We recently met with the leading team of the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK/ CERU) where we got to know their activities and their contribution to the development of links between Spain and the United Kingdom in matters related to Research & Development.
There are more than 3,300 Spanish staff in UK Universities and thousands of students (undergraduate, masters and PhD) whose role in the development of ambitious research and innovation programs in the UK is highly valued. Here at the Chamber, we look forward to contributing to SRUK/CERU’s role connecting researchers with businesses, to ensure that researchers can continue their careers in the private sector, and to promote the application of their research activities.
The Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK/CERU) is a volunteer-run, non-profit organisation which was officially established in 2012. SRUK/CERU is a network of Spanish researchers who carry their professional activities in the UK that facilitates the integration of newcomers and serves as a platform for exchanging advice and personal and professional experiences. SRUK/CERU facilitates collaborations between public and private institutions related to Research and Development (R&D) in the United Kingdom and in Spain, thus capitalising on the existing links between both countries and contributing to building new ones.
SRUK/CERU also represents the community of Spanish researchers in the United Kingdom and serves as a scientific advisor to public and private institutions in both countries. Finally, SRUK/CERU acts as a science communicator, thus seeking to improve the social perception of R&D both in the United Kingdom and in Spain. SRUK/CERU brings science closer to the public by means of seminars, scientific activities for all audiences, round tables, conferences, and symposia.
SRUK/CERU is an active member of the Red de Asociaciones de Investigadores y Científicos Españoles en el Exterior (RAICEX) and is spearheading the CONNECTS-UK initiative (Connecting European Communities Through Science in the UK). SRUK/CERU is spread across 9 local Constituencies in the UK and develops its initiatives by means of 7 Departments. Each of these is composed of a group of volunteers (> 100 Spanish researchers in the UK in total) who share experiences and spearhead activities. SRUK/CERU contributes to the personal and professional development of its members by recognising academic excellence through awards, offering travel grants, workshops and a mentoring programme to its members and by promoting the role of women in research, among others.
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