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Laia de Nadal elected new rector of UPF

The turnout for the elections was 17.55% and de Nadal was voted by 72.65% of the permanent teaching staff.


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Laia de Nadal, a full professor at the Department of Medicine and Life Sciences (MELIS), has been elected the new rector of UPF, according to the count at the end of the electronic voting period held from 17 to 20 February, which took place without any setbacks. With this result, de Nadal takes over from Oriol Amat, a professor with the Department of Economics and Business.

Laia de Nadal, who was the sole electoral candidate, as occurred in the previous rectoral elections, will lead the governance of the University over the coming four years. She will be the second female rector of Pompeu Fabra University, after Maria Rosa Virós, who held the position between 2001 and 2005.

The provisional proclamation of the candidate will take place tomorrow, 21 February, while she will be finally proclaimed rector on 27 February.

Out of an electoral census of 15,035 voters (among students, teaching and research staff and administration and service staff) there was a turnout of 17.55%, very much in line with the overall participation in the last elections held with a single candidate. Laia de Nadal received 58.2% of the sector-weighted votes.

The sector with the highest participation was that of permanently associated doctor lecturers, at over 72%, while the sector with the lowest participation was that of master’s degree and doctoral students, with 5.37%.
Percentages of participation and votes in favour of the candidate were, respectively and by sectors:

Electoral sectors Votes cast (% of total sector) Votes for Laia de Nadal's candidacy (% of total votes cast)
A: Permanently associated doctor lecturers (51%) 267 (72,55%) 194 (72,65%)
B: Doctor lecturers, visiting lecturers, own or associated research staff and emeritus lecturers (9%) 108 (32,72%) 81 (75%)
C: Remaining teaching staff and training research staff (5%) 158 (16,20%) 92 (58,22%)
D1: Undergraduate students (22.5%) 1.515 (14,73%) 411 (27,12%)
D2: University master's and doctoral degree students (2.5%) 120 (5,37%) 67 (55,83%)
E: Administrative and service staff (10%) 470 (55,62%) 188 (40%)
Total 2.638 (17,55%) 1.033 (39,15%)


Website of the rectoral election

Profile of the new rector

Laia de Nadal (Barcelona, 1972) graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and later did her doctorate in the same discipline, specializing in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, in 2000. She later did postdoctoral research stays studies as a Ramón y Cajal researcher at Pompeu Fabra University and at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) in Zurich.

She is currently a full professor with the Department of Medicine and Life Sciences (MELIS) at Pompeu Fabra University. She teaches on the bachelor’s degrees in Human Biology and Biomedical Engineering, and also supervises several doctoral theses.

Regarding research, she co-directs the Cell Signaling and Transcription Research Group affiliated to the Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Barcelona, which studies how cells respond and adapt to changes in their environment. The group focuses on characterizing the signalling process, biological targets and the regulation of physiological functions such as cell cycle and the expression of the genes required for organisms to adapt to stress. She also sits on several scientific boards and has been awarded the ICREA Acadèmia in the editions of 2012 and 2020.

In the field of management, she has been deputy director at the Department of Health and Life Sciences, and since May 2021 she has held the position of vice-rector for Knowledge Transfer at UPF.



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