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.