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 reparative progenitor cells?

Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (DCEXS)

Synthetic biology has a growing impact on 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. Are you 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 Genetics, Microbiology and statistics at University of Barcelona (UB)

Why some salamanders can regenerate the tail, starfish can regenerate their arms, and we can’t even regenerate a fingertip? You will be able to answer these questions and more in this research project studying Planarians, the champions of regeneration. In the XIX century planarians were described as "immortal under the edge of a knife" since they can regenerate any missing part (even the head!) in a few days. Are you eager to discover which genes are the key to this property? Join us and get into the regenerative 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) has 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 a 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 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 Evolutionary Biology (IBE)

Did you know that we are in the middle of the Earth’s Sixth Mass Extinction? Despite the relevance of conserving biodiversity to ensure planetary wellbeing, the latest estimates suggest that a staggering 86% of all eukaryotic species are still undiscovered and that most of them will go extinct before they can even be described. Scientists are working with different approaches and techniques to unveil new species and protect the threatened ones and their habitats. In this course, we will use cutting-edge genetic, genomic, morphological, geospatial and bioinformatic tools to analyze a wide diversity of organisms across the tree of life and unravel their evolutionary history. Embark with IBE researchers and dive into the unknown depths of biodiversity.

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 Neurosciences (INc)

Almost 70% of adults will suffer a highly stressful experience in their life. Stress and trauma are everywhere around us, affecting our body, brain, and emotions. During this project, students will learn about the impact of stress on the brain, using state-of-the-art techniques and collaborating with scientists in their day-to-day. Also, they will acquire data processing and analysis skills which are crucial for any modern scientist.

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 build the technologies of the future.