12 IFISC researchers in Stanford University's world ranking of scientists
Stanford University has published the World’s Top 2 % Scientists 2022, a global ranking of the world's most cited scientists in various
disciplines. This ranking is considered one of the most prestigious in the world and it’s based on bibliometric
information collected from the Scopus database (published by Elsevier) and
include the top 2 % of the more than 8 million researchers considered to be
In the ranking of scientific production in
2021, a total of 10 IFISC researchers appear: Apostolos Argyris, Víctor
Eguíluz, Ernesto Estrada, Ingo Fischer, Gian Luca Giorgi, Lucas Lacasa, Claudio
Mirasso, Maxi San Miguel, Miguel Cornelles Soriano and Massimiliano Zanin are
at the world top 2 %. The high percentage of IFISC researchers who appear in
the ranking with respect to its total staff is noteworthy. Furthermore, other
20 researchers that also appear in the ranking are affiliated with the UIB.
On the other hand, according to the scientific
production of the entire research career until 2021, 7 IFISC researchers (Apostolos
Argyris, Pere Colet, Ernesto Estrada, Ingo Fischer, Claudio Mirasso, Maxi San
Miguel and Raúl Toral) appear in the ranking. Once again, the high percentage
of IFISC staff appearing in this ranking is notable, thus demonstrating its
quality as a center of excellence.
To compile the list, Scopus data is analysed on
the scientists' careers, the number of articles published and the number of
times each research has been cited. Then it is normalised by research area. Although important, at IFISC we are aware that
this type of ranking partially assesses the value of researchers and should not
be used as the only way to quantify the careers of scientists.
IFISC People: Hira Ali, Dimitrios Chalkiadakis and Pablo Rosillo
We are glad to introduce Hira Ali, Dimitrios Chalkiadakis and Pablo Rosillo to the other IFISC members.Hira Ali attended the IFISC’s Master in Physics of Complex Systems. At IFISC she will work as a PhD student together with Llorenç Serra and Rosa Lopez, on the project QuTTNAQMA (Quantum transport and thermodynamics: New Avenues in quantum materials) with an annual SOIB contract. The project is focused on transport with bilayer graphene topological states.Dimitrios Chalkiadakis is from Greece where he studied Physics at the University of Crete, Heraklion. Afterward, he also finished his master's in Physics of Complex Systems at IFISC. His main interests are dynamical systems and their applications in neuroscience. At IFISC he will pursue a PhD under the supervision of Claudio Mirasso and Damià Gomila in aspects related to Anticipated Synchronization. Pablo Rosillo studied physics at the Universitat de València, having later completed the Master in Physics of Complex Systems. At IFISC he will work as a PhD student under the supervision of David Sánchez and Maxi San-Miguel on topics related to linguistic competition with preference, both mean-field and finite-size complex networks. He is also engaged in a computational flamenco project with David Sanchez to study historical relationships between palos according to the themes treated in their classic “cantes”.
The Balearic Islands science of excellence
The research institutes IFISC (UIB-CSIC) and IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB), both located in the Balearic Islands, receive the accreditation of "María de Maeztu Unit of Excellence". The Ministry of Science and Innovation, through the State Research Agency (AEI), has granted the Institute for Cross-disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC) and the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA) the accreditation of "Unit of Excellence María de Maeztu". Both institutes, jointly owned by the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) and the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), become part of the select Alliance of Severo Ochoa Centers and María de Maeztu Units (SOMMa Alliance). This accreditation, granted after a rigorous evaluation and selection process by a committee of international experts and in accordance with the most demanding standards, consolidates IFISC and IMEDEA as reference institutes in the field of research in complex systems and life sciences, respectively. All two units will receive a total funding of 2,000,000 euros over the next four years, in addition to 6 pre-doctoral researcher contracts and access to exclusive funding sources for these centers and units of excellence. According to the ministry itself, this means "the recognition of the best centers and units that stand out for the impact and international relevance of the results obtained in the last four years", as well as "the financing of strategic research programs with the objective of consolidating their scientific capabilities and contributing to their international leadership". Of the total of 60 centers and units with accreditation valid in 2021 such as "Severo Ochoa" or "María de Maeztu", 72% are located in the communities of Catalonia (27) and Madrid (16). IFISC was the first unit of excellence in the Balearic Islands, obtaining the "María de Maeztu" in 2018, accreditation that renews now and to which IMEDEA joins. Balears thus enters the reduced selection of autonomous communities with more than one unit of excellence (Catalonia, Madrid, Basque Country, Andalusia and Valencian Community). All accredited institutions stand out for the international impact of their scientific contributions, their postgraduate teaching activity, their innovative capacity and their intense relationship with the social and economic environment. They are world-class institutions with cutting-edge research programs that are highly competitive and capable of attracting international talent. IFISC studies complex phenomena, one of the challenges of 21st century research. Its mission is to develop cross-disciplinary and strategic research in complex systems following the established scientific approach of physicists. The mission of IMEDEA is to contribute to the advancement of knowledge of marine, coastal and island ecosystems in order to preserve and restore them. It conducts research to achieve a sustainable development of coastal areas and to clarify the causes and impacts of anthropogenic and global change that threaten them.