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Dona Kolors is a social entrepreneurship project. It is a clothing company created for women that offers a job and economic opportunity to women in a situation of social exclusion, in need of emotional, social and economic independence.

Dona Kolors was created in 2012 under the umbrella of El Lloc de la Dona (Place of Women), a Care Centre for women linked to prostitution and/or victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation, managed for more 30 years by the Congregation of the Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer in Barcelona’s Raval district. This centre offers reception and information services, social and health care, psycho-social care, guidance, training and job placement.

The Place of Women provides women who go there with the necessary tools for their empowerment, personal accomplishment and social and labour integration, the Dona Kolors workshop being a route of insertion for those women previously trained in sewing, thus closing the circle.

In addition, with the organisation’s various projects, we work on awareness and social transformation, denouncing those situations of injustice that affect women.

The Bosch Aymerich Foundation has established financial aid for 2021 to help promote this project that aims to find employment for women in situations of prostitution and/or social exclusion by developing a profession for them in the textile industry.


The 5th Edition of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation Scholarships was held on 20 February in collaboration with the “La Caixa” Foundation through CaixaBank, aimed at young students in the boroughs of Alp, Bagà, Das and Urús, the four municipalities through which the ski area of ​​the Masella ski resort stretches.

The aim of the grants is to contribute to the training of young people in these municipalities to guarantee a future of good qualified professionals in the companies of La Cerdanya and El Berguedà. The Foundation provides the scholarships in thanks to their inhabitants and also for their concern to give young residents of these boroughs access to higher education, given that good training is a guarantee for the future of this territory.

The handover ceremony, which was held on-line due to the pandemic, was led by the trustees of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation, directors of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation and CaixaBank, the mayors of these towns, directors of the Government of Catalonia headed by the Minister of Territory and Sustainability, the Hon. Damià Calvet, who invited young scholars to continue their training in order to bring future value to the La Cerdanya and Berguedà region and to consolidate their training to help achieve a more resilient country.

In this year's edition, a total of 49 applications were received (10 more than in the previous edition) with an average mark of 7.89 of the cases awarded (compared with 7.31 in the previous edition).

Twenty-five scholarships of €2,000 each were awarded in this 5th Edition, which were distributed as follows, according to the participating municipalities: Alp: 7 scholarship holders, Das: 5 scholarship holders, Urús: 5 scholarship holders, and Bagà: 8 scholarship holders.

Since its inception in 1979, the Gavina Foundation has been working in the Raval district of Barcelona to give an overall response to the vital and social needs of children, young people and their families in a situation of social vulnerability.

The Gavina Foundation promotes the quality of children's and family life by offering activities and services with the aim of carrying out compensatory action, always from a preventive and educational perspective, and as a proposal to break the structural circle of poverty and to contribute to improving the community and its environment.

2020 was a year marked by the state of alarm caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has triggered, and especially in the Raval district of Barcelona, ​​a considerable increase in families served by Gavina that have been severely and directly affected, some with the inevitable loss of jobs.

With this reality aggravated by the pandemic widening the digital divide, the Bosch Aymerich Foundation is collaborating in the project to support adolescents and young people for an education of equal opportunities through scholarships, which will benefit adolescents and young people in a situation of social vulnerability between the ages of 12 and 22 linked to the projects of the Gavina Foundation.

This project aims to prevent school failure and drop-out, to provide the necessary social and economic conditions for adolescents and young people in a situation or at risk of social exclusion to improve their education and achieve academic success and to enable adolescents and young people doing High School Certificate, Baccalaureate, Intermediate or higher vocational degrees, or University, to continue with their post-compulsory studies.

The project was presented by Mr. Ricard Huguet, trustee of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation; a collaboration agreement was signed on 5 November 2020 for a term of three years, until 2022, and was signed by Mr. Jorge Balot, Director of the Joan Salvador Gavina Open Centre Foundation, Ms. Elena Cabarrocas, trustee and Mr. Antonio Bosch, secretary and trustee of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation.

The International University of Catalonia (UIC Barcelona) started up in 1997 to offer quality university training and to promote research as a service to society. Linked to the business world and with a strong international character, it offers sixteen degrees, some thirty double international degrees and a wide range of postgraduate programmes on its two campuses, in Barcelona and Sant Cugat.

The Bosch Aymerich Foundation has signed a collaboration agreement with the UIC Barcelona to create the Bosch Aymerich Family Business Law Chair, with the aim of furthering in the study of the problem of family business succession from a legal standpoint. The chair, which will be offered by the UIC Barcelona Law Faculty, ​​was created with the aim of proposing legal reforms to help strengthen the legal status of the family business, with a special focus on the complexity of the phenomenon of succession.

