From 1 to 4 July the Campus of International Excellence Southern Catalonia in conjunction with Rovira i Virgili University will hold the Southern Catalonia Nobel Campus, an event to be attended by six Nobel laureates in Chemistry, leading scientists and leaders in R&D&i from the chemical industry. The motto of the conference will be “Chemistry for Life”. The objective of the Nobel Campus is to promote intensive interaction between the Nobel laureates and the junior researchers who will take part in the event in an environment which will foment dialogue and the exchange of ideas, experiences and knowledge.
Representatives off all of the CEICS chemical cluster’s institutions took part in the presentation of the event.
The 100 junior researchers who will take part in the event are currently being selected. These will include CEICS master’s, doctoral, and post-doctoral researchers, and researchers from Catalan universities and Catalan, Spanish and European research institutes and centres. Researchers with excellent academic backgrounds will receive the opportunity to interact with the six Nobel laureates. The institutions will recommend researchers who meet the prerequisites defined by the organisation, and the Nobel Campus Scientific Committee will evaluate the candidacies. The process will conclude at the end of April. Some candidates will have the opportunity to present their research projects to the Nobel Prize-winners. The six recipients of the world’s highest scientific honour are Sidney Altman, Ryoji Noyori, Karl Barry Sharpless, Aaron Ciechanover, Richard R. Schrock and Ada E. Yonath.
Some of the event’s activities will be closed to the participation of the junior researchers who are selected. But there will be several open activities, including conferences with the Nobel laureates and directors of leading chemical companies as well as roundtables on energy and sustainability, health, and emerging trends in commercial innovation, in which leading international scientists will also participate. In order to take part in these open events, participants must register on the website www.ceics.eu/nobel-campus.
Supporters and collaborators from the CEICS Chemistry subcampus in the areas education, research, knowledge transfer, and management, will emphasise the chemistry cluster’s significant breadth and impact in the counties of southern Catalonia. Rovira i Virgili University, the Chemical Research Institute of Catalonia (ICIQ), Chemical Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTQC), as well as the companies BASF, BAYER, DOW and REPSOL will take part in the event.
The Nobel Campus is funded by the Ministry of Education under the aegis of subventions received by the CEICS from the 2011 Reinforcement Subprogram for the development of actions in the area of “Chemistry’s Contributions to Global Challenges”.