More than 300 researchers from the BBVA Foundation with the Leonardo scholarships now integrate the Leonardo network, an instrument that will facilitate the exchange of ideas and contents in the physical space and in the digital field, through the Web ' www. Redleonardo. Es ' That will also serve to follow the trajectories of scientists.
This initiative born from the Leonardo scholarships--which takes its name by inspiration in the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci--arises to give "one step more" towards the objective of "valuing the capacity of each area to enrich the life of all", according to Fundación Bbva.
The network will contribute to give visibility in the public space to the community of researchers and creators of excellence that Leonardo scholarships have brought out and that can serve as a reference and inspiration for those who are taking the first steps of their professional life.
After five calls (2014-2018), the scholarship program has held this Wednesday in Madrid the first meeting of this network, which has brought together almost 200 scholars from all over Spain, as well as members of the Commissions evaluating experts who in each Convocation rigorously evaluate the candidatures.
In the first five meetings of the Leonardo scholarships, between 2014 and 2018, more than 9,000 applications have been received and a total of 308 scholarships for 10.5 million euros have been granted. The evaluation is carried out by specific commissions in each of the 11 areas of knowledge covered by the program: basic Sciences; Biology, environmental and earth sciences; Biomedicine Information and communication technologies; Engineering and architecture; Economics and Social Sciences; Communication and information Sciences; Humanities Plastic arts and Digital art; Music and Opera; and literary creation and theatre.
The Leonardo scholarships--initially called individual aids to researchers and cultural creators--, were created in 2014 by the BBVA Foundation to promote people between 30 and 45 years old, in an intermediate stage of their careers, which combine a trajectory And a strong growth potential. "Regardless of their work or hierarchical position, these professionals are the engine of science and culture and yet they were not sufficiently cared for," the entity says.
The scholarships are designed to realize personal projects that address innovative challenges of research and cultural creation. As explained in its bases, its purpose is "to contribute to the generation of knowledge in its broadest sense, from basic research and the development of technological applications, to philosophical speculation and artistic reflection".