Family businesses now account for 88.8% of the state productive economy, 57.1% of GDP and focus 66.7% of employment. One of the critical moments in the life cycle of such businesses is succession, when the various legal mechanisms in place to ensure it are put to the test. The chair will study the legal security and the issue of succession from the civil, commercial and tax spheres in order to avoid jeopardising the company’s continuity.

The research project, which will be led by Dr. Jordi de Juan, will be developed in two phases: a first analysis of the current situation of family businesses in Spain and their prospects for improvement, followed by the study of different solutions adopted internationally for their possible adaptation.

The agreement was signed on 10 July 2020 in the presence of the representatives of the two institutions: the Secretary and trustee of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation, Mr. Antoni Bosch and the Director of the Foundation, Mr. Rafael Faus, the Rector of UIC Barcelona, Mr. Xavier Gil, the Dean of the Law Faculty, Mrs. Pilar Fernández Bozal and the chair director and teacher at the faculty, Mr. Jordi de Juan.

The Catalan Association of Integration and Human Development (acidH) is a Public Utility entity that since 1994 has worked in caring for people with Borderline Intelligence and Mild Intellectual Disability. Its main function is to provide services to cover their needs at a social, employment and training level and is dedicated to improving their quality of life.

The mission of acidH is to improve the quality of life of people with borderline intelligence, through comprehensive care, regardless of their aetiology and whether there is any other disorder, so that they might achieve the highest possible degree of autonomy.

People with Borderline Intelligence are those whose intellectual abilities are just below what is considered normal according to the WHO. They also have a deficit in adaptive capacity, in at least two of the following areas: communication, personal care, home life, social/interpersonal skills, use of community resources, self-control, academic skills, work, leisure, health and safety.

These deficits make them especially vulnerable with personal, social, educational and labour difficulties in meeting the demands of their surroundings, it being necessary to adjust the support to each person.

The Bosch Aymerich Foundation is collaborating with acidH in the Study for Clinical Research with Patients with Borderline Intelligence, the help being awarded for a period of three years.

The project consists of:

•     Carrying out different clinical studies on improving the quality of life of people with Borderline Intelligence or Mild Intellectual Disability in areas such as cognitive deficit, lack of adaptive abilities or ageing.

•     This year, different cognitive tests and questionnaires were carried out on 30 people using acidH to be able to detect those aspects that might help to improve their quality of life.

For ethical reasons, those participants assigned to the control group will receive treatment at the end of the study.

The signing of the collaboration agreement took place on 19 June 2020 and was attended by Mr. Eduard Ballester, director of the Catalan Association for Integration and Human Development, Mrs. Elena Cabarrocas, patron of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation and Mr. Antoni Bosch, patron of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation.

The Chac Foundation is an organisation created by a group of relatives, professionals and those directly or indirectly affected by the experience of Rare Diseases.

The Board of Trustees of the Foundation is made up of professionals with a long history and who collaborate selflessly with the foundation, each one contributing the best in their field of activity.

Corea Acanthocytosis (ChAc) is a neurodegenerative disease, a form of neuroacanthocytosis clinically characterised by a phenotype similar to Huntington's disease (HD) that presents progressive neurological symptoms, including movement disorder, psychiatric manifestations, and cognitive disorders. It usually appears at the beginning of adulthood, at the age of 30 with cognitive or psychiatric symptoms. ChAc is currently untreated and treatment is purely symptomatic.

Images: ChAc Foundation

There are 1,000 cases diagnosed in the world and 50 in Spain. To date, there are not enough studies to develop a treatment to cure Corea Acanthocytosis, nor is there any treatment to help alleviate the pathologies caused by the relentless progress of this disease.

The Bosch Aymerich Foundation contributes to the ChAc Foundation for Research into Treatments for this disease by signing a three-year agreement to help new avenues of treatment for this rare disease to be studied.

The Spanish Federation of Diseases believes that Rare Disease pathologies currently affect a a large number of people, as according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are about 7,000 rare diseases affecting 7% of the world’s population. It is estimated that in Spain alone there are more than 3 million people with rare or infrequent diseases.

The collaboration agreement was signed on 19 June 2020 with Ms. Mª Pilar Tarragona, president of the CHAC-Researching to cure Foundation, Mrs. Elena Cabarrocas, patron of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation and Mr. Antoni Bosch patron of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation.

Collaboration agreement with the Association for Research, Training and Health Care in the Natural Environment, hereinafter the Mountain-medicine Association, is a non-profit organisation that mainly promotes mountain medicine training courses, offers health care in the natural environment and supports research projects.

For the past 5 years, the Mountain-medicine Association has been running multiple courses in the field of training for a broad group of people interested in and out of the region, to students who come from different fields and with different motivations, adapting the courses to their needs: basic courses in immediate health care, rescue courses for professionals related to health emergencies and mountain rescue, and continuity with the diploma in mountain medicine.

The health care offer is mainly aimed at covering races and sports events in the natural environment, from cardio-protection at mountain half marathons to emergency health care in long trails.

