PhD in Biology from the Complutense University of Madrid. He is the Director of the MRC Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders at King’s College London. Winner of the ‘Banco Sabadell Award’ in 2008 and ‘Jaime I Basic Research’ award, given by the Generalitat Valenciana, in 2011, and awarded the Cajal Medal from the Royal Academy of Science in 2017.
Research Lecturer at the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA). Coordinator of the Oncology Programme and Principal Researcher at the Barcelona Institute of Biomedical Research. His most recent research focuses on the characterisation of the mechanisms that drive colorectal cancer. Winner of the ‘Banco Sabadell Award’ in 2010.
Professor of biochemistry and molecular biology (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). Key contributions to the field of invasion and metastasis: identification of the loss of E-cadherin as a biomarker of the progression of carcinoma cells; characterisation of mechanisms responsible for the loss of E-cadherin in carcinoma cells and identification of Snail1 as a repressor of E-cadherin and an inductor of EMT (EMT-TF) (together with Dr Angela Nieto), characterisation of other EMT-TF factors and their regulating mechanisms; identification of LOXL2 y LOXL3 (lysyl oxidase-like 2/3) as modular proteins of EMT and their role in the progression and metastasis of carcinoma cells (LOXL2) and the survival of melanoma (LOXL3).
Professor of legal medicine at the University of Santiago. Director of the Fundación Galega de Medicina Xenómica (SERGAS). The Medicina Xenómica group which he created and directs is formed of 10 research groups, various technology platforms and over 130 people. He has published 8 books and around 800 articles in international magazines. President of the IALM and advisory board member for various national and international research centres. He has received numerous awards, including the Premio Rey Jaime I de investigación, Medalla Adelaide, Medalla Galien and the Premio Nacional de Genética. Honorary doctor for various universities.
Neurobiologist and professor of cellular biology at the Universidad de Valencia, her group researches mother cells of the adult human brain and their potential use in regenerative medicine, and is part of the Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red en Enfermedades Neurodegenerativas (CIBERNED) and the Red Nacional de Terapia Celular (TerCel). Fariñas is a member of the governing board of a number of scientific companies, as well as a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). She is involved in the science programme of the Fundación Botín-Banco Santander and is currently head of the Biosciences and Biotechnology unit at the Agencia Estatal de Investigación.
Cardiologist and Researcher at CNIC and FJD. Translational researcher dedicated to the study of myocardial disease, from the mechanisms of the disease to the development of treatments, leading multinational clinical trials. He has published more than 230 articles and has received uninterrupted competitive research funding since 2010, including an active ‘ERC consolidator’ grant. Chairman of the European Society of Cardiology’s clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of acute myocardial infarction. Associate editor of JACC. Multiple awards, including the Princesa de Girona science award in 2010 and the Banco Sabadell Foundation Award for Biomedical Research in 2017.
Doctor in Medicine, since 2007 she has been leading the Genetic & Molecular Epidemiology Group at the National Cancer Research Centre. Her research focuses on pancreatic and bladder cancer, leading international epidemiological studies which integrate different levels of information, including omics data. She has published more than 270 scientific articles. She led the European Study COST EUPancreas (BM1204), she is a Board Member of the International Pancreatic Cancer Case-Control Consortium (PanC4), and the chair of the Research Work Stream of Pancreatic Cancer Europe (PCE).
Doctor of Medicine from the University of Seville (1978). Professor of Medical Physiology and Biophysics (1986) and Research Coordinator at the Hospital Universitario Virgen de Rocío (2001). Since 2006 he has led the Instituto de Biomedicina de Sevilla. He has completed postdoctoral stays in Paris, Philadelphia and New York. He has also been a visiting lecturer at Stanford and Columbia University. He is a member of the European Academy and the “European Molecular Biology Organisation” (EMBO). He has also been the President of the Spanish Neuroscience Society. Winner of national research awards: Juan Carlos I (1993) and Jaime I (1998) as well as the Medalla de la Orden del Mérito Civil (Medal for the Order of Civil Merit) (2015).
Holder of a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Valencia. PhD in Science from the Autonomous University of Madrid. She is an ICREA lecturer, professor of cellular biology at UPF (Barcelona) and a senior researcher at CNIC (Madrid). She is a member of the ‘European Molecular Biology Organisation’ (EMBO). She studies tissue regeneration mechanisms in illness and ageing.
Group leader at the Institute of Biomedical Research (IRB Barcelona), Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Barcelona (UB). Head of Unit 731 of the CIBERER (Centre for Biomedical Research into Rare Diseases Network).
PhD in Biochemistry from the Autonomous University of Madrid. Professor of Immunology at the Faculty of Medicine of the Autonomous University of Madrid since 1990 and Head of the Immunology Service of Princesa University Hospital since 2009. He is currently the Scientific Director of the health research institute Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Princesa. His scientific work notably includes his contribution to knowledge of adhesion, migration and activation of leukocytes, which has been greatly beneficial to the study of chronic inflammatory diseases. His contributions to research are reflected in more than 450 international publications, which have been quoted over 33,200 times by other authors, as well as an H Index of 90, demonstrating his interest and general impact. Lastly, as part of his scientific management activities, he has been President of the Immunology Commission of the Spanish Health Research Fund (1998-2000), Manager of the National Biomedicine Plan (2001-2005) and Member of the ERC Grants Evaluation Panel for Young European Researchers (2007-2010).
María Luisa Toribio is a doctor in biology, a research lecturer at CSIC and head of the ‘Interactions with the Environment’ department in the Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa-CSIC-UAM of Madrid. Her research has contributed to the current knowledge of molecular mechanisms involved in the development of T-lymphocites in the human thymus, as well as the identification of signalling pathways whose deregulation determines the emergence of pathologies associated with this process, in particular, T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL). This information has enabled the characterisation of essential molecular targets of the pathogenesis of T-ALL, which constitute the basis for the development of new therapeutic strategies.
Dr. Guillermina López-Bendito
Undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Alicante. PhD in Neurosciences. Since 2007, she has been leading her own laboratory and research group as CSIC scientific researcher at the Institute of Neurosciences within the Developmental Neuroscience Unit. Dr. López-Bendito has been recognised for her innovative contribution in the field of developmental neurobiology, making pioneering contributions to understanding the formation and plasticity of nerve connections during brain development, under normal conditions and in sensory deprivation models. Her research may inspire the design of tools capable of repairing defective neuronal connections in patients with congenital or acquired sensory deficits, such as some cases of blindness.
Dr. Arkaiz Carracedo Pérez
Dr. Daniel López Serrano
Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Murcia. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University (United States), he led an independent research group at Würzburg University (Germany), with the prestigious role of ‘Young Investigator Group Leader’. Since 2014 he has led his own laboratory as a senior scientist at CSIC at the National Centre for Biotechnology.
Dr. Borja Ibáñez
Graduate in medicine at the Complutense University of Madrid, and Doctor in Medicine at the Autonomous University of Madrid. Currently, he combines scientific activities by leading a research group at the Cardiovascular Research Centre (CNIC for its acronym in Spanish), with clinical activity through his role as an interventional cardiologist at the Hospital Universitario Fundación Jiménez Díaz. Furthermore, he also leads a group at the recently inaugurated CIBER for cardiovascular illnesses (CIBERCV for its acronym in Spanish). He has won awards in recognition of his contributions in the fight against cardiovascular diseases.
Dra. Nuria López-Bigas
Holder of a degree in Biology from the University of Barcelona. She is currently an ICREA researcher professor at the Institute of Biomedical Research of Barcelona, where she leads and directs a laboratory dedicated to researching cancer genomes. Winner of awards for her contribution to the development of new bioinformatics methods for the study of cancer genomes. Her work has paved the way towards classifying patients suffering from cancer in accordance with mutations in their tumours, and to making progress in the implementation of individual therapies which are more closely adapted to each patient.
Dr. Xavier Trepat
A physicist and engineer, researcher at ICREA (Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies) at the Bioengineering Institute of Catalonia (IBEC). He was the first to describe a new mechanism of physical relations between cells that can promote metastasis in cancer. With his team, formed by some 15 people, he has developed a new technology capable of measuring forces on a nanometric scale.
Dr. Salvador Aznar-Benitah
Holds a degree in Biochemistry from McGill University in Montreal (Canada). Since 2013 he has been principal investigator at the Stem Cells and Cancer Laboratory of the Biomedical Research Institute (IRB Barcelona). The prize recognised his discovery of the influence of the circadian cycle on the behaviour of adult stem cells. A finding that has important implications in the fields of ageing and cancer.
Dra. Almudena R. Ramiro
Graduate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Autonomous University of Madrid. PhD in Sciences and Extraordinary Prize for her Doctoral Thesis. Since 2011 she has led the B Lymphocytes Biology Laboratory at the National Centre for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC). Her research in molecular and cellular immunology has clarified fundamental processes in lymphocyte differentiation and biology, facilitating the treatment of autoimmune diseases.
PhD in Biology from the University of Cambridge. Since 2006 he has been a researcher at the Genomic Regulation Centre of Barcelona (CRG) and has become one of the youngest group directors at the centre and one of the most brilliant scientists working in our country. Lehner and his team have contributed to understanding the causes of genetic mutations that cause diseases and the role that chance plays in their appearance.
Dr. Óscar Fernández-Capetillo Ruiz
PhD in Biochemistry from the University of the Basque Country. Head of the Genomic Instability Group of the National Centre for Oncology Research (CNIO) in Madrid. Awarded the prize for his contribution to establishing the origin of cancer and, in particular, the mechanisms of damage to DNA caused by oncogenes.
Dr. Eduard Batlle Gómez
PhD in Biology from the University of Barcelona. Research Professor of ICREA and Coordinator of the Oncology Programme and principal investigator of the Biomedical Research Institute (IRB Barcelona). Awarded the prize for his research work focusing on colon cancer.
Dr. Joan Seoane Suárez
PhD in Biochemistry from Barcelona University. Research professor at ICREA and director of the Programme for Translational Research at the Vall d’Hebron Hospital Institute of Oncology (VHIO). He received the prize for his study of strategies for diagnosing and treating patients with cancer and, above all, brain tumours.
Dr. Óscar Marín Parra
PhD in Biology from the Complutense University of Madrid. Since 2014 he has been director of the MRC Developmental Neurology Centre at King’s College London. He was awarded the prize for his work on the biological origins of mental diseases, based on knowledge of the development of the cerebral cortex.
Dr. Benedicto Crespo-Facorro
PhD in Psychiatry from the Complutense University of Madrid. Director of the Psychosis Programme at the Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital and consultant in the Psychiatry Service. He was awarded the prize for his capacity for innovation and his numerous studies related with the biological origins of schizophrenia making use of neuroimaging techniques.
Dr. Manuel Serrano Marugán
PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Autonomous University of Madrid. Head of the Molecular Oncology Programme of the National Centre for Oncology Research (CNIO). Awarded the prize for his track record and contributions in the field of tumoural suppression to understand the phenomenon of cellular ageing linked to the production of tumours.
Chairman of Banco Sabadell.
Professor of Public Finance. Governor of the Bank of Spain and President of the Princesa de Asturias Foundation.
Head of the Structural Analysis and Microeconomic Studies Department, Economy and Statistics General Division, Bank of Spain.
Emeritus Professor of Business Economics at Complutense University. Chairman of CUNEF.
Professor of Economy at Carlos III University. Associate Researcher of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and Associate Researcher of the Toulouse School of Economics and the Cambridge University Energy Policy Group. Winner of the 2014 Banco Sabadell Foundation Award for Economic Research.
Trustee of the Banco Sabadell Foundation, Professor of Financial Economy and Accounting at the University of Oviedo, Coordinator of the Finance Department at CUNEF.
Professor of Economics at Pompeu Fabra University, Director of the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
Member of the Executive Commission and Governing Board of the Bank of Spain.
Economics Lecturer at the Centre of Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI). Winner of the 2008 Banco Herrero Foundation Award.
Director of the Centre of Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI). PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics and Fellow of the Econometric Society and the European Economic Association. He has been President of the Spanish Economics Association, Executive Vice-President of the Econometric Society and Chair of the Scientific Council of the Toulouse School of Economics.
Professor of Applied Economics. Former Rector of the University of Oviedo
Jury Secretary. Assistant General Manager and Legal Advice Director at Banco Sabadell.
Dr. Eduardo Morales
He has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Law from Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University. In 2006 he was awarded First Prize in the National Awards for Outstanding Law Graduates (“Premio Nacional de Fin de Carrera”), and Second Prize in the National Awards for Outstanding Economics Graduates. He was a professor at Columbia University and is currently a professor at Princeton University.
Dr. Eduardo Morales has been recognised for his research work on companies’ strategic decisions and how they contribute to their export performance and capacity for innovation. His line of research is focused on international trade with a particular interest in companies’ export performance.
Laura Díaz Anadón
Dr Díaz Anadón has a joint honours degree in chemical engineering and German (MEng) from the University of Manchester, and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Cambridge, Master's Degree in Public Policy (MPP) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Harvard University. She currently holds the chaired Professorship of Climate Change Policy at the University of Cambridge. At Cambridge, she is a Bye-Fellow at Peterhouse College and a Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (CEENRG). She is also a Research Associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. Dr Díaz Anadón received the award for her work on climate change, a project that combines core research with the development of public policy to guide the work carried out by governments and international organisations.
Holder of a degree in Economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and a PhD in Economics from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) she has previously worked as an assistant professor at the University of Stanford, and she is currently a professor at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Her line of research is focused on the economics of energy and the environment. Doctor Reguant has studied the function of auctions in wholesale electricity markets from a theoretical and empirical perspective. In these auctions different electricity companies offer their available electricity capacity at different prices. She has also carried out successful research in environmental economics. In particular, she has studied the carbon markets, comparing different mechanisms to reduce pollution. Her research shows that competition policies increase the efficiency of environmental policies.
Degree in Economics from the University of the Basque Country, and is a Doctor in Economics from the University of California, San Diego. She has been a research professor at the Pompeu Fabra University and is currently research professor at the University of the Basque Country. Her line of research is focused on the area of experimental economics and game theory applied to the study of social behaviour. A theme which stands out in her research is understanding individuals’ reasoning processes in strategic situations when they have not had the opportunity to learn from previous experiences.
Victor Martínez de Albéniz
Holds a PhD from the Operations Research Center of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) having studied engineering at the Polytechnic School in Paris and a master’s degree in Statistics and Economics at the Paris Graduate School of Economics, Statistics and Finance (ENSAE) in Paris. He is currently associate professor at IESE, where he has been undertaking his academic work since the year 2004. His line of research focuses on the field of operations management and, in particular, on the design and optimisation of global supply chains in the face of demand volatility.
Holds a degree in Economics from the Carlos III University in Madrid and is a doctor in Economics from the European University Institute of Florence. She is professor at the Carlos III University in Madrid and associate researcher at the Centre for Economic Policy Research. Her line of research focuses on industrial economics and, especially, on the analysis of the regulation and competition of the energy markets. Professor Fabra is a reference point on an international level in the electrical sphere, a highlight being her research into the design of auctions for the generation and distribution of electrical energy.
Gerard Padrò i Miquel
Holds a degree in Economics from the Pompeu Fabra University and a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has been professor of the University of Stanford and is currently Chair Professor at the London School of Economics. The jury underlined his track record of research in the field of Political Economics, in which he has made important theoretical and empirical contributions to the economics of development.
Emilio J. Castilla
A graduate in Economics from the University of Barcelona with a PhD in Sociology from the University of Stanford. He has been professor of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2005. The jury highlighted his track record of research in the field of economic sociology and his studies on the organisation of companies incorporating the analysis of social networks, professional careers and discrimination in the assessment of merit in organisations.
Marta Reynal Querol
Holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics (LSE), a master’s degree from the Pompeu Fabra University and has worked as an economist for the World Bank. Since October 2009 she has been a researcher for ICREA and is a professor at the Pompeu Fabra University. Her research analyses the importance of the personal and psychological characteristics of leaders in corporate and country financial results, which allow a more comprehensive explanation of macroeconomic and corporate results as well as of the probability of observing conflicts.
Jesús Fernández Villaverde
Holds a degree in Economics and Law from ICADE and a PhD in Economics from the University of Minnesota. He is a researcher for the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). He is the director of the FEDEA-Caja Madrid Chair and, since 2007, he has been professor in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. His line of research includes important contributions to macroeconomic analysis in the sphere of growth models, the labour market and fiscal policy, among others.
Pol Antràs Puchal
Holds a degree in Economics from the Pompeu Fabra University and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a researcher for the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), and has been visiting professor at the MIT and at Princeton. Since 2007, he has been Chair Professor of Economics at Harvard University. His research work has been based on the analysis of factors that lead companies to externalise and relocate their production, creating their own subsidiaries rather than contracting out to local suppliers.
Holds a degree in Economic and Business Studies from the Autonomous University of Madrid and a PhD from the London School of Economics (LSE). He has been professor at the University of Toronto and at the London School of Economics, researcher for the CREI (Pompeu Fabra University’s Centre for Research into the International Economy) and researcher at the Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies (IMDEA). He is professor at the Centre for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI) and co-director of the programme in International Commerce and Regional Economics at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). He has incorporated, for the first time, the effects of general equilibrium and establishes the ways in which industrial concentration leads to salary differences between regions.
Holds a degree in Economics and Law from the University of Valladolid, a master’s degree in Economic Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges and a PhD from the University of Chicago. He is currently professor of Economics and Strategy at the London School of Economics and director of the McKinsey Chair at the Fundación de Economía Aplicada (FEDEA). His theoretical and empirical approaches to knowledge acquisition and transmission within companies, as well as his contribution to the design of offshoring models in the knowledge economy, earned him recognition from the jury.
Javier Suárez holds a degree in Economics from the Complutense University and a PhD from the Carlos III University of Madrid. He has held the post of professor at the London School of Economics and is currently professor at the Centre for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI). The jury acknowledged his research record in the field of economic knowledge, fundamentally in the areas of banking economics and business finance, and his merit as an economist of prestige who has developed his teaching and research career at Spanish academic institutions.
Mauto F. Guillén
Holds a PhD in Economics and Business Studies from the University of Oviedo and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Yale. He is currently director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute, a research and teaching programme that combines business administration and international relations. He holds the Dr. Felix Zandman Endowed Professorship in International Management at the Wharton School and is also Chair Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and is on the Board of Advisors of Princeton University’s Sociology Department and at the Escuela de Finanzas Aplicadas. The Prize was awarded to him for his track record of research in the field of economic sociology and business administration.
Holds a degree in Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid and a PhD from the University of Harvard. He is professor of Economics at the Brown University (Providence), and has been visiting professor at the Pompeu Fabra University, professor of Economics at the Complutense University of Madrid, associate researcher for the Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies (IMDEA) and a visiting researcher at the CEMFI. The jury valued his research in the field of economic knowledge. Serrano is a world leader in his specialist area of game theory, where his work has consolidated him as one of the principal researchers.
Jose Manuel Campa Fernández
Holds a degree in Economics and Law from the University of Oviedo and a PhD in Economics from Harvard. He was professor at the University of New York’s Stern School of Business, holder of the Grupo Santander Chair in Financial Institutions Management and professor in Corporate Governance at the IESE. He has worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Bank for International Settlements and has been Secretary of State for the Economy. He is currently chair professor of Management of Financial Institutions and Corporate Governance at the IESE (University of Navarra). The jury agreed to award him the prize for his brilliant track record in research in the field of economic knowledge, as well as his contribution to the analysis and the formulation of alternatives that promote social welfare.
