The Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC) is an educational program organized by Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation, Passeig de Gràcia, 92 (08008 Barcelona, Spain). VAT Registration No. G65345472. All details here are published in good faith as of September 2016. These Terms & Conditions apply to all BIYSC applicants and participants.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Requirements for your application to be considered:
    • To be born between January 1st 2001 and December 31st 2003.
    • The submission of the authorization form with the parent/legal tutor personal information.
    • The submission of the online application form that must fill the candidate student.
    • The confidential recommendation of the science, mathematics or technology teacher.
    • The confidential recommendation of the tutor, head teacher or head of studies in the center.
  • There will be two application calls: from December 3rd 2018 to January 14th 2019 (first*), from January 15th to February 25th 2019 (second*), and from February 26th to April 1st (third*).
  • Applications that do not provide all the requested documentation will be excluded from the selection process.
  • The submission of the application form does not guarantee the direct entry to the program. All candidates will be part of the selection process.

SELECTION PROCESS

  • The selection process consists of two phases: preselection and final selection. The preselection will be made based on the documentation provided by each applicant. The preselected candidates will be called for a personal interview through Skype for the final selection to be made. 
  • The researchers and professionals in charge of the projects offered in this edition will review all applications and will propose the preselected candidates for the personal interview. All applications received will be individually assessed. For the preselection it will be considered all the information and documentation of the online application form, which includes:
    • Personal statement and motivation letter.
    • Two confidential recommendation letters of the school teachers.
    • The level of English.
    • Academic record.
    • The enthusiasm and will to participate in scientific research experiences.
    • Explanation of the strategy to get financial support to cover the participation fee.
  • The preselected candidates in each application period will be announced on January 21st (first), March 4th (second) and April 8th (third), respectively. The Skype interviews will take place the same week.
  • The final selection of candidates will be communicated on January 28th (first), March 11th (second) and April 15th (third), respectively.
  • Selection will be based on the chosen project/s, upon demand.
  • All communications will be via email.
  • Candidates who pass the selection process will become official participants of the program. There will be selected a total of 100 students from all applications (10 for each project).
  • Selected students will join BIYSC from July 8th to 19th 2019. Later, on December 2020, they will be required to send a report on the research carried out after the summer program is concluded, which will be assessed by a scientific panel. 
  • The decision of the selection board is unappealable.
* Once the reviewing board reaches the 100 selected candidates, the following calls will be cancelled.

COST OF THE PROGRAM

  • The cost assumed by the student for the participation at BIYSC is 2,300€. The total cost of the stay includes: accommodation and meals from July 8th to 19th 2019, the material used in each of the projects, transportation to the research centers, activities and programmed visits, remuneration of the researchers, lecturers and staff, and accident and civil responsibility insurance. Participants are responsible for seeking financial assistance to support their attendance.
  • A first non-refundable deposit of 500€ must be made within 14 days of receipt of the acceptance email to the program*. Candidates who do not pay within the deadline will be automatically excluded from the program.
  • The rest of the amount will be paid in full (1,800€) or in two-three monthly installment payments of 900€ or 600€, respectively, from May 13th 2019. Candidates who do not pay within the deadline will be automatically excluded from the program.
  • BIYSC selection process is based on the qualities of the candidates; no student will be excluded from the program for an economic reason. Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation will consider providing scholarships for local students with difficulties to meet the cost of tuition. Please, contact us if this is your situation.
  • Any cancellation after June 3rd 2019 will be charged the full participation fee. Cancellation will be accepted only in case of serious illness of the participant (need medical proof in writing).
* We only accept payments via online TPV. We do not accept bank charges, please ensure the full amount reaches us.

PERSONAL DATA

CATALUNYA LA PEDRERA FOUNDATION is the responsible for the processing of the personal data provided in this form and informs that the data will be dealt in accordance with the provisions of the regulations in force on the protection of personal data, the General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union (GDPR UE 2016/679 of April 27, 2016), for which you are informed of such treatment. Purpose of the treatment: to manage your relationship with the Foundation, as well as the sending of information about activities of the Foundation. Data preservation criteria: your data will be preserved while there is a mutual interest in maintaining the purpose of treatment. Communication of the data: data will not be communicated to third parties, unless it is by legal obligation. Rights that assist the user: you can exercise your right to withdraw consent at any time; the right of access, rectification, portability, limitation, opposition and erasure of your information; and the right to file a claim with the Control Authority (agpd.es) if you consider that the treatment does not conform to current regulations. Contact details to exercise your rights: lopd@fcatalunyalapedrera.com

PARTICIPANT CODE OF CONDUCT

Each participant agrees to abide by our participant code of conduct. Failure to do so may result in that person(s) being asked to leave the program. If this occurs, no refund will be given.

At BIYSC, we have high standards both on campus and off. We expect all of our participants to represent their country and BIYSC to the highest standard possible.

This is our code of practice and as a participant you are expected to follow it:

  • Participant agrees to:
    • Be respectful at all times. Please be advised that customs may be different to your home country and you must respect the traditions, rules and obligations during the program.
    • Behave at all times, with self-discipline.
    • Attend BIYSC events and arrive punctually for all activities.
    • Listen carefully to the information given by the BIYSC Staff Team.
    • Provide notice and reasons for any absences to the BIYSC Staff Team.
    • Discuss any problems with the BIYSC Staff Team.
    • Always behave in a sociable manner, be polite and make an effort to talk to people.
    • Remember to eat sensibly and make sure you get the right amount of sleep.
  • Participant agrees not to:
    • Leave on his/her own; always be accompanied by a Staff member.
    • Buy or consume alcohol, illegal drugs, and smoke.
    • Steal or be involved in illegal activities.
    • Be involved in threatening behavior, bullying, use of offensive language to other participants, researchers, staff or any other person.
    • Have an anti-social behavior affecting the overall enjoyment of the other participants.
    • Impair, interfere with, or obstruct the order, process, or functioning of BIYSC or any of its participants, researchers, staff, official guests or the surrounding community.