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BASQUE RESEARCH
 Basque research, development and innovation web site

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  1. What is Basque Research?
  2. What are the aims of Elhuyar Fundazioa?
  3. Elhuyar Fundazioa as a member of Alphagalileo
  4. What is the international network?
  5. Agreement with Ikerbasque
  6. Who can be a news contributor?
  7. Who can register as a journalist?
  8. Who can be a visitor?
  9. What is a “news item”?
  10. How to insert a news item
  11. Send us your comments
  12. Which events are accepted
  13. How to insert an event
  14. How can I find out the number of visits to my news item/event?
  15. How can I receive news items/events at my e-mail address?
  16. Interviews
  17. What is the Thesis Prize?
  18. Directory of research teams in the Basque Country
  19. How can I make contact with an organization?

1. What is Basque Research?

Basque Research is the website for research being carried out in the Basque Country where we can find news items, events, interviews, contact data, a R+D+I directory, and so on. The goal of Basque Research is to provide information on projects undertaken by Basque researchers and to contribute to the overall dissemination of R+D+I work.

What are our objectives?

  • To promote the development, creation and divulgation of science and technology.
  • To foment coordination between the various elements of the Science and Technology Network of the Basque Country.
  • To boost technology transfer.
  • To internationalise the work of research, development and innovation in the Basque Country.

Basque Research arose from the 2001-2004 Science and Technology Plan launched by the Basque Government. This Plan considers science and technology divulgation as a strategic objective. It is in fact in this ambit that Elhuyar Fundazioa, as part of the Basque Network of Science, Technology and Innovation (SARETEK) acting as an Intermediate Body, has launched this new project.

Basque Research has received the support of the Department of Industry of the Basque Government and the Provincial Government of Gipuzkoa.

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2. What are the aims of Elhuyar Fundazioa?

Elhuyar is an association that was constituted in 1972 to promote science and Basque language. From this, almost 35 years ago, arose the monthly journal Elhuyar Zientzia eta Teknika, aimed at bringing together scientific and technological news in both a rigorous and interesting manner.

What was for years Elhuyar Kultur Elkartea became the Elhuyar Fundazioa (a foundation) in 2002. During all those years, the activity of the body now known as Elhuyar Fundazioa has greatly increased and today we have several areas of work:

  1. Publication of educational material in the fields of science and technology in Basque.
  2. Information technologies: publishing multimedia educational products and translation of software.
  3. Lexicography: publishing dictionaries and encyclopaedias.
  4. Language consultancy: undertaking strategic plans for companies.
  5. Translations and localizations: technical and specialised translations.
  6. Scientific communication: this section includes the Elhuyar Zientzia eta Teknika journal, but over the years, many other products have been added, obtaining a comprehensive provision of information. In addition to the journal, we have several radio programmes and we have taken part in a number of initiatives in the print media; we produce a weekly TV programme (Teknopolis) on Basque Television as well as a science and technology website for adults —www.zientzia.net—, a science website for youngsters, —www.zernola.net— and our website, —www.basqueresearch.com—.

For further information, please go to www.elhuyar.org

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3. Elhuyar Fundazioa as a member of Alphagalileo

Under the auspices of Basque Research, Elhuyar Fundazioa has been the representative member of Alphagalileo in the Basque Country since March 2003. Alphagalileo is a web site on European research, an answer to the dominance of research news from the US. The project, although led by the British Association of Great Britain, is formed by a number of representatives from different European countries. Amongst the members of Alphagalileo are: Soumen Akatemia (Finland), L'Association francaise pour l'advancement des sciences (France), Jülich Forschungszentrum (Germany), the National Hellenic Research Foundation (Greece), the Observatorio das Ciencias e das Tecnologías (Portugal), Vetenskapradet (Sweden), The Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), the European Science Foundation and the FECYT (Spain).

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4. What is the international network?

The international network of Basque Research brings together various (international) websites on which Basque Research news items are published, thanks to agreements with these websites. In this way, these Basque R+D+I news items reach a worldwide public.

