The 2023 edition of the competition will open on 1 October.
- The sponsorship will increase the prize money to one thousand Euros for each of the three categories.
Fertiberia, a leading company in the field of plant nutrition in Europe, will sponsor the 24th edition of the 'Young Researchers Awards' that the Huelva Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters organises every year with the aim of stimulating careers and recognising the scientific and artistic merits of researchers and creators under the age of 35.
Fertiberia's support will improve the prize money for each of the three categories: Science, Arts and Letters. This will increase the amount of each award to 1,000 Euros. The 2023 edition will open for entries on 1 October and prizes will be awarded at a public ceremony to be held in December.
"We are proud to collaborate with an institution such as the Huelva Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters in an initiative that also involves promoting scientific careers and artistic talent among young people, rewarding their effort and dedication", said André Luis Negrao, director of the Fertiberia plant in Huelva. "In our company, research and innovation are present in our industrial activity because we have taken on the challenge of sustainability as a business value. We are also committed to the communities where we operate and we feel that we have to contribute to the development of future generations, so these awards are a splendid initiative", he stressed.
In turn, Emilio Pascual, president of the Academy, indicated that "this agreement allows us to dignify awards in which the quality of the candidates, and therefore of the award winners, is above, – in many cases far above, the amount that this Institution can allocate to awards with its reduced annual budget. But beyond this specific aid, for which we are cordially grateful to Fertiberia, it is a step in the direction in which we believe entities such as the Academies should move. In other words: the future of these institutions will undoubtedly be based on the co-funding of their activities with public and private entities, with or without direct public aid, which will obviously always be limited."
The Huelva Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters is a public law corporation established in 1998 with the aim of promoting and disseminating culture in the local and provincial environment in its fields of action. The institution has 27 permanent members from various fields, such as the university, business, artists or liberal professions.
The institution promotes a full programme of activities including conferences, exhibitions and concerts, among others. The Young Researchers Awards, established in 1999, have awarded a total of 65 prizes to date. The 2023 edition of the awards will be announced in November following the meeting of the jury, which will be made up of the president of the Academy, three members and a representative of Fertiberia.