Another goal of Mountain-Medicine is to train health professionals to attend to an emergency in the mountains and in general in the natural environment, where the emergency services take longer to arrive than in urban areas.

The Bosch Aymerich Foundation, knowing the great effort involved in having good health care and mountain rescue professionals, has signed a collaboration agreement with the Mountain-Medicine Association and contributes to the awarding of a three-year grant for the projection of courses and the publication of mountain health care books, written by Dr. Enric Subirats.

The agreement was signed on 29 May 2020 with Dr. Enric Subirats on behalf of the Association for Research, Training and Health Care in the Natural Environment (Mountain Medicine) and Mr. Xavier Nolla, patron of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation.

The European Large Families Confederation (ELFAC) was set up in 2004, bringing together the Large Families Associations across Europe. The Confederation represents more than 60 million European citizens belonging to almost 9 million large families.

The Confederation aims to represent the social and economic interests of families with children in general, and large families in particular, as the most appropriate environment for raising children, integrating them into society and providing mutual support between generations. Its purpose is to promote, develop, and unite the movement of large family organisations.

The European Coordinator has promoted the creation of the European Card for Large Families, which aims to make it easier for large families in a European country to be accredited as such when travelling to another country and thus be able to gain certain public benefits and advantages and others achieved with associations for large families.

ELFAC General Assembly with representatives from different associations, Brussels 2019 -Image courtesy of ELFAC

Another of its projects has been to create the network of European municipalities for large families, which aims to set up a network of districts wishing to strengthen family support policies with specific plans and strategies to become certified as family-friendly municipalities.

In this area, the Bosch Aymerich Foundation expresses its commitment to this entity by signing an agreement over financial aid for the project of the European card and the network of municipalities in the current year.

The agreement was signed on 27 April in the presence of Mr. Antoni Bosch Carrera, Secretary and trustee of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation, Mrs. Elena Cabarrocas, member and trustee of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation and Mr. Raúl Sánchez, Secretary General of the European Large Families Confederation.

Projecte Home Catalunya is a Non-Governmental Organisation founded in 1995 that promotes people’s autonomy through the treatment, prevention and awareness of addictions in Catalonia. They have helped more than 22,000 people with addiction problems. They are a team of 160 professionals, between workers and volunteers with centres in Barcelona, ​​Montgat, Montcada i Reixac, Tarragona, Tremp, Tortosa and Balaguer.

The entity aims to improve efficiency in the care, treatment and socio-labour reintegration of people with addictions and their families, as well as carry out greater prevention of addictions in Catalonia, with an innovative and inclusive will, economic sustainability and with a greater capacity for advocacy and social transformation.

With the Horizon 2022 Project, the Home Project Catalunya entity seeks to culminate a process of innovation to be more efficient in tackling addictions.

The specific objectives in which the main lines of the Horizon 2022 Project are set out are the consolidated growth in Catalonia, increasing the knowledge of the organisation in Catalan society, increasing the social sphere, improving the entity’s self-awareness and deepening knowledge management.
The schedule of actions is structured over four years until the year 2022.

Images: Projecte Home Catalunya

2019 was a year of diagnosis in which a strategic plan was implemented to improve the entity’s information systems, the Service of Attention to Addictions in the Lleida-Pyrenees region was deployed, specifically in the town of Balaguer, and the First Aid Service in Barcelona was strengthened.

The current year has been aimed at the following actions: consolidating the Socio-Labour Insertion Service in the country, strengthening universal prevention also in the country and strengthening all teams by increasing the number of staff. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the entity to meet new needs in order to to adapt the different programmes and services to the new reality in a context of health, social and economic crisis.

For 2021, it is planned to deploy a Communication Plan, to consolidate the Addictions Care Service in the Lleida-Pyrenees region (Balaguer) and to start prospecting in the province of Girona for the creation of the Addiction Care Service in this area in 2022.

The Bosch Aymerich Foundation, with its commitment to the work of Home Project Catalunya and the field of health and education, has signed a collaboration agreement with the Gresol Foundation-Home Project to contribute to this Horizon 2022 Innovation Project for efficiency in the approach to addictions.

The agreement was signed on 25 March 2020 and was attended by Elena Cabarrocas, Patron, Antonio Bosch, Patron and Rafael Faus, Director of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation, as well as Oriol Esculies, Director of Home Project Catalonia and Jordi Feu, Director of the Management and Communication Area of the Gresol Foundation-Home Project.

The ITC Clínic Project aims to create a specific immunotherapy unit that provides an innovative physical space and the necessary means for the Hospital Clínic to advance in this type of treatment for different solid and haematological tumours.

Immunotherapy is based on directing the person’s immune system against their own malignant cells and stimulating the body’s natural defences. It is a smart way to fight the disease, since it is the body’s own defences that fight exclusively against the malignant cells, with fewer side effects. This type of treatment has proven effective where others therapies have failed.

