Partnership between the Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation and Friends of UNESCO

Partnership agreement to organize a season of lectures on bioethics.

The Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation and Barcelona Friends of UNESCO have signed a partnership agreement to organize a season of lectures on bioethics. The lectures are part of the "Spaces for reflection" project, and will provide a forum to debate issues such as human reproduction, the handling of health information, loneliness, ageing and the end of life.


Barcelona Friends of UNESCO is a non-profit organization and was founded 59 years ago. It was the first UNESCO organization to be created in Spain.  Its objectives include raising awareness of UNESCO's founding values, which are linked to culture, education and science.


Photo: Núria Terribas, Director of the Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation, and Rosa Pujol, director of Friends of UNESCO.

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Annual Report 2018

The Foundation has published its Annual Report, a document which summarizes its efforts to promote bioethics during the past year.

In the report you will find details of the activities conducted last year, the prizes awarded and the publications issued, plus all of the relevant corporate information. 



Awards and grants

Until 31 May. Deadline for applying for prizes and grants

Submission is now closed!

You have until 31 May to submit your projects. You can register online and submit projects via our website.


Secondary high school prizes

Audiovisual awards


Registration for Ethics and science prize will be open until November 30.

Marian Barnes, sociologist and social policy expert, approaches the ethics of care from a perspective that transcends illness and economic hegemony. This publication includes two lectures give at the seminar on Ethics and the values of care, organized by the Official College of Nurses of Barcelona, in partnership with the Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation.


Only edited in Spanish.


‘Maternity on stand-by'

The Foundation has taken part in a documentary about maternity, produced by Catalan channel TV3

The Foundation has taken part in a documentary about maternity, produced by Catalan channel TV3
The programme includes contributions from Victoria Camps, president of the Foundation, and also incorporates images and conclusions from the workshop, Thinking About Maternity, held in November.

The documentary, screened as part of TV3's Sense Ficció strand, explains that, at almost 31 years, the maternal age in Catalonia is one of the highest in the world. At the same time, Catalonia has one of the lowest fertility rates in Europe: just 1.3 births per woman, compared to a replacement rate of 2.1.


These trends have become more pronounced over recent decades, and are joined by a third statistic: for the first time since records began, one in four Catalan women will have no children. Sometimes this is out of choice, but often it is because they are unable to, even with assisted reproduction.


'Maternitat en stand-by'

Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation rated highly for transparency

The Foundation ranks fifth in an evaluation of the leading Spanish foundations.

The report "Construir Confianza 2018" (building trust), compiled by Fundación Compromiso y Transparencia, puts the Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation in fifth place in its ranking of the most transparent organizations in the family foundation category. This report evaluates the transparency and governance of Spanish foundations, based on the information published on their websites.

The foundation is in the fifth position. However, it is not included in the top rankings because it does not publish an auditor's report, which this study deems essential, although none of the circumstances specified by the legislation in this area would require the foundation to produce audited accounts.

Maria Blasco

New member of the Foundation's Board of Trustees.

Maria Blasco will bring her scientific experience to bear on the study and promotion of bioethics.


Maria Blasco has a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the "Severo Ochoa" Centre for Molecular Biology, and is a specialist in telomeres and telomerase. In 1993 she moved to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, where she joined the laboratory led by Carol W. Greider. She returned to Spain in 1997 to set up her own research group at the National Biotechnology Centre (CSIC; Madrid). In 2003 she moved to the National Centre for Cancer Research (CNIO, Madrid) as Director of the Molecular oncology Service and and Head of the Telomeres and Telomerase Group. In 2005 she was appointed Assistant Director of Basic Research at CNIO, and in June 2011 she was named Director of the CNIO.
For more than 20 years, Blasco's work has focused on demonstrating the importance of telomeres and telomerase in cancer and in diseases related to ageing. Blasco received the Award for Scientific Merit from the Regional Government of Valencia in In October 2017, and has been awarded three Honorary Doctorates: from Carlos III University, Madrid, from the University of Alicante and, most recently, from the University of Murcia.

Partnership with the Academy of Catalan Cinema

Agreement to work on joint projects and raise the profiles of both institutions.

The agreement will disseminate the Audiovisual Prize for a Bioethics Project and will promote screenings of films that address topics related to bioethics as part of this year's Gaudí Season.

Isocial partnership agreement

Agreement to cooperate to support innovation in the social services sector.

The Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation and Fundación iSocial have signed a partnership agreement to support ethical reflection in all innovative activities in Social Services.

Ethics and Science Awards 2017/18

The jury has announced this year's results. 


First prize to "The Royal Philanthropic Vaccination Expedition. Bioethics yesterday and today" Escuela San Gabriel, Viladecans.


Second prize to "Shall we change?" Betania Patmos School, Barcelona.


Third prize to "The tree of children's rights" Les Pinediques School, Taradell.


Special mention:


• "Capability with a soul" Centro San Juan de Dios, Valladolid.

• "QC-Aspace: humanizing technology" Instituto Quatre Cantons, Barcelona.

• "The environmental storyteller" INS Berenguer d'Entença de l'Hospitalet de l'Infant.