Thursday, September 23

Barcelona, ​​finalist to host the European Center for Meteorological Predictions

Barcelona Supercomputing Center.

Barcelona Supercomputing Center.

Barcelona’s bid to host the third headquarters of the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) It has passed the first phase, the Government Delegation in Catalonia and the Barcelona City Council reported this Friday in separate statements.

The proposal has passed to the second selection round of the ten that have been submitted to the contest, and The final vote to choose the venue will be held on December 9 in the Council of the Center that brings together the 22 Member States.

It is a project jointly promoted by the central government, the Generalitat and the town hall, and which has worked a team made up of professionals and technicians of the three administrations in coordination with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC).

This new headquarters would join that of Reading, in the UK, already being built in the Italian city of Bologna, which will host the center’s new supercomputer in 2021.

Ribera sees good news

The Vice President and Minister for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, has assured that this is very good news for Spain and has affirmed that the candidacy of Barcelona has been “very well valued”.

“If we go ahead, it would mean enhancing the research capacity of our country in new essential meteorological prediction techniques in the current scenario of greater meteorological adversity due to global warming“, has added.

In addition, it anticipates that this center would facilitate a greater participation of Spanish institutions and companies in the development of projects related to the implementation of new climate services facilitated by the Copernicus Atmosphere and Climate Change Service in all countries of the European Union.

Collboni: “The city looks to the future”

The first deputy mayor, Jaume Collboni, has praised the work of the candidacy team and has valued that Barcelona is among the finalist options to host this organization: “It is a sign of how the city looks to the future.”

“We do not stop attending to the reality of the day to day but We do not give up working for the Barcelona of tomorrow either“, and added that this news will help attract global companies that bring quality employment to the city, values ​​and relevance.

Pillars of the candidacy

Spain’s candidacy, based in Barcelona, ​​highlights the city’s quality of life, its scientific-university ecosystem and innovation, its offer of international schools and a “dynamic” job market for qualified professionals.

The building proposed to house the headquarters is the Nexus II, work of the architect Ricardo Bofill and located in the UPC Park, with capacity to house up to 400 people and 7,600 square meters.

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