What is the Exporecerca Jove Award?

The Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation offers the ‘Special Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation Award’ at the Exporecerca Jove event sponsored by MAGMA (Association to Promote Young Research), continuing with its focus on helping talented young scientists attain and foster excellence in the sphere of research.

The award, which has been given out since 2011, consists in participation in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the largest research fair for pre-university students and one of the most prestigious in the world.

This award joins the Special Intel award sponsored by Intel since 2011 as well, so that a second research project can participate in the international contest. The exhibition of research projects is held in a different city in the United States every year.

Winners

2021 - Andrea Camí, Carla Caro, Martí Cousillas, Pedro Gefaell and Bru Gómez

Andrea Camí Bonet

Project: Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model organism to study HOG1 and mammalian homologous p38 pathway.

Award: Participation in the virtual fair Regeneron ISEF 2021.

 

Carla Caro Villanova

Project: Quantum annealing: an insight into its corrent potential.

Award: Participation in the virtual fair Regeneron ISEF 2021.

 

Martí Cousillas Almar

Project: The cleanest energy: microbial fuel cells.

Award: Participation in the virtual fair Regeneron ISEF 2021.

 

Pedro Gefaell i Guillermo Canosa

Project: The microbial cellulose of kombucha, ecological material of the 21st Century.

Award: Participation in the virtual fair Regeneron ISEF 2021.


Bru Gomez Bonilla

Project: Relationships between fluid and crystallized intelligence and the volume of hippocampal subareas. A study with standardized tests and MRI.

Award: Participation in the virtual fair Regeneron ISEF 2021.

 

2019 - Marta Pantin and Malena Gronda

Marta Pantin and Malena Gronda

Project: The impact of the level of spiciness of a pepper on the rate of growth of bacterial colonies.

Award: Participation in Intel ISEF 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona.

2018 - Joel Romero Hernández, Ignasi Segura Vicente and Javier López-Contreras González

Joel Romero Hernández (La Pedrera Science Fellow since 2016)

Project: VANGUARD: Variable Alterations Network for the Generation of a Universal Automatic Research-based Diagnostic

Award: Participation in Intel ISEF 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Ignasi Segura Vicente (La Pedrera Science Fellow since 2018) and Javier López-Contreras González (La Pedrera Science Fellow since 2017)

Project: Heuristic redesign of the Hungarian Algorithm for an automated asteroid detection

Award: Participation in Intel ISEF 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 3rd prize in the Systems Software category at Intel ISEF and 2nd special prize from NASA.

2017 - Queralt Portell de Montserrat and Joel Romero Hernández

Queralt Portell de Montserrat ( La Pedrera Science Fellow since 2016)

Project: Study of the change of the halomass in galaxies depending on their proximity to filaments in the universe

Award: Participation in Intel ISEF 2017 in Los Angeles, California

In the same edition, the ‘Intel Special Award’ from the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation was won by:

Joel Romero Hernández (La Pedrera Science Fellow since 2016)

Project: Design of a telepresence system to operate at Mars surface in a pre-colonial context

Award: Participation in Intel ISEF 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 2nd NASA prize.

2016 - Maite Molins Colomer and Mònica Sagrera Cozar

Maite Molins Colomer

Project: Design of polymeric replica of the human aortic arch for in vitro experimentation

Award: Participation in Intel ISEF 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona

In the same edition, the ‘Intel Special Award’ from the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation was won by:

Mònica Sagrera Cozar (La Pedrera Science Fellow since 2014)

Project: Evaluation of the use of sniffing dogs to detect red palm weevil presence

Award: Participation in Intel ISEF 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona

2015 - Inés Martínez Saludes

Inés Martínez Saludes (La Pedrera Science Fellow since 2014)

Project: From EEG (electroencephalogram) to image. The graphic representation of brain activity 

Award: Participation in Intel ISEF 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

2014 - Sergi Macià Muñoz

Sergi Macià Muñoz (La Pedrera Science Fellow since 2013)

Project: From the Antibiotic Resistance Acquisition by Bacteria to the Impact of Resistant Tuberculosis on Society through a Computer Modelling

Award: Participation in Intel ISEF 2014 in Los Angeles, California. 3rd prize in the Microbiology category at Intel ISEF.

2013 - Victoria Englert González

Victoria Englert González (La Pedrera Science Fellow since 2011)

Project: Communication pathway between neurons via optogenetics

Award: Participation in Intel ISEF 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona