Cetaqua, winner of the 2016 National Research Award
21 December 2016
Cetaqua is the technological center created in 2007 by Aigües de Barcelona, the Superior Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), with a pioneering public-private collaboration model. The creation of Cetaqua was a commitment of Aigües de Barcelona, together with UPC and CSIC, to bring the scientific world closer to the business, developing an innovation that generated a positive impact on Catalan society and the environment.
Aigües de Barcelona’s Director General, Ignacio Escudero, emphasized that “innovation and social responsibility are essential to achieve excellence in services for the citizens”. He added that “We believe that collaborating permanently with the stakeholders in our territory is fundamental in order to attain our objectives, and Cetaqua has shown itself to be the ideal vehicle to do this in the sphere of innovation”.
Cetaqua’s Director General, Carlos Montero, explained that “Cetaqua’s characteristics make it a unique centre in the Spanish water sphere, as it integrates the administration, universities and business: it is an organizational concept which seeks to promote the transfer of results from the scientific world to society in the shortest possible period of time”. The centre’s research is focused on three main areas: Management of water resources and reuse, Sustainability and Water 4.0.
Cetaqua has a global portfolio of over 300 projects, of which more than 50 are publicly funded, on which it has worked with prestigious international centres and universities. The centre is participating in 14 LIFE projects, thus becoming the most successful organization in this European call in Spain. The research has resulted in over 120 scientific publications and numerous results transferred to business.
This collaboration model’s success is also reflected in the creation of other independent foundations in Galicia, Andalusia and Chile, which have chosen to follow the same structure: a private company (belonging to the SUEZ group), the CSIC and the prestigious local technical university as partners.