Having achieved the milestones set with the ARI project, it has been possible to set a future scenario with the renewed objectives, given that the clinical trials of CART19 have already started in haematological diseases with good results in terms of effectiveness.

Now, the goal of the Clinic for the coming years is to advance in these trials, to consolidate the CART19 therapy in haematological diseases, and to develop other CARTs for multiple myeloma and TILs (Tumour Infiltrating Lymphocytes) therapy for other solid tumours (breast cancer), and to offer these treatments within the public health care system for paediatric patients and adults resistant to conventional therapies.

Images cédées par: Hospital Clínic

With its commitment to scientific research and health, the Bosch Aymerich Foundation has signed a collaboration agreement with the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona and the Fundació Clínic per la Recerca to create a specific immunotherapy unit and a clinical trial for a new CART treatment for patients with multiple myeloma.

The agreement was signed on 16 March with Mr. Angel Sáez, President of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation, Dr. Josep Maria Campistol, Director General of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, ​​and Dr. Elías Campo, Director of IDIBAPS and the Clinical Foundation for Biomedical Research.

The Miquel Valls ALS Catalan Foundation was created in 2005 in Calella (Barcelona) as a private and

Non-profit foundation, driven by Enric M. Valls, whose father died of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

that gives our entity its name. Before definitively acquiring the name of Fundació Catalana d'ELA Miquel Valls, it was also known as Fundació Catalana d'ELA (Elacat) and is currently the only non-profit organisation in Catalonia that works to improve the quality of life of people affected by ALS and other motor neurone diseases and provide support to their families, and which fights the disease by promoting research into it.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a neurodegenerative disease that affects the motor neurons of the brain, brainstem and spinal cord, which are the cells responsible for transmitting the order of voluntary movement from the brain to the muscles.

The degeneration of motor neurons, causes the loss of the brain's ability to initiate and control muscle movement. Consequently patients present muscle atrophy that progresses causing progressive paralysis. Apart from motor autonomy, the ability to speak, swallow and breathe are also affected.

The disease is currently untreated and no treatment is yet available to stop the degenerative process of ALS. Between 5-10% of cases are of hereditary origin (family ALS) but most cases occur sporadically and both endogenous (genetic and metabolic) and exogenous (environmental and lifestyle-related) factors are thought to be involved.

The diagnosis is difficult, as it depends on the doctor’s degree of diagnostic suspicion and is diagnosed based on certain clinical criteria, which means that in some cases it can be very long process in which families are caused additional anxiety.

Faced with this situation, work is being done to highlight the need for studies and research into the disease, because it is the only hope that in the future ALS will become a disease with a cure or effective treatment.

The Miquel Valls ALS Catalan Foundation offers comprehensive and specialised care at the social level, psycho-emotional and care for the dependent, giving support, advice, information and accompaniment to the families throughout the whole evolution of the disease and serving as a reference point both in homes and throughout Catalonia as the specialised ALS Units of the country’s main reference hospitals. They also carry out psycho-social and occupational therapy research. The Foundation also collaborates, encourages and supports translational research (clinical and basic research) into the disease both nationally and internationally, creating synergies between the different teams working on this type of research and the various sources of funding that may arise.

Within one of its areas of activity, the Bosch Aymerich Foundation has signed a collaboration agreement with the Miquel Valls ALS Catalan Foundation for a period of three years on a project that involves care in social work, occupational therapy (including a bank of support products) and psychology, for professionals specialising in the care of people affected by ALS/MND and the needs caused by the disease.

The care is given out at the home of the people affected by ALS/MND and at the different ALS/Motoneuron Functional Units of Bellvitge Hospital, the Hospital del Mar, and the Hospital de Sant Pau, where the Miquel Valls ALS Catalan Foundation is on the medical team with a social worker, an occupational therapist and a psychologist.

The agreement was signed on 9 March 2020 with Mr. Enric Maria Valls, president of the Miquel Valls ALS Catalan Foundation and Mr. Angel Sáez, President of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation.

The proposal of the Bosch Aymerich Documentary Collection arises from the will of the Board of Trustees of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation to preserve the legacy of Mr. Josep Ma Bosch Aymerich and create a definitive archive that can be consulted by interested researchers and serve as a basis for the dissemination and knowledge of his career and life. Given the limited national and international knowledge of his life and work. The documentary collection must be inventoried to become an accessible and easy-to-consult legacy, not only for architects and engineers, but also for researchers, historians, etc.

The person in charge of the project has been Mr. Emilio Moncada Durruti, an architect specialised in Building and Urban Planning and with experience in directing document management projects, in organising archives and computer applications, and with great knowledge of the sector, who has coordinated a group of assistants.

