade, and Tourism of the Basque Government, represents a necessary step for the promotion of a solid knowledge community with the vocation of transfering the results of research to an industrial sector that needs to become increasingly more competitive in the current scenario of globalization. A world-class research team, state-of-the-art facilities, close collaboration with other research laboratories and with industry, and a commitment to our society define our way of understanding scientific research.
Being a small center in a small country, we will compete and collaborate with many other research laboratories around he world until we find the space that will allow us to offer something different. Doing so, we will be contributing to the creation of the necessary conditions for the humanity to benefit from a wide range of nanotechnologies. This is the big challenge of the small.
Jose M. Pitarke
Director of nanoGUNE