Nature commends four Spanish scientists for outstanding mentoring

Four Spanish scientists have been recognised by Nature, the leading, international weekly journal of science, for exemplary personal mentoring of other scientists. The Nature Awards for Mentoring in Science have been hosted since 2005 in various countries and regions to champion the importance of mentoring and inspiring a generation of young scientists. The 2017 awards have for the first time taken place in Spain.

Chair of the judges: Josep Penuelas, Center for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF) – National Research Council (CSIC), Barcelona

Judging panel:
Alison Abbott, Nature, Munich, Germany
Emilia R. Solano, CIEMAT, Madrid, Spain
Juan Lerma, Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante – UMH, Alicante, Spain
Mariano Barbacid, Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas, Madrid, Spain
Pilar Ruiz Lapuente, Institute of Cosmos Sciences, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

At the ceremony held at the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences in Madrid, Sir Philip Campbell PhD, the Editor-in-Chief of Nature, presented the awards and congratulated the recipients on their laudable contributions.

The joint-recipients of the lifetime achievement award are:

  • Professor Carlos Belmonte, founding Director of the Institute of Neuroscience of Alicante
  • Professor Margarita Salas, former Director of the CSIC Centre for Molecular Biology Severo Ochoa in Madrid

 

The joint-recipients of the mid-career achievement award are:

  • Professor Carlos López-Otín, a molecular biologist from the University of Oviedo
  • Professor Lluís Torner, a physicist and founding Director of the ICFO (Institute of Photonic Sciences) in Barcelona.

 

Carmen Vela, the Spanish Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation commented on the importance of the awards: “Nature is an internationally renowned science journal in which researchers from around the world seek to publish their work, so it is very important for us to receive the ‘Nature Mentoring Awards’ here this year. Spain is a country full of talented scientists, and many of them have been guided by Margarita Salas, Carlos Belmonte, Carlos López-Otín and Lluis Torner, four great Spanish researchers. I would like to express my gratitude for their work over these years”.

Sir Philip Campbell, who established the awards, said: “These awards have taken place in 13 countries or regions, including the western United States, Nordic countries, South Africa, Japan and China. These are very varied cultures, and yet the key characteristics of outstanding mentors are remarkably similar. Spain’s great examples are no exception – they are extraordinary in their ability to nurture emerging scientists of great diversity.”

Through the Nature Awards for Mentoring in Science Nature recognises outstanding scientific mentors in different regions around the world. Each winner receives a prize of €5,000.

More information about the panel of judges and eligibility criteria for this year’s awards can be found here.

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Preparing the 4th Imbalance-P Annual Meeting!

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After Barcelona, Vienna and Paris, we are very pleased to receive you in the Tropical surroundings of the Vossemeren in Lommel, Belgium!

From February 5th till February 9th, all Imbalance-P colleagues will join together to present their proceedings, to work on publications and to create new projects or  future collaborations. This  year’s meeting will take a whole week in order to make time for those smaller and larger cooperation meetings.

Updated information, including the registration form, can be found here:

http://www.uantwerpen.be/imbalance

We hope to see you all there!

Congratulations to Philippe!

Philippe Ciais has been awarded Silver Medal of the CNRS. Congratulations!

https://www.ipsl.fr/Actualites/Evenements/Philippe-Ciais-medaille-d-argent-du-CNRS2

Final meeting of the 2016-2017 course

On the 28th of June, the four PIs of Imbalance-P gathered together for the final meeting of the 2016-2017 course. The discussed subjects were:

– The 2016-17 field campaigns

– Integration of Earth System Models and Integrated Assessment Models

– The need to work on the proof of concept of our hypothesis.

– The possibility of engaging into citizen science.

– Discussion on the economics of the P market

– Preparation of the 4rth annual Imbalance-P meeting in Antwerp

– Preparing our teams for the next financial report, at the end of September

– Preparation of the following campaigns from August to October in Guyana (Nourages, Paracou and Guyafor transect) and Iceland.

– The link between biodiversity and nutrients and how land use affects biodiversity

–  Possibilities of new complementary funding

More news soon!

10 years of excellent research in Catalonia

Prof Penuelas will participate as speaker in the celebration that will take place next day May 29 in Barcelona.

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Successful 3rd Annual Paris Meeting!

From the 1st to the 3rd of February, we met in Pierre et Marie Curie University, in Paris, to gather together, share results and advance phosphorus-related science!

You can download our presentations here!

Three days of intense collaboration among the different imbalance-P groups, left us some pictures that we want to share with you.

See you all during the 4th Annual Meeting!

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Josep Peñuelas entrevistat al magazín 7 dies, d’El 9 tv

Josep Peñuelas, was interviewed on January 13th at 9tv, in “7 dies” program. You will find the interview here:

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3rd IMBALANCE-P annual meeting – Paris, 1st – 3th February 2017

IMBALANCE_P_Logo_Color_kick off abstractsThe ERC Synergy Imbalance-P project has been running for two years already. A lot of work has been done and some other still needs to be carried out. It is, therefore, time for us to meet again in a confortable city such as Paris.

The format will be similar to last time, researchers will present some of their work/results/projects within the Imbalance-P in short talks of about 15 minutes allowing participants to ask some questions. It is also planned to have time to allow researchers to discuss within the different working groups (experimental, synthesis, modelling…) and among them.

The main aims of the Paris meeting are to:

  1. Present and discuss past, present and future work within the Imbalance-P project.
  2. Share and discuss the results obtained by the different groups.
  3. Develop synergies amongst groups and researchers by increasing collaboration through sharing thoughts, ideas, objectives, experiments, observations and data.
  4. Create a venue where co-authors of different manuscripts can get together to forward their writing and possibilities for such activities to be initiated.

Scientific contact: Philippe Ciais (philippe.ciais@lsce.ipsl.fr)

Administrative Contact: Zoila Lopez (zoila.lopezsiri@cea.fr)

Organisers: Marcos Fernández-Martínez (m.fernandez@creaf.uab.cat) & Josep Peñuelas (josep.penuelas@uab.cat)

The program of the meeting is available here.

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Josep Peñuelas receives Ramon Margalef’s Prize in Ecology 2016

Video of the award ceremony

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Scientific forum on the occasion of the Ramon Margalef’s Prize

Video of the Forum

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