The conservation and inventory work of the Documentary Collection of Mr. Josep Ma. Bosch Aymerich started in June 2020, since at the beginning, in March 2020 it was interrupted by the covid-19 confinement. It has been six months of profitable work that have yielded very satisfactory results.

The approximate volume of the collection is 250 linear metres of documentation (boxes, folders, files, special formats, plans, etc.). The documentation was set out on delicate media (vegetable paper, photography, copy paper, sulphured supports, etc.)

The archive has a volume of 1,643 installation units: 20,504 plans, contained in 862 plan tubes, 772 boxes of documentation and 9 drawers in flat cabinet.
There were 2,743 entries or lines of information, 1,505 in documentation boxes and 1,238 in plan tubes.

The documentation in the current file, which includes architectural, urban planning and engineering projects, is a valuable resource for learning about and completing our view of Mr. Josep Ma Bosch Aymerich from the perspective of his work as an architect, engineer and urban planner. The archives of Mr. Josep Ma Bosch Aymerich are a huge patrimonial legacy of one of the most outstanding figures of the Catalan and Spanish world of urban planning and architecture.

The Spanish Association of Large Families (FANOC) was founded in 1990 as a social initiative in which a group of parents of large families voluntarily mobilised to improve these families’ situations.

FANOC now has the support of a team of volunteers made up of more than 50 members.

In Catalonia there are 126,525 large families, according to data provided by the institution, and 13,600 are associated. FANOC works to defend, protect and promote the rights and interests of large families. We also organise specific services and activities to meet their specific needs.

In this area, the Bosch Aymerich Foundation expresses its commitment to this group by signing a two-year agreement over grants to allow large families associated with FANOC to stay at the hotels of the Grup Bosch Aymerich in Masella.

The agreement was signed on 2 March in the presence of Antoni Bosch Carrera, Secretary and trustee of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation and Mrs. Emilia Tarifa, President of the Spanish Association of Large Families.

Participatory opera is a project that aims to focus a passion for arts in secondary school students on opera and to encourage them to actively take part in a show.

The Monster in the Maze aims to bring opera to secondary school students through music, acting and movement.

The opera “The Monster in the Maze” is a reinterpretation of the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur from a collective and participatory creation in which hundreds of young singers from various schools in the city of Barcelona share the stage with professional musicians and performing artists. It is a story of determination and survival that leads us to situate the action in the present, creating a parallel with the migration and refugee problems that are so affecting our society.

The overall artistic experience that young people will have for themselves will be very positive and impacting. The theme of the work and Paco Azorín’s interpretation of it, allow a comprehensive training project to be developed that involves various areas of knowledge, beyond the artistic and musical, and raises awareness to current reality.

Within its areas of activity, the Bosch Aymerich Foundation aims at education and culture. On 21 February, a collaboration agreement was therefore signed with the Gran Teatre del Liceu Foundation.

The event was attended by the Patron Elena Cabarrocas, and the Manager Rafael Faus, from the Bosch Aymerich Foundation, and General Manager Valentí Oviedo and Director Helena Roca of Sponsorship, Patronage and Events from the Gran Teatre del Liceu Foundation.

700 High School Certificate and Baccalaureate students, 20 schools, 50 members of the Oriol Martorell Children's Embryo Choir, 50 members of the Bruckner Choir's Embryo Youth Choir and 50 members of the Adult Embryo Choir of the Coral Càrmina are taking part in this edition.

The première of the opera, scheduled for 24 March, and the corresponding performances were cancelled because of the security measures established by the Government of Catalonia for the prevention of the coronavirus, and the Department of Education of the Government of Catalonia called for the suspension of all activities, bar educational and curricular, organised by schools outside the centre and which involve students from various schools simultaneously.

The Bosch Aymerich Foundation is studying the creation of a high-performance centre for winter sports that will contribute to increasing the standard of the country’s athletes, while enhancing the Cerdanya region’s prestige and visibility in the world of skiing.

This is an original project by Mr. Josep Maria Bosch Aymerich aligned with the mission of promoting sport. It is also believed that the project may also be an asset that contributes to a candidacy for the Winter Olympics in La Cerdanya.

The project is currently under study and research to validate the proposal to create the centre and analyse its format, model and key processes.

The main objective of the High Performance Ski Centre is not to seek the short-term result of a successful athlete, but to lay the foundations of a process to ensure "collective and massive efficiency", a production model with values ​​as opposed to an individual sporadic result.

The Bosch Aymerich Foundation is studying the creation of a high-performance centre for winter sports that will contribute to increasing the standard of the country’s athletes, while enhancing the Cerdanya region’s prestige and visibility in the world of skiing.

This is an original project by Mr. Josep Maria Bosch Aymerich aligned with the mission of promoting sport. It is also believed that the project may also be an asset that contributes to a candidacy for the Winter Olympics in La Cerdanya.

The project is currently under study and research to validate the proposal to create the centre and analyse its format, model and key processes.