The aim of these websites is providing and distributing scientific information. In this network you will find the previously mentioned Alphagalileo, Eurekalert! (the website for research news of the AAAS, the body which published the renowned Science journal), Cordis Wire (The EU information service on Research & Development), innovations-report (meeting place for science, industry and economy in Germany), Madri+d (Spanish state-wide website for transfer of knowledge) and Tecnociencia-org (free newspaper about science and technology).

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5. Agreement with Ikerbasque

Ikerbasque (the Basque Foundation for science) is a foundation created by the Basque Government so that Basque research workers abroad can continue their research careers in the Basque Country. It is an information service and so included are the news items published on the Basque Research web site, Thanks to agreements made, these researchers can have an up-to-date picture of Basque R+D+i.

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6. Who can be a news contributor?

Basque Research aims to be the mirror of research, development and innovation carried out in the Basque Country. To carry out this task and to bear witness to what is happening in the universities, technological centres and enterprises, we have created the figure of the news contributor. This person would be those actually in contact with these research projects in the Basque Country: researchers, those responsible for media affairs, persons in charge of research departments, project managers, and so on.

To be a registered contributor you must fill in the form you will find on the website. Once registered, the news contributor will be able to publish the news and events they wish on the Basque Research web site, if the news story is accepted. Also once registered, they will receive the weekly news and events bulletin and, on a monthly basis, the statistical data of news and events of the Basque Research website.

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7. Who can register as a journalist?

Those who are professional journalists from any media outlet. They will have access to all the research and development news and activities on the Basque Research website and, once registered as a journalist with Basque Research, will be updated by means of the Basque Research weekly bulletin. Also once registered, they will receive on a monthly basis the statistical data of news and events of the Basque Research website about R+D being carried out in the Basque Country.

To be a registered journalist you must fill in the relevant form and, if necessary, the data provided will be verified to confirm that a professional journalist is genuinely involved. Journalists from the Basque Country, as well as those from abroad are welcome on the website.

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8. Who can be a visitor?

Visitors are all users that are not contributors neither journalists such us; researchers, managers, administrators, users,....That means visitors are all those users interested in information that is found on Basque Research and so they register to receive the weekly news and events bulletin.

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9. What is a “news item”?

A news item is a brief article that outlines the essence of a piece of research. All items must answer the following questions: What is the kernel of the news? Who has carried out the research? Where was the research done? Why is it interesting?

The news item should always clearly state the most important point at the beginning. It is more important to sum up a story well than to focus on technical details.

News items would be:

  • All applied or basic research.
  • Agreements, contracts or signings between bodies to foment research.
  • Awards for research work.
  • Launching of new products on to the market, when the development of the product has involved research within a company.
  • Patents.

But not:

  • News that provides only financial information.
  • News on the promotion of products.
  • Research undertaken outside the Basque Country. Research undertaken outside the Basque Country will be taken into account only if a Basque company has participated in such research.
  • News not related to science and technology.
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10. How to insert a news item

First you have to select the option Add a news on the menu and fill in the form on this page. Some fields of the form have to be filled in and, if they are not, the news item will not be accepted.

Once the news story is accepted, in order to edit or change its content, you must select the option edit news in the menu.

Remember that, in order to insert a news item on the Basque Research web site, you first have to be registered as a news contributor.

Title

The title has to be a concise sentence that summarises the content of the story. If it does not have information regarding the news item, the title may not be read by journalists and therefore may not reach many end-users.

Text

The main text should be specific and avoid technical language acronyms. If the use of such acronyms is unavoidable, it should be accompanied by a short explanation. One sentence for one idea should be written, always starting with the most important and leaving details for later on.

Summary

Make sure that the summary encapsulates the news item and your message, explaining why it is important for the public at large. To ensure catching and keeping the attention of this public, write your message in a way that is easy to understand. Many journalists will receive this summary in the weekly bulletin and so it should be written in such a way that it attracts them to your news story.

Notes

In notes you can add any information that has to be published, such as information about the researchers or about any previous research related to the one in hand.

Internet address

Amongst the data required, the Internet address of the institution or company where the research has taken place may be included. This address can be the link to the publication of the news item or to the main web site of the institution or company.

