This international programme is targeted at youths from around the world who are passionate about science with the goal of stimulating their scientific talent and promoting their vocation for scientific research. For two weeks in July, 100 youths between the ages of 16 and 18 have the opportunity to work in Barcelona on the science and technology challenges proposed by international research centres headquartered in Catalonia.
Do you want to enjoy a summer of science while meeting youths from all over the world?
Sign up for the BIYSC and get ready for two unforgettable weeks!
The Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC) 2020 edition has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation. Prevention and protection of all the students and staff involved are our priorities. We hope to start working soon on BIYSC's new edition with all the effort to make it the best edition ever. We hope you can reply on your understanding at these unfortunate circumstances. See you soon!
In this edition, 10 projects are being offered which span the disciplines of chemistry, medicine, molecular biology, physics, genetics, biotechnology, mathematics, biomedicine, astrophysics and bioinformatics.
Find out all the details on the programme website!
Date of birth between 1 January, 2002 and 31 December, 2004.
Strong academic record, which must come with motivation and excitement to take part in the programme. We are looking for young people who not only have great academic marks, but are also keenly interested in scientific research.
Good level of English.
Intention to pursue a career in science.
Commitment to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the programme.
We are looking for young people who are interested in, curious about and committed to science. To find the right candidates, we are guided by the letter of motivation written by the students who apply, where we expect them to show an interest in science and provide details of their personal and school projects (hobbies, participation in science fairs and competitions, awards received, reading habits, musical instruments, etc.) and anything else they think makes them the perfect candidate for this opportunity. The answers to the questions on the application form are also important, as well as the student’s academic record, and the evaluation given by the teachers in charge of recommendations.
English is very important in science, and it is the only vehicular language used during the programme. This means it is a very important point when choosing applicants, and absolutely necessary to attend BIYSC.
The Department of Mathematics, which is part of the UAB Faculty of Science, is the fundamental structure responsible for organising and developing research and knowledge transfer among its academic staff and its research staff in training. The Department is also responsible for teaching mathematics and statistics in centres, faculties and schools at the UAB, in accordance with their requirements and the teaching programmes in place, and is responsible for organising and developing doctoral and postgraduate programmes and courses.
The CRM, established in 1984, has as a mission statement to “improve research and advanced training in Mathematics, in collaboration with Universities and other research institutions in Catalunya”.
This concretises in three aspects:
- Attract recognized mathematicians to the Catalan R+D system, enhance collaborative interdisciplinary research, and promote research training at all levels.
- Support the local community in the international arena, by hosting visiting researchers from all over the world and organizing scientific events of various formats.
- Transfer mathematical knowledge and technology to society.
The Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (DCEXS) of Pompeu Fabra University combines the creation and transfer of knowledge through the seamless integration of research and teaching. Innovation in education and research excellence are the cornerstones of our efforts.
The DCEXS hosts 35 research groups divided into eight distinct programmes spanning a wide range of topics, from molecular biology to public health.
In addition to the research, the DCEXS offers four undergraduate programmes, five master’s degrees and a PhD programme in Biomedicine. The DCEXS is strategically located within Barcelona’s Biomedical Research Park.
The Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) is an independent organization established as a Consortium of four main research institutions: the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA), Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), and University of Barcelona (UB), and receives support from the Government of Catalonia through its General Direction for Research. The centre is a multidisciplinary research centre dedicated to studying genetic factors which determine characters of interests in plants and farm animals. Basic research is conducted under scientific criteria of excellence and research towards the improvement of plants and animals used in the food industries.
The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) is an international biomedical research institute of excellence, created in December 2000. It is a non-profit foundation funded by the Catalan Government through the Departments of Business & Knowledge, the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation & Universities, the "la Caixa" Banking Foundation, and includes the participation of Pompeu Fabra University. The mission of the CRG is to discover and advance knowledge for the benefit of society, public health and economic prosperity. The CRG believes that the medicine of the future depends on the groundbreaking science of today. This requires an interdisciplinary scientific team focused on understanding the complexity of life from the genome to the cell to a whole organism and its interaction with the environment, offering an integrated view of genetic diseases.
The Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) is a public university, rooted in the territory with an international vocation. Through quality teaching closely linked to research activity, it transfers scientific, technological, cultural and educational knowledge to society, promotes the potential of its human capital and manages the available resources responsibly. It is a knowledge ecosystem, in which the institutions linked to the UAB coexist and collaborate, consolidating this university among the leaders in the world rankings.
The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) Barcelona is an internationally renowned research centre located in Barcelona Science Park and dedicated to understanding fundamental questions about human health and diseases. IRB Barcelona is part of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, and the goals of the institute include conducting multidisciplinary research of excellence in a framework between biology, chemistry and medicine, offering its members, students and visitors high-level training in the field of the biosciences. It also provides an innovation component through active technology transfer as benefit to society, as well as engaging with the public through engagement and education activities. Research at IRB Barcelona is carried out by 26 groups working in common with the common goal of carrying out multidisciplinary projects that address important biomedical problems affecting our society.
