The CSIC (Spanish National Research Council) is Spain’s largest public research institution, and ranks third among Europe’s largest research organization. The CSIC is attached to the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation and plays a key role in scientific and technological policy in Spain and worldwide. According to its Statute (Article 4), CSIC has 4 main missions:

  • To foster multidisciplinary scientific and technological research
  • Knowledge transfer to industry and society
  • Education and training of scientific and technical staff
  • Creation of Technology Based Companies

CSIC has 10.940 employees, including 3.764 researchers. CSIC has 123 Institutes spread across the country and covering different areas of Science and Technology. Seventy of them are fully-owned institutes, and 53 are Joint Research Units in partnership with other Spanish universities or research institutions. CSIC also has a delegation in Brussels. CSIC supports research and training across a wide range of knowledge, from the most basic or fundamental aspects of science to the most complex technological developments; from human and social sciences to food science and technology, including biology, biomedicine, physics, chemistry and materials, natural resources and agricultural sciences. As the third largest research organization in Europe, CSIC carries out research in all fields of knowledge, throughout its 123 Institutes.

CSIC participates to nPETS project with the Environmental Geochemistry and Atmospheric Research (EGAR) group ( The EGAR group performs research in the sectors of air quality, aerosols and climate, exposure, industrial emission, and waste. EGAR’s research on Air Quality aims at understanding the chemical and physical processes responsible for the emission, transport, fate, and removal of atmospheric pollutants with an impact on human health and vegetation. The main objective is to investigate measures (technological and non-technological) to reduce emissions, concentrations, or exposure. The group published more than 500 publications on air quality. The research team provides external expert support to environmental authorities and participates in the workgroup on the particulate matter of the Clean Air For Europe (CAFE) program of the DG Environment for the evaluation of the EU air quality directives. CSIC members are included in the Scientific Assessing Committee of WHO REVIHAAP and WHO HRAPIE projects, as well as the APHEKOM and MEDHISS projects to assess air quality to health-related studies. CSIC members work as EC, OECD, and UN-ECE experts groups to assess policy actions on air quality.

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