The Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) is a research centre whose mission is to carry out and catalyse cutting-edge research in physics and similar disciplines, and to promote scientific awareness in society at large.
Located in Donostia/San Sebastian, the DIPC was set up in the year 2000 as the result of a strategic alliance between public institutions and the private sector. Its Board of Partners currently includes the Basque Government, the Gipuzkoa Provincial Council, the San Sebastian City Council, the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Kutxa Fundazioa, CAF, Telefónica and EDP.
Since 2008, the DIPC has been officially recognised by the Basque Government's Department of Education as a 'Basque Excellence Research Centre' (BERC). In 2019, it was also recognised as a ‘Severo Ochoa’ Centre of Excellence by the Spanish Research Agency.
Excellence in Research, Excellence in Communication.
Our research interests are always changing as we constantly push forward the frontiers of knowledge. We currently focus on four main research areas: quantum, nano, life and cosmos. The DIPC also carries out numerous initiatives to foster knowledge exchange and creativity among scientists from all over the world.
Moreover, its extensive outreach programme helps establish a fluid and permanent, dialogue between science and society. The dissemination of science cannot be separated from other branches of knowledge, and the DIPC therefore works to build bridges between its research and other activities and disciplines.
The Passion for Knowledge festival is the flagship of the extensive work carried out by DIPC in the area of scientific communication and outreach.