The Institute of High Energy Physics (IFAE) is a research centre at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) that carries out leading theoretical and experimental research in fundamental physics, which includes particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology. It works at the forefront of detection technology, in order to put the knowledge of the scientific community at the service of practical goals. The IFAE is a participant in the LHC's ATLAS project, the T2K neutrino experiment in Japan, the MAGIC telescopes in La Palma, and the Dark Energy Survey in Chile, among others. The IFAE is also working at the forefront of sensing technologies by developing pixels detectors for high-energy physics, telescope cameras, detectors with medical applications and other scientific and industrial applications. The centre has its own researchers, as well as working with professors from the UAB and the Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) and technical staff.
The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) is a young research institution whose goal is to push the boundaries of knowledge of photonics, science and light technology. Photonics is the field of knowledge dedicated to the generation, transmission, detection, control and manipulation of light, and is one of the key technologies for the 21st century. Light, specifically laser light, is one of the most promising technologies available to humanity today. Its research programmes are framed on world-class frontiers and are aimed at addressing the significant challenges facing society at large. They focus on current and future problems in health, energy, information, security, protection and care of the environment. The role of photonic technologies is very important across a wide range of fields, including agriculture and the environment, manufacturing and manufacturing processes, telecommunications systems and services, medicine and healthcare, life sciences, security and entertainment, among others.
The Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) aims to carry out research of excellence that, which creating knowledge, also contributes to improving quality of life, improving health and wealth creation. The institute has close links with international research centres, universities and companies, in order to exchange talent and develop and execute projects. The IBEC is a research centre dedicated to world-class interdisciplinary research, which through the creation of knowledge contributes to improving health and quality of life and generating wealth. Among the beneficiaries of the work carried out by the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia are universities, research centres, the scientific community, the business sector promoting research in the field of bioengineering and society in general.
The August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS) is the research centre linked to the Hospital Clínic. It is a centre of excellence that addresses high prevalence, morbidity and mortality. More than a thousand professionals work in one hundred research groups. The combination of basic research with clinical practice enables more efficient transfer of scientific advances to patients. With more than 1,100 articles published a year, it is the main biomedical research centre in Spain.
The Catalan Institute of Chemical Research (ICIQ) aims to promote and carry out research of excellence in chemistry. The institute aims to produce, promote and share knowledge, as well as train technical and scientific personnel in chemistry, transfer technology to industry, facilitate contact between basic and applied research and establish collaborations between the ICIQ and companies.
Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge (HUB) opened its doors in 1972 in Hospitalet de Llobregat. Together with Hospital de Viladecans and the Costa de Ponent primary health care centres, the hospital is part of the southern Metropolitan management area of the Catalan Health Institute (ICS). It is one of the 5 hospitals in Catalonia accredited as a third level hospital: offering the highest level of care. It covers all the medical specialities except paediatrics and obstetrics. It is a leading centre for transplants, imaging, heart surgery, digestive and thoracic surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmology and psychiatry. It is the community referral hospital for 343,172 members of the population of Hospitalet de Llobregat and El Prat de Llobregat. In addition, it is a leading centre for processes involving the latest technology for over 2 million inhabitants of the following districts: South Barcelona Metropolitan Area, Camp de Tarragona and Terres de l'Ebre. For over 25 years, the Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge has been a university teaching centre linked to the University of Barcelona, where it offers courses in medicine, nursing, dentistry and podiatry. The hospital is a leading international research centre and forms part of the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL), one of the only centres accredited with the highest level of research granted by the Carlos III Health Institute at the Ministry of Science and Innovation. The infrastructural resources available are: 31 operating rooms 204 outpatient clinics (including doctors surgeries) 1 clinical laboratory 52 pieces of high-tech equipment, including those managed by the Diagnostic Image Institute (IDI) and the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO) 742 beds and 1 international health unit.
The Hospital Clínic de Barcelona is a university public hospital with a centuries-long history. With a workforce of 4,500 professionals, it is one of the leading healthcare centres in Spain and the leader in scientific production. It offers high-quality care, biomedical research of the highest level of competitiveness, and great teaching dedication to training professionals. All of this is part of the excellence of balanced management, with the aim of providing society with cutting-edge humanised medicine.
Alícia, Food and Science, is a culinary research centre. The centre researches culinary products and processes, innovates and works to improve human nutrition, paying particular attention to dietary restrictions and other health problems, promotes an improvement in eating habits, and enhances the dietary and culinary heritage in the local area.
Alícia is a private non-profit foundation that was founded in 2003. The board of trustees is led by the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation, the Government of Catalonia and prestigious members of society. It counts on collaboration and support from leading scientists and top chefs.
Alícia’s goal is for everyone to eat better, or in other words, to have a healthy, sustainable, tasty diet based on local culture and traditions, adapted to any life situation they find themselves in.
The Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC) is the national supercomputing centre in Spain. As a research centre, we participate in more than 400 research projects and as a scientific facility we serve the scientific community and the international industry. With more than 500 R&D experts and professionals from all over the world, BSC is a centre that attracts talent. Our research focuses on four fields: Computational Sciences, Life Sciences, Earth Sciences and Computer Applications in Science and Engineering. The BSC Consortium is formed by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness of the Government of Spain (60%), the Department of Business and Knowledge of the Government of Catalonia (30%) and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (10%).