Narcís Monturiol Awards recongise five CERCA system researchers

The Narcís Monturiol medals have been awarded since 1982 and recognize people and entities that work for the development of science and technology.

The catalan government has honored ten researchers with the Narcís Monturiol Medal for the scientific and technological merit and this year five of the awardees are part of the CERCA system.

The awards, which were established in 1982 and are named after the inventor Narcís Monturiol, recognize people and entities that contribute to the development of science and technology.

And the prizewinning CERCA researchers are:

Jordi Alberch Vié, doctor of medicine, director of the research group of the Clinic Foundation for Biomedical Research-August Pi Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (FRCB-IDIBAPS). He is an international reference in the study of the pathophysiology and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.

Emilio Palomares Gil, current director of the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) and ICREA researcher, carries out studies related to the field of energy.

Ana Isabel Pérez Neira, graduate in Electrical Engineering and director of the  Telecommunications Technological Center of Catalonia (CTTC). Her research is linked to the field of signal processing for communications and multi-antenna signals.

Petia Radeva, graduate in Applied Mathematics and principal researcher of the Medical Imaging Lab (MiLab) of the Computer Vision Center (CVC). She has focused her research in the fields of computer vision.

Gustavo A. Slafer, agronomist engineer and senior researcher at the AGROTECNIO Center. He studies the physiology of crop yield and their development processes.

The Government of Catalonia joins the Agrotecnio Board of Trustees

The Governing Council of the Government of Catalonia has approved on April 16 the modification of the By-laws of the Centre for Research in Agrotechnology, confirming its participation in the centre’s Board of Trustees.

This approval guarantees compliance with the legal regime of the public sector and with the Science Law, which establishes that CERCA centres must be created by the Government of Catalonia or the latter must participate in them.

The composition of the Agrotecnio Board of Trustees, which was formed equally by trustees from the University of Lleida (UdL) and the Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA), is modified and three trustees from the Government of Catalonia are incorporated. Therefore, the new Agrotecnio Board of Trustees is made up of six trustees from the University of Lleida, three from the Ministry of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda; two from the General Directorate of Research and one from IRTA.

The President of the Board of Trustees is held by the Rector of the University of Lleida; and the first Vice-presidency, by the Minister of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda.

First Meeting of the New Director of CERCA with Centre Directors

The Minister of Research and Universities, Joaquim Nadal, the Director General of Research Joan Gómez Pallarès and the Director of CERCA, Laia Pellejà, met today with the directors of the 42 centres that are part of the CERCA system. Nadal congratulated the centres that have recently achieved the distinction of Severo Ochoa centres of excellence and highlighted the positive spiral of the CERCA system.

The new Director, Laia Pellejà, took the opportunity to outline some points of her project, which begins with getting to know “the centres, their research, histories, and concerns” in detail. Among the priorities is the renewal of the assessment system, which will be worked on jointly with the centres. At the same time, she wants the institution to be seen as a reference point that helps to resolve doubts and implement joint policies.

With a clear international orientation, Pellejà emphasised the prominent position of the CERCA system in global rankings, stating that “as a system, we are unstoppable.” However, she recognises the need to increase the visibility of the centres among the public, and therefore, she will emphasise communication so that students and future researchers become familiar with and embrace the system. Alongside the science law, Pellejà will also implement language policies, gender equality plans, and technology transfer plans.