The recipient of the 2021 EuChemS Lecture Award was announced this month. Sílvia Osuna will receive this honour, given in recognition of major achievements of junior scientists working in a country with a EuChemS Member Organisation.
Sílvia Osuna is an ICREA research professor at the Universitat de Girona, studying biochemical processes mainly related to enzyme catalysis. She is developing new technologies with her lab on this field, including computational tools for predicting which amino acid changes are required to the enzyme structure for allowing novel function. This has the potential to enable the routine computational design of proficient enzymes to boost their use in industry.
She will receive the award in person at the closing ceremony of the 8th EuChemS Chemistry Congress in Lisbon, alongside the winner of the 2020 Lecture Award, Victor Mougel. Both awardees will hold plenary talks upon receiving their honours.