Maria Pau Ginebra, Eduard Alarcón, Marcel Guardia and Maria Teresa Martínez-Seara are some of the 45 prize winners (out of 324 candidates) in the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) awards. They received ICREA Acadèmia prizes in the 2018 edition, worth 40,000 euros a year during the period from 2019 to 2023. The aim of the award is to foster and recognise research excellence.
Maria Pau Ginebra, who was recognised in the Engineering Sciences area, had already received the ICREA Acadèmia award on two previous occasions: in 2008 and in 2013. This director of the division of the Research Centre for Biomedical Engineering (CREB UPC) will focus her research on the design of biomaterials for bone tissue regeneration, using biomimetic strategies, that is, strategies inspired by the characteristics of natural bone components. The idea is to design materials that can interact with cells in the human organism to guide their functions towards regeneration.
Currently, Maria Pau Ginebra is responsible for the Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering (BBT) research group, and a member of the Barcelona Research Center in Multiscale Science and Engineering of Barcelona.
Eduard Alarcón also received an award in the Engineering Sciences area. He is responsible for the research group Energy Processing and Integrated Circuits (EPIC) and forms part of the Power Electronics Research Centre (PERC).
Maria Teresa Martínez-Seara, head of the Dynamical Systems (DS) research group at the UPC, won a prize in the area of Experimental Sciences and Mathematics. Marcel Guardia Munarriz, a member of the same research group, also won a prize in the same area.
The awards ceremony will be held this spring.
Twenty ICREA Acadèmia researchers from the UPC
The ICREA Acadèmia programme is aimed at teaching staff and doctoral researchers who are permanently associated with public universities in Catalonia.
From the first edition of the programme in 2008 until this ninth edition, launched in September 2016, a total of 224 awards have been given. Currently, there are 115 researchers working in the framework of the programme, of which 20 are currently from the UPC.
In the area of Engineering Sciences, fourteen UPC lecturers are currently strengthening their research in the framework of the programme. In addition to Eduard Alarcón and Maria Pau Ginebra (2018) are Irene Arias, Albert Cabellos, Ramon Codina and Jordi Martorell (since 2016); Cristina Masoller, Marino Arroyo, David Carrera and Luis Velasco (2015); and Santiago Badia, Adriano Camps, Antonio González and Jordi Llorca (2014).
In the area of Experimental Sciences and Mathematics, the ICREA Acadèmia prize winners at the UPC are, in addition to Marcel Guardia Munarriz and Maria Teresa Martínez-Seara (2018), the lecturer Eva Miranda (since 2016), Carles Alemán (2015), Romulado Pastor-Satorras (2014) and Juan Pérez Torres (2014).