Francesc Díaz provides support to the chair and is responsible for developing the strategic relationships required to achieve the aims of the association. He will initially be responsible for the project to develop three doctoral schools in the fields of chemistry, archaeology and prehistory.
He has been recognized by the Catalan Institute of Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) under the ICREA Acadèmia programme. He holds an undergraduate degree and a doctorate in physics from the University of Barcelona. A lecturer at the URV in applied physics, he heads the Material Physics and Crystallography research group. He has published over 250 articles in leading scientific journals and is the author of two registered patents. He has spearheaded 53 research and development projects funded by national and international programmes and 24 projects carried out through contracts with private companies.
Díaz also has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Toronto and at New York State University. He received the Teaching Innovation Award from the URV in 2004 and the Vicens Vives distinction from the Government of Catalonia in 2004. He was also named a distinguished professor of the URV in 2006 and was again honoured with the Teaching Excellence Award by the URV in 2010.
Jordi Cartañà is responsible for managing the CEICS' administration, assets and finances and is involved in organizing and implementing the decisions of the general assembly and the board. He received his doctorate in chemical sciences from the University of Barcelona and has been a lecturer and researcher
in biochemistry and molecular biology at the URV, and has carried out post-doctoral research in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of London's Saint George's Hospital.
He is a specialist in the strategic management of universities and has held management posts at Rovira i Virgili University and at the URV Foundation, where he headed the rector's technical office and the development of science and technology parks affiliated to the university.
He joined the Catalan Ministry of Innovation, Universities and Enterprise in 2007 as director general of the Research and Innovation Coordination Office, where he coordinated the drafting of the Catalan Agreement on Research and Innovation (PNRI) and the 2010-2013 Research and Innovation Plan (PRI). He was also responsible, as executive secretary, for the setting up of the Catalan Council for Research and Innovation.
Josep Anton Ferré Vidal is the rector of Rovira i Virgili University, having been elected by the university community on 13 May 2014.
Born in Vila-seca in 1958, he is professor in fluid mechanics at the URV since 2000. His research interests focus mainly on fluid mechanics, heat transfer and turbulence. He is the author of more than 45 publications in books and scientific journals, and has participated in more than 60 research projects, being the lead researcher in 35 of them.
Prior to being elected rector, he held a number of senior academic posts at URV, including vice-rector for Transfer and Innovation, general director of the URV Foundation, vice-rector for Teaching and Research Staff, vice-rector for Economy and Organisation, head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, director of the ETSEQ and director of the ETSE.
Chair: Josep Anton Ferré Vidal. Rector, URV
First vice-chair: Joan Gómez Pallarès. Director, ICAC
Second vice-chair: Miquel Àngel Pericàs. Director, ICIQ
Secretary: Sergi de Lamo. Director, Technology Park for the Wine Industry Foundation
Treasurer: Teresa Gomis. Chair, Tecnoparc, Camp Technology Park
- Carles Prats. Manager, IPHES
- Ramon Garriga. General director, IREC
- Oriol Solà-Morales. Scientific director, IISPV
- Josep Manel Ricart. Chair, CMCTUR
- Joaquim de Brufau . Scientific director, Mas de Bover, IRTA
- Sergi de Lamo. Executive director, Science and Technology Park for Tourism and Leisure
- Fernado Torres. General director, CTQ
- Lluís Arola. Director, CTNS / Chair, AINS
- Salvador Anton Clavé. General director, Costa Daurada Tourism Studies Foundation
- Lluís Colomés. Sant Joan University Hospital, Reus
- Joan Amigó. Director, Pere Mata Institute University Psychiatric Hospital
- Teresa Pallarès. Director, Chemical Business Association of Tarragona
- Francisco Zapater. Chair, Tarragona Science and Technology Park Development Company
- Antoni Grau. ICS Tarragona / ICS Terres de l'Ebre
- David Batalla. Chair, Business Federation of Hotels & Tourism (FEHT) of the province of Tarragona
- Anna Velázquez. Innovi
Joaquín Ruiz de Arbulo was born in Tudela in 1958 and is professor of Roman Archaeology at the URV, coordinator of the Master's degree and interuniversity doctoral degree in Classical Archaeology that is jointly run by the URV, the UAB and the ICAC and director of studies and research at the ICAC. He was a lecturer in Greek and Roman Archaeology at the University of Lleida from 1990 to 2010, teaching coordinator for the degree in Archaeology and deputy head of the Institute of Archaeology at the URV from 1996 to 1999. He has coordinated efforts to make archaeological inventories of the city of Lleida (1990-1991) and has participated in research projects at Pompeii (1992), Ostia Antica (1988-89) and the Roman Theatre in Tarragona (1998-2000). He was director of the Urban Archaeology and New Technologies Network from 1999 to 2001.
He has been director and co-director of six research projects, some of which were conducted at European level. He is a member of the Archaeology, Prehistory and Ancient History Group of the University of Lleida, which was established in by grant number SGR 2009-198 of the Catalan Government.
