The Biodiversity Research Institute of the University of Barcelona (IRBio), is a Research Institute itself, approved by the Governing Council of the UB on July 14, 2008.
The creation of a Biodiversity Institute responded to a historical concern of several researchers from the University of Barcelona, to organize the related groups in this subject and hoping that the Institute would be the ideal instrument for the final grouping of the collectives of scientists involved in biodiversity research.
F. Xavier Sans Serra, professor of the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences and member of the Botany and Mycology section, he has been elected as the new Director of the Institute for Research in Biodiversity (IRBio) of the University of Barcelona . February 7th, 2017, he took office at a ceremony held at the Board of Governors' Chairs in the Historic Building.
F. Xavier Sans, he manages the Consolidated Agricultural Ecology Research Group that works in the study of the operation of agro-systems with an interdisciplinary approach to develop indicators of environmental quality of agro-ecosystems and make design and management proposals that Allow agrarian activities to be compatible with the conservation of natural resources. Prior to the GRC, he worked on biology and dynamics of plant populations of Arvans and invaders. He currently combines the teaching activity and the direction of the research group with the direction of the Master's degree in Ecological Agriculture, a formative proposal of a UB's own nature, and the Ecology, Agriculture, Livestock and Forestry Excellence Network, which ends in November 2017. In addition, he teaches subjects in the Degrees of Biology and Environmental Sciences and of the Master's Degree in Biodiversity.