Gold Medals for scientific merit
The Gold Medals for scientific merit recognise the careers of people or organisations that have worked for the city of Barcelona. They represent the public expression of recognition of the quality of the work done by these citizens in the world of science. They express their contribution and commitment to the city in the field of science.
Gold Medals 2023
On 24 November 2023, the Plenary of the Barcelona City Council unanimously agreed to award the Gold Medal for Scientific Merit to Mercè Boada, Andreu Mas-Colell and Lluís Torner.
Mercè Boada Rovira is a neurologist and founder of the ACE Foundation. She is awarded the Gold Medal for a lifetime devoted to the study of dementias and Alzheimer's disease, and for her innovative approach in the fight against the disease, with which she has positioned Barcelona as an international benchmark for excellence in research in this field.
Andreu Mas-Colell is an economist, professor emeritus at the UPF and the Barcelona GSE, and is currently president of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST). The medal is awarded for his tireless dedication to placing the city's scientific fabric at the forefront of international excellence.
Lluís Torner Sabata is a physicist and director of the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO). The distinction is in recognition of his vital dedication to the field of photonic sciences and the fact that he has placed the ICFO at the forefront of scientific excellence, projecting the metropolitan region and Barcelona as a world-class research hub.