The Santa Bárbara Awards 2023 granted by the Official Mining Chamber of Galicia were presented on December 1st in Mondariz.
Francisco Guitián Rivera, Coordinator of the Technological Unit and Transfer to the Productive Sector at iMATUS, was honored with the “Career Award” for his lifetime dedication to mining through his research and his essential contribution to the economic development of the region. Guitián is an emeritus professor of materials science and technology and was the director of the Institute of Ceramics of Galicia from its inception until its evolution alongside AEMAT into the current iMATUS.
During the ceremony, the Counselor for Economy, Industry, and Innovation, María Jesús Lorenzana, advocated for sustainable mining, respectful of the environment, that maximizes social and economic benefits and aligns with the needs of the Galician industrial sector.
This recognition not only celebrates individual achievements but also highlights iMATUS’ commitment to excellence in materials research and its contribution to the economic development of Galicia, providing technology and collaborative R&D to make its industry more competitive.