SOMMa is the alliance of Severo Ochoa centres and María de Maeztu units to promote Spanish Excellence in research and to enhance its social impact at national and international levels.
SOMMa was officially launched in October 2017. SOMMa brings together 25 centres and 16 units accredited through these excellence awards and aims to:
The alliance’s starting activities comprised the establishment of its own governance, the launching of the website (somma.es) and the organisation of task forces to address the different objectives.
SOMMa is organized by a chair, co-chair and project manager, and by a steering committee in charge of different work packages.
The ICMAB participates in “Work package 3: Outreach”, and helps in the organization of the 100xciencia meetings.
In 2017, the meeting was held in Alicante, and its topic was “Co-creating value in scientific research” and was focused on technology transfer success stories. In 2018, the meeting was held in Madrid, and the topic was "Bridging science and society" and was more devoted to outreach and educational activities.
The ICMAB Communication & Outreach Officer, Anna May Masnou, is also part of the SOMMa Editorial Board, which is in charge of the website and of the press releases of the SOMMa network.