On 20 June 2023, the 2022 National Research Awards ceremony took place at the National Theatre of Catalonia. Applus+ sponsored the gala, which was attended by Joan Amigó, CEO of the Group, and several directors of the company: María Teresa Sanfeliú, Pedro Aguiló, Xavier Ruiz, Ignasi Ferrer, Victor Salvachúa, Marcos Briseño, Jose Manuel Barrios and Jordi Francés. Also in attendance was the President of the Regional Government of Catalonia, Pere Aragonès.
Organised by the Regional Government of Catalonia and the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRI), the awards promote the recognition of science and research, business sponsorship, entrepreneurship and communication in society.
In the main category of the National Research Awards 2022, awarded on 21 November 2022, the award went to economist Jaume Ventura, director and senior researcher at the Centre for Research in International Economics (CREI), research professor at the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and the Barcelona School of Economics (BSE). Ventura specialises in macroeconomics, international economics and the study of economic bubbles.
Júlia Vergara-Alert, senior researcher at the Animal Health Research Centre (IRTA-CReSA) and expert in animal and zoonotic coronaviruses, such as porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), was also awarded in the young talent category.
Furthermore, the BBVA Foundation was awarded in the scientific patronage category and the Fundació La Marató de TV3 was awarded for the television programme La Marató de TV3 in the scientific communication category. The National Award for public-private partnership in R&D went to the “UPF-CaixaBank- Economía en tiempo real” ("UPF-CaixaBank- Economy in real time") initiative, which enabled the evaluation of the effect that public aid has had on reducing the inequality that the pandemic caused. Finally, the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) was awarded the National Innovation Prize for the creation of a science-based company for LuxQuanta, a platform that develops and commercialises quantum key distribution systems to encrypt the communications of public and private entities.
Applus+ is proud to be an active part of social innovation and to encourage research as a promoter of progress and development, supporting initiatives such as the National Research Awards.