Candidate profile

  • 1st year baccalaureate students who chose the science and/or technology option during the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • In the case of the Earth Sciences course, 1st year baccalaureate students can take part regardless of which type of baccalaureate they have chosen.
  • For the economics course, 1st and 2nd year baccalaureate students can take part regardless of which type of baccalaureate they have chosen.
  • Students must be enrolled in a secondary school in Catalonia, whether public, private or semi-private.
  • Students must have a good academic record, which must be accompanied by an enthusiasm, interest and curiosity for science, especially in the field of research for the chosen course.
  • Good level of written and spoken English. In some of the Mad for science courses, some of the sessions will be in English.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Enthusiasm to take part and commitment to taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the programme.
  • Not to be enrolled on another Mad for science course during the same period, nor to have been a participant on the Youth and Science or Nature Campus programmes.

Registration process

  • The entire registration process is online, through the programme's website. The programme will not accept documents sent by post or via email. 
  • In the permission form for the parent or legal guardian, each student can select up to a maximum of 3 Mad for science courses, in order of preference, that they want to be considered for during the selection process. For example: 1st choice) Earth Sciences, 2nd choice) Supercomputing, and 3rd choice) Bioengineering. It is not mandatory to fill in all three course options, for example, if a student is only interested in the Economics course, then he or she can apply for Economics only.
  • Each education centre will be able to put forward a maximum of 3 students in the first option for each Mad for science course. For example, an education centre may have 3 (different) students enrolled in the first option in each of the 10 courses on the programme; a total of 30 students enrolled. This means that each course will receive a maximum of 3 candidates in the first option, per school, and as many second and third option candidates as students have included on their preferences (there is no limit).
  • If more than 3 applications are received from a school (first option) for the same Mad for science course, all the candidates for the school for that course will be automatically deleted. 
  • Be careful! If your school has four or more baccalaureate options, please contact us.
  • In order to be considered as a candidate, the following is essential:
  1. Online submission of the permission form with the details of the student's legal parent or guardian.
  2. Online submission of the registration form to be filled out by the candidate. 
  3. Online confidential recommendation from the student's teacher for science, mathematics, technology, computer science and economics.
  4. Online confidential recommendation from the student's tutor, head of studies or school headteacher. 

Nominations that do not provide all the online documentation requested will be excluded from the selection process.
Submitting the application form does not guarantee direct admission to the Mad for science programme. All applications submitted will be part of the selection process.

Selection process

All of the applications will be assessed individually. In order to make the selection, the panel will assess the information and documentation provided by each candidate, which includes:

  • Student responses to the questions on the registration form, which includes the letter of motivation.
  • Confidential recommendations from the school: from a teacher in the area of ​​science, mathematics, technology, computer science or economics; and that of the tutor, head of studies or headteacher.
  • Academic record.
  • Level of English.
  • Motivation and enthusiasm to take part in scientific research experiences. 

Candidates who pass the first selection stage will be shortlisted and will proceed to the personal interview phase, which will take place until 27th November 2020.
The final selection will be announced from 30th November 2020.
The total number of students chosen from all the applications is specific to each course on the Mad for science programme.
All communication will be via email. 

The decision of the selection panel is final.

Programme fee

Once chosen for the programme, each student will pay the following registration fee to confirm their place:

  • 140 euros, to take part in the Economics course on the Mad for science programme.
  • 330 euros, to take part in the following Mad for science courses: Biomedicine, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Physics, Supercomputing, Mathematics, New technologies and Earth Sciences.

Payment must be made by 8th December 2020, after the applicants have been selected. Candidates who do not make the payment within the established deadline will be excluded from the programme.

The Mad for science programme bases the selection process on the candidates abilities. The Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation is committed to giving young people opportunities, and for this reason, it may accept candidate applications with documents that justify not being able to pay the application fee. Contact us at the e-mail of the program to apply for a scholarship once your application has been selected.

The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) collaborates with the Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera by awarding scholarships for students participating in the Mad for science program, 2020-2021.

Termination and cancellation policy of the Program

When the participant requests to withdraw from the program

In the event that the participant chooses to withdraw from the program voluntarily, without just cause, the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation will not refund any of the payments already made.

Only in the case where the participant claims that the cancellation is due to sufficiently justified personal reasons, or in those cases not provided for in these regulations, the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation may request accrediting documentation from the participant, and each case will be evaluated individually. The decision of the Foundation will be final.


As a general rule, the Foundation reserves the right to modify, unilaterally and for justified reasons, any aspect that affects the sessions of the training programs, without this generating any right to a refund of the amounts paid by the participant or his or her tutors.


Complete cancellation of the program by the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation

In the event that the Catalunya la Pedrera Foundation, due to internal causes, has to cancel the program definitively and completely once the payment has been made, and as long as the program cannot be run in another format, place or on different dates, the refund of 100% of the amounts paid will be reimbursed covering the period until the time of cancellation. These amounts will be refunded using the same method used for payment.


Cancellation of the program due to force majeure or situations not attributable to either the participant or the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation

Force majeure means any unforeseeable, unavoidable and overwhelming situation or event beyond the control of the parties (e.g. war, revolution, terrorist acts, border closures, epidemics, natural disasters, etc.). If the Catalunya la Pedrera Foundation is faced with a situation of force majeure that affects the development or continuity of the program, all those affected will be notified immediately, specifying the nature, effects, duration of the situation, if possible, and the measures that will be taken to deal with the force majeure situation.

If the complete cancellation is due to the health situation and to the restrictions or regulations in force at the time arising from the pandemic situation due to COVID-19: the Foundation will reimburse the amounts paid, with the exception of the 10% of the cost of the program, corresponding to management and organization expenses.


Application to the programme entails acceptance of these conditions. Any aspect not explicitly outlined shall be determined by the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation.