Teaching staff with important additional positions
- General director of the Fundación Atapuerca
Since 1999, he has been professor of Prehistory at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili and he is currently the university’s principal researcher of the Human Autoecology of the Quaternary Group and researcher at the Catalan Institute of Human Palaeoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES), a transdisciplinary institute that works at the world’s leading sites in an attempt to determine the origin of the first human populations and belongs to the elite of those involved in research on human evolution.
As co-director of the Atapuerca project and general director of the Fundación Atapuerca, he is one of the driving forces behind the Museum of Human Evolution, set up in Burgos and the result of more than 30 years of research at the sites in Atapuerca.
He is particularly interested in the socialization of knowledge, and this has led him to act as scientific director of the TV3 programme Sota Terra (Under Ground), which is broadcast on Mondays at 10 p.m.
In recognition of his work in science he has been the recipient of various prizes, among which are the Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research (1997) and the National Prize for Thought (2009), awarded by the Catalan Government.