First IBEC Doctoral Certificates of Excellence awarded at 11th IBEC symposium

Yesterday’s 11th IBEC Symposium closed with the bestowing of IBEC Doctoral Certificates of Excellence on two PhD fellows, the first time the recognition has been awarded since the initiative’s inception in 2017.

Maria Valls from the Biomimetic Systems for Cell Engineering group and Berta Gumi from Nanoprobes and Nanoswitches were the students who achieved the certificates, which are in recognition of outstanding performance during the PhD at IBEC.

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To qualify for the certificate, which is supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness through the Centro de Excelencia Severo Ochoa Award, a Ph D student must fulfil various criteria including at least one peer reviewed international publication, oral participation at international meetings, international research placements, attendance in courses and seminars at IBEC, and participation in outreach activities. In addition, their PhD thesis must be concluded within four years of admission to the doctoral programme. In exceptional circumstances, these requirements can be replaced by outstanding scientific achievements upon the decision of IBEC’s directorate.

The 11th IBEC Symposium, which was on the theme of Bioengineering for Regenerative Therapies, saw a record number of attendees this year, with more than 300 people participating. The winners of the poster and flash presentation prizes were Xavier Arqué (Smart Nano-bio-devices group), Júlia Sala (Molecular and Cellular Neurobiotechnology) and Ernest Latorre (Integrative Cell and Tissue Dynamics).

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