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Three new Specific Research Centres are approved
The Board of Governors meetings of 19 October and 23 November 2011 approved the recognition of three UPF research groups as Specific Research Centres (SRCs). These are the Center for Research in Occupational Health (CISAL), Center of Brain and Cognition (CBC), and finally, the Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology (RECSM).
The SRCs are unique bodies with their own external profile, which are accountable to the Office of the Vice-rector for Science Policy. These centres have a UPF development group to carry out research and studies in a particular field of knowledge, and have a multi-year collaboration agreement with one or more external institutions to ensure the financing of their structure so that the university does not create a specific administration and management structure for the SRCs, and they do not have their own legal personality.
The requirements that must be met by a promoting centre to become a SRC are:
They must represent a research group which is interdepartmental, inter-university or works in collaboration with other research bodies, which is highly specialized within a UPF research field and led by a lecturer with links to UPF.
They must have external funding that is not linked to competitive calls for grants for the implementation, consolidation or maintenance of the centre's structure.
Their main task must be to deal with the demand from public external or private institutions in specific research fields, and finally,
They must require specific management and a unique external profile.
The Center for Research in Occupational Health (CISAL) was created in 2009 by an agreement between UPF, Corporación Mutua and the Union Institute of Work, Environment and Health (ISTAS), with the goal of becoming a leading Spanish and international centre in this field for both workers and businesses. It is headed by Fernando Garcia-Benavides, university professor of the CEXS-UPF.
The Center of Brain and Cognition was established in order to become a highly influential international benchmark of scientific excellence for the interaction between cognition and the brain, in both the scientific and social spheres, progressing towards an understanding how experience influences the brain's structure and function through computational and experimental research. It consists of the following research groups: CNS (Computational Neuroscience Group), MRG (Multimodal Research Group), SAP (Speech Acquisition and Perception), SPB (Speech Production and Bilingualism) and RICO (Reasoning and Infant Cognition. It is headed by Gustavo Deco, an ICREA researcher and professor at the DTIC.
The Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology (RECSM) undertakes fundamental research in questionnaire design, the evaluation of survey questions, fieldwork strategies and supervision, interviewer effects and data analysis, among other areas. In addition, it offers expert advice on survey research for academic, government and commercial researchers. Mariano Torcal, university professor in the Department of Political and Social Sciences (CPIS) at UPF, is the director.