Awards, Funding, & Outreach

Awards & Grants

(2020) Meijers Prize for the best published article of each faculty research programme, Leiden University, Value: 500 EUR.

(2020) COVR Award, 60.000 EUR to work on the subproject LIAISON: Liaising robot development and policy making to increase overall robot safety. Main project: H2020 COVR Being safe around collaborative and versatile robots in shared spaces. Value: 60.000 EUR.

(2019) EURA Young Scholar Prize, European Center of Excellence on the Regulation of Robotics and AI.

(2019) Personal Visiting Researcher Grant, Research Council of Norway. Value: 7000 EUR.

(2019) Erasmus+ ICM Teaching Staff Exchange Grant. Value: 3500 EUR.

(2019-2021) Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Value: 2 year full-time contract (EU Contribution 63.000 EUR).

(2018) The ideas of my Ph.D. Thesis “Create a European Robot Impact Assessment” and “Create a Robot Seal” have been Included in the “EYE2018 Report: 100 ideas for a better future,'' an event organized by the European Parliament.

(2018) Selected for the invitation-only Robotics Science and Systems (RSS) Pioneers Workshop. Value: Travel expenses

(2018) Selected as Talent for the Mission -1 at Mindfire Foundation, Davos, Switzerland. Value: Travel expenses

(2017) Grindley Grant, Competitive Conference Attendance Funding, Experimental Psychology Society. Value: Travel expenses

(2016) JSAI-isAI Competitive Workshop Organization Grant, Yokohama, Japan. Value: 1500 EUR.

(2013-2016) Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Full Scholarship. Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), European Commission. Value: 3-year full time scholarship.

(2011) Erasmus Scholarship to join Université Toulouse Capitole I, France.

(2007) Second Award in “Programa Argó”, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Catalonia.V alue: 1100 EUR

(2007) First Price High School Dissertation, Jaume Mimó High School, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona, Catalonia.

(2007) High School with Honors, Government of Catalonia. Value: First year university tuition free.

(2007) Orator, Grant to Study English in the U.K., Government of Catalonia. Value: 2-week full board in the UK

Blog articles

Fosch-Villaronga, E. & Drukarch, H.G. (2020) Introducing the future of robot regulation. Medium. Available at, last modified Feb 1, 2021.

Hof, S. van der, & Fosch-Villaronga, E. (2020) Growing up with AI - A call for further research and a precautionary approach. Response to the Policy guidance on AI for children (draft 1.0, September 2020) presented by UNICEF and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Leiden Law Blog, October 20.

Fosch-Villaronga, E. (2019) A summer Shandong University. Leiden Law News.

Fosch-Villaronga, E., and Aymerich-Franch (2019) Me, myself and my avatar might be the same person. Binary District Journal.

Press mentions

Leiden University (2020) Eduard Fosch Villaronga: 'Robots are mainly for the average person.' SAILS Program. Our workers.

Colmjon, E. (2020) Vriend of Vijand. Leidsch Dagblad, 11 Sept

NTNU (2020) Robot technology for everyone or only for the average person? Science Codex

Tamò-Larrieux, A. (2020) DSI Insights: Privat­sphärenschutz während einer Pandemie. INSIDE IT.

News Staff (2020) Queering Of Robots Will Make Them Designed To Include The LGBTQ+ Community. Science 2.0.

NTNU (2020) Are robots designed to include the LGBTQ+ community?

La vanguardia (2019) Robótica y ética, una relación confusa. La Vanguardia (Spanish major newspaper).


Enk, M. van (2020) ‘Leiden has a special atmosphere, almost like a family’. Leiden University News.

(2020) Why a drag queen is given less exposure than a white supremacist.

Knoester, M. (2019) Robots and our data: opportunity or danger? Leiden University News.

(2019) Eduard Fosch Postdoc at Leiden Law School, studies the legal implications of robots. Leiden University News.


Fosch-Villaronga, E. and Torras, C. (2019) Roboethics: new consensus in the man-robot relationship. Dialogues for Democratic Quality. Puzzled Democracies: formulating new consensus. [Diàlegs per a la Qualitat Democràtica. Democràcies perplexes: formulant nous consensos] Palau Macaya. Ernest Lluch Foundation, November 14, Barcelona, Catalonia.