Barcelona, July 5th 2018

Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation gets ready for the third edition of BIYSC

The Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC) will bring together students from the 5 continents

BIYSC 2018 starts with 90 students from all over the world. 90 young participants have been selected from more than 300 applications to be part of the innovative program.

The third edition of the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC) will bring together this summer 90 students of 23 different nationalities with the aim to stimulate scientific vocations.

The Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC) is the only international program promoted by Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation. Its main objective is to enhance the interest in science and the educational excellence among young people from 16 to 18 years old from all over the world. From July 9th to 20th 2018 will take place the international event that will join almost a hundred pre-university students passionate about science.

The third edition of BIYSC will count with students from the 5 continents. 9 European countries —Austria, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, Hungary, Macedonia, Luxembourg and United Kingdom— and 14 international countries —China, Canada, State of Palestine, Chile, Israel, New Zeeland, South Africa, Singapore, Tunisia, Turkey, United States, Malaysia, Uzbekistan and United Arab Emirates—.

The participants will have the opportunity of working in 11 research centers of excellence of Catalonia developing projects in fields as diverse as biomedicine, genetics, biotechnology, chemistry, robotics and nanotechnology. Furthermore, this edition will have a new project in the field of nutrition and health that will be carried out by Alicia Foundation, August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS) and University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia. The research centers that will participate at BIYSC 2018 are:

BIYSC Awards 2018

At the end of BIYSC, the participants will have 5 months to write a report on the results of their research. Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation and Fundació Victor Grifols i Lucas will recognize those students that have shown the highest commitment in their participation and have met successfully all the challenges proposed with the sponsorship for attending the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF).

With this new edition of BIYSC, Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation consolidates its first international program to stimulate scientific talent among international young people. With more than 10 years of experience in promoting effort and educational excellence in science in Catalonia, the Foundation keeps working for inspiring the scientists of the future.

STEM Dinners

The students not only will be working all day, they will have time for leisure activities and debates. BIYSC 2018 schedule will incorporate two STEM Dinners (Dinners about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). On Wednesday 11th of July there will be a debate on ‘Gender Bias’ led by two young researchers -Maria Marin and Mònica Alcalá- and on Monday 16th of July there will be another debate about ‘Ethics in Science’ that will be held by Dr. Salvador Macip with the collaboration of Victor Grifols i Lucas Foundation.

Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation promotes scientific talent

Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation is committed to society. At the Research and Knowledge area we develop projects that transform society with educational innovation actions, with the promotion of science and critic thinking and offer opportunities addressed to young people at risk of exclusion.


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