Yesterday took place the ceremony for the 2018 National Research Awards, chaired by M. Hble. Mr. Quim Torra, president of the Generalitat de Catalunya and organized by the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation, and with the support of the Government of the Generalitat de Catalunya.
The ceremony was conducted by the actress and singer Elena Gadel and was attended by Mrs. Hble. Àngels Chacón, Councilor for Enterprise and Knowledge of the Government of the Generalitat of Catalonia, and the winners received their prize from the Hand Hble. Mr. Joaquim Torra, President of the Generalitat. The Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Domènec Espriu represented the University of Barcelona.
This year, the University of Barcelona has been recognized with two awards: The National Research Prize and on the National Award for Scientific Communication. PhD. Licia Verde, ICREA researcher at the Cosmos Science Institute of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB) and PhD. Jordi Díaz microscopist of the Scientific and Technological Centers, collected the respective prizes.
To receive the National Award for Scientific Communication in the NanoEduca program, they were present, on behalf of their respective institutions, Mr. Jordi Díaz of the Scientific and Technological Centers of the University of Barcelona, ideologue of the project, Gemma García from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Àlex Argemí from the ICN2 and Mr. Julio Pérez del CESIRE.
During his speech, Dr. Diaz emphasized, "Nanoscience and nanotechnology are the present and the future, as well as the thousands of young people who form each day in our classrooms." In addition, he also thanked the involvement of secondary school teachers in bringing young people the foundations of leading knowledge such as nanotechnology. Finally, he made a reminder: "why young people can decide and reasonably choose their future, we must also work on the debate, reflection and discussion of the most ethical and humanistic aspects." For his part, Mr. Àlex Argemí asked the President of the Generalitat "We are committed to promoting research, knowledge engine, well-being and democracy".
The NanoEduca program, developed from the Scientific and Technological Centers (CCiTUB), the Institute of Education Sciences (ICE) and NanoDivulga UB, jointly with the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), CESIRE from the Department of Teaching and the UAB, was created with the purpose of familiarizing the teaching staff of the institutes with the tools, language and processes of nanoscience and nanotechnology, and to create modules and learning factories that can be applied to the classroom.
The poster and video competition is the final part of the entire NanoEduca process. The faculty of the secondary education centers receive a training that helps them develop the research project in the classroom. They have to make a video that responds to a question or challenge that demonstrates the applications and implications of nanotechnology in the areas of: art, science, technology, daily life, health, the environment, etc. Also, each center must present a scientific poster and defend it before a court.
The Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation, with the support of the Government of the Generalitat of Catalonia, has convened the National Research Awards since 1990. These awards recognize and reflect the various facets of the research activity as well as the initiatives of communication and scientific dissemination, scientific patronage and public and private cooperation in R & I projects in Catalonia.
According to the Awards basis, universities (government, faculties, schools, departments), research centers, university research institutes, academies, companies and foundations and, in general, all the agents of the Catalan research system and innovation, they can present candidatures for all categories.
The winners were: Licia Verde (National Research Prize), Marc Güell (National Young Research Award), Pasqual Maragall Foundation for Research on Alzheimer's (National Prize for Scientific Patronage), Repsol-BSC Research Center (RBRC) (National Award for Public-Private Partnership in R & D) and the NanoEduca Program (National Award for Scientific Communication).