The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) was founded in 1968, it is therefore a relatively young university, but in its short history it has moved forward at a rapid pace. According to the international rankings, it is among the best universities in Spain, and it is occupying an outstanding position at European and international level in terms of quality of teaching and research.

The UAB aims to prepare professionals with the profiles needed by society and contribute to society through its scientific research. To achieve these objectives, the institution offers a wide range of courses, with 109 undergraduate courses, 68 doctoral programmes, 278 master postgraduate programmes and 314 specialisation courses. The University has over 40,000 students, (3,900 foreign students) and 3.751 permanent researchers and teaching staff, (data from 2022-23). The UAB is one of the major public universities of Spain. In January 2012, the UAB endorsed the C&C and in October 2012 joined the 4th Cohort of the HRS4R initiative. In December 2014, the UAB was awarded the distinction “HR Excellence in Research”. Since then, the UAB have been monitoring and implementing the successive action plans. This reflects our commitment to continuously improve our human resources strategies in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct and our commitment to guarantee a supportive research environment implementing these principles into UAB policies.

The UAB is also committed to align the institutional strategy of the UAB with the policies promoted at European level, in this regard, Open Science is a priority for the University. In its Strategic Plan 2030, it emphasises the role that the university wants to play as an agent of transformation of society, promoting the exchange of knowledge to respond to the great social challenges and demands. Also, in November 2022 signed the CoARA agreement (Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment) and has an active participation in COARA working groups.

Xavier Ariño

Head of the Strategic Projects Office of the UAB

Xavier is PhD in Biology with long experience in research and teaching at the university. He has more than 20 years of experience working in university management. He has been responsible for the UAB’s Campus of International Excellence, promoting the university’s connection with its territory, and implementing the UAB Sphere concept. In this context, he was coordinator of the European project, P-Sphere (Marie S. Curie COFUND) to attract talent to EsferaUAB. For ten years, as head of strategic and institutional projects at the UAB, he has been promoting the joint strategy with the territory of the B30 to constitute a responsible research and innovation ecosystem (RRI), aligning the university with the policies of ‘smart specialization (S3). As the IP of the European project SEERRI (Horizon2020), he contributed to the development and application of the concept of shared agendas and to consolidating the HubB30 as a collaborative platform to provide directionality to the B30 ecosystem. Currently IP of the European project INCENTIVE (H2020) for aims to create a citizen science hub at the UAB.

Begoña Miñarro

Strategic Project Manager

Begoña has a PhD in food science and technology. She has over 6 years of experience as a researcher and project manager in different international and national projects.
She has been a trainer of RRI courses as well as leading the coordination and implementation of the daily tasks linked to the strategic projects unit at the UAB (P-Sphere, Research Professional Development Program, HEIRRI, SeeRRI).

Sofia Mojica Baquero

Project Manager

Sofia Mojica is an institutional project manager with over six years of experience in managing European projects involving the quadruple helix of academia, industry, government, and civil society. She is passionate about fostering citizen participation in Research and Innovation, and she is the contact person of the UAB Citizen Science Hub, connecting researchers and citizens for co-creating knowledge. She piloted this initiative with the support of the European project INCENTIVE, and she has also contributed to the development of the Virtual Research Institute, a novel model of collaboration within the European University Alliance ECIU University. Additionally, she is an internal trainer on citizen science, sharing her expertise and best practices with other professionals.

Jordina Fornell

Project Manager

Institutional project manager. Over 10 years of experience in research and teaching as academic staff. She has been involved in several research projects at regional, national, and international level. For the last 3 years, she has been managing institutional projects. (BOOGIE-U, ECIUn+) Currently, she is the Education Point of Contact of ECIU University, and she is involved in the implementation of the KALEIDOS project.


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