Francisca Ramón, Dolores Lozano and Javier Sáez, ¿Idea Prizes¿ in Social Sciences, Technology and Basic Sciences, respectively
Jun 2, 2005
The young researcher Francisca Ramón Fernández, Doctor of Law and lecturer in Agrarian Law at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, has won the Idea Prize in Social Science for her work on "Valencian agrarian law as a specialisation of Valencian civil law: codification of uses and customs".
Dolores Lozano Castelló, lecturer and researcher at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Alicante received the Ideas Prize in Technology for her study on "Developing materials for gas storage and adsorption compressors".
Javier Sáez Valero, Doctor of Biological Sciences and lecturer on the postgraduate Neurosciences Programme at the Neurosciences Institute of Alicante Universidad Miguel Hernández is the winner in the Basic Sciences category, for his research on "ACEI in Alzheimer\'s: diagnostic tool and therapeutic considerations".
During his speech, the General Manager of the City of Arts and Sciences, Jorge Vela, emphasised its "support of young research talent by awarding these prizes together with the magazine Idea, a publication that is based here at City of Arts and Sciences Foundation and that aims to be a platform and support for any initiative that helps to spread knowledge in any way and, by extension, for the work of our young researchers".
For this reason, "and to support the work undertaken by universities, the magazine Idea has awarded young lecturers and researchers under the age of 39 from any of the seven universities in the Valencia region, who have stood out because of the scope and future of their work". He also emphasised the strong degree of participation and "high level" of the entries to the first edition of the Premios IDEA.
The Director General of Research and Technology Transfer, Jesús Pastor, stated that at the Department of Business, Universities and Science, "we are very keen to make the Valencia region one of the most advanced in Europe, and specifically to form part of what is known as the Knowledge Society. For that to happen, it is essential that businesses be in touch with universities through science and research".
Jesús Pastor added that in the Valencia region "over 50% of research is done in universities, which is why one of the objectives of the Department is to strengthen their human resources and be a driver of excellence in research. One way to do this is through awards like the Premios Idea, whose most important aspect is the recognition and dissemination of work undertaken by researchers".
After announcing the names of the winners, the Chairman of the Jury of the Idea Prizes, Santiago Grisolía, stressed that "university participation in these prizes is essential" because over the last few years "university-based research has undergone profound changes and significant progress and has now become one of its most important areas".