The main objective of the High Performance Ski Centre is not to seek the short-term result of a successful athlete, but to lay the foundations of a process to ensure "collective and massive efficiency", a production model with values ​​as opposed to an individual sporadic result.

The goal is to train people in values. To offer a service structure in La Cerdanya for the snow environment, where we train people who can develop their potential as high-level athletes. The project has included analysing national and international "training - competition" centres to adapt the conditions of the High Performance Centre to the best of options, since in La Cerdanya there is no residence for athletes that combines studies and competition. Runners currently have to go to Vielha, Jaca, Andorra or the Alps. It is also necessary to design the details of the centre's offer, the keys to its implementation and to define the role of the BAF to validate the viability of the project for the BAF. The project that is being carried out is already in the intermediate executive phase.

FERO is a private foundation dedicated to promoting cancer research. The entity, founded in 2001 by Dr. Josep Baselga and currently chaired by Sol Daurella, is committed to translational research, a model based on the transmission of basic research results to the clinic, allowing patients to benefit more rapidly from scientific advances against cancer. The foundation promotes the Breast Cancer Centre of the Vall d'Hebron Hospital and the Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO), an institution internationally renowned in the field of oncology, among others.

For the past 10 years, the FERO Foundation has given its prestigious FERO Scholarships for translational oncology research every May and October to boost the careers of young researchers in order to support emerging researchers with disruptive ideas. The scholarships support two-year projects that provide new avenues for cancer treatment, diagnosis and knowledge. The Bosch Aymerich Foundation, in its commitment to cancer research, has signed a collaboration agreement with the FERO Foundation, which will allow an annual scholarship to be funded for three consecutive years.

This year, the awards went to four women. Dr. Antònia Tomas-Lloba, from the University of Murcia, who, with the contribution from the Bosch Aymerich Foundation, will receive the scholarship for her project “Circadian Rythm, Liver Cancer and beyond”. The research aims to gain a better understanding of the origin of liver cancer by investigating the molecular relationship between the interruption of circadian rhythms and the onset of liver cancer.

Dra. Antònia Tomas-Lloba
Photograph: Daniel Torralba

"Liver cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the world and is expected to increase by 62% by 2040. The causes are closely related to our rhythm of life and the constant rupture of natural cycles such as the circadian rhythms (a rupture declared a carcinogen by the WHO and IARC). The present world

situation highlights the importance of science in all its fields. Now more than ever, we are committed to science as an important base for our country’s development. Science and above all science,” says Dr. Antònia Tomas-Lloba.

Dr. Raquel Pérez, from the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO), achieved the award with the support of the Ramón Areces Foundation for her project “unravelling the tumour immunophenotype with deep-learning radiogenomics”. She aims to develop an algorithm which, using artificial intelligence, correlates the image of the CT scan on the characteristics of the tumour with the patient's immune profile and the response to immunotherapy. All this, so that in the future the simple application of this algorithm might allow the treatment to be personalised more effectively for each patient, by selecting the patients who will benefit from immunotherapy and identifying whether the patient is responding to it or not sooner and better.

And finally, doctors Cristina Saura and Míriam Sansó, also from the VHIO, were awarded the third scholarship, offered for the second consecutive year by ghd to a breast cancer research project. Under the title, “ctDNA in breast milk for early detection of Pregnancy Associated Breast Cancer”, they propose an innovative use of liquid biopsy in breast milk. The goal is to validate the use of breast milk for the early detection of breast cancer associated with pregnancy in order to help improve its current prognosis.

With a 10% higher participation than last year, the FERO Scholarships are consolidated as one of the most important Spanish projects to boost young research talent. The programme, which reached its 10th anniversary last year, aims to promote the development of Translational Oncology Research. The Foundation focuses especially on this type of research, because it allows the laboratory to be brought closer to clinical practice through the collaboration and leadership of all the players involved, so that discoveries take as little time as possible to reach the patients.

The agreement was signed on 17 February in the presence of Mr. Andrés Escarpenter, trustee of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation and Mrs. Piru Cantarell, Director General of the FERO Foundation.

The Bosch Aymerich Foundation is promoting the new FBA Fellows programme, aimed at attracting scientific talent. The two entities benefiting from the initiative are the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) and the International University of Catalonia (UIC Barcelona).Each of the entities will take in three fellows, who will do their research and teaching work over the next three years.

The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), a world-renowned institution that brings together seven research centres of excellence (Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), the Catalan Institute of Chemical Research (ICIQ), the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2)) and the International University of Catalonia (UIC), a young, dynamic, well-established and growing, prestigious university.

The agreement signed by the Bosch Aymerich Foundation, the BIST and UIC Barcelona aims, with the figure of the FBA Fellows, to give a special impetus to research and teaching excellence in the fields of health —precision medicine in particular— and the environment — specifically sustainability, including energy.

