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The year 2021 has been characterized by the difficulty in carrying out normal activity due to the expansion works of the center, which began in March and ended in September. In addition, the furniture and equipment of the laboratories have been renovated and expanded, which has had a great impact on the activity of the groups, especially those whose laboratories are located on the ground floor. Likewise, during 2021, the energy monitoring and control system in the center was renewed, through the execution of an infrastructure grant from the Junta de Andalucía. In this sense, 2021 has also been marked by the installation and commissioning of the infrastructures belonging to the Agroconnect project, in the facilities shared with IFAPA at its headquarters in La Cañada, adjacent to the University campus.

During this year 2021, 3 extracurricular internships have been offered for master’s students with the intention of promoting initiation in research in the field of CIESOL, these internships are established with a duration of 6 months and with annual periodicity. We have received 3 students who have joined the Environmental Analysis, Water Regeneration and Solar Resources and Solar Cooling research groups. These internships cost €9,000 per year.

Ciesol has maintained its research activity during 2021 through the 40 research projects in execution. The figure shows the evolution of the number of projects in the last eight years, observing an average of 32 projects in execution per year. Regarding the networks, it has participated in 7 national and 4 international networks.

Regarding the scientific production corresponding to 2021, a total of 79 publications have been reached [36 in Q1 (46%), 27 in Q2 (34%), 12 in Q3 (15%) and 3 in Q4 (4%) ] of them, 37 with international collaboration, which represents 47% of the total, as an indicator of the international character of the center. All the units have participated in national (10) and international (26) congresses and scientific meetings with a total of 58 contributions. The figure shows the evolution of the number of international scientific publications in JCR in the last eight years. An average of 101 articles per year is observed.

Regarding the doctoral theses, in the UAL-PSA collaboration during 2021, 9 doctoral theses have been defended.

In terms of dissemination and extension activities, Ciesol has been present in the media through various activities (a dozen appearances in the press) and has participated in the organization of courses and conferences, as shown in the activity of the different functional units .