6th Award for Journalism on Technological Research & Innovation

The aim of the award is to encourage the work of media professionals (press, media, television and internet) who promote and disseminate knowledge of research, innovation and technology development with the public.

Topics of the projects presented:

1Sustainable Development.

2Health and Life Quality of Individuals.

3Conservation of Natural Resources.

4Competitiveness and Technological Development.

5The Digitised Society.

2012 Edition Award Winners

Journalism Prize – 6th Edition

View the video summary of the awards ceremony and photo album of the 6th TECNALIA Journalism Award.


Print Media Category Prize

Mr. Fernando Goitia,  for his feature “¿Export R&D? yes, we can”, published in the XL SEMANAL supplement on the 26th of February 2012.

The feature showcases 6 Spanish companies that, despite or maybe because of the recession, are continuing to increase their sales thanks to exporting innovative products.

Their have achieved sales in over 50 countries in little more than 7 years. From plastic hangers, ice-skating rinks, energy-generating crystals, bubble pure air and engineering applied to fly fishing, to DNA chips.

The Jury highlighted the beneficial and compelling impact that this feature can have on our industrial make-up – mainly small and medium enterprises – to prove that “Yes, we can export R&D”.

Radio Category Prize

Ms. Eva Caballero, Director and Presenter of the Programme “The snail´s mechanics”, broadcast on week days on RADIO EUSKADI and available on the Webpage eitb.com.

It started in 2010 as a space for broadcasting on science, technology and history. The aim of the Programme is for us to learn something new everyday, answer queries, disabuse irrational myths and bring scientific and technological knowledge closer to the audience’s everyday life.

The Jury felt that main objective of the Programme of – making science and technology accessible to the general public in a straightforward, entertaining and accurate way – had been fulfilled, whilst also noting the eminent network of contributors.

Television Category Prize

The team made up of Ms. Irene Vaquerizo, Ms. Cristina Moreno, Mr. Fernando Rodríguez, Mr. Santiago Aguilar, Mr. Ildefonso Urban, Mr. March Folch, Mr. Javier Mula eta Mr. Miguel Ortiz,  for their feature “SMART CITY: Cities of the Future”, broadcast on the programme Informe Semanal on TVE 1, on the 11th February 2012 and available on the Website rtve.es.

The team of Informe Semanal visited Malaga, Barcelona and Rivas Vaciamadrid, three cities which for years have focused their efforts on infrastructure renovation and technology implementation.

In this way, the audience can learn in detail about sustainable energy management in use in Malaga; the efficiency achieved by optical fibre installed in Rivas Vaciamadrid; or the urban laboratory named Distrito @22 in Barcelona, a true test bench for Smart Cities.

The Jury emphasised that the feature includes the highlights of Smart Cities (technology and efficient energy management), making them understandable for the audience who can identify improvements achieved in the quality of their daily life.

Internet Category Prize

Mr. Guillermo Roa, for his article “Bio-artificial Hope” published in Basque on the Website ALDIZKARIA.ELHUYAR.ORG on the 1st of April 2012.

The work provides the perfect answer to the question – Is it possible to produce and transplant tailor-made organs nowadays?

The good news is that these so-called bio-artificial organs can in theory be produced from stem cells from the patient, the so-called bio-artificial organs. The bad news is that the research into techniques to produce these organs has just started and as research progresses new hindrances – sometimes insurmountable – are found.

The Jury has found that all in all, the pros and the cons are expressed in an accurate, straightforward and entertaining way in this feature which makes the most of multimedia information to deliver outstanding results which allow us to better understand the potential, hope and reality of working with stem cell medicine.

2 Special Mentions for

Mr. José A. Pérez , for the feature “Genetic Modification?” broadcast on the 24th of October 2011 on the Programa Escépticos of ETB 2 and available on the website of eitb.tv.

Escépticos is a documentary series created, written and directed by Jose A. Perez and broadcast in 2011. The programme “Genetic Modification?” provides a clear and straightforward explanation into what a genetic modification is and how it is carried out, removing potential prejudices from the audience regarding genetic engineering.

The Jury considered this work as fulfilling the requirement of bringing these issues closer to an audience not particularly interested in science and technology to begin with, with an energetic and colourful audiovisual language, ideal for TV and Internet formats.

Ms. Rosa M. Tristán, for the feature “Science, famine support”, published in EL MUNDO on the 14th of May 2012.

The feature offers a review of the contribution made by science and technology to alleviate the impact of worldwide famines suffered by almost 1 billion people, particularly in Africa and Asia.

The Jury considered the excellent journalistic quality of this work which also cultivates an innovative view of the contribution of science and technology in fighting famine with many practical examples of how to do it – from artificial satellites, telecommunications and engineering to genetics and new farming techniques.

The Jury

The Prize Jury, for this VI Edition will be made up of prestigious representatives of the business, academic, technological and journalism fields:


  • Mr. Ángel Sánchez Asiaín, President of the Fundación COTEC


  • Mr. Joseba Jauregizar, Managing Director of TECNALIA


  • Mr. Javier Ormazabal, President of TECNALIA.
  • Mr. José Mª Echarri, Honorary Chairman of the Corporación Tecnológica TECNALIA.
  • Mr. Iñaki Goirizelaia, Chancellor of the University of the Basque Country UPV-EHU.
  • Mr. Txema Villate, Managing Director of Innobasque.
  • Mr. Iñaki Aretxabaleta, Managing Director of Business of Vocento.
  • Mr. José Ignacio Arrieta, President of the Basque Association of Engineering and Consultancy Firms (AVIC).
  • Mr. Antonio Calvo, President of the Spanish Association of Science Communication (AECC).