Every year, eight of the best Spanish research projects of the year are chosen as candidates for the ‘premio Vanguardia de la Ciencia’. The winner is chosen based on a vote by the public throughout the month of February.
Among the list of this year’s eight finalists are four projects from BIST centres:
• Ben Lehner (CRG/ICREA) and Tanya Vavouri (Instituto de Investigación de Leucemia Josep Carreras) – “La información ambiental se hereda”
• Hugues de Riedmatten (ICFO/ICREA) – “Hacia una red de comunicación cuántica”
• Ruben Martin (ICIQ/ICREA) and Francisco Juliá-Hernández (ICIQ) – “La química que ayuda al medio ambiente”
• Antonio Zorzano (IRB Barcelona) and Marc Claret (Idibaps) – “Las neuronas que controlan la insulina”
We encourage you to read more about the candidates and vote for your favourite on the La Vanguardia website by February 28th!
The ‘premio Vanguardia de la Ciencia’ prize is a joint initiative of the Godó Group and the Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera and it was established in 2011 to give more visibility to scientists in Spain. This idea came from the realization that excellent athletes and musicians tend to be well-known by the public but excellent scientists are often not.
To this end, candidates are chosen based on research excellence and affiliation with a Spanish institution. The public can then vote for their favourite candidate through the La Vanguardia website. To help with the decision making, La Vanguardia has dedicated a web page to showcasing all eight candidates and will also post interviews with researchers throughout February.