The Scientific Advisory Board
(SAB) visited the CABD on May 2013 to assess the performance of the Centre as a whole and of the individual groups as fundamental components of the CABD. These external reviews take place every 5 years (the previous one was held in 2008) and they constitute an essential element of the strategy that the CABD has designed in its quest to become a recognized international Developmental Biology research centre.
The overall impression of the SAB is that the CABD is achieving high standards of scientific research. While there still is room for improvement, especially in the “international recognition and funding and in the impact of the CABD’s results”, the board congratulated the CABD members for “their ongoing success”. The SAB members “recognize the collaborative and supportive spirit of the institute” and acknowledge the effort that its members have put to make the CABD an exciting place to do science. They also express their concern “that the scientific activity of the institute might suffer in the short term from the temporary freeze by the Spanish Government” in research funding.
The specific recommendations of the SAB to the CABD personnel are summarized below: