Dr Carlos López Otín is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Ovideo. He has worked at the Ramón y Cajal and Severo Ochoa de Madrid centres. He has also worked at the Universities of Lund, New York and Harvard. He combines his teaching with research on cancer, aging and functional analysis of genomes. He has won several prestigious awards, including the European Prize for Biochemistry FEBS", 25th Silver Jubilee", and the "National Research Award Santiago Ramon y Cajal".
Research Professor at the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA). He is the Coordinator of the Oncology Programme and the principal investigator at the Biomedical Research Institute (IRB Barcelona). His most recent research focuses on the characterisation of the mechanisms that drive colorectal cancer. Winner of the “Banco Sabadell Award” in 2010.
Chair and Professor at the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona. General Director of the Biomedical Research Park of Barcelona (PRBB) and of the Fundación Pasqual Maragall. His research has focused on scientific policy. In 2000 he was awarded the Narcís Monturiol Medal for scientific and technological merit by the Government of Catalonia.
Chair and Professor in Medicine at the Complutense University of Madrid. He is the head of the Cardiology Service at the Gregorio Marañón Hospital (Madrid). He is also the Scientific Cardiovascular Director at CIBER. His lines of research have focused on acute coronary syndrome and on cardiac regeneration therapy using stem cells.
Director of the Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), Professor of Endocrinology at the University of Barcelona. He is a senior consultant at the Clínic Hospital in Barcelona and a member of the European Academy. As a result of his research in the field of diabetes, he has published more than 300 original articles in some of the most prestigious magazines, and he has 4 patents relating to obesity, Alzheimer’s, haemostasis and epigenetic markers in diabetes.
Professor of Medicine at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Head of ERN and CSUR of Neuromuscular Disorders at the Neurology Department at the Hospital Sant Pau (Barcelona). Her research has focused on immunopathogenic mechanisms and new therapies in autoimmune diseases in the nervous system.
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).
PhD in Biology from the Complutense University of Madrid. Director of the MRC Developmental Neurology Centre at King’s College London. Winner of the “Banco Sabadell Award” in 2008 and "Jaime I Basic Research ", awarded by the Generalitat Valenciana, in 2011.
Professor of Research at the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) at the Biomedical Research Institute in Madrid. He is currently studying the effects of vitamin D in colon cancer.
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 in Rare Diseases Network) Vice President of the Spanish Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SEBBM).
Doctor of Sciences and director of the Laboratory of Lymphocyte Biology B at the National Centre for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC), where she is coordinator of the Department of Cardiovascular Pathophysiology. The aim of her research is to gain an understanding of these mechanisms and their contribution to diseases such as autoimmunity, cancer and atherosclerosis.
Associate researcher at the Colon Cancer Laboratory at the Biomedical Research Institute (IRB Barcelona). Her most recent research focuses on the characterisation of the mechanisms that drive the development of colorectal cancer.
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.
Head of the Microeconomic Analysis Division of Bank of Spain. DG Economics and Statistics, Bank of Spain.
Director of Supervisory and Regulatory Relations at Santander Group. Banco Sabadell Foundation Award for Economic 2003.
Professor Emeritus of Business Economics, Complutense University of Madrid. Dean of Financial Studies School at Complutense University (CUNEF).
Member of the Board of Trustees of Banco Sabadell Foundation. Professor of Financial Economics and Accounting at University of Oviedo. Coordinator of Finance Department at CUNEF.
Director at the Centre for Research in International Economics (CREI). Professor at the Pompeu Fabra University and Research Professor at Barcelona GSE.
Professor of Economics at Pomepu Fabra University. Director of Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
Professor of Economics. Professor of Economics and Strategy at London School of Economics. Banco Herrero Foundation award, 2007.
Advisor at the Department of Financial Stability, Bank of Spain.
Director of the Centre for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI), member of the Executive Committee of the Econometric Society and President of the Spanish Economic Association.
Professor of Applied Economics. Ex rector at the University of Oviedo.
Secretary to the Jury. Assistant General Manager and Legal Director at Banco de Sabadell.
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. President of the BIST (Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology).
Prof. in Information Technology from the Polytechnic University of Barcelona (1994). Prof Rosa M. Badia currently carries out research activities at the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC) as team leader.
Doctor in geology. Since 2008 she has been appointed as professor at the University of Barcelona.
Studied a PhD at the Autonomous University of Madrid. He joined CSIC as a research scientist. He then moved to the Autonomous University of Madrid as a research professor, and then to the Catalan Institute of Chemical Research as Group Leader.
He holds a PhD in mathematics from the University of Nijmegen. Prof. Javier Fernández de Bobadilla is a Ikerbasque Research Professor at the Basque Centre for Applied Mathematics (BCAM). He is a member of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton. He is the Head Researcher in two ERC-Starting and ERC-Consolidator projects at the European Research Council.
Physicist. Prof. Juan Fuster Verdú is currently a CSIC Research Professor at the Institute for Corpuscular Physics in Valencia.
Prof. María Ángeles Gil Álvarez holds a degree and PhD in Mathematics. Her research has focused on Statistics and Information and Decision theories, mainly oriented towards the analysis of fuzzy data.
Professor of Organic Chemistry and Director of the Instituto Universitario de Química Organométalica ‘Enrique Moles’ (Universidad de Oviedo). He is the General Secretary of the Real Sociedad Española de Quimica Organometálica (Royal Spanish Society of Organometalic Chemistry) and he leads a research group in organometallic chemistry, working in the field of sustainable development through the design of new catalytic transformations and asymmetric processes.
Prof. Lluís Jofre i Roca holds a PhD in Telecommunications Engineering. He is the Director of Cátedra Telefònica-UPC and of the Consorcio Mobilidad CARNET.
Anna Sanpera Trigueros holds a degree and a PhD in Physics. ICREA Research Prof at the Autonomous University of Barcelona since 2005. Her areas of research include Quantum Physics and Quantum Information.
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.
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.