These are areas in which Catalonia has shown that it can make contributions to the frontier of knowledge and where, at the same time, it is very appropriate to train leading professionals (doctors, architects, and also entrepreneurs) for today's economy and that of tomorrow. Hence the need for collaboration between research centres and the university.

Today's society faces complex challenges in these areas, of which the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is a good example. Addressing them requires a cross-cutting and multidisciplinary perspective in order to drive frontier research and improve the training of new generations of researchers and professionals.

An important part of BIST research revolves around two of the fundamental and interrelated global challenges in today’s society: human health and environmental and energy sustainability.

For its part, UIC Barcelona focuses its research on areas such as biomaterials, tissue regeneration, ageing, metabolism, physiotherapy and health policies, among others. The FBA Fellows will be recruited through two calls that UIC Barcelona and BIST will make in the coming weeks.  The six new fellows are expected to take up their positions between September and December of this year.

The Bosch Aymerich Foundation has culture and architecture as one of its objects, within its scope of action. This year a collaboration agreement has been signed for this purpose with the Parish of the Immaculate Conception of Barcelona to restore the current spaces of the parish rectory, which is scheduled to take place over a period of 3 years (2020, 2021 and 2022).

This project aims to refurbish the rectory with a series of spaces and rooms used in the parish’s social action and where some maintenance work has been carried out since its construction, but which has never been fully refurbished, in order to cater better for the needs of the parish and the district.

The collaboration agreement was signed on 12 February in the presence of Mgr. Ramón Corts i Blay, representing the Parish of the Holy Conception, Mrs. Elena Cabarrocas, and Mr. Antoni Bosch, trustees of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the reopening of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, after the fire suffered in 1994, a hidden treasure has been rehabilitated.

For more than 80 years, the stained glass windows that illustrate one of Wagner's great works in the lobby of the Cercle del Liceu can now be seen from Carrer Sant Pau.

Restoration work on the façade of the Gran Teatre del Liceu has been carried out by the architect Xavier Fabré.

The stained glass windows of the Cercle del Liceu facing Carrer Sant Pau had been covered with wooden shutters since 1930. They could only be seen from inside the Cercle.

The great new development will be the intervention of lighting; in this sense the Bosch Aymerich Foundation has collaborated with the Gran Teatre del Liceu by providing an economic fund for the lighting of stained glass. Depending on the occasion and celebration, the façade of the Liceu will have different colours through the effect of the LED lights.

The project has not yet been developed. Different alternatives are being studied and are expected to be implemented throughout 2021.

On January 24, the Bosch Aymerich Foundation signed collaboration agreements with the Escola Bac de Cerdanya school, the Escola Llums del Nord school and the Pere Borrell Institute, in order to promote the participation of the schools of la Cerdanya and to encourage skiing among all the students of these schools.

The event was attended by Xavier Nolla i Varela, patron of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation and Director of Masella, Assumpta Vilaró, director of the Escola Bac de Cerdanya, Cristina González, director of the Escola Llums del Nord and Amaya Garcia, director of the IES Pere Borrell secondary school.

In this first edition, the students of La Cerdanya were able to enjoy skiing in the Masella resort thanks to the aid plan that the Bosch Aymerich Foundation, the majority owner of the resort, has provided to benefit more than 600 students by assuming the cost of transport, the equipment needed for skiing, the ski pass and meals on the slopes.

In future editions, consideration will be given to opening up participation to more schools in La Cerdanya, with the aim of extending the chance of skiing to more students in the region.

The Girona Institute of Biomedical Research (IDIGBI) is a research centre that belongs to the CERCA network of centres of the Government of Catalonia, and whose purpose is to promote, develop, manage, transfer and disseminate biomedical research, scientific and technological knowledge, teaching and training in the field of life and health sciences, mainly around Girona

The IDIBGI is structured with research groups and research staff from the field of health and biomedical research of the University Hospital Dr. Josep Trueta of Girona (HUJT) and the University of Girona (UdG), the Institute of Diagnostic Imaging (IDI), the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO) and the Institute of Primary Care (IAP) / Catalan Institute of Health (ICS) in Girona. The IDIBGI facilities at the Parc Hospitalari Martí i Julià in Salt are home to part of the laboratories and research staff who, together with the other researchers from the associated institutions, form multidisciplinary teams with different expertise focused on finding synergies and solutions to the health challenges of our surroundings, through translational research.

The Bosch Aymerich Foundation, with its commitment to scientific research, has signed a collaboration agreement with IDIGBI. This agreement will fund a predoctoral grant in the research project: development of new tumour therapies, led by Dr. Jordi Frigola Mas. The main goal of this study is to improve one of the main limitations of current treatments: their high toxicity. The development of new molecular tools, which allow cell proliferation to be stopped without inducing genomic damage, together with greater specificity for tumour cells, will reduce the toxicity of current tumour treatments and significantly improve the cancer patients’ quality of life.

