For the third consecutive year, IRB Barcelona is to participate in the initiative #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving, which will be held on 28 November. The campaign included in this event is “Futur – The medicine of the future starts here”, which seeks to raise funds to support the training of young researchers, increase public awareness of the importance of biomedicine, and stimulate scientific vocation through a series of outreach activities aimed at schools.
IRB Barcelona first launched “Futur” in November last year and raised 12,000 euros from the donations of individuals and sponsors. These donations helped to set up the “IRB Barcelona Futur” PhD Fellowship, the first fellowship at the institute that has come about thanks to the generosity of society. This fellowship has recently been awarded to a young female scientist, who will spend the next four years working in regenerative medicine and tissue repair.
After the success of the Futur campaign, IRB Barcelona has established it as a permanent initiative, thus highlighting the commitment of the centre to training young researchers.
#GivingTuesday is a fund-raising initiative in support of many fields, such as research, international cooperation and environmental issues. A global movement that began in New York five years ago, #GivingTuesday is an alternative to the consumer frenzy of #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday. It seeks to make the public aware that donations and philanthropy can also be ways to bring satisfaction.
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IRB Barcelona awards its first fellowship funded by donations (26 October 2017)