atlanTTic is located in the Vigo area. To better understand what this area can offer, two dimensions must be taken into account: the ecosystem dimension, that is, professional development within its research and technological environment; and, secondly, the human dimension, embodied by the social and nature facets. The two dimensions make up a life experience that it is worth knowing.
Researching in Vigo
atlanTTic develops its research work at the University of Vigo (UVigo), being telecommunications one of its main focus on science and technology transfer to the industry.
The research groups of the Center play a very important role in the 24 million euros that the University of Vigo raised for R&D activities in 2012, amounting to over 20% of the total expenditure of Galicia in this area. During that year, UVigo created 618 R&D jobs, and 31 entrepreneurial initiatives, together with 144 technology transfer activities (almost 30% more than in 2011).
Researching at the University of Vigo meansworking within the framework of a campus of scientific excellence, the Campus de Excelencia do Mar. atlanTTic actively participates in this contributing with its advancements in environmental sensors networks, artificial vision, remote sensors or maritime communications and so on.
Within its scope of knowledge, atlanTTic benefits from its direct link to the School of Telecommunication Engineering of the Uvigo, third in path development in Spain, and the Technological Center of Telecommunications of Galicia – Gradiant, specialized in technology transfer to businesses.
These three pillars generate clear synergies that encompass a broad area in the professional life cycle of the researcher and the technology.
Living in Vigo
Vigo is the largest city in Galicia, with a population of almost 300,000 people and a distinctive industrial character. Vigo’s main economic sectors are fishing, automotive, shipbuilding and services.
It is located in the south of Galicia, being the lowest of the “Rías Baixas” estuaries. It has a mild Oceanic climate. The Portuguese border is less than 40km away by motorway or highway, and there are good transport connections, either by public transport or by car with other Galician cities and towns. The other two airports in Galicia, with direct flights to destinations throughout Europe are in Santiago de Compostela and A Coruña, both accessible by motorway.
Vigo combines all the services of a big city with the charm of a location where the sea and the mountain offer natural landscapes, most of them protected areas, filled with quietness but close to the city center.
The wide range of educational and healthcare services, with two public reference hospitals, along with a broad range of cultural, sports, gastronomic and leisure choices, make this city an appealing location to set up home, either temporarily or permanently, with the incentive of a moderate cost of living, in terms of prices.
Vigo and its surrounding area encompass the essence of the maritime Galicia, with beautiful beaches and landscapes, a pleasant mild climate, a gastronomy with the taste of the freshest products and a welcoming atmosphere for any newcomer.
The city offers all the services of a big city, such as a public transport network that covers the city center and extends to the surrounding areas, with connections to the beaches and nearby villages.
As a starting point, you can check the ten essential visits recommended by the Tourist Information Office, just as a taster of all that the city and its surrounding area offer.