Dr. Sebastià Puig has been awarded with “Premio al Talento Joven para la Gestión Sostenible del Agua” from the prestigious Observatorio del Agua of Fundación Botín within the modality “Technologies”. The awarded project is going to be presented at the headquarters of Fundación Botín in Madrid. The decision of the Jury, which was unanimous, has been announced today 1st October on Fundación Botín website. Key factors considered were technical and scientific quality, the innovative character of the submitted solutions, and their potential application to water resources analysis and management.
Sebastià Puig Broch (Amer, 1980) is Bachelor in Chemical Sciences and holds a PhD by the University of Girona. He is currently member of UdG LEQUIA research group and Assistant Professor. The awarded work “Sustainable bioremediation of polluted groundwater through bioelectrochemical systems” applies bioelectrochemical technologies to one challenge of high socio-economic and environmental concern: the pollution of groundwater with high concentration nitrate levels. Results have been published in high-impact scientific international journals such as the Environmental Science & Technology, and in one European Patent (WO 2014 082989 A1).
Observatorio del Agua of Fundación Botín is the first interdisciplinar think tank on water in Spain. Set up in 1998, is characterized by a rigorous scientific level that combines natural sciences with economy and social sciences, and has as main goal providing new ideas and data rellevant for decision-making processes. The first edition of “Premios al Talento Joven” seeks to recognise outstanding young professionals and researchers within the field of sustainable water management.
Dr Sebastià Puig would like to thank the contribution of Dr. Jesús Colprim, Dr. Marilós Balaguer, Dr. Marta Coma and Mr. Narcís Pous to the project.