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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

Researchers identify the most threatened areas by human activity in the Mediterranean Sea

Researchers identify the most threatened areas by human activity in the Mediterranean Sea

A study led by the expert Francisco Ramírez, from the Faculty of Biology and the Biodiversity Research Institute of the University of Barcelona (IRBio), analysed and distributed the existing information on several impacts that are simultaneously affecting the Mediterranean Sea: from climate impacts like the rise of temperatures in the sea, to the fishing pressure on natural resources or changes in physical and chemical conditions.

UB researchers develop a new refrigeration cycle based on magnetic materials

UB researchers develop a new refrigeration cycle based on magnetic materials

About 17 % of the global energy consumption is assigned to domestic and industrial refrigeration. This consumption is skyrocketing mainly in emerging countries, and the refrigeration use is expected to exceed the one that is now dedicated to warming, mainly due climate change. Moreover, current technology is based on the use of fluorocarbons, gases that cause greenhouse effect and which should be replaced over the next years.

Global warming increases wildfire potential damages in Mediterranean Europe

Global warming increases wildfire potential damages in Mediterranean Europe

A study published in Nature Communications, led by researchers of the University of Barcelona in collaboration with other research institutions, shows that anthropogenic warming will increase the burned areas due fires in Mediterranean Europe, and the increase of the burned area could be reduced by limiting global warming to 1.5 ºC. The higher the warming level is, the larger the increase of the burned area is.

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