The members of the Government Board of the Basque Center for Macromolecular Design and Engineering, POLYMAT Fundazioa are:
The Basque Government created Ikerbasque, the Basque Foundation for Science, to develop scientific research in the Basque Country by attracting senior researchers and creating new research capacities.
The aims of Ikerbasque are to become the main science production institution in the Basque Country, in relative terms to our number of researchers; by attracting and retain scientific talent, from junior to senior; contributing to the creation of new basic excellent research centres (BERCs); and achieving the recognition of the society, the public administration and its board of trustees by its contribution to the strengthening of the Science in the Basque Country.
The University of the Basque Country is the only public university in the Basque Country. It has campuses over the three provinces of the autonomous community: Bizkaia Campus (in Leioa, Bilbao, Portugalete and Barakaldo), Gipuzkoa Campus (in San Sebastián and Eibar), and Araba Campus in Vitoria-Gasteiz. It is the main research institution in the Basque Country, carrying out most of the basic research made in that territory and taking advantage of the good industrial environment that the region constitutes.
The University of the Basque Country offers an educational model that singles us within the European Space for Higher Education. The "IKD model" (cooperative and dynamic learning) is centred in the student's learning. IKD is based on training programs for faculty development in active learning methodologies, it has developed ICTs applied to education and has initiated processes of review and improvement of competences and learning outcomes.
The Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa is responsible for governing and administering the province of Gipuzkoa. Its President is elected by the General Assembly and is responsible for implementing the programme of the government, which is made up of provincial councillors appointed by the President. The General Assembly is the governing body of the Provincial Council and is responsible for setting the guidelines for and aims of the provincial government's actions.
The Provincial Council has recognised competences as a provincial institution, especially in the areas of finance, economic development, roads and social policies. The General Assembly is the highest public representative and participatory body in the province and takes the form of a parliamentary body consisting of 51 councillors elected by universal suffrage.
Under the Basque and Spanish laws, foundations are governed by a Board of Trustees. Current representatives of POLYMAT's Board of Trustees are:
President: the Vice President of Ikerbasque, currently, Prof. Adolfo Morais Ezquerro
Vice President: the Vice Rector for Research of the University of the Basque Country currently, Prof. Inmaculada Arostegui Madariaga
Secretary: the Vice Rector for Scientific Development and Transference of the University of the Basque Country, currently, Prof. Guillermo Quindós Andrés
Chair: Innovation General Director of Gipuzkoa Provincial Council, currently, D. Jon Gurrutxaga Mongelos
Chair: Ikerbasque Scientific Director, currently, Prof. Fernando Cossio Mora.