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The University of Barcelona (UB) is Spain’s leading research university, publishing more research than any other Spanish institution with the exception of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) (Third European Report on Science and Technology Indicators).

The guidelines for research policy are drawn up by the Office of the Vice-Rector for Research. Research activities are managed by the UB office Research Management (OGR), which is in charge of national research programs, the UB office International Research Projects (OPIR), which is responsible for European projects, and the Bosch i Gimpera Foundation (FBG), which oversees knowledge transfer and relations with the business sector. The Science and Technology Centres (CCiTUB) are a group of UB centres that support research both in the university and in other public and private institutions.

Interesting facts

The UB has:

  • 59 departments
  • 23 institutes and research centres
  • 301 consolidated research groups
  • 663 active research projects

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Recent notable publications

A study analyses the efficiency in motorway management

A study analyses the efficiency in motorway management

A recently published study in the journal Research in Transportation Economics analyses the efficiency of toll motorway management in Spain between 1988 and 2015. The study has been conducted by researchers Daniel Albalate and Jordi Rosell, members of the Observatory of Analysis and Evaluation of Public Policies of the University of Barcelona.

European project RES URBIS shows the viability of bioplastic generation with urban biowaste

European project RES URBIS shows the viability of bioplastic generation with urban biowaste

In a circular economy, the city waste being turned into resources, is of great importance considering more than 70% of the inhabitants in Europe live in urban areas and produce a great amount of biowaste coming from the treatment of their waste waters. The European project RES URBIS (Resources from Urban Bio-waste), showed that different biowaste produced in an urban environment can be treated within the same chain of valorisation and can obtain products with biological origins, such as bioplastic, with a higher economic value to the classic compost and biogas. The project confirmed the technical and economic viability of this process.

UB study links weekend eating jet lag to obesity

UB study links weekend eating jet lag to obesity

A new study by the University of Barcelona (UB) concluded that irregularity in eating schedules during the weekend, named by the authors as eating jet lag, could be related to the increase of body mass index (BMI), a formula that measures weight and height to determine whether someone’s weight is healthy.

These results, published in the science journal Nutrients, were independently taken from factors such as the quality of the diet, level of physical activity, social jet lag (difference in sleeping schedules during weekends) and chronotype (natural predisposition to a certain sleeping schedule).

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