ESADE, IED and UPC students at CERN come up with solutions for sustainable development

ESADE, IED and UPC students at CERN come up with solutions for sustainable development


Six teams of students drawn from Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) of Barcelona, ESADE Business School, and UPC took part in the ninth edition of Challenge-based Innovation (CBI). For the fifth year in a row, students from these institutions have collaborated in a project developed by IdeaSquare@CERN and the Department of Innovation at CERN to create solutions that make for a better world in various fields: sex equality; education; mental health; access to drinking water; access to energy and food safety.

These three higher education institutions are the only Spanish centres taking part in the CBI — an experimental training programme covering innovation and which is open to universities worldwide. CBI’s purpose is to forge much closer links between society and science.

Working in multidisciplinary teams, the students experimented with ways of making all three fields of training converge by coming up with innovative solutions that will benefit mankind.



Founded in 1958, ESADE ranks among the top ten business schools in Europe in the most important International MBA, Executive Education and university programme rankings. ESADE has agreements and works with over 100 universities and business schools worldwide. The school offers doctoral programmes in management studies and conducts cutting-edge research in the fields of Data Science & Market Decisions, Economics & Finance, Entrepreneurship, Globalisation & Geopolitics, Governance, Innovation & Operations, Strategy, Leadership & People Management and Social Innovation.


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