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About MFP

Management team

The overall MFP will be coordinated by Dr María José Figueras Salvat, Rector of the URV. She is the maximum academic authority, which implies directing, governing and managing the University. Dr Figueras is specialist in environmental microbiology, especially in the microbiological contamination of water. In this area, she has promoted and participated in several EU-funded projects. The main scientific contributions are included in more than 170 indexed publications, five books, nine book chapters and more than 200 lectures in international conferences. She has also supervised 10 PhD theses. Furthermore she has been the scientific adviser to the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the European Commission and the Catalan Water Agency of the Generalitat de Catalunya on topics related to the microbiological contamination of the water. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Society of Microbiology, and the Spanish ambassador of the American Microbiology Society.

Dr Domènec Puig Valls, Vice-Rector for Academic Planning, Teaching and Staff of the URV. He graduated and received his PhD degree in Computer Science from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in 1992 and 2004, respectively. In 1992 he joined the URV's Department of Computer Engineering and Mathematics, where he has been a full professor since 2017. He led the URV School of Engineering from 2013 to 2018. Since 2006 he has been the principal investigator of the Intelligent Robotics and Computer Vision Reserach Group. Dr Puig has participated as a researcher in more than 35 research projects, funded by public administrations (regional, national and European). In terms of publications, he has more than 150, including specialized magazines, book chapters and conferences. Among these publications, more than sixty are in journals indexed in the Journal Citation Reports of ISI Web of Knowledge. He has supervised nine doctoral theses in recent years related to his topics of interest in robotics, computer vision, image processing and pattern recognition.

Dr Francesc Díaz González, Vice-Rector for Research and Scientific Planning. Since 1992, he has been Professor of Applied Physics at the URV. He has devoted his research to fields such as nanoparticles and nanostructured materials for integrated optics; photonic laser devices, non-linear optics and photonic crystals; and microfluidic systems with photonic interrogation. He has published more than 400 peer reviewed articles, six books, and more than 70 book chapters. He has also registered and transferred six patents. He has been a principal researcher in more than 75 RDI projects funded by public institutions, and he has also led more than 40 contracts funded by private companies. From 1990 he is responsible for the consolidated group of Physics and Crystallography of Materials and Nanomaterials. He has obtained different academic recognitions, such as the ICREA Academy Award (2010), the URV Teaching Excellence Prize (2010), Distinguished Professor URV Prize (2006) and the Vicens Vives Prize (2004).

Dr Francisco Medina Cabello, Vice-Rector for Innovation and Transfer of Knowledge. He has done all his professional trajectory in the Technical School of Chemical Engineering of the URV, from 1995 to now. In 2009 he received the ICREA Academia prize of the Catalan Government, and in 2014 he was appointed distinguished professor of the URV. He is in charge of the Degree in Chemical Engineering and has worked in ANECA -the Spanish National Agency for the Evaluation of Quality and Accreditation. He has published more than 200 scientific articles in international journals, he has registered nine patents, has directed 33 doctoral theses and has participated in more than 200 international conferences. He has also participated as a leading researcher in more than 100 competitive projects and in more than 120 research and technology transfer projects with companies.

Dr Ignasi Salvadó Estivill is the Head of the R&D Area of the URV, as well as the Head of the Research and Doctorate Unit. Graduated in Chemical Engineering by the University Rovira i Virgili in 2000, he initiated his career managing European Projects at the same university. At the end of 2003, moved to the UK where he obtained, in 2007, his PhD in Chemical - Environmental Engineering by the University of Nottingham. He was awarded with different grants and prizes to develop his PhD in Photocatalytic Engineering. He worked as Sustainable Resources Manager at Ransomwood Estates Ltd. from 2007 in a company - university collaborative project. In 2008, he moved to Spain to work as R&D Projects Manager at Air Products Inc - Carburos Metalicos, S.A. Finally, in 2010 initiated his current job at the University Rovira i Virgili, as head of the R&D area. Since the PhD, Ignasi has dedicated his career on R&D Management.

Ms. Josepa Gallofré Pujol is the Head of Human Resources and developed her career in the field of academic management and human resources. She is currently a member of the Executive Committee on Human Resources, as well as the evaluation committee of the teaching and research staff, the commission in charge of staff training for Administrative and Services Personnel. Moreover, she is a member of the Health and Safety Committee and takes part in the coordination team of assistant managers and directors of personnel of ACUP (Association of Catalan Public Universities). She will be in charge of contract signing between the fellows and the URV, as well as ensuring that the working and employment conditions of the fellows are respected for the duration of the contracts.

Ms. Àngels Jové Guasch is the Administrative Head of the Research and Doctorate Unit. She has got more than 30 years experience within the university, carrying out several responsibilities, mainly in financial and research management. It is worth mentioning her large experience on managing all external funds the URV receive to contract fellows for our Doctoral Programs. She holds a University degree and numerous training courses on research management, as well as having a vast experience on training other URV staff. She will be in charge on the fellow support once recruited, making sure that the fellow has enough technical and financial support to carry out his/her research. Finally, her unit will also support the selection and recruitment process, such us the pre elegibility check and financial provisions for the call.

Dr Oana Moldovan is the project manager for the MFP. She has more than 10 years experience in research, project management, technical and financial justification of European projects.

Dr Paloma Pontón Merino is in charge of the communication and dissemination of MFP-COFUND. She is journalist and sociologist, and has over 7 years experience in research projects.

EU Flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 713679 and No. 945413