BSC’s Earth Sciences Department, awarded at the 28th Nit de les Telecomunicacions i la Informàtica

10 March 2023

The group led by Francisco Doblas has been recognised as a leading initiative in the field of ICT, climate change and sustainability

The Earth Sciences Department of Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), led by Francisco Doblas, has received special recognition as a leading initiative in the field of ICT, climate change and sustainability at the awards ceremony of the 28th Nit de les Telecomunicacions i la Informàtica, jointly awarded by the Catalan Association of Telecommunications Engineering and Digital Technologies ( and the Official College of Computer Engineering of Catalonia (COEINF).

Also recognised in the same category was the Planeta Net programme of the Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO), headed by Alastair Cunningham and Guillermo Gerling, while the Prize of Honour, the Nit's highest distinction, went to Professor of Genetics and ICREA professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) Arcadi Navarro. Navarro co-directs the European Genome-Genome Archive (EGA), the world reference service for the secure management and distribution of medical genomic data, which has very relevant biomedical data stored in the BSC.

Other award winners include Andreu Vilamitjana, director of CISCO Spain; Benito Cerrillo, COI of Vichy Catalan Corporation and key to the business development of inLab, the innovation and research laboratory of the Faculty of Informatics of Barcelona (FIB-UPC); and Sergi Gistàs, CIO of Esteve Pharmaceuticals from 1984 to 2021 and a benchmark for CIOs in the country.

The ceremony was attended, among other authorities, by the Minister of the Presidency of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Laura Vilagrà; the Secretary for Digital Policies, Gina Tost; the Secretary for Telecommunications and Digital Transformation, Sergi Marcén; the Deputy Mayor for Agenda 2030 of Barcelona City Council, Laia Bonet; and the President Delegate of the Innovation Area of Barcelona Provincial Council, Marc Verdaguer.