For the second year in a row, the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) has recognised its researchers' R&D, dissemination, and knowledge transfer activities. In the second edition of the UPV Research Awards, a total of 33 prizes were awarded to different scientists from the academic institution itself.
"All of them are examples of the extraordinary scientific work and talent that exists at the UPV and make a fundamental contribution to positioning us as the best technological university in Spain", highlighted Rector José E. Capilla during the awards ceremony, held in the auditorium of the Nexus building on the Vera campus.
The gala was full of science, dissemination, humour, music, and magic with the UPV stamp. The Valencian magician Jandro took part, accompanied by Professor Jaime Gómez for the final trick; the Researcher of the Institute of Animal Science and Technology of the UPV, Fernando Estellés, humorously dismantled all the myths about the pollution emitted by cows in a five-minute scientific monologue. The music was provided by the Ensamble Musical Contemporáneo (EMC), integrated within the UPV Design Factory Programme.
In this second edition of the UPV Research Awards, 31 distinctions were awarded in ten categories: media impact of research, scientific dissemination, knowledge transfer, excellent research publication, excellent research impact, and excellent research career.
The first of the afternoon's awards went to Eva Garrido and Ramón Martínez Máñez, from the IDM Institute, for the media impact of the development of a new test that quickly and easily detects burundanga and cannibal drugs in saliva and drink samples. The award for scientific dissemination went to Purificación García for her commitment to disseminating information on the science-cuisine binomial, the Mediterranean diet, gastronomy and nutrition, and for contributing to women's visibility in science. In transfer, three prizes were awarded, in as many sub-disciplines, to José Ramón Serrano, Juan Francisco Dols, and Pilar Roig.
The award for excellent publication in research comprised six subcategories, and the winners were Maria Luisa Carrió; Mª José Díez, José Blanca and Joaquín Cañizares; David Barberá; Virginia Garófano; Laura Montalbán, Tatiana García, María Amalia Sanz and Eugenio Pellicer; Víctor Albiach; José Ramón Serrano, Ricardo Novella and Pedro Piqueras; José Alfonso Antonino; and David Gómez Barquero.
In the category of excellent research impact, the awards went to María Vargas, Hermenegildo García, Jaime Lloret, Javier Monsalve, Víctor Yepes, Alicia Cordero, Jaime Prohens and Enrique Orduña.
The awards for an excellent career in research went to Ramón Martínez Máñez, Camilla Mileto and Fernando Vegas, Ana Tomás, Avelino Corma, Víctor Yepes, Marisa Carrió, Mariano Alcañiz, and Jaime Lloret.
In this second edition of the research awards, the UPV also awarded two special prizes to two of the institution's leading figures: Pilar Roig, Emeritus Professor at the UPV and Researcher at the Heritage Restoration Institute, and José Capmany, Professor and Director of the UPV's Photonics Research Labs-iTEAM.