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IKERLAN celebrates the fifth edition of the day of recognition of its doctoral students


This new edition confirms the centre’s commitment to the training and specialization of its research team as one of its strategic cornerstones

  • Thanks to the collaboration with more than a dozen universities, IKERLAN has 51 theses in progress, framed in its main lines of research.
  • Doctoral students Ángel Longueira and Maialen Areitioaurtena received the prize for the best presentations of the day.

Last Friday, the researchers who are working on their doctoral theses at IKERLAN took centre stage at the fifth edition of the day of recognition of their research work held annually by the technology centre. This is an event that confirms IKERLAN's commitment to the training, professionalisation and specialisation of its pool of researchers. Thanks to its collaboration with more than a dozen universities, the centre has 51 research theses in progress, framed in the main research lines of IKERLAN: Electronics, Information and Communication Technologies, Energy and Power Electronics and Mechatronics.

For the second year, due to the health situation, the event was held telematically and was attended by more than one hundred people, including doctoral students, tutors, researchers and other attendees. During the presentation of the event, the general manager of IKERLAN, Ion Etxeberria, underlined the work and effort of the doctoral students, emphasising the importance of the results of their theses to provide value and knowledge to IKERLAN, to the surrounding companies and to society in general. . "Our proximity to companies is our reason for being, we develop technology that serves to respond to the challenges of companies and that in turn contributes to society, and for this the research carried out by our doctoral students is key, and they are the quarry of our research team of the future," he said in his speech.

For her part, Ana Martínez, Director of Knowledge at IKERLAN, stressed that "IKERLAN is a centre of great interest for doctoral theses, allowing students to acquire and generate cutting-edge knowledge and at the same time validate the applicability of this knowledge in the industrial field".

During the day, the 46 doctoral students presented the details of their theses and, after a vote by the attendees, the best presentations of the day were awarded. Ángel Longueira with his thesis entitled Cybersecurity Evaluation Methodology for Industrial Embedded Components was awarded first prize, while doctoral student Maialen Areitioaurtena took second place with the presentation of her thesis Simulación numérica del proceso de temple por inducción y su efecto en la integridad.

More than one million euros in training

Currently, 29 % of the 360 people who make up IKERLAN are qualified doctoral staff. Specifically, in 2020, 10 theses were completed and 11 new ones were started, while 59 were in progress. To this end, last year the centre invested more than one million euros in the training, professionalisation and specialisation of its pool of students.

To date, more than 154 doctoral theses have been developed at the centre, which demonstrates the strategic commitment that IKERLAN has been making throughout its history to the qualified training of its researchers. In this way, IKERLAN is positioned as an ideal centre for the achievement of a doctoral thesis and as a centre that promotes research oriented towards the real needs of industry and towards the development of people's skills and knowledge.


IKERLAN, a member of BRTA, is a leading centre in technology transfer and in the contribution of competitive value to the company due, among other things, to the specialisation of its researchers. It offers comprehensive solutions that combine different technological fields into two large units: Electronics, Information and Communication Technologies (EICT) and Energy and Mechatronics. In 2017, IKERLAN obtained certification, via AENOR, for the integrated management system (UNE-EN ISO 9001:2015 and UNE 166002:2014), which recognises the excellence of the centre in the field of R&D&I. It currently has a workforce of around 360 people.

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