Subject

The subject indicates which area corresponds to each piece of research, these keywords pointing to the field of research and defining the theme of the news item.

Additional information

Along with the news, you may insert additional information (such as photographs as well as audio, video archives and documents). This additional information is of great use to other researchers and journalists and, thus, greatly increases the reach of your news item.

Languages

The news items will appear in three different languages: Basque, Spanish and English. The news will not be shown until the translation is made, that means at least two days from its reception.

Editor

The news items will not automatically be published but will have to fulfil certain requirements by Basque Research who will carry out a prior check to see if the contents are correct.

Data of news contributor

The news contributor filing the news report is the contact person for journalists and other news contributors. So, any query about the story or a request for more information should be addressed to this contact person. It should be remembered that 90% of the queries come from foreign journalists and so it is quite normal to receive requests for information from international media outlets.

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11. Send us your comments

If you wish to make a comment about a news item published on the Basque Research web site, you now have the option of selecting Send your comment, which appears with every news item. Your participation is highly important and this is why we encourage you to send your opinion, criticism or commentary about research published by Basque Research. These comments will not be translated but will be posted in the original language of the person making the comment. It should be remembered that your comments may be of great help to researchers or any journalist using Basque Research.

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12. Which events are accepted

With regard to the Basque Research agenda, all events have to be related to research, development and innovation. In this case, however, events taking place outside the Basque Country will be accepted, always with the premise, clearly, that they have to do with R+D+I.

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13. How to insert an event

Title of the event

The title of the event should have its official name. If this proves to be too long, the title may be shortened. Moreover, if the event title is in a number of languages, any of these will be acceptable.

Description of the events

The description of the event should include the basic information thereof, but in a single paragraph. In this abstract, the motive for the event should be outlined, its objectives and also to whom it is directed. Information about how registration is carried out should be included as well as if there is a quota to pay or if it is non-paying event.

The programme for the seminar or event or the curricula of the speakers/participants will be included in this additional information. For more details, the event web site has to be consulted.

Information about the person to contact

Information about a contact person must be included in this Basque Research diary of events. Apart from name and surname(s), the telephone number, e-mail, etc. must be included. If there are any queries or registration is required, this contact person will be the reference for the event.

When and where the event will take place

The event for entry into the calendar must clearly indicate when and where the event will take place. To this end, the complete address of the event location may be provided or indicate the name of the conference hall and the City, e.g., Palacio Euskalduna, Bilbao. Remember to always include the name of the city or town.

To indicate dates, the squares on the application form corresponding to the opening and closing dates of the event have to be selected.

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14. How can I find out the number of visits to my news item/event?

The contributor knows, in real time, the number of visits to their news item or event; by clicking on to the section Hits. Remember that, in the heading at the top of the web site, you first have to introduce the name of the user and then the password.

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15. How can I receive news items/events at my e-mail address?

To receive the news and events of Basque Research at your e-mail address, you must first be a registered user. Depending on the type of user you should therefore fill in the registration form of the news contributor or journalist or visitor.

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16. Interviews

In the section on interviews, interviews published in the Elhuyar Zientzia eta Teknika journal will be available. Moreover, we have provided the possibility to propose an interview, informing us who the researcher is and why you are interested we to carry out this interview.

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17. What is the Thesis Prize?

The Basque Research Thesis Prize was first held in 2003, with the goal of providing information on PhD research work by young Basque researchers. Since then, every year numerous research projects (summaries of recently finished PhD theses) which are 'presented to the public at large' through our web site. This open competition provides an excellent opportunity to get to know about research carried out by universities in the Basque Country. Through this competition these theses are disseminated both in the Basque Country and internationally.

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18. Directory of research teams in the Basque Country

The R+D+i directory is a specialised one that contains information about the research and development teams in the Basque Country. Here you can find out about the lines of research of all the teams from companies, research centres and universities in the Basque Country, together with other information of interest.

By means of the advanced search, one can find organisations, lines of research and the person in charge of each project.

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19. How can I make contact with an organization?

If you are looking for a contact person from a company, research centre or university, we provide a contact book. Here you will find data on media officers, those in charge of marketing, on researchers and on others involved in research.

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