Nanotechnology and computational chemistry win the first edition of Falling Walls Lab Barcelona
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To break the wall. Under this slogan, young researchers from around the world meet every year in about twenty countries in the so-called Falling Walls Labs. The goal: to present innovative ideas which can offer solutions to some of the global challenges faced by modern societies. On this occasion, fourteen young visionary minds participated on 12th September in Barcelona to present their visions and innovative projects that can face challenges such as mental illness, energy, education, earthquakes or dyslexia. The candidates had three minutes to present their ideas and answer the questions of a select jury made up of entrepreneurs, investors, scientists and science journalists.
The winner of the first edition of Falling Walls Barcelona was Emre Ozan Polat, a researcher at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), for his nanotechnology-based project to monitor vital parameters with flexible and transparent devices that adhere to the skin. The second classified was Ignacio Funes Ardoiz, from the Catalan Institute of Chemical Research (ICIQ), for his idea on how to use computing in chemistry in order to to study new possible sources of energy through water. The complete list of participants and projects presented can be consulted on the official website.
The first Falling Walls Lab Barcelona was organized by Pompeu Fabra University through its DTIC Department and was supported by FECYT, who moderated the event through its delegate in Germany, Dr. Guillermo Orts.
The next Falling Walls Lab event will take place on September 21st in Madrid.
The winners from Barcelona and Madrid events will travel next November to Berlin to participate in the international final of Falling Walls Lab.
The winners of the first Falling Walls Barcelona with the moderator of the event, the international delegate of FECYT in Germany.