A total staff of 409 people from 36 different countries, 443 scientific publications, one product launched in the market, 819 students enrolled in the different courses, 3,453 media impacts, 43 outreach activities…. These are some of the figures that reflect the intense activity of our institution throughout last year.
ISGlobal’s Annual Report 2017 comes with some format novelties. To start with, it is the first year that, for reasons of sustainability, it is not printed. It also includes a highlights section, with the main achievements in research, translation and training.
In terms of content, an issue that stands out is the restructuration of the scientific organisation with the aim of strengthening the research programmes and increasing the synergies between them, and funding for new major projects (for example, to scale up preventive malaria treatment in pregnancy or to explore the effect of air pollution on children’s brains). Also, the increasing diversity of the students (in terms of origin and background) enrolled in the Master of Global Health and other courses organised by the Training Department. In addition, throughout 2017 we became a leading actor in different national and international initiatives related to the Sustainable Development Goals. Furthermore, the institution received the highest qualification from the CERCA Institute for its scientific output, external visibility and progress in knowledge transfer. In turn, the new External Advisory Committee provided a series of valuable recommendations to further develop the institute’s role as key player in global health.
As Antoni Plasència (General Director) and Josep M. Antó (Scientific Director) point out in their foreword, “we must now build on our strengths to deploy our new strategic plan (2017-2020) and continue to address the current global health challenges by generating high-quality science and evidence-based policies.”