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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

Dog burial was a common funerary ritual in Neolithic populations of the north-eastern Iberian Peninsula 6,000 years ago

Dog burial was a common funerary ritual in Neolithic populations of the north-eastern Iberian Peninsula 6,000 years ago

Coinciding with the Pit Grave culture (4200-3600 years before our era), coming from Southern Europe, the Neolithic communities of the north-eastern Iberian Peninsula started a ceremonial activity related to the sacrifice and burial of dogs. The high amount of cases that are recorded in Catalonia suggests it was a general practice and it proves the tight relationship between humans and these animals, which, apart from being buried next to them, were fed a similar diet to humans’.

The Observatory on Bioethics and Law of the UB takes a position against surrogate pregnancy

The Observatory on Bioethics and Law of the UB takes a position against surrogate pregnancy

The debate on surrogate pregnancy in Spain has recently intensified, with initiatives such as the law presented by the political party Ciudadanos to regulate this practice. In this context, the Observatory on Bioethics and Law of the University of Barcelona has published the Report on surrogate pregnancy. The text takes a positioning against this practice, and states it is not a legal alternative to have children since it means a “commercialization of the human body” and for the “positions of vulnerability it creates”. However, in case the Spanish legislator approves the surrogate pregnancy, the document by the Observatory recommends a series of warranties the law should include.

A scientific study reveals the enigmas on social behaviour of western lowland gorillas

A scientific study reveals the enigmas on social behaviour of western lowland gorillas

A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences reveals one of the enigmas related to the social behaviour of the western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) in the heart of the African equatorial rainforest. These primates show a dynamic social structure –individuals change frequently between families- with a high degree of tolerance and peaceful coexistence among the members, according to the new article which counts on the participation of the experts José Domingo Rodríguez Teijeiro, Magdalena Bermejo, Guillem Molina Vacas, from the Faculty of Biology and the Biodiversity Research Institute of the University of Barcelona (IRBio).

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