Prize Tremplin Mariano Gago

The Prize “Tremplin Mariano gago”, was awarded to Mariette Pereira, in partnership with Éva Jakab Tóth, from the Center de Biophysique Moléculaire, with the project "Specific contrast agents for biomarkers visualization by magnetic resonance imaging". This award was launched with the aim of highlighting and strengthening bilateral cooperation in investigations already underway by teams from France and Portugal, promoting the continuation and expansion of joint research work.

The Prize Tremplin Mariano Gago was awarded by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the French Academy of Sciences. It also has the support of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the French Ministry of Culture, the Camões Institute – Institute for Cooperation and Language and the Portuguese Office for Strategy, Planning and Cultural Assessment.  The award ceremony took place on June 21, 2022, at the French Academy of Sciences.

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Prize “Apoio à Promoção da Cultura Científica 2021”

The Prize “Apoio à Promoção da Cultura Científica”, by University of Coimbra, was awarded to Rui Carrilho, with the Project “Bioplastics – in the Search of a Sustainable World”, involving UC researchers from CQC and CEMMPRE, along with the participation of Agrupamento de Escolas de Coimbra Centro and Agrupamento de Escolas de Ferreira do Zêzere. This science dissemination project intends to alert the community to the problem of the abusive use of conventional plastic materials in today's society, which has led to severe environmental problems. It is intended to promote the discussion about possible solutions to this problem and to make known the innovative work developed by researchers from the University of Coimbra (UC), in the field of bioplastics development.

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Prize “Projeto Semente de Investigação Interdisciplinar 2022”

The Prize “Projetos Semente de Investigação Científica Interdisciplinar”, in the UC strategic area of Climate, Energy and Mobilities, by University of Coimbra and Santander Universidades, was awarded to Rui Carrilho, with the Project “CO2BioFilter – a Bio-Filter for Carbon Dioxide Capture and Valorization: A Sustainable Approach towards Environment, Health and Circular Economy”. This project consists in using food waste to obtain carbon materials that, after modifying their structural properties, allow the creation of an efficient bio-filter for CO2 capture. The captured CO2 will then be used in the chemical synthesis of new molecules with potential antibacterial properties, addressing the principles of Sustainability and Circular Economy.

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