The journal “Illes i Imperis” (Islands and Empires) becomes the first published by UPF to be indexed in Scopus

Coinciding with the edition of its 19th issue, the journal published by UPF’s Research Group on Empires, Metropolis and Extra-european Societies (GRIMSE) has been included in the world’s largest database in the field of scientific literature. It is the first time a journal published by the University has been indexed in Scopus. 


Three UPF professors among the world’s most influential scientists

The researchers Jordi Alonso, Roderic Guigó and Àngel Lozano appear in the list of the most cited scientists that takes into account 0.05% of all of the scientists in the world, published by the company Clarivate Analytics.

5 out of every 1,000 daily car trips in the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona during the summer carries a tiger mosquito

A team of scientists from the citizen science project Mosquito Alert, supported by Obra Social “la Caixa”, together with the Mosquito Control Service of Baix Llobregat and Pompeu Fabra University, has shown that unwitting transport of tiger mosquitos in private vehicles is a clear mechanism for their dispersal.


The “Petites grans idees” (Small great ideas) crowdfunding campaign begins

The University’s sponsorship and patronage programme, UPFund, is starting its campaign this Friday with the aim of achieving collective funding for innovative projects in their fields and, at the same time, project UPF’s commitment to the society through scientific and technological development.


Dorcas Muthoni, African engineer and entrepreneur, to be made doctor honoris causa

The University wishes to recognize the CEO and founder of the company Openworld for her significant work in the promotion of engineering studies among girls in Africa, the mentoring of young people, and her social commitment in the fight against poverty. The ceremony will take place on 15 December on the Poblenou campus.


Description of a new great ape species, the Tapanuli orangutan in Indonesia

It is an isolated and genetically unique population, and according to a new taxonomic revision it could be the most menaced great ape species. Three researchers of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Jaume Bertranpetit, Marc de Manuel and Tomàs Marquès-Bonet are among the authors of the study, published in Current Biology. The genomes of 37 wild orangutans have been studied in the CNAG-CRG, in Barcelona, this being the largest study of this kind carried out to date.


What impact will artificial intelligence have on human behaviour?

This is the object of study of the project HUMAINT whose leadership the European Commission has entrusted to Emilia Gómez, ICREA Acadèmia professor with the Department of Information and Communication Technologies, and member of the Music Technology Research Group.


The YERUN network demands that the 9th Framework Programme of the European Commission should deal with global challenges in research and innovation

The meeting has served to present the association’s key demands in relation to the European Commission’s 9th Framework Programme (FP9), which will replace the current Horizon 2020 research programme when it finishes.


“The research we carry out only means something if it reaches everyone”

Marc Güell is an expert in synthetic biology and gene editing for therapeutic purposes. He has just transferred from Harvard University to the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences at Pompeu Fabra University, where he leads the Translational Synthetic Biology research group.

The digital magazine “360upf” has arrived, reflecting the University’s commitment to innovative communication

The magazine is available in three languages (Catalan, Spanish and English) and published bi-annually. In this first issue, which opens with a presentation by the rector, there are, among other contents, five articles, three intervews and the section "kaleidoscope", wich includes articles of opinion around Big data.

Citizen science is a useful and reliable tool for studying the mosquitoes driving global epidemics

A study published in Nature Communications led by researchers at the CREAF, CEAB-CSIC and Pompeu Fabra University, shows that citizen cooperation is valuable for studying disease-carrying mosquitos. John Palmer, Marie Curie researcher in the Department of Politics and Social Siences at UPF, is the first author of the study.

The MoCA Lab to improve knee replacements gets under way

The facility is located on the Poblenou campus and is managed by the Department of Biomechanics and Mechanobiology of the BCN MedTech research unit. It will be used to analyse and explore functionally and far more precisely patients suffering from osteoarthritis in the knee joint. It is to be carried out in collaboration with Hospital del Mar.


Rafael Argullol inaugurates the 2017-2018 academic year with a lesson on the concepts of freedom and enigma

The ceremony, held at noon in the auditorium of the Ciutadella campus, kicked off the 2017-2018 academic year. Presided over by the UPF rector, Jaume Casals, also in attendance were Arcadi Navarro, secretary for Universities and Research, and Núria Basi, president of the UPF Board of Trustees.


Pompeu Fabra enters the top 40 universities in the world for Business and Economics in the THE ranking by fields

Times Higher Education has also published the ranking of centres in the field of the Social Sciences, in which UPF comes in the 151-175 bracket.


Smart digital contents and neural interfaces, the focus of three new research projects funded by Europe

Josep Blat, Marcelo Betalmío, Antoni Ivorra and Leo Wanner are the researchers with the University’s  Department of Information and Communication Technologies participating in three projects selected in the framework of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme.


40% of Spanish and Portuguese men descend from a common ancestor who lived 4,500 years ago

These are the conclusions of a study published in the journal Scientific Reports based on DNA samples from almost 3,000 men from the Iberian Peninsula and France. In the Basque Country, the percentage increases to 70%.The finding may have applications in the study of human migrations, in the genetic identification of crimes and in genealogy.

UPF climbs 35 places in the Times Higher Education 2017-2018 world rankings of universities, entering the “Top 150”

The University comes in 140th position in the world achieving its best results to date. It has improved in most indicators on which the classification is based, especially in teaching and research. These results make UPF the first university in the Spanish State. 


Pompeu Fabra University is the Spanish institution to have received most European Starting Grants in 2017

Ruben Durante and Antonio Penta, lecturers with the Department of Economics and Business are to analyse the independence of the media in the Internet age and strategic uncertainty in economic environments, respectively, while Carla Lancelotti, associated to the Department of Humanities, will examine the management of rainfed crops in the past.


Statement by universities and research centres in Catalonia

At a meeting held in Barcelona on 21 September 2017, the highest representatives of universities and research centres in Catalonia (sixty institutions representing almost 90% of the system), alongside with representatives of trade unions and student associations, have evaluated the current situation in Catalonia in view of recent actions by the Spanish government.


“We have witnessed how hospitalized children stop feeling frightened and start smiling again”

Mireia Rom and Roger Cuartielles are UPF alumni of Journalism and students of Humanities at the University. Together with Glòria Macià, a graduate in Biomedical Engineering (UPF), and Sergi Macià, a student of Electronic Engineering (UPC), they are promoting the “Un Gomet Vermell” project, a crowdfunded solidarity campaign to help the NGO Pallapupas.
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