Research at your fingertips

Catalonia has research centres and large infrastructures of international reference whose main objective is scientific research of excellence. Some of them can be visited:



CTFC (Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia)

It contributes to science for sustainable forest management, biodiversity and circular bioeconomy. It offers visits on demand.

CVC (Computer Vision Center)

It carries out cutting-edge research in the field of computer vision and it also promotes the transference of knowledge to industry and society. It offers visits on demand.

i2cat Foundation

It generates mission-driven research in fields like 5G, IoT, Immersive Technologies, Artificial Intelligence, RINA, Cybersecurity and Blockchain. It offers visits for groups on demand.

ICAC (Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology)

Its purpose is to carry out research, advanced training and dissemination in the field of the Mediterranean civilisation and culture from protohistory to Late Antiquity, in all its material and immaterial expressions. It offers visits on demand.

ICFO (Institute of Photonic Sciences)

It has the mission to conduct wide-scope, basic and applied research at the highest international level in several branches of the Sciences and Technologies of Light.

IdIBGi (Girona Biomedical Research Institute Dr. Josep Trueta)

Its purpose is to promote, develop, transfer, manage and disseminate biomedical research, scientific and technological knowledge, teaching and training in the areas of life and health sciences, mainly in the Girona area.

IPHES (Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution)

It promotes advanced research, education and knowledge transfer, and social engagement with science. It crosses and combines different fields of science to apply them to the study of human and social evolution. It offers visits for groups on demand.

IRB Lleida (Biomedical Research Institute of Lleida)

It covers a chain of translational research, from basic research to research that studies the behavior of diseases in large population groups. It offers visits for groups on demand.

ALBA Synchroton

Third generation Synchrotron Light facility, being the newest source in the Mediterranean area. It is a complex of electron accelerators to produce synchrotron light, which allows the visualization of the atomic structure of matter as well as the study of its properties.

BSC-CNS (Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación)

Specialised in high performance computing (HPC), it manages MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe. It is at the service of the international scientific community and of industry that requires HPC resources.


CRG (Centre for Genomic Regulation)

International biomedical research centre with the mission of discovering and promoting knowledge for the benefit of society, public health and economic prosperity. Occasionally it offers guided tours.

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