The acting Minister of Science and Innovation, Diana Morant, has announced the people awarded the National Research Awards 2023, which are the most important recognition in Spain in the field of scientific research. Endowed with 30,000 euros for each modality, they distinguish those researchers from Spain who stand out for their career and international relevance in their respective research areas. They also recognize the merit of young people – with a maximum age of 40 – who have achieved relevant achievements in the early stages of their careers.
The ‘Santiago Ramón y Cajal’ National Research Award, in the area of Biology, has been awarded to José López Barneo for “his brilliant career” in life and pioneering contributions to advances of great impact in the field of cellular physiology and neurobiology. molecular, such as the understanding of the mechanisms of oxygen regulation of respiration, the discovery of stem cells in the carotid body and the development of new strategies for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.
The ‘Margarita Salas’ National Research Prize for Young People, in the area of Biology, has been awarded to Miguel Ángel Mompeán García for his innovative and multidisciplinary vision of biology, applying techniques at the forefront of chemistry and structural biology.
In the area of Engineering and Architecture, the ‘Leonardo Torres Quevedo’ National Research Award has been awarded to Francisco Javier Llorca Martínez for the pioneering nature and leadership of his research in the field of Computational Materials Engineering, highlighting his contributions to the development of novel multi-scale modeling strategies that have had a great impact on different industrial sectors.
The ‘Matilde Ucelay’ National Research Prize for Young People, in the area of Engineering and Architecture, has been awarded to Daniel García González for the originality and disruptive and interdisciplinary nature of his fundamental contributions in the conceptualization of multifunctional and intelligent materials, as well as such as its applications in bioengineering.
Regarding the Humanities Area, the ‘Ramón Menéndez Pidal’ National Research Prize has been awarded to Felipe Criado Boado for his pioneering and innovative contributions to archeology that have contributed to the understanding of how human societies have interacted and modified the landscape in the course of history. The ‘María Moliner’ National Research Prize for Young People has been awarded to Idoia Murga Castro for her brilliant career and interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary leadership in the Humanities. The jury has especially highlighted her figure as a reference in dance studies, being a pioneer in the opening of a Choreological Laboratory, and her international career. Murga is a senior scientist in the Department of Art History and Heritage of the CSIC History Institute.
In the area of Medicine and Health Sciences, the ‘Gregorio Marañón’ National Research Award has been awarded to Luis Enjuanes Sánchez for the excellence and impact of his work that make him a reference in the field of virology. The ‘Gabriella Morreale’ National Research Award for Young People has been awarded to Rodrigo Fernández Jiménez for the quality and relevance of his research work in preventive medicine and the current challenges in the field of cardiology.
Regarding the area of Material Resources Sciences and Technologies, the ‘Alejandro Malaspina’ National Research Award has been awarded to Josep Peñuelas Reixach for his extensive scientific career as an international reference in global change research, as well as his leadership in innovation. technological and informative work in this area. The ‘Ángeles Alvariño’ National Research Prize for Young People has been awarded to Marta Martínez Sanz for the excellence of her multidisciplinary research, which is having outstanding social and economic relevance from an environmental point of view.
In the area of Physical, Materials and Earth Sciences, the ‘Blas Cabrera’ National Research Award has been awarded to Ángel Rubio Secades for his extraordinary career and scientific excellence, highlighting his work in solid state computational physics, predicting new nanoscale material properties and, more recently, new non-equilibrium phases of matter.
The National Research Prize for Young People ‘Felisa Martín Bravo’ has been awarded to Francisco Pelayo García de Arquer for his pioneering and interdisciplinary contributions to the fields of physics, chemistry and materials sciences, with relevant applications in the generation of clean energy and in the development of optoelectronic elements.
In the area of Chemical Science and Technologies, the ‘Enrique Moles’ National Research Award has been awarded to Jesús Jiménez Barbero for his excellent scientific career, highlighting his contributions to the understanding of the mechanisms that regulate the molecular recognition processes between carbohydrates and proteins.
The ‘María Teresa Toral’ National Research Award for Young People has been awarded to Silvia Osuna Oliveras for her excellent scientific career, her impact and high international recognition and for her curricular career, having obtained competitive projects of the highest level.
In the area of Technology Transfer, the ‘Juan de la Cierva’ National Research Award has been awarded to Javier García Martínez for his outstanding research and innovative career with fundamental contributions in the field of nanomaterials chemistry, among which the design and the manufacture of low-temperature solar cells with record efficiency, new techniques for incorporating nanoporosity into catalysts, and a new synthetic route for the production of multifunctional nanomaterials.
The ‘Ángela Ruiz Robles’ National Research Prize for Young People has been awarded to Gonzalo Murillo Rodríguez for the quality and originality of his scientific production and its transfer and dissemination.
In the area of Mathematics and Information and Communications Technologies, the ‘Julio Rey Pastor’ National Research Award has been awarded to Diego Córdoba Gazolaz for the originality and impact of his research and methods introduced in the area of equations of fluid mechanics, as well as his extraordinary training work.
The ‘María Andresa Casamayor’ National Research Prize for Young People, in the area of Mathematics and Information and Communications Technologies, has been awarded to Xavier Ros Otón for the development of new and fundamental techniques in the area of derivative equations partial, among which his study of free boundary problems that model the transition between different states of matter stands out.
Finally, in the area of Law and Economic and Social Sciences, the ‘Pascual Madoz’ National Research Prize has been awarded to Manuel Arellano González for his contributions to the field of econometrics.
The ‘Clara Campoamor’ National Youth Research Award has been awarded to Mónica Martínez Bravo for her original and influential contributions to burning challenges in the areas of economic development and political economy.
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