CSIC awards the prizes of the XII edition of Inspiraciencia

Published: September 12, 2022

  • The event took place at the Residence for Researchers.
  • The event included theatrical performances by the InCiTe company.

The Inspiraciencia short story contest closed last Friday, September 9, with an on-site gala at the Residencia de Investigadores, in Barcelona, with the award ceremony and a theatrical performance prepared for the event. The event was broadcast live and will be available in the coming days on the Residence’s channel. The CFM has been collaborating for years with this initiative by judging the stories in Basque and disseminating the contest.

Among the 24 prizes awarded, there is a majority female presence (17 women, two thirds of the total number of finalists and winners). In the case of the Artificial Intelligence Award, 6 of the 7 winners are women. Up to 455 stories from all over Spain and Latin America have been submitted to the contest.

Institutional prizes are awarded to a winner and a finalist for each category (adult and young) and language (Spanish, Catalan, Galician and Basque).

There were also two public prizes, awarded by popular vote through the web and the special prize “De ciencias y de letras”, which recognizes the involvement of teachers in the process and elaboration of the stories presented by their students.

In addition, the special prize for Artificial Intelligence has been awarded to seven stories focused on this topic. The latter has been possible thanks to the collaboration of the AIHUB-CSIC network.

The jury emphasized that all the stories “have addressed clearly and with great creativity the theme of artificial intelligence, many of them posing a rhythm and tension that trapped you”. In addition, they emphasize, “it is curious that many texts deal with how machines will dominate us and take our jobs. I think it reflects one of the fears that exist in society”.

Among the winners, the themes are very diverse. The misadventures of a molecule in a humorous way in “Sacadme de aquí” by Francisco José Plou Gasca is one of the winning stories (winner in the adult Spanish category); along with the detective story “El fósil de la sala 22”, by Silvia Tagarro Díaz (young Spanish); two futuristic visions in “La mecànica de la ment”, by María Ángela Ontenient Lledó (adult Catalan) and in “Dia 53 de 365”, by Sofía German (young Catalan). Also, the discovery of a vaccine against cancer in Afrikako Emakume Miresgarriak, by Ane Rioboó González (young Basque); the delicate portrait of the biology of life and death in “A ribeira do Mexillón”, by Pedro Rodríguez Villar (adult Galician); and a fiction about the possibility of talking to animals through electronic devices and its consequences, in the story “O derradeiro canto”, by Abril Viqueira Pose (young Galician). Below is a complete list of the winning stories by category.

A multicenter project

Inspiraciencia is promoted by the CSIC Delegation in Catalonia with the collaboration of many people and organizations. It has the support of the CSIC Scientific Culture, the CSIC delegations in Andalusia, Aragon, Galicia, Balearic Islands, Madrid and Valencia, and several institutes in Catalonia, Euskadi, Extremadura, Galicia, Madrid and Canary Islands, including the Center for Physics of Materials (CFM, mixed CSIC-UPV/EHU).

It has the support of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) of the Ministry of Science and Innovation, the AIHUB-CSIC and the special collaboration of numerous cultural and scientific entities: Escola d’Escriptura de l’Ateneu Barcelonès; Escuela de Escritores; Asociación de Escritoras e Escritores en Lingua Galega; Editorial Galaxia; Efervesciencia; Euskal Etxea -Centre Cultural Barcelona; Elhuyar Zientzia; Mètode- Revista de Difusió de la Investigació de la Universitat de València; Associació d’Escriptors en Llengua Catalana; Investigación y Ciencia; Biblioteques de Barcelona, and Residència d’Investigadors (CSIC-Generalitat de Catalunya).

Complete list of award winners and finalists by language and category

Categoría Joven

Ganadora: Ane Rioboó González (Gorliz, Vizcaya), por el relato “Afrikako Emakume Miresgarriak”.
Finalista: Irati Unibaso Laka, de Plentzia (Vizcaya), por el relato “Mundua aldatzekoIrati Unibaso Laka”.                    

Categoría Adulto

 Ganador, desierto.

Finalista, desierto.

Categoría Adulto

Ganador: Pedro Rodríguez Villar, de Nigrán (Pontevedra), por el relato “A ribeira do Mexillón
Finalista: Jorge Emilio Bóveda (Ourense),  por el relato Logos Arena.


Categoría Joven

Ganadora: Abril Viqueira Pose, de Ordes (A Coruña), por el relato “O derradeiro canto”.
Finalista: Daniela Rodríguez López, de Ourense, por el relato “Os reemplazos”.

Categoría adulto

Ganadora: María Ángela Ontenient Lledó, de Crevillent (Alicante), por el relato “La mecànica de la ment”.

Finalista: Patricia Marín (Barcelona), por el relato “Marques”.

Categoría joven 

Ganadora: Sofia German, de Lloret de Mar (Girona), por el relato “Dia 53 de 365”.
Finalista: Gerard Fondevila Carreras, de Terrassa (Barcelona), por el relato “Del fred a la freturança”.

Categoría adulto

Ganador: Francisco José Plou Gasca (Madrid), por el relato “¡Sacadme de aquí!
Finalista: María José Hernández López (Paterna, Valencia), por el relato “La historia de tu vida”.

Categoría joven

Ganadora:  Silvia Tagarro Díaz,  de Tres Cantos (Madrid), por el relato “El fósil de la sala 22”.
Finalista: Carmen Tolsá Martínez, de Ontinyent (Valencia), por el relato “Corazón vs cerebro”.

Premio del público

Categoría adulto: “Cucú. Cuento cuántico”, de Martín Ernesto Troncoso, de Buenos Aires (Argentina). 

Categoría joven: “Alegoría a la vida: lo posible”, de Manuel Fernando Checeg Pinos y María Tebbane, ambos de  Mislata (Valencia).

Premio especial “De ciencias y de letras”

Para el profesor Alfredo José Martínez Lorenzo, del IES Azud de Alfeitamí, de Alicante.

Premio especial de Inteligencia Artificial

Castellano adulto: “‘Ladrubio Azul’ o el despertar a la humanidad de una fría inteligencia artificial”, de Juan Suardíaz Muro, de Murcia.

Castellano joven: “¿cómo es posible?”, de Emilia Lucía Gurisatti, de Buenos Aires (Argentina).

Catalán adulto: “Un mal presagi”, de Maribel Martínez, de Sant Vicenç de Castellet (Barcelona).

Catalán joven: “Ensenyem a estimar-te”, de Ariadna Argemí Ruiz, de Lloret de Mar (Girona).

Gallego adulto: “Eva: humanoide de compañía”, de Belén Reija Otero, de Lugo.

Gallego joven: “Inda o que algoritmo falle…”, de Brezo Verea Nieto, de Gondomar (Pontevedra).

Euskera joven: “Phonden meategiak”, de Nahikari Falces, de Plentzia (Vizcaya).

Euskera adulto: Desierto.