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Awards for Scientific Research into Urban Challenges in the City of Barcelona 2020
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The Barcelona City Council boosts the Awards for Scientific Research into Urban Challenges in the City of Barcelona 2020.

These new awards are intended for all members of the scientific community up to the age of 40 and in any branch of knowledge. The main aims are to stimulate and boost Barcelona's young talent, and to provide support for innovative projects that comprehensively rethink the city model.


Research topics

The projects submitted for the call for applications for the award must be for tackling urban challenges during the covid crisis, and fall within the framework of one or several of the following issues in the context of the city of Barcelona and, if necessary, the metropolitan environment:

  • Population density, public space and social well-being
  • Social well-being in relation to housing and basic services
  • Sustainable mobility of people and products
  • Climate emergency and city
  • Quality ageing, children and city
  • City and visitors
  • New spaces and productive models in the city
  • Sustainable food and city
  • Technology and improving public health services


Awards and conditions

The call has a total budget of 1.2 million euros, which will be distributed among the various winning projects, with awards ranging from 30,000 euros to 100,000 euros. It is open to projects and research in the fields of social sciences and the humanities, in addition to natural and experimental sciences, the exact and formal sciences and engineering and applied sciences. The decision on the winning projects will be published before the end of the year.


Award-winning projects

Fifteen research projects were awarded out of a total of 65 that were submitted. All the proposals were prepared by members of the scientific community under the age of 40, as the call for proposals was made with the intention of stimulating and strengthening young talent in Barcelona. The response has been a success and, moreover, a female success, as both the participating projects and the 15 award winners (with 23 beneficiaries) have been created mainly by women.

The themes for the proposals were limited, but there wasn’t any restriction on the type of project, format or field of scientific research, as the aim of these awards is to rethink the city from any approach or area of knowledge. In relation to the format of the proposals, the call also did not restrict the type of research, in order to open up the possibility of presenting or combining different fields such as pure scientific research, applied, exploratory, descriptive, explanatory, field, experimental or documentary.

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The projects

  • Integrated management model of the Besòs water resources in the face of climate change: solutions for self-sufficiency and resilience of the water system in the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (EUR 86.987,34), by Carme Barba Ferrer.

  • The "fifteen-minute city": post-pandemic mobility dynamics in the city of proximity (EUR 96.617,00), by Oriol Marquet Sardà and Guillem Vich Callejo.

  • Geothermal energy to promote the degradation of organic compounds found in Barcelona's groundwater (EUR 70.857,00), by Estalisnao Pujades Garnes.

  • New indicators for the right to the city: digital technologies, emotions and inequalities (EUR 95.065,08 EUR), by Maria Rodó de Zárate and Meritxell Gisbert Traveria.

  • The impact of public spaces to improve health and well-being in Barcelona from a feminist perspective (EUR 97.831,00), by Margarita Triguero Mas and Helen Vada Susan Cole.

  • Cohabitem Barcelona. Five case studies in Ciutat Vella for urban reuse and the promotion of innovative production models (EUR 99.682,05), by Marta Domènech Rodríguez, David López López, and Còssima Cornadó Bardón.

  • Simulating the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak: a risk forecasting tool considering socio-economic and gender inequalities in Barcelona (EUR 72.000,00), by Pere Masjuan i Queralt.

  • Infrastructures for independent living: participatory research to rethink housing, care and community in times of pandemic (EUR 78.769,74), by Andrea García-Santesmases Fernández, and Joan Moya Khöler.

  • Energy inequalities. Urban segregation and access to energy in the metropolitan area of Barcelona under conditions of health, social and environmental crisis (EUR 41.100,00), by Verónica Elizabeth Mejía Juárez.

  • Tactical interventions in public space: a participatory diagnosis based on listening (EUR 39.888,67), by Marta Serra Permanyer.

  • Habitas. Housing and health in times of pandemic and beyond (EUR 57.530,00), by Carlota Sáenz de Tejada Granados. .

  • An automatic data discovery approach to improve Barcelona's data ecosystem (EUR 72.113,03), by Sergi Nadal Francesch.

  • RePLANTegem (Reconsider) school environments (EUR 100.000,00), by Mariona Ferrandiz Rovira.

  • Assessment of the efficiency of urban drainage systems to reduce polluting assets and make water use more sustainable (EUR 99.011,48), by Laura Scheiber Pagès, Marc Teixidó Planes, and Rotman Alejandro Criollo Manjarrez.

  • Expo-Bar: detection of harmful chemical substances that accumulate in pregnant women and in Barcelona's wastewater treatment plants (EUR 90.750,00), by Pablo Gago Ferrero.


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Awards for Scientific Research into Urban Challenges in the City of Barcelona 2020