The FIB student Andrea Querol wins the 2020 TIC Dona Award to the university student

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The IRI researcher, Carme Torras, receives the award in the academic/research category.

On Tuesday, October 13, the 6th edition of the Dona TIC 2020 Awards took place at the Pedralbes Palace in Barcelona, ​​which recognize female talent in the technological field. The event, broadcast live on the Digital Policies YouTube channel, coinciding with the day of Ada Lovelace, the first programmer in history, was chaired by the Minister of Digital Policies and Public Administration, Jordi Puigneró.

With the aim of highlighting the role of women from business, professional and academic fields while offering references to girls and young women, these awards grant prizes in eight categories. Among the eighty-five candidatures, Andrea Querol de Porras, a last year student of the Informatics Engineering Degree at the FIB, has been awarded in the category of university student. Andrea Querol is also a research student at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC), as well as president of the Hackers@upc students association, from where different activities and events that bring science and technology closer to students are promoted, such as the largest university hackathon in Europe, the HackUPC.

Within the academic/research category, the winner has been Carme Torras Genís, researcher at the Institute of Robotics and Industrial Informatics (IRI). Torras has a degree in Computer Science, Mathematics and a PhD in Computer Science, having focused her scientific career to robotics and artificial intelligence. Her contributions are of international relevance, as they combine mathematics, physics and biological vision in engineering, and it is worth highlighting her continued commitment to promoting STEM disciplines among girls.

The closing ceremony was led by the general director of the Digital Society, Joana Barbany, with the participation of the researcher from the UPC's computational biology and complex systems research group, Clara Prats, and the president of the Catalan Society of Technology and professor at the UPC, Nuria Salan.

The Dona TIC Awards, promoted by the Department of Digital Policies and Public Administration within the DonaTIC Plan, with the collaboration of the Observatory for Women, Business and Economy of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, are currently a benchmark in terms of the dissemination of the task of Catalan students and professionals in the field of technology.

Infiormation sources:

18th October. Special program dedicated to DonaTIC awards at Revolució 4.0 a Catalunya Ràdio. Premis Dona TIC 2020: Dues are needed to advance towards parity.