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.
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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, the group's US subsidiary, hosted its fourth annual Innovation Forum in October, where company employees joined university students to compete in a "Green Grid Innovation Challenge".
A highlight of this is its Innovation Challenge — held virtually for the first time due to the pandemic —, which pairs teams of students from Cornell, Harvard, Maine, MIT, and Yale universities with Avangrid employees to develop solutions to some of the energy sector's toughest challenges.
This year's winning team — led by Cornell University students Anmol Singh, Ritika Jain, and Rashika Mittal — proposed an innovative way for companies to leverage the growing adoption of electric vehicles to benefit the grid through vehicle-to-grid technology. Students on the winning team will receive a total of $30,000 in tuition scholarships from Avangrid.
Avangrid spent approximately $68 million on innovation projects in 2019 and is on track to increase that figure in 2020, despite the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our company collaborates with the San Patricio Foundation in the Investiga I+D+i programme, which seeks to encourage students' interest in research, innovation, science and technology. The aim is to increase motivation in their future studies and provide them with tools to help them choose their baccalaureate option and the subsequent university degree they wish to pursue.
Within the framework of this collaboration, a group of one hundred young researchers aged fifteen and sixteen, students in the 4th grade (4º de la ESO) from 20 schools throughout Spain, took part in the XI Iberdrola Innova I+D+i Congress of the San Patricio Foundation from 2 to 4 October 2020, which is promoted by Iberdrola with the support of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).
This year's participants shared their research projects with professional scientists, who are experts in each of the five thematic areas by which the congress was divided: E-health and Telemedicine, Offshore Wind Energy, Molecular Motors and Nanomachines, Origin of Life, and Robotics.
The Iberdrola Innova I+D+i programme brings 16-year-olds closer to the world of research through peer learning and teamwork techniques, with the overview of scientists who are experts in different areas.
To date, the programme has brought the world of science and technology closer to more than 10,000 young people under the age of 18 throughout Spain.
The Iberdrola Innova I+D+i programme was awarded the prize for the best initiative that educates in values and teamwork in 2014.
In addition, as part of the Investiga I+D+i programme, Iberdrola participates in Researcher's Week by opening the doors of the San Agustín Campus for students to stay and accompanying them to 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.