22 March 2017 2016 National Research Award Ceremony

Prof. Lluis Torner, Director of ICFO


ICFO Director honored with Catalonia’s highest award for research excellence Last night, ICFO’s Director Lluis Torner was honoured at the National Research Award Ceremony (Premis Nacionals de Recerca) organized by the Foundation for Research and Innovation of Catalonia (FCRi) and the Government of Catalonia. The ceremony, which took place at the Teatre Nacional de Catalonia, presented five awards that represent the highest distinctions in the field of research in Catalonia. With the awards, the government, via the FCRi, promotes the social recognition of outstanding researchers, patrons, companies and journalists.

The President of the Government of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, the Minister for Business and Enterprise, Jordi Baiget, the actress, Silvia Bel, and the President of the Foundation for Research and Innovation of Catalonia Antoni Esteve, presented Lluis Torner with the National Senior Research Award, which specifically recognizes a significant contribution to scientific progress on an international scale - in human and social, life and health, engineering, technology or experimental sciences. Lluis Torner dedicated the prize to all ICFOnians and, especially, to the generous support of Dr. Pere Mir and his foundation.

ICFOnians congratulate awardees in all other categories, including ICREA Prof at IBEC Samuel Sánchez Ordóñez, winner of the National Research Award for Young Talent; The “la Caixa” Foundation in the category of Scientific Patronage; the program “Dinàmiks” from Televisió de Catalunya in the category of Scientific Communication; and Centre Tecnològic de l’Aigua (Cetaqua) in the category of Public-Private partnerships.

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