Xavier Sala i Martin
Holds a Degree in Economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Harvard. He has been visiting professor at the universities of Harvard and Pompeu Fabra, and associate professor at the University of Yale. He is currently Economics professor at the University of Columbia. The jury highlighted his outstanding research record in the field of the economics of economic growth and underlined his contributions to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Sala i Martín’s research focuses on public finances, social security and the monetary and international economy.
Economist. Professor Emeritus of the UPF and President of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST). PhD from the University of Minnesota. Member of the U.S. NAS. He has been Professor of Economics and Mathematics at Berkeley and of Economics at Harvard, as well as President of the Econometric Society and of the European Economic Association. Furthermore, he has been Secretary-General of the European Research Council and in charge of Catalan Science Policy for two periods. He has received the Pascual Madoz National Research Award.
Prof. Rosa M. Badia has a PhD in Information Technology from the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (1994). She currently carries out research activities at the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC) as team leader. Her principal contributions to research mainly lie in StarSs programming models, whose objective is to facilitate the programming of scientific applications in complex computing platforms, such as current multicore processors and cloud computing. The group led by Dr Badia frequently collaborates with funded international projects, such as the Human Brain Project. She was recently given the 2019 Euro-Par Achievement Award in recognition of her contributions to parallel computing and the 2019 Dona TIC award in the category of Academic/Researcher.
A Geology Professor, Prof. Isabel Cacho Lascorzs researches the ocean dynamics of the past and its relationship with different types of climate change. She developed her scientific career in Barcelona, Germany and England. Since 2008 she has been a lecturer at the University of Barcelona. She is the author of numerous scientific articles, and has focused her work on the Equatorial Pacific, and particularly, the Mediterranean. Recipient of the ICREA-Academia grant in 2013 and 2018. She is currently participating in one of the prestigious ‘Consolidator’ projects of the European Science Foundation.
Prof. Antonio M. Echavarren received his PhD at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) and after completing post-doctoral stays at Boston College and Colorado State University, he joined CSIC as a scientific researcher, before transferring to UAM as Professor, and lastly, to the Catalan Institute of Chemical Research as Group Leader. Among other awards, he has received the Gold Medal from the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society, receiving two ERC Advanced Grants and since 2018 he has been the President of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry.
Prof. Javier Fernández de Bobadilla is a lecturer at the Basque Centre for Applied Mathematics (BCAM). He holds a PhD in mathematics from the University of Nijmegen and from the Complutense University of Madrid. He is a member of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton. He is the Head Researcher for two projects, ERC-Starting and ERC-Consolidator, of the European Research Council. His principal scientific results include a counterexample of a conjecture by O. Zariski and the demonstration of a conjecture by J. Nash (the latter together with M. Pe Pereira).
Prof. Juan Fuster Verdú is currently a CSIC Research Lecturer at the Institute for Corpuscular Physics in Valencia. He is an experimental particle physicist and his scientific areas of interest are the standard model of particle physics and the search for new physics. Director of IFIC (2003-2007), Manager of National Plan of Particle Physics (2007-2010) and Coordinator of Physics and Physical Technologies at CSIC (2010-2012). He was President of the Commission on Particles and Fields at IUPAP (2014-2017) and Vice-Director for Technology and Innovation at IFIC (2003-2007). He is currently coordinating the European study for the future linear collider and is an Institutional Delegate for the CSIC in the Community of Valencia. In 2018 he was given the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award.
Prof. María Ángeles Gil Álvarez holds a degree and PhD in Mathematics. Her research has focused on Statistics and Information and Decision theories, mainly geared towards the analysis of fuzzy data (with a 20 month post-doctoral stay at the University of California in Berkeley with Professor Lofti Zadeh, the father of Fuzzy Logic). She is a member of editorial committees of JCR magazines as well as of scientific and evaluation committees. The most closely related areas to her work are Mathematics and Computer Science. She won the Medalla de Plata 2014 del Principado de Asturias (2014 Prince of Asturias Silver Medal) and she has been an IFSA Fellow since 2015.
