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Homage to Professor Pere Santanach, former Dean of the Faculty of Earth Sciences

Pere Santanach, former dean of the Faculty and current emeritus professor of the UB.

Pere Santanach, former dean of the Faculty and current emeritus professor of the UB.

Pere Santanach is a distinguished figure regarding teaching innovation in the studies in the field of structural geology.

Pere Santanach is a distinguished figure regarding teaching innovation in the studies in the field of structural geology.

11/02/2019

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The Aula Magna of the Faculty of Earth Sciences will hold the ceremony paying homage to Pere Santanach, former dean of the Faculty and current emeritus professor of the UB, on Wednesday, February 13, at 11.30 a.m. During the ceremony, the special issue of the journal Geologia Acta, dedicated to the scientific and academic career of Professor Santanach, titled Contributions to the geological evolution of the Iberian Peninsula: a tribute to Pere Santanach, will be presented.

 

The homage to Professor Santanach will be presented by the vice-rector for Outreach and Internationalization of the UB, Àlex Aguilar, and will count on the participation of the dean of the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Albert Casas; the director of the Department of Earth and Ocean Dynamics, Miquel Canals, and lecturers Josep Maria Casas and Eduard Roca, from the mentioned Department.

 

Pere Santanach: committed to the fields of teaching, research and management

Graduated in Geology at the UB in 1969, Pere Santanach got the doctorate in 1972 with a thesis titled Estudi tectonic del Paleozoic inferior del Pirineu entre la Cerdanta i el riu Ter. He taught at the UB from 1973 to 2016, and is a distinguished figure regarding teaching innovation in the studies of this knowledge field, especially in the field of structural geology.



In this context, Santanach led the Research Group of Structural Geology at the UB –with research activities with a high international outreach- and promoted the incorporation of new techniques and methodologies in this classic discipline of geology. During his research career, he also contributed significantly to the advance of geological knowledge on active tectonics, paleoseismology, and seismic hazards.

Apart from his teaching and research activity –he is the author of more than 150 scientific works and supervisor of many doctoral theses- Pere Santanach also hold several positions in academic and institutional management at the UB, such as vice-rector for Research, dean and head of Department, among others. He has been manager of the National Plan for Geological Resources, apart from coordinator of the White Book of the Geology Degree, and presided the Assessing Committee of the branch of Sciences in the VERIFICA program by the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation of Spain (ANECA) and the commission of Spanish deans in the Tuning project to work in the implementation of the Bologna Process in higher education institutions.

At the moment, Santanach’s scientific activity is mainly focused on the study of history of Geology, especially on the Neptunistic and Magmatist view in the formation process of mountain ranges, and the development of geology in Catalonia during the first half of the 20th century.


 

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