He is the author, co-author and editor of 25 monographs, he has published 48 articles in scientific journals and has presented 77 papers at scientific conferences and meetings.
He was a member of the Catalan Government's territorial commissions on the Cultural Heritage of Lleida (1994-1997) and Tarragona (1997-1999), and member of the Evaluation Committee of the Archaeological Service of the Catalan Government (2002-05).
He has been secretary for the Revista d'Arqueologia de Ponent, UdL since 2003 and member of the Evaluation Committee of the Spanish Archaeological Archive.
Francesc Díaz is a physicist at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) in Tarragona. He has published 280 articles in international scientific journals, 4 books, 3 patents and 43 book chapters. His research focuses on the nanostructure of materials, spectroscopy and the laser actions in rare earths in crystalline matrices. He has been the principal researcher on more than 50 R+D+I projects funded by public institutions and has led more than 30 such projects funded by private companies.
He was awarded the ICREA Acadèmia Prize in 2010 and the Vicens Vives Prize in 2004 by the Catalan Government, and the Teaching Excellence Prize (2010) and the Distinguished Professor Prize (2006) by the URV. Currently he is conducting research in two complementary areas: nanoparticles and nanostructured materials for integrated optics, and photonic tools using laser and nonlinear optics. Francesc Díaz is also head of the Postgraduate and Doctoral School of the URV.
Salvador Anton Clavé Salvador Anton Clavé is professor of Regional Geographic Analysis at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, dean of the Faculty of Tourism and Geography and director of the Tourism and Leisure Science and Technology Park. He has been a visiting researcher at the Universities of Exeter and Nottingham (UK), and at the George Washington University and at Rutgers University in New Jersey. His research focuses on analysing the restructuring of established coastal tourist destinations, local and regional tourism planning, the development of leisure activities and installations, and questions regarding tourism and local development. Of particular note among his publications are the books The global theme park industry (2007) and, as a collaborating author, Análisis territorial del turismo y planificación de destinos turísticos (2011).
Albert Bordons was born in Barcelona in 1951 and has lived in Tarragona since 1974. In 1973 he graduated in Biology at the University of Barcelona, where he also obtained his doctorate in Biology in 1987. In 2011 he was made emeritus professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the URV's Faculty of Oenology in Tarragona and he is a member of the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology. He was head of the Department from 1996 to 2001, coordinator of the course in Biotechnology (which he ran from 2005 to 2008) and also dean of the Faculty of Oenology from 2008 to 2011). He was awarded the URV Social Council's Prize for Teaching Quality in 2004.
He has participated in over thirty research projects and transfer contracts, in 11 of which he has been the principal researcher.
He has also published over 50 scientific research articles, 35 of which have been published in internationally prestigious journals such as Food Microbiology, International Journal of Food Microbiology, Journal of Applied Microbiology among others. He is a member of the editorial board of International Microbiology (Springer) and is also a regular reviewer of indexed international articles on the microbiology of food and oenology.
He is a regular reviewer of project proposals submitted to the Spanish National Evaluation and Foresight Agency (ANEP) and to the Catalan Government, and has been a member of 20 thesis examination panels and has reviewed 4 foreign doctoral theses.
He has published three books, two on teaching industrial biochemistry and one on current trends in oenology. He has written 14 book chapters and has presented approximately 90 papers at conferences. He was a coordinator at the 6th Meeting of the Spanish Lactic Bacteria Network in Tarragona in 2012.
Lluís Arola, was born in Tarragona in 1952. He completed his doctorate in Biological Sciences at the University of Barcelona in 1978 and is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona. Prior to this he was a lecturer at the URV and the Universities of Barcelona and of the Balearic Islands.
He is a specialist in nutritional biochemistry. In recent years his research has focused on proanthocyanidins and their interaction with gene expression and cellular metabolism, and on systems for evaluating the efficacy of functional foods. He director of the Nutrigenomics research group, is the author and co-author of 200 book chapters and articles published in scientific journals and has supervised 11 doctoral theses.
He was dean of the Faculty of Chemistry, head of the School of Oenology, and vice-rector and rector of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili. He is currently head of the Technological Centre for Health and Nutrition and president of the Catalan Research and Innovation Council.
Robert Sala is professor of Prehistory at the URV and a researcher at the Institute of Human Palaeoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES), where he works on the evolution of behaviour and human technology, and on the dispersal of human populations.
The most notable projects on which he is currently working are: the Human Settlement of the Orce Basin, and the Heritage of Human Dispersal in the Maghreb.
He is head of the Erasmus Mundus international doctorate on Prehistory and the Quaternary and has supervised four doctoral theses. He has published articles in various international publications, including the prestigious journals Nature and Quaternary International. He has also coauthored books such as Planeta humà (Empúries, Barcelona, 2000), with Eudald Carbonell; Sapiens (Edicions 62, Barcelona, 2000), with Josep Corbella, Eudald. Carbonell and Salvador Moyà, Encara no som humans (Empúries, Barcelona, 2002), also with Eudald Carbonell.