Professor of Organic Chemistry and Director of the University Institute of Organometallic Chemistry 'Enrique Moles’ (University of Oviedo). He received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Oviedo and completed a two-year post-doctoral stay at the University of Berkeley, California (MEC-Fulbright intern). He has previously held the role of General Secretary of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry.
Prof. Lluís Jofre i Roca holds a PhD in Telecommunications Engineering (1982, UPC) and is a University Professor (1989, UPC), as well as a visiting lecturer at the Ecole d’Ingenieurs Electricité. (Supelec, Paris, 1981-82), Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, 1986-87) and University of California, Irvine (2000-01). He was the director of Escuela Telecom UPC (1989-94), Vice Rector at UPC (1994-2000), Director of Pla Catalunya in Xarxa (1998-2000), Fundació Catalana de Recerca (2002-04), EnginyCAT Program (2007-2010), Managing Director of Universities and Secretary of Universities and Research of the Generalitat de Catalunya (2011-2016). Head of Science at the Maria de Maeztu CommSensLab Unit in UPC. He is a fellow at the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, winner of the Narcís Monturiol Award and a tenured member of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans. He is the Director of Cátedra Telefònica (UPC) and of the Consorcio Mobilidad CARNET, as well as President of the KIC-EIT European Consortium on Urban Mobility.
Anna Sanpera Trigueros holds a degree and a PhD (1992) in Physics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1992. She has been a research associate of Oxford University (1993-1996) and Paris-Saclay University (1996-1998), as well as an associate lecturer at Leibnitz Hannover University (1999-2004). She has also been a lecturer for ICREA at the Autonomous University of Barcelona since 2005. Areas of research: Quantum Physics and Quantum Information. She won best research award at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2008. She is a member of the editorial board of the following international magazines: Journal of Physics B and Quantum. She is also a member of the evaluation panels of the European Research Council.
Professor at the Complutense University and Group Leader of Intelligent Biomaterials (GIBI), CIBER-BBN. She is an academic at the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Academy of Pharmacy. She is a fellow of FBSE and AIMBE. Winner of several national and international awards. She has been granted an honorary degree from the University of the Basque Country and Jaume I University. She is a pioneer in the field of mesoporous ceramic materials and their application in biomedicine. It was her work which led to the breakthrough discovery of potential biomedical applications of these materials, particularly in the area of bone regeneration and controlled drug liberation systems (Chem. Mater. 13,308-311, 2001; 2196 citations). She is the author of more than 700 publications, 13 patents and she has been quoted more than 43,600 times.
Dr. Nanda Rea
PhD in Astrophysics from the Tor Vergata University of Rome. Since 2016, she has been a CSIC scientist at the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE, CSIC-IEEC) in Barcelona. Her research focuses on theoretical observations and simulations of neutron stars –the compact and highly magnetic remnants of relatively massive star supernova explosions.
Dr. Rea has been recognised for her contribution to the field of astrophysics, focusing her research on the study of a class of neutron stars with extremely intense magnetic fields: magnetars, a particular type of pulsars.
Prof. Rubén Martín
Prof. Martín has a Degree and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Barcelona. After five years working on his postdoctoral research in the field of organometallic catalysis, in 2008 he began his professional career at the Catalan Institute of Chemical Research (ICIQ, Tarragona). In 2013 he was promoted to Associate Professor and subsequently to ICREA Research Professor. He is currently leading a research team of 17 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers at ICIQ in Tarragona.
Dr. Romain Quidant
Doctor in Physics at the University of Dijon (France). Since 2002 he has worked at The Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona (ICFO for its acronym in Spanish) in the field of nanoplasmonics, and since 2008 he has worked as a professor at ICREA, and is also the leader of a tenured group at ICFO. His area of research is focused on the study of the optical properties of nanostructures, known as nanophotonics. He has won awards for his contributions in the field of nanophotonics, which includes the creation and development of ‘nano optical tweezers’ which can trap particles as small as molecules and viruses without modifying them, which offers a very wide range of uses in the field of biomedicine.