The Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC) is an experience for talented young people from all over the world with a genuine interest in science and technology
This year, BIYSC is taking place from July the 3rd to 14th in Barcelona, a vibrant city with a scientific and technological ecosystem of international relevance composed by top-ranked universities and world-class research centers.
BIYSC is designed for an international group of ~100 brilliant young students with high interest in science and technology, aged between 16 and 18 years old. The students of the workshop in this edition came from 20 countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, France, Germany, India, Japan, South Korea, Macedonia, New Zealand, Palestine, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States.
Several IREC researchers from the Nanoionics and Fuel Cells group, including Juan Carlos González Rosillo, Philipp Langner, Fernanda Monteiro and Fjorello Buzzi, took part in the organization of 4 rounds of a workshop related to nanomaterials, IoT and renewable energy to empower sustainable urban development within the Epistore and Harvestore projects, led by IREC. During this activity, the students explored the benefits of nanomaterials and learned key concepts of the Internet of Things, including how to harvest and store energy from the environment. Additionally, they discussed the process of water electrolysis to generate hydrogen and how to store and reuse it through electrolytic cells.
BIYSC is a program created by the Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera, involves the collaboration with many catalan research centres, including IREC as a partnership with Institut Català d’Energia (ICAEN) for this project.