We support research and sustainability among young people by means of a number of programmes
To encourage interest in innovation, science, technology and innovation and sustainability among young people, Iberdrola group drives and takes part in different programmes and initiatives in collaboration with other foundations.
More than a hundred students in the 4th year of compulsory secondary education took part in the 9th Investiga I+D+i Congress. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
These initiatives, which intend to promote entrepreneurship among adolescents, are part of the group's Universities Program, whose aims include the promotion of technology and innovation among young people.
Other programs and events in which Iberdrola takes part
Avangrid, filial del grupo en EE. UU,, organizó en octubre su cuarto Foro de Innovación anual, en el que los empleados de la empresa se unieron a estudiantes universitarios para competir en un "Desafío de innovación de Green Grid".
Un espacio destacado de este es su Desafío de Innovación —realizado virtualmente por primera vez debido a la pandemia Enlace externo, se abre en ventana nueva.—, que empareja equipos de estudiantes de las universidades de Cornell, Harvard, Maine, MIT y Yale con empleados de Avangrid para desarrollar soluciones a algunos de los desafíos más difíciles del sector energético.
El equipo ganador de este año —liderado por los estudiantes de la Universidad de Cornell Anmol Singh, Ritika Jain y Rashika Mittal— propuso una forma innovadora de que las empresas aprovechen la creciente adopción de vehículos eléctricos para beneficiar a la red a través de la tecnología de vehículo a red. Los estudiantes del equipo ganador recibirán un total de 30.000 dólares en becas de matrícula de Avangrid.
Avangrid gastó aproximadamente 68 millones de dólares en proyectos de innovación en 2019 y va camino de aumentar esa cifra en 2020, pese a los desafíos de la pandemia de COVID-19.
Our company collaborates with the Fundación San Patricio on the Investiga I+D+i program, which fosters interest among students in research, innovation, science and technology. The aim is to increase their motivation to further their studies and provide them with tools that will help them to choose the path through secondary school and then university that they want to follow.
As part of this collaboration, from 10 to 12 May 2019, the 10th Iberdrola Investiga I+D+i Congress was held at the headquarters of the CSIC (Spanish National Research Council) and at the Iberdrola Campus in San Agustín del Guadalix, where more than 100 young researchers aged 15-16 from 20 Spanish schools shared their knowledge with science professionals.
The focus was on secondary students with outstanding research projects in any of the congress's five thematic areas: gene therapy and diagnostics, electric mobility, the search for extraterrestrial resources, nanotechnology for energy and environmental challenges, and blockchain technology.
Over nine editions, the initiative has managed to get more than 12,000 schoolchildren from throughout Spain into the world of science and technology.
Also, as part of the Investiga I+D+i program, Iberdrola also takes part in Researcher's Week, by giving access to the San Agustín Campus so that students can stay there and tour one of its wind farms.
Iberdrola takes part in the Youth Speak Forum, an action space where young people debate with experts, organisations and companies about the problems of climate change and they think up real solutions for mitigating those problems.
This meeting teaches young people about the Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations as a global goal for making the world a better place in 2039. It is here where young people become aware of them and take the power in their hands to change the energy sector.
Fourth Edition of Youth Speak Forum. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
The event is held in more than 100 countries. Since the first edition in Spain in 2016, Iberdrola has been working closely with the event in line with its sustainability commitment and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
At the 4th Youth Speak Forum, held in 2019, over 500 young people took part in the day dedicated to promoting youth leadership in Agenda 2030 matters, held by Iberdrola and AIESEC at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid.
Iberdrola's commitment as an electricity sector leader reiterates its commitment to train young talent and give them the tools they need to become change agents in the future of energy.