CERCA Conference 2023

This year we want to dedicate the annual conference to the consolidation of the CERCA System.

After a year 2021 that marked a turning point in the evolution of I-CERCA towards a European model, the year 2022 has brought us the consolidation of the research and development model in Catalonia with the approval of the Science Law. This long-awaited law provides the system and the CERCA centres with the legal and economic tools necessary to compete and develop on an international scale.

For this reason, in this edition of the CERCA Conference, we will focus all attention on the importance of a good strategy to support scientific excellence through research and innovation services, its strategy, organization and financing.

We invite you to be part of this unique opportunity for the CERCA community, and we hope to be able to count on your presence and contribution to the day.

We look forward to seeing you.


15 September 2023 From 10am to 1pm

Museu de la Ciència Cosmocaixa

C. Isaac Newton, 26 08022 Barcelona

10.00 am.
Opening and registration.

10.30 am.

10.45 am.
El Sistema CERCA i el desplegament de la Llei de la Ciència.

Director’s report. By Dr. Lluís Rovira, Director of CERCA.

11.30 am.
Supporting excellence in research and innovation: experiences from the University of Oxford.

Stephen Conway, Executive Director of Research Services. University of Oxford.

12.15 pm.
Closing followed by an apéritif.

13.00 pm.
End of the event.


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Stephen Conway

Executive Director of Research Services. University of Oxford

Stephen Conway has been Executive Director of Research Services at the University of Oxford since 2018. He leads a team of 170 professional staff providing research and innovation support services across the University. Research Services responsibilities include research strategy and policy; research funding and contracts; research governance, ethics and assurance; knowledge exchange, public engagement, entrepreneurship and intellectual property support.

Stephen is also a Professorial Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. Prior to taking up his current role, Stephen was Director of Research & Academic Strategy at The Open University. Before moving into a career in university management he worked as a research scientist in the chemicals industry.


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