SRUK/CERU Emerging Talent Award

The objective of the SRUK/CERU Emerging Talent Award is to recognise and support a young Spanish researcher with an outstanding professional trajectory in the UK and facilitate the dissemination of the prize-winners research to both Spanish and British societies. This Award is targeted to researchers who have demonstrated high potential, strong scientific outputs, mentoring, and leadership qualities.

Banco Santander Foundation sponsors this Award under its “Young Talent” programme. The “Young Talent” programme included fellowships and specific actions and was created to fund the most innovative projects carried out by young scientists.

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Our awardees

Exceptional times require exceptional researchers with brilliant solutions, like the ones developed by the previous winners of our SRUK/CERU Emerging Talent Award. Below, you can discover all the awardees since the first edition of this award.

2023 – Roser Vento Tormo

The SRUK/CERU Emerging Talent awardee for this 2023 was Roser Vento Tormo from the Sanger Institute for his excellent research career in the field of genomics and bioinformatics to better understand transcriptional regulatory circuits, with a particular interest in reproductive tissues.

2022 – Nuria Tapia Ruiz

The winner of the SRUK/CERU Emerging Talent Award 2022 was Nuria Tapia Ruiz, from the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London. Her research consists of developing electrochemical energy storage devices such as rechargeable batteries to improve their performance in terms of energy, power, and durability; and thus contribute to a more sustainable environment.

2021- Rodrigo Ledesma Amaro

The #SRUKEmergingTalent awardee for this 2021 was Rodrigo Ledesma Amaro from Imperial College London for his excellent research career in the field of Bioengineering and Synthetic Biology and in recognition for his outstanding contributions to academic research, its translation to industry, and his important work engaging wider audiences with biotechnology.

2020 – Susana García López

The #SRUKEmergingTalent awardee for 2020 was Susana García López, Assistant Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering of the Heriot-Watt University, in Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the development of science and technology for the capture of carbon dioxide in various industrial processes that contribute to the fight against climate change. 

2019 – Marc Vendrell

Have you ever wanted to see in the darkness? In 2019, our #SRUKEmergingTalent awardee was Marc Vendrell, PI at the University of Edinburgh, whose researched is focused on the development of fluorescent chemical probes that have the potential to improve the clinical diagnosis of diseases. 

2018 – David Fairen-Jimenez

Our 2018 #SRUKEmergingTalent awardee was David Fairen-Jimenez, professor at University of Cambridge, who carries out exceptional research on advanced materials that could be used to fight climate change or even as a new cancer therapy!You can read our press release here

2017 – Xavier Moya

Moving into 2017 we became green, and so was the second #SRUKEmergingTalent awardee Xavier Moya, Assistant Professor from University of Cambridge, who creates “mechanocaloric” materials that can help to build better refrigerators for a better planet.  

2016 – Eva Hevia

Our first #SRUKEmergingTalent was awarded to Eva Hevia, Professor of Chemistry at University of Strathclyde in 2016.

Excellent researcher, outstanding on her outreach and a remarkable mentor, Eva Hevia impact goes beyond her work on polar organometallic reagents.