Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC) is coordinated and developed by Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation, which is committed to promoting scientific vocations among young students, encouraging new ideas and excellence through the Area of Knowledge, Education, and Research.

This program is part of the Foundation’s objectives, which consist of developing and collaborating with projects that promote excellence in education, offering young students opportunities, and supporting those at risk of social exclusion. Also, the Foundation is well known for preserving and managing natural and cultural heritage.

BIYSC was created in 2016 based on the knowledge of projects that the Foundation has been running for several years in Catalonia and through the experience of our students that have attended similar international programs around the world. The Foundation had a clear vision of offering the same opportunities with an international scope, inspiring young scientific students from around the world to gather in Barcelona and encourage them to work on projects of their choice bringing new ideas into the scientific world.


The first program that was launched in 2008 was Youth & Science. Its aim is to promote scientific careers amongst 10th-grade students in a three-year program, offering them the opportunity to experience an international stay of similar characteristics such as BIYSC in the last year of the program. Approximately 1,000 students apply every yearly call, only being selected a total of 50 Catalan students per year.

Crazy about Science was launched in 2013 offering 11th and 12th-grade students the opportunity to develop their curiosity in science but in a different format. 200 students work every year on science projects during approximately 18 Saturdays of their school year, getting to know a large variety of research subjects to better orientate their career choice for university.

International programs with whom we cooperate:

  • MIT Global Teaching Lab: We welcome students from MIT Global Teaching Labs that are invited to teach in high schools throughout the country. At each location, the students prepare tailored courses on science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM), that are complementary to the school’s curriculum and highlight MIT’s hands-on approach to learning.
  • Physics Tournament in cooperation with the Davidson Institute and with the support of the Weizmann Institute- Is a Safe: Cracking competition that was held in Barcelona in 2015 by Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation.

If you want to know more information about the activities carried out by Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation click here.

Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation