Acerinox is backing and supporting the Comfuturo programme of the Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and the CSIC Foundation, with the aim of attracting and retaining the talent of the best young Spanish researchers to work in areas of practical application in business.
Together with Acerinox, five other Spanish companies are involved in this public-private partnership initiative (Banco Santander, Fundación Cepsa, Fundación Domingo Martínez, Naturgy and Suez) with a budget of two million euros.
The ComFuturo program makes it possible for contributions from companies such as Acerinox to finance the hiring of young PhDs to work in areas of interest to society. ComFuturo researchers are selected in open competition by a rigorous evaluation process.
Eva Jiménez Relinque, from the Instituto de Ciencias de la Construcción Eduardo Torroja, will be the investigator working with the Acerinox technicians. Jiménez will develop a slag study project that falls under Acerinox Europe's plant sustainability strategy as a way of transforming the waste of today into viable products. This project shows the commitment of Acerinox with the circular economy.
During the ceremony, attended by the Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities, Pedro Duque, 14 credentials were given to researchers of the Comfuture programme. The CEO of Acerinox, Bernardo Velázquez, highlighted “the value of the cooperation between public institutions and companies that brings the world of research closer to the competitive demands we face in the market”, and added that “in the steel industry in general, and in the stainless steel industry in particular, we cannot compete without continuously pushing ahead with research, innovation and the search for new ideas."