CRAG participates in the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC), an international excellence programme coordinated by Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation that aims to stimulate scientific talent among young people from all over the world, and to encourage their enthusiasm for pursuing scientific research and careers in science.
How can 21st century plant scientists help breeders and farmers obtain more productive crops that, at the same time, are adapted to a changing environment? For two weeks in summer, up to 12 students between 16 and 18 years old carry out the research project Feeding the world in a changing climate: molecular breeding & gene editing offered by CRAG with the aim of answering this question through genomics research.
In this challenge, the participants have the opportunity to delve into plant genetic breeding, studying the DNA of horticultural species in depth, using molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics techniques, as well as cutting-edge technologies for genome editing.
Several Catalan research centers, including the CRAG, participate in BIYSC hosting students from all over the world.