The CSIC is the largest public research body in Spain. It plays an active role in the science policy of all the autonomous regions through their centres across Spain. CSIC's mission includes: 1) Multidisciplinary scientific and technical research; 2) Scientific and technical advice; 3) Transferring results to the private sector; 4) Contributing to the creation of technology-driven companies; 5) Training specialised personnel; 6) Management of infrastructure and large facilities; 7) Promoting scientific culture. The CSIC is multidisciplinary, carrying out research in almost all fields of knowledge. Its activities encompass basic research all the way through to technological development.