24.02.2010

Jaume Bertranpetit becomes a permanent member of the RACAB

On 19 th February, Jaume Bertranpetit i Busquets , professor of Biology at UPF, was invested as a permanent member of the Biology Section in a solemn act held in the assembly hall of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona ( RACAB). In the course of the proceedings, professor Bertranpetit gave his speech of acceptance entitled “Re-reading the genetic message: genes, genomes, diversity and understanding life and humans”, which, following the precepts of this institution, was contested by the academic Lluís Serra i Calmó .

As established by the by-laws of this historical and prestigious Catalan scientific institution, Jaume Betranpetit, elected member since 2007, was nominated   permanent member after being voted by the the RACAB academics in recognition of his scientific merits as a geneticist.

Jaume Bertranpetit i Busquets ( Camprodon, 1952), professor of Biology at the UPF and, since 2007, director of the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), is the current director of the Evolutionary Biology Unit of the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (CEXS)  at the UPF.  He has been linked to the University since 1997 where he has held the p ositions of Dean of Biology and Vice-rector for Research. Previously, he taught Anthropology at the University of Barcelona.

His field of study focuses on understanding the genetic diversity of humans and other upper primates, molecular evolution and the interaction between human evolutionary biology and other disciplines. A disciple of Professor Luca Luigi Cavalli-Sforza , one of the world’s references in the field of human genetics, Bertranpetit has published and directed important research works. He is member of the Institute for Catalan Studies, as well as other international organizations.

The RACAB was established on 18 th January, 1764. As stipulated in its statutes, the Academy is an association of students of the sciences and their applications, restricted by the number and selection of its members, whose main aim is to act as a promoter and point of reference in the field of the Catalan culture and society. 

The Academy comprises 75 permanent members , pertaining to seven sections or fields and corresponding national and foreign members. The permanent members belong to one of the seven sections or fields of knowledge: Mathematics and Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Biology, Technology and Arts.