CaixaBank and the University of Lleida have chosen two students from the University of Valladolid (UVa), Paula Calvo de Diego and Ainhoa Vicente Hernández, among the six finalists of the ‘AgroBank Chair Award for the best TFM’ to support science in women, endowed with 3,000 euros and focused on the field of agriculture, livestock and food.
The Chair, sensitive to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and specifically to the one that advocates for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women, launches this ‘AgroBank Chair Award for the best TFM’ to recognize talent and promote the professional career of brilliant students who have completed a master’s degree in the agri-food sector, CaixaBank sources have informed Europa Press.
Paula Calvo de Diego and Ainhoa Vicente Hernández have been chosen as two of the six finalists by the jury, which is made up of the director of the AgroBank Chair and the members of its Scientific-Technical Advisory Committee.
Paula Calvo de Diego, thanks to her TFM on ‘Formation and monitoring of composting piles and design of a composting plant for the treatment of cattle manure’; and Ainhoa Vicente Hernández, thanks to their TFM on ‘Treatment of buckwheat grains using microwaves to improve the functional and nutritional properties of the resulting flours’, will compete for the 3,000 euro prize offered by the entity to the best TFM related to innovation, quality or food safety.
For CaixaBank, the objective of this award is to give visibility to women scientists and promote gender equity and equality in science. The entity has been recognized as the #1 entity in the world in gender equality, according to the Bloomberg 2021 international index, and occupies the first position in Spain in the EWoB Gender Diversity Index. In addition, it is part of the new IBEX Gender Equality Index.
AgroBank, leader in the sector The AgroBank Chair for Quality and Innovation in the agri-food sector of the UdL, created in 2016, has among its fundamental objectives the recognition of the search for excellence that is being developed in the agri-food field, the promotion of the transfer of scientific and technical knowledge between researchers, professionals in the sector and clients of the financial institution, and the promotion of quality and innovation in the agri-food field.
AgroBank, CaixaBank’s line of business specializing in the agricultural and agri-food sectors, finances this Chair at the University of Lleida.
Leader in the segment
In its seven years of life, AgroBank has consolidated its leadership in this segment and has one out of every two Spanish farmers as clients. Its value proposal combines the development of the best products and services adapted to the peculiarities of the farmers, ranchers or cooperative members of the sector, together with close and comprehensive advice, not only with financial support, but also from joint planning, it helps with training and specialization to offer a really useful service.
AgroBank has a wide network of its own offices and professionals with a high level of knowledge of the sector, and carries out actions to promote it, such as technical seminars or the signing of agreements with relevant organizations.
CaixaBank has the Wengage diversity program, a transversal project developed by people from all areas of CaixaBank based on meritocracy and the promotion of equal opportunities, which works to promote and visualize gender, functional and generational diversity.
Wengage includes internal measures to promote flexibility and conciliation, to make diversity visible and to reinforce the role of women, with training programs or female mentoring plans, through which the entity’s directors advise other professionals in the development of your professional career.
It also develops external initiatives for clients and society, based on promoting diversity and equal opportunities in three areas of action: leadership and entrepreneurship, innovation and education, and sport.
In addition, CaixaBank has, since January 2020, an Equality Plan to promote the principles of equal opportunities and diversity in work teams, promote the presence of women in managerial positions and reinforce measures to reconcile personal and professional life. professional.
It includes, for example, the gender perspective in management development programs and in selection and training processes, and encourages teleworking and flexibility.