The researcher Francesc Lloret has won the XXIX European Prize for the Popularization of Science "Estudi General" with his work The ubiquity of the magnet: a magnetic world, a work that focuses on the presence of magnetic energy in different areas of life. The professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Valencia and principal investigator of the Coordination Chemistry group at the Institute of Molecular Science (ICMol) of the same institution has received the award, convened by the University of Valencia and endowed with 12,000 euros, as part of the Literary Awards "Ciutat d'Alzira"
Francesc Lloret, principal investigator of the Coordination Chemistry group at the Institute of Molecular Science (ICMol), located at the University of Valencia Science Park (PCUV), has received the XXIX European Prize for Scientific Dissemination "Estudi General" with his work The ubiquity of the magnet: a magnetic world, which delves into visualizing the impact of magnetism in our daily and future life. The winners in the different categories of the Literary Awards "Ciutat d'Alzira" collected last November 10 the trophy designed by Manuel Boix, at a gala with 600 people who among others have attended personalities from the cultural and political world. A total of 11 works have been presented to the European Award for Scientific Dissemination in this edition.
The book tells us about the most recent advances and applications of magnetism while analyzing its history to understand the difficulty involved, but above all its importance, since life itself on our planet is linked to the existence of a terrestrial magnetic field that protects us from high radiation. "Although we live in a world where magnetism accompanies us throughout our lives, most people do not really know what it is, how it works and the enormous role it plays," explains José Ramón Alonso, Professor of Cell Biology, Lloret's predecessor in this award.
"Although we live in a world where magnetism accompanies us throughout our lives, most people do not really know what it is, how it works and the enormous role it plays," José Ramón Alonso, Professor of Cell Biology, Lloret's predecessor in this award
The Vice Rector for Innovation and Transfer of the Universitat de València, Rosa Donat, stressed that "The increase in the level of the works presented each year is a good example of the quality and level of the disseminators, and we are pleased to increase our collections with their work".
The jury was chaired by Rosa M. Donat, vice-rector of Innovation and Transfer, and Carolina Moreno, professor of Journalism and director of the book collection "Sense Fronteres", in which the winning work will be published, was a member of the jury. Other members are José Ramón Alonso, winner of the 28th edition of this prize, the last one awarded; Anabel Forte, researcher at the Department of Statistics and Operations Research (UV); and Juan Nácher, researcher at the Department of Cell Biology, Functional Biology and Physical Anthropology (UV).
Francesc Lloret Pastor has been a postdoctoral researcher and professor at several university institutions. He has published nearly 700 articles in prestigious scientific journals and his contributions have been recognized with national and international awards, such as the Research Excellence Award from the RSEQ, the Catalan-Sabatier Award from the French Society of Chemistry and the Distinguished Research Career Award from the Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry. In addition, he holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bucharest.