The jury was formed by Maria Garcia-Parajo (President), Carme Rovira, Ramon López de Mantaras, Josep Maria Martorell and Xavier Obradors. Finally, the prize has been awarded to Hugues de Riedmatten, ICREA Professor at ICFO (Institute of Photonic Sciences) for his work on "Photonic quantum state transfer between a cold atomic gas and a Crystal" published in Nature. He has shown for the first time that it is possible to transmit a quantum bit through a single photon between two nodes of different physical nature. This opens the doors to a safer telecommunications network, compatible with the current fiber optic infrastructure.
Prof. Teresa Puig and Prof. Xavier Obradors were awarded with the Premi Ciutat de Barcelona 2015 in this same category for their "discovery of a low-cost and scalable method for the prodcution of superconducting materials, based on the ultrafast crystallization, and applicable to the sustainable management of electric energy".
The other awards Premi Ciutat de Barcelona 2017 have been for:
- AGUSTÍ DURAN I SANPERE D'HISTÒRIA DE BCN: Alessandro Ravotto
- ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM: Harquitectes
- VISUAL ARTS: Joan Morey
- TEST, SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES: Nova Il·lustració Radical
- AUDIOVISUALS: Carla Simón
- EXPERIMENTAL SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY: Hugues de Rietmatten
- EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES: ‘Citizen science provides a reliable and scalable tool to track disease-carrying mosquitoes"
- LIFE SCIENCES: Pere Roca-Cusachs
- CIRCUS: “Fidelis Fortibus”
- POPULAR AND TRADITIONAL CULTURE: Associació de festes de la Plaça Nova
- DANCE: Mal Pelo
- DESIGN: "Hack the school" de la Fundació Jaume Bofill
- EDUCATION: Sindihogar / Sindillar
- LITERATURE IN SPANISH LANGUAGE: Juan Luis Ramos
- LITERATURE IN CATALAN LANGUAGE: Aventures i desventures de l'insòlit i admirable Joan Orpí, conquistador i fundador de la Nova Catalunya, Max Besora
- MEDIA: Revista 5W
- MUSIC: Festival Mixtur
- THEATER: Imma Colomer
- TRANSLATION INTO CATALAN LANGUAGE: Dolors Udina
More information in the press release by Barcelona Institute of Culture (ICUB) here.