SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY
AND INNOVATION (ST&I)

Scope. Science, technology and innovation (ST&I) are the main pillars of social and economic development. They are closely linked to the education process since education is fundamental to the personal development of scientists, technologists and innovators. They also contribute to the advancement of education through the development of new tools and technologies that can be used to enhance training and education processes.

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Objectives. The evolution and progress of a society are directly linked to the advancement of science and technology. However, scientific and technological innovations need to be effectively communicated in order to have impact on society. This thematic line aims to foster dialogue between ST&I and education communities in order to develop new communication and collaboration strategies among professionals in these areas.

  • The identification of topics in Science and Technology that are likely to have an impact on societal progress, and specifically on education.
  • The development of effective communication strategies to facilitate knowledge exchange among science, technology and education. (Our aims here are two-fold: top-down knowledge transfer from S&T to Education and bottom-up transfer from Education to S&T).
  • The development of new teaching and learning strategies that are able to boost S&T learning and promote innovation among students.
INTERNATIONAL GROUP
  • Pere Estupinyà
  • Ana Ferreras
  • Israel Ruiz
  • Julian Cristia
NATIONAL GROUP
  • Víctor Puntes
  • Vladimir de Semir i Zivojnovic
  • Paco Calviño Tavares
REPRESENTATIVE URV
  • Robert Rallo

Chemist, biochemist, and science communicator. Recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT. Former consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Organization of American States. He writes regularly on science in several Spanish magazines.

Holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering, a Master’s in Engineering Management from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Central Florida. Now a senior programme officer supporting the U.S. National Committees for Mathematics, Physics, Crystallography, and the teaching of Mathematics.

Holds a master’s from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).

He is the Executive Vice President (EVP) and Treasurer of the MIT and a member of its Academic Council.

Holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland. His current research involves finding effective ways to accelerate the accumulation of human capital in Latin America and analysing programmes for introducing technology to improve education and health.

Holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Barcelona for his work on giant magnetoresistance in granular alloys. Completed his undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg (France) and at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in Spain. He is a researcher at the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA).

Specialist in science journalism and the dissemination of science. Professor of Science Journalism at UPF, where he is also director of the Scientific Communication Observatory (OCC). He is a member of several EU groups of experts in aspects of Science, Communication and Society.

With a PhD in Physics, he is professor of Nuclear Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). He has also worked at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), the Centre for Energy Environment and Technology (CIEMAT) and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

With a PhD in Chemical Engineering, he is a tenured professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence and the director of the Advanced Technology Innovation Center (ATIC). He has been a visiting professor at the University of California (UCLA) and is a faculty member of the Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology of the University of California (UC CEIN).

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