Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC)


Tons of residues generated by humans have found their way into the oceans. In particular, plastic wastes are extremely difficult to degrade naturally (up to 500 years lifetime) and interfere with the ocean’s flora and fauna. By engineering plastic-degrading enzymes we could gain an invaluable tool to fight this environmental catastrophe. Learn how through enzyme engineering we can save our oceans!

Bellvitge University Hospital (HUB)

Organ transplantation saves many lives every day all around the world. The procedure requires the collaboration of surgeons, physicians, immunologists, pathologists and scientists. There have been major advances to overcome surgical, functional and immunological hurdles that account for excellent short-term results. However, unfortunately transplants do not last forever, and we need to better understand the process of graft deterioration. For instance, can we modulate the balance between the immune system fighting for destroying the kidney transplant and the inherent capacity of the kidney to survive by its own reparative progenitor cells?

Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)


Neurodegenerative disorders are common diseases that affect our society. They are characterized by the loss of neurons within the brain and/or spinal cord, which results in a progressive deterioration of the function of the central and peripheral nervous system.

Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG)

Agriculture is facing a huge challenge: How to feed a growing world population in a context of climate change? Can we guarantee food safety and security while protecting the environment? In this project, we will use state-of-the-art techniques in molecular biology and genomics to unveil the genetics of important crops and improve their traits. Join us in the plant science fascinating world and get into the plant genomics world!

Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (DCEXS)

Synthetic biology has a growing impact in our society. Engineering life opens unthinkable possibilities such as genetically programming our immune system to defeat cancer, meat without animal components, DNA-based information storage, or bioremediation solutions to fight pollution of our planet. Interested in biosciences and solving real world problems? By combining theory and experimentation we will develop cellular devices capable to perform specific tasks. Join us and get into the synbio world!

Department of Mathematics at Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)

Can a computer understand, or even prove, a theorem?

Axiomatic geometry (300 B.C.) builds all our geometric knowledge by logically reasoning from a minimal set of premises, or postulates. In a very similar way, recent software like LEAN (2013) have taken the challenge of formalizing and even creating mathematics.

Come and see how far a computer can get at doing geometry!

Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB)


Did you know that researchers have been working with fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) for more than hundred years as a means to model and study human diseases? Probably the similarities between humans and fruit flies is something that was not going through your head when you thought about cancer research. But fear not! If you would you like to find out how this is achieved and discover why and how we use this little animal for biomedical research, join us! In this project we will show you how we use Drosophila as a model to study the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying tumor development in epithelial tissues. Are you in?

Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)

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The chemistry of the future will be very different from what we do nowadays, and our research project wants to present the laboratory where we will work tomorrow. With this project the students will have to decide all the details of the continuous process. Working as true scientists, they will have to design and assemble a continuous flow reactor, synthesize a catalyst and carry out improvements in the processes to make it more sustainable.

Institute of High Energy Physics (IFAE)

Cosmic rays are particles that are constantly bombarding the Earth. We do not know where they come from, but we know that when they reach the atmosphere they produce a large number of particles. Some of them can be detected. Some of them are muons. But, what are muons? How can we detect them? What can we learn about cosmic rays from them? What else can we use a muon detector for?

Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO)

Quantum physics challenges our intuition, but at the same time allows us to understand our world and develop some important technologies of the present (like lasers, LEDs and transistors) and astonishing technologies of the future (like quantum computers and communications).

We invite you to a journey through the quantum world, where you will face the basic rules of quantum physics to understand how these can help us building the technologies of the future.