Winners of the Research pitches contest of the Compostela Group of Universities

V Research Pitches Contest of the CGU

First prize

The pitch Synthesis and characterization of novel targeted inhibitors for cancer treatment presented by the researcher Olívia Pontes from the University of Minho (Portugal) won the first prize in the V Research Pitches Contest. Her pitch focuses on newly synthesised compounds and their ability to treat and overcome resistance in aggressive types of cancer for which therapeutic options are extremely limited.

Second prize

The second prize was awarded to the researcher Henna Kapoor from the University of Regensburg (Germany) for her pitch The “teamwork” of various RNA polymerase transcription factors in Arabidopsis thaliana. The research group of which she is a member is targeting the interaction between two elongation factors in the Ribonucleic acid (RNA) polymerase. 

Third prize

The third prize recognised the work of the researcher Alba Roibás Rozas from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). In her pitch From wastes to biomaterials: towards circular economy, she describes the work carried out by her research team in the last three years, which consisted of developing a technology to produce bioplastics, and then evaluating its environmental profile to validate it.

IV Research pitches contest of the CGU

First prize

The pitch Investigate the genetic background of autoimmune diseases presented by the researcher Benjámin Farkas from the University of Pécs (Hungary) won the first prize of the IV Pitches contest. Watch the video to learn about his investigation on Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia.

Second prize

The second prize was awarded to the researcher Jorge Salgado from the University of A Coruña (Spain) for his pitch Solid state materials for ecologic refrigeration. He is conducting research to develop an eco-friendly alternative to polluting gases currently employed in cooling systems. Discover more on the video of this pitch. 

Third prize

The third prize recognised the work of the researcher Beatrix Bánkyné Perjés from the University of Pécs (Hungary). Watch her pitch Effects of prenatal dance intervention on fetal neurodevelopment, in which she details the impact of a special prenatal dance intervention on fetal neurodevelopment.

III Research pitches contest of the CGU

First prize

The pitch Media accessibility in Galicia presented by the researcher Mercedes Martínez Lorenzo from the University of Vigo (Spain) won the first prize of the III Research Pitches Contest. Watch the video to discover the topic of the research in her own words.

Second prize

The second prize was awarded to the researcher Claudia Margarita Fernández Rivera from the University of Guadalajara (Mexico) for her pitch Virtual reality as a tool for designing inclusive physical environments. Discover her research on this video.

Third prize

The third prize recognised the work of the researcher Miguel Frasquet Herraiz from University of Seville (Spain). Watch the presentation video of his pitch Solar enhanced oil recovery.

II Research pitches contest of the CGU

First prize

The pitch Modelling the production of high added-value biobased products submitted by the researcher Alberte Regueira López of the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) obtained the first prize of the II Research Pitches Contest of the CGU. Discover the key aspects of his research.

Second prize

Researcher Ala’ Salem from the University of Pécs (Hungary) was awarded the second prize for her pitch Crystals: the path towards better drugs. Watch this video to learn more about her research.

Third prize

The third prize was awarded to the researcher Ana María Sánchez-Pérez from Jaume I University (Spain). Watch the presentation video of her pitch Transforming viruses to study cells.

I Research pitches contest of the CGU

First prize

The pitch A study of multilingual writing by researcher Maialen Urbieta of the University of the Basque Country (Spain) won the first prize of the I Research Pitches Contest. Watch the video to discover the topic of the research in her own words.

Second prize

The second prize was awarded to the researcher Lorena Bort of the University Jaume I (Spain) for her pitch Learning English for dyslexic students. Discover her research on this video.

Third prize

The third prize recognised the work carried out by the researcher María Josefina Peláez from Jaume I University(Spain). Here you can watch her pitch How to make happiness easier.