Indian Students in Spain Work with CERN to Combat Environmental Pollution

January 11, 2024

Students from Esade, UPC, and IED Barcelona Collaborate with CERN Scientists under Challenge Based Innovation Program

In a recent collaboration between esteemed institutions and the world's leading fundamental physics research facility, students studying at Esade, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) Barcelona worked under the direct guidance of scientists from CERN. They developed prototypes as part of their participation in the Challenge Based Innovation (CBI) program.

The Challenge Based Innovation Program (CBI)

The Challenge Based Innovation (CBI) is a program that fosters a unique, creative and problem-solving environment for the students. CBI works under an inventive model of learning that combines education with innovative thinking. The program encourages students from different disciplines to collaborate and work on generating solutions for real-world problems with the guidance of skilled mentors from various fields.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration at Its Best

Esade, UPC and IED Barcelona are acclaimed institutions in Catalonia, Spain, known for their diverse disciplines—management, technological studies, and design respectively. Collaborating under CBI gives their students a platform to merge their interdisciplinary knowledge and skills, and come up with innovative solutions while working on prototypes under the keen guidance of experienced CERN scientists.

CERN’s Role in the Project

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is famous for its complex scientific instruments that utilize advanced technological insights to probe the universe's fundamental structure. By opening an avenue for these students, they can provide comprehensive insights into technological advancements and top-notch laboratory equipment. This initiative by CERN also highlights its dedication towards nurturing future generations of scientists by providing direct interaction and hands-on experience with their experienced researchers.

Expected Outcomes

The partnership under the CBI program is expected to yield highly innovative and sustainable solutions, utilizing scientific discoveries and technological insights of CERN for the benefit of society at large. Furthermore, it presents a unique experience and learning opportunity for the students, which helps in transforming the students into future leaders and innovators of their fields.

Promoting such interdisciplinary collaboration and real-world problem-solving experiences not only enhances the students' curricula but also strengthens the relationship between academic institutions and the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) industry.

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