President's Blog

Immigrant Scientists

In my latest op-ed in El País (Spain’s leading newspaper) I argue that Spain should celebrate, not lament, the fact that more and more of its scientists go abroad every year. The country’s meager investment in R&D should be cause of great concern (Spain invests 1.2% of its GDP, vs. the OECD average of 2.4% and South Korea’s 4.2%), but, ironically, not the diaspora it has contributed to, and which will have a positive long-term impact on Spanish research production.

You can read it in Spanish here.