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The (new) magazine of Pompeu Fabra University

Number 1 - October 2017

1.Foreword

Committed to society

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Research and innovation are essential drivers of progress and social welfare, but they are not exempt from creating new risks and ethical dilemmas that affect us all.

UPF is committed to a cross-disciplinary model of responsible research and innovation (RRI) within the framework of the university’s social responsibility policy. This model includes, amongst other things, a commitment to gender mainstreaming, ethical responsibility, open access, science education, and community engagement. 

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In short, decisions regarding research and innovation have to be not only acceptable, but also socially desirable.

The creation, in 2013, of the Office of the Vice-rector for Social Responsibility and Promotion, since renamed the Office of the Vice-Rector for Social Commitment and Equality, and, in late 2014, of the Internal Committee for the Ethical Review of Projects, reflects the firm commitment to mainstream RRI and integrate it into all the university’s activities.

UPF is committed to a cross-disciplinary model of responsible research and innovation (RRI) within the framework of the university's social responsability policy

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Furthermore, not only do we pursue this commitment with our researchers, but we also extend it to our students. It is essential to introduce RRI into university education, because today’s students will be tomorrow’s researchers, engineers, lawmakers and doctors. It is thus vital for them to acquire skills that will allow them to listen to society and incorporate its values into their professional practice.

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Responsible research and innovation are the main theme of the premiere issue of the digital magazine 360upf. This new UPF magazine will also help to bridge the gap between UPF and society, whilst at the same time positioning us at the forefront of innovation in communication in the field of higher education.

The new UPF magazine aims to bridge the gap between UPF and society and position it as a leader in innovation in communication in the field of higher education

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The new dynamics of content consumption, especially amongst young people, require us to reflect on how we relate to our environment and to adapt to the new communication channels. Last academic year, we revamped the UPF website to meet the needs of our users, more mobile today than even just five years ago. This year, we are taking another step and turning our magazine into a digital product to eliminate borders, offer new content, and enable customized distribution catering to each reader’s interests. 

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This step will additionally help reduce UPF’s environmental footprint, thereby contributing to environmental sustainability, in keeping with the university’s commitment to social responsibility.

 

Jaume Casals,
Rector of the Pompeu Fabra University

8. Innova

Needle Save: to prevent collateral infections in the detection of prostate cancer

Antoni Ivorra, head of the Research Group on Biomedical Electronics at UPF, and Agustín Franco, a doctor in the Urology Department at Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, have designed the first non-pharmacological method to combat urinary tract infections in prostate biopsies. 

10. kaleidoscope

Big Data,challenges and opportunities

Big data

Why the (new) magazine?

  1. Because the multimedia format allows us to enrich the content with videos, audio archives, photo galleries and interactive features, amongst other things. 

  2. Because abandoning the paper format helps reduce the university’s environmental footprint associated with production costs and, thus, contributes to environmental sustainability. 

  3. Because doing the magazine online eliminates borders and allows for a more personalized distribution, making it easier to reach more people all over the world and to cater to each reader’s interests. 

  4. Because the new dynamics of content consumption, especially amongst young people, show that people are increasingly getting their news from native digital media. UPF thus bridges the gap with its audiences. 

  5. Because the university wants to play an important role in society and lead innovation in communication in the field of higher education.

Chronology of UPF’s institutional magazines

Notícies

62 issues (June 1990 – February 1996)

Notícies (62 números) – juny del 1990 – febrer del 1996

Àgora UPF

16 issues (April 1996 – December 2000)

Àgora UPF (16 números) – abril del 1996 – desembre del 2000

Línia 14

29 issues (March 2003 – March 2010)

Línia 14 (29 números) – març del 2003 – març del 2010

UPF.EDU

12 issues (December 2010 – September 2016)

UPF.EDU (12 números) – desembre del 2010 – setembre del 2016