on July 23, 2010

Roger Guimerà has has been awarded the Catalan Research Award in the category of Young Researchers. These new awards aim at increasing social recognition of science and, particularly, of the scientific activities of researchers working in Catalonia. They are awarded in two categories--Scientific Career and Yong Researchers. The Scientific Career award has been awarded to ecologist Josep Peñuelas i Reixac.

Roger has been awarded the prize for his "methodological contributions the the study of complex networks" and for his contribution to developing "scientific knowledge in areas as diverse as the identification of key proteins in cellular processes, of important regions of the brain, of certain organizations in socio-economic environments, or the identification of enzymes that can be good targets for drugs."

The jury of this first edition of the Awards included: Lourdes Arana, director of the Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT); Alícia Casals, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC); Josefina Castellví, Institut de Ciències del Mar de Barcelona; Carme Claver, Universitat Rovira i Virgili; Josep Enric Llebot, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB); Albert Esteve, UAB; and Albert Castellanos, director of Talència.

The Awards ceremony will take place during the forthcoming month of September.

Official press release (in Catalan) is available [here.]:(http://www.talencia.cat/salapremsa/Pagines/Josep-Penuelas-Roger-Guimera-guanyen-els-nous-Premis-de-Recerca-de-Catalunya.aspx)