A university contest organized since 2022 in Spain was dedicated this year to IYBSSD
Daniel Rodríguez García, a chemical engineer from the University of Almería (Spain) has been awarded the Special Commemorative Prize of the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development, within the framework of the XXth University Contest ‘Arquímedes’ of Introduction to Scientific Research, organized by the Spanish Ministry of Universities since 2002, as reported by the University of Almería (UAL).
The purpose of the contest is to reward the best research work carried out by undergraduate and master’s students from any Spanish degree and university.
This is a very competitive national event, in which an exhaustive selection of the most relevant scientific or technological research works is made.
Initially, a committee of experts evaluated 530 works designated by the General Secretariat of Universities for each scientific field, for originality and overall quality of the work. Only 25 works went to the final and public phase, where the authors participated in a conference in which they defended their works.
The prize won by Daniel Rodríguez is worth 6,000 euros and is one of the two special prizes awarded in the contest, reserved for the most relevant works among the 25 selected.
Disinfection and decontamination of water for irrigation
His work is part of the activities of the Bioprocess Engineering and Water Technologies research group, belonging to CIESOL and led by José Antonio Sánchez Pérez on disinfection and decontamination of water for reuse in agricultural irrigation using solar technologies.
“I am very proud to have been able to represent the University of Almería in this competition, as it is a university with great teaching and research potential that, without a doubt, has nothing to envy of other larger universities in the country,” said Daniel Rodríguez. .
Many hours and effort
Regarding his research work, he explained that it is a work “that was part of my Final Degree Project and that I started at CIESOL supported and guided by the entire group. I am especially excited that the work with which I started in the world of research, and to which I have invested so many hours and effort, is awarded such a relevant award. It is a great dose of motivation to continue learning and improving.”
This young researcher is currently studying the first year of the Doctorate in Biotechnology and Industrial Bioprocesses Applied to Agri-Food and the Environment at the University of Almería, in the Bioprocess Engineering and Water Technologies research group.
Furthermore, within the framework of this contest, José Luis Casas López, José Luis Guzmán Sánchez and José Luis García Sánchez, researchers from the Solar Energy Research Center (CIESOL), were also awarded with one of the six prizes of 2,000 euros awarded. to the tutors of the best works, in recognition of their great work in tutoring and guidance.
This article has first been published (in Spanish) by Hortinfo