Amaia Abanda wins the 3rd edition of the Gladys Award

22 September 2023

"This prestigious award celebrates the exceptional careers of young women in the digital field"

Amaia Abanda, researcher at TECNALIA, has been awarded the 3rd Gladys Award

This prestigious award celebrates the exceptional track record of young women in the digital field, promoting female role models and contributing to the advancement of gender equality in technology. The jury highlighted the interdisciplinary nature of Amaia, who, despite her background in maths, has shown passion and commitment to the field of computer science. Her dedication and enthusiasm for promoting the role of women in technology, as well as her vision and enthusiasm for future projects, were key aspects that led the jury to decide that she deserved this award.

Amaia Abanda has not only shown excellence in her academic training, but also in her work. After gaining a degree in Mathematics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), in 2014-2015 she went on to study a Master’s degree in Computational Engineering and Intelligent Systems at the Faculty of Computer Science of the UPV/EHU. In 2022, he presented his doctoral thesis, a work that combined the knowledge of the Basque Centre of Applied Mathematics (BCAM) and the Intelligent System Group (ISG) of the UPV/EHU’s Faculty of Computer Science.

Data science

He is currently working on Digitaldigital, in the field of data science. His dedication earned him the prize for the best record during his Master's degree, and in 2018, at the Congress of the Spanish Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAEPIA), he received the mention for the best thesis project.

In addition to her professional achievements, Amaia is a woman of great initiative; she has been actively involved in cooperation projects, dissemination and promotion of gender equality in recent years.

About the Gladys Award

The aim of the award, whose name recalls the figure and work of the computer scientist Gladys del Estal, is to reward young Basque women working in the digital environment, to create new references for young people and to disseminate their work. The award ceremony will be held on 26 September at 11:00 at the UPV/EHU's Faculty of Computer Science.

The Gladys Award, organised by PUNTUEUS and the Faculty of Computer Science of the UPV/EHU, is sponsored by the Equality Body of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa and Emunkude, the Basque Women's Institute, as well as the support of the industrial group Danobatgroup  and the UPV/EHU's Equality Department.