Sydney Brenner, Mireia Trenchs, Arcadi Navarro, Miguel Beato, Jaume Bertranpetit, Fernando Giráldez
At its meeting on 19 June 2013, the Board of Governors, at the request of the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (DCEXS) and the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, decided to invest the biologist Sydney Brenner as a doctor honoris causa of the Pompeu Fabra University.
This is the first time that the university has awarded this type of doctorate to a scientist, and is in recognition of his long and brilliant career in teaching and research in the field of molecular biology, which has made him one of the leading figures worldwide in that field of knowledge, and his standing as a historical figure who has been crucial in biomedical and genetics since the second half of the twentieth century.
At 12:30 pm on Thursday 3 April, the Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate Sydney Brenner will be made a doctor honoris causa by UPF in a ceremony that will take place in the auditorium of the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park, on the UPF Mar Campus (Dr. Aiguader, 88. Barcelona).
Mireia Trenchs will open the ceremony as the acting rector of Pompeu Fabra University. Arcadi Navarro, professor of the CEXS, will be the master of the ceremony, and the encomia will be given by Miguel Beato, a researcher at the Centre for Genomic Regulation, and Jaume Bertranpetit and Fernando Giráldez, professors at the CEXS. The three encomia will discuss Brenner's main contributions to various fields of biology: genetics, evolutionary biology and developmental biology.