News: José Luis Riechmann receives the Narcís Monturiol Medal at the Palau de la Generalitat
- The award honours individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the development of science and technology in Catalonia.
- The President of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Quim Torra, awarded the medals in a solemn ceremony at the Sant Jordi Hall.
On 19th February 2019, the ceremony for the grant of the Narcís Monturiol awards was held at the Palau de la Generalitat. These awards, instituted by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government) in 1982, honour individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the development of science and technology in Catalonia. In this edition, which coincides with the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Catalan inventor who gives name to the award, 19 medals have been awarded to personalities from the scientific field, and a plaque has been awarded to an institution. ICREA research professor and director of the CRAG, José Luis Riechmann, is among the recognized personalities.
Riechmann received the medal from the President of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Quim Torra, in an event where the Minister of Enterprise and Knowledge, Àngels Chacón, and the Secretary of Universities and Research, Francesc Xavier Grau, also intervened. In her speech, minister Àngels Chacón highlighted the example of the winners to lead the way. "When we think about the country that we want, we have it clear: we want a country with an economy based on knowledge, innovative and open to the world," she said.
In her speech on behalf of all the award-winners, Professor Mariàngela Villalonga emphasized the different origins and itineraries of the distinguished scientists in this edition, all united by the passion for knowledge and making contributions from fields as diverse as physics and economics.
With this recognition, José Luis Riechmann joins the other CRAG members awarded with the Narcís Monturiol Medal: Pere Puigdomènech (1992), Pere Arús (2003) and Montserrat Pagès (2005).
About José Luis Riechmann
The scientific career of José Luis Riechmann in Catalonia began in 2007, when he joined the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) as an ICREA Research Professor. Riechmann had previously developed his scientific career in the United States (1993-2007), where he worked at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the start-up company Mendel Biotechnology. His research focuses on the study, in the genomic field, of the processes of development in plants, and their regulation by transcription factors. In 2013, Riechmann was appointed director of CRAG, a Centre that was recognized as "Severo Ochoa" Centre of Excellence by the Spanish Ministry in 2015. Among the most significant contributions of his scientific career, there are the characterization of the molecular mechanisms of flower development and the comparative analysis of transcriptional regulators across the three eukaryotic kingdoms (Science, 2000), a seminal work that have received more than 1000 citations. More recently, other contributions have included the characterization of the floral development regulatory network (Science, 2010).