BLOG POST WRITTEN BY ALICIA PACHO
On Monday 9th October, the SRUK Emerging Talent Award 2023 was presented to Dr. Roser Vento-Tormo. The organisers kindly invited the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the United Kingdom to attend the ceremony, held at the incredible venue of the Spanish Embassy in London.
We spent the afternoon with Spanish scientists, and heard from them directly about the important role they play in the University and research systems of the United Kingdom.
The ceremony was attended by numerous notable figures, such as H.E. Mr. José Pascual Marco, Ambassador of Spain to the United Kingdom, as well as Rodrigo Echenique Gordillo, President of the Banco Santander Foundation, an institution that finances the award as part of its talent attraction program. This was made known by its president, who emphasised that Banco Santander truly wants to «follow the trajectory of good Spanish scientists, and help promote knowledge and research.»
This highly coveted award supports and provides visibility to Spanish scientists in their early career who carry out research in the United Kingdom. Carmen Galán, Professor at Bristol University and part of the jury, made it known that this year there was a great talent among the scientists who applied for the award and she praised these people and their efforts when doing research abroad.
Irene Echeverría, president of SRUK, also highlighted the importance of such awards, and how proud the institution is of being able to support young researchers, particularly the «excellent career of Dr. Roser Vento-Tormo, which exemplifies the enormous value of the work carried out by Spanish researchers in the United Kingdom».
We at the Chamber would also like to convey our sincere congratulations to the winner, Dr. Vento-Tormo, for her excellent explanatory speech of her research, as well as for her outstanding contribution to the field of genomics and bioinformatics with a particular interest in reproductive tissues.