The signing took place on 17 January in the presence of Mr. Angel Dutras, trustee of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation, Ms. Anna Ribas, directress of the institute and Dr. Jordi Frigola Mas, the Head Researcher of the Chromosomal Replication Group in which the research project will be developed.

Within its field of action, the Bosch Aymerich Foundation aims to help the well-being of the elderly and this is the reason why the Josep María Bosch Aymerich Grants have been created for the promotion and autonomy of people over 65 years of age.

The purpose of these grants is to help the elderly over the age of 65 or under the age of 65 with pathologies associated with old age, by paying part of the economic cost of their time at Stima day centres when they meet certain pre-set requirements.

There will be three types of grants:

Type A. For those people not classified as dependent and who are therefore unable to apply for the financial support.

Type B. For dependent people able to apply for the support.

Type C. For those people who have a family income below the minimum inter professional wage, whether or not they are able to receive the support linked to the service. Only for users with 5, 3 or 2 full days.

The grants will be applied for a time depending on the type of grant awarded, and a monthly economic check will be made in which the Foundation will be informed in an updated balance of the status of the grants.

The Stima day centres are located in Madrid, in the Aluche, Embajadores and Moratalaz areas. They are establishments totally designed to provide the elderly with the highest level of comfort and adaptation to the different activities carried out in the centres, which follow permanent, progressive and adapted routines for their patients.

The idea of ​​collaborating with Stima arises from the good practice that is being exercised with the elderly in these day centres and specifically that of Moratalaz, which was welcomed by residents as it was an area with few services.

The Family Ski Club is a sports organisation created in 2013 on the initiative of families committed to their children’s education and development, in response to the existing offer of ski clubs.

Image courtesy of: Family Ski Club

The entity prioritises the values in education (in this case of a sports discipline) such as respect, effort, service vocation, and the values that reside in the family: the sharing of free time together, parents and children, friends and colleagues, in natural surroundings and with sport as a catalyst.

Image courtesy of: Family Ski Club

The Family Ski Club currently offers its skiing activities in the Catalan Pyrenees, in Spain, with highly qualified and experienced instructors.

The Club also organises other social and leisure activities focused on families and this sport.

In this area, the Bosch Aymerich Foundation expresses its commitment to this group with the signing of a three-year agreement for partial aid to help allow the families of the Family Ski Club, mostly large families, to buy the season pass. The agreement was signed on 13 January in the presence of Mr. Antoni Bosch Carrera, Secretary and trustee of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation, Mrs. Elena Cabarrocas, member and trustee of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation and Mr. Jesús Rico Flor, President of the Family Ski Club.

The SOM VIA Group is a structure of four entities with social value: the Via Activa Foundation, the Viaclara Foundation, the Via Assistencial Foundation and SOM VIA Consultancy.

Each entity is aimed at a different group, but under the cohesion of a common work with more than 25 years of experience that, through an innovative and rigorous model, provides society with different resources, services and programmes committed to people with special needs, vulnerability and diverse behaviour, as well as the construction of reasons for living and also committed to the transformation of the environment. It is from this commitment and experience that the Awake Minds Programme was created as a training and prevention itinerary in mental health, led by people with a diagnosis and aimed at students of High School, Baccalaureate and Intermediate and Higher Vocational Training, and universities in the city of Barcelona and province.

The aim is to create community participation and promote healthy habits, as well as to bring together the realities and prevention of mental illness among young people, students and future professionals. It is also an action of positioning in the face of the stereotypes, prejudices and stigma that abound in society.

The Programme sets up a double space; training on the one hand, but also allowing people with experience in mental health to be the real protagonists, to be the key agents of change and transmission of expert knowledge. Awake Minds is a life lesson.

The Awake Minds Programme consists of several main actions: a presentation given at schools, with the previous delivery of work material and a practical activity consisting of the knowledge of the daily activity and operation of the Mascaró Residence Home, one of the Group's resources for people with mental illness.

The Awake Minds Film Competition is also being organised to use audiovisual as an educational tool.

This programme therefore links with the social commitment maintained by the SOM VIA Group with people and society, understanding that education is the fundamental key to making real and effective the participation of all citizens in society.

It is in this sense and with the conviction of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation in promoting the growth of society and continuing to transform views and attitudes, that on 13 January 2020 a collaboration agreement was signed to give support for three consecutive years to the Awake Minds Programme so that, inside and beyond the classroom, students, teachers, families and speakers might rethink and transform realities and diversities.

Bosch Aymerich Foundation Training Room, SOM VIA Group Headquarters

The signing of the Collaboration Agreement took place on 13 January with the President of the Via Activa Foundation, Mr. Jaume Viaplana Miralles and Mr. Andrés Escarpenter Ferran, patron of the Bosch Aymeric Foundation.