21 December 2016 National Senior Research Award 2016

Lluis Torner

ICFO Director honored with Catalonia’s highest award for research excellence. The Foundation for Research and Innovation of Catalonia (FCRi) organizes every year the National Research Awards to honor individual scientists and institutions that have made outstanding contributions to society. ICFO group leaders Prof Romain Quidant and Prof Frank Koppens received the awards for Young Talent in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

ICFO is delighted to announce that the 2016 highest FCRi award, the National Senior Research Award, which specifically recognizes a significant contribution to scientific progress on an international scale - in human and social, life and health, engineering, technology or experimental sciences, has been granted to ICFO’s Director, Lluís Torner.

Dr Torner conceived and founded ICFO and has been its director since its inception in 2002. Under his leadership, the institute has become a forerunner in global frontier photonic research and its numerous applications in biomedicine, renewable energy, nanotechnology, graphene, quantum technology and information technology.

ICFOnians congratulate awardees in all other categories, including ICREA Prof at IBEC Samuel Sánchez Ordóñez, winner of the National Research Award for Young Talent; The “la Caixa” Foundation in the category of Scientific Patronage; the program “Dinàmiks” from Televisió de Catalunya in the category of Scientific Communication; and Centre Tecnològic de l’Aigua (Cetaqua) in the category of Public-Private partnerships.