Autonomous University of Barcelona
The UAB is a public university located in Cerdanyola del Vallès, near the city of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. Though still a little under 50 years old, the UAB has already consolidated itself amongst the 200 best universities in the world within the main university rankings and is located within the top 10 new universities with greatest international projection and prestige.
The UAB has the recognition of a Campus of International Excellence. The 41.58% of international students who come to Catalonia with mobility programmes choose the UAB.
It is pioneer in exploring innovative forms of teaching, becoming one of the first universities in Europe to offer massive open online courses (MOOC) via internationally renowed platform, Coursera.
The UAB contributes to the construction of a university that is socially more supportive and committed through the promotion of volunteer activities by the university community and work to guarantee equality of opportunity.
One of the tasks of the UAB is to draw up proposals for action plans aimed at improving the situation of groups that may be disadvantaged for reasons of their sex, disability or economic or social situation.
The Faculty of Communication Studies
Since the early seventies, the UAB’s Faculty of Communication Studies has been the site of training and research of the most influential and prestigious journalists and media professionals in Catalonia and nearby regions as Valencia, Balearic Islands, Zaragoza or the Basque Country. UAB’s Faculty, along with Madrid and Pamplona, has been considered for years the unique opportunity for those wishing to study journalism.
Most of the lecturers and researchers in the Communication field of the new faculties and schools in the region comes from the UAB’s files. The influence of the UAB has also shown itself in other areas in which a new set of organisations, routines and concepts have appeared. The importance of the activities carried out by the Col.legi de Periodistes (the Catalan professional journalists association) and the Audiovisual Council and many other organisations cannot be appreciated with the presence of UAB graduates and staff – who have attained substantial intellectual importance. Catalonia has been one of the most dynamic and innovative areas in Europe in terms of new developments in communications: from the professional code of practice to professional criteria.
There is an important presence of Faculty members at the head of national and international organisations such as SCC de l’IEC, ACPC, AHC, SEP, AIERI and UNESCO.
Amalgama-7 is a therapeutic and educational institution whose purpose is helping adolescents, young adults and their families. It’s a private organisation with government agreements that started its actitvity on 1997. It has assisted more than 5.000 people and has more than 100 professionals, such as doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers and educators, teachers, other specialists… The origin of the patients is private and public, and their profile is young people and adolescents who carry out risk behaviors, with diagnoses of behavioral disorder and/or dual disorder, and their families. young people and adolescents who carry out risk behaviors, with diagnoses of behavioral disorder and/or dual disorder, and their families. The main purpose is to make changes in both directions, the adolescents and their parents.
Charo Lacalle is a Full Professor of Journalism at the Faculty of Communication Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). She holds two bachelor’s degrees from that same university, one in Information Sciences and one in Philosophy, as well as a PhD on Communication Sciences by the UAB. Dr. Lacalle directs the Department of Journalism and Communication Science, and edits the academic journal Anàlisi. Quaderns de Comunicació i Cultura. As a Visiting Professor, she has taught classes and seminars in several European and Latin American universities. A specialist in audiovisual analysis, Dr. Lacalle has numerous publications in books and prestigious journals specialized in media communications. She coordinates the research group OFENT (Observatory of Spanish Fiction and New Technologies) and the Spanish group of OBITEL (Ibero-American Observatory of TV Fiction).
Cristina Pujol Ozonas is a Lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Communication Sciences of the UAB. She holds a bachelor degree in Audiovisual Communication (Ramon Llull University, 2000), a DEA degree in History of Cinema (Autonomous University of Madrid, 2003) and a PhD on Communication and Humanities (Ramon Llull University, 2010). She is a member of the research group OFENT (Observatory of Spanish Fiction and New Technologies) and of the editorial board of the academic journal Anàlisi. Quaderns de Comunicació i Cultura. As a specialist in Media and Cultural Studies, she has participated in several spanish and european funded researches related to media and society. She is the author of Fans, cinéfilos y cinéfagos. Una aproximación a las culturas y los gustos cinematográficos (National Award to the Best Research Monograph in Cinema from the Spanish Society of Film Historians, 2011).
Núria Simelio is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Communications Sciences of UAB. She holds a PhD on Journalism and Communication Sciences from the UAB (2006, with distinction). Dr. Simelio is a member of the Laboratory of Journalism and Communication for Plural Citizenry, where she co-directs, with Dr. Amparo Moreno, the R&D project: “Methods and models of information for the monitoring of the actions of the people responsible for local governments and accountability” (Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, 2016-2018). She has participated in several funded researches related to the analysis of the media and new forms of democratic participation from the Internet. She has been coordinator in Spain of the international project “Global Media Monitoring 2015” of WACC. Results of these researches have been published in different international scientific journals. In 2012, she was a visitor researcher in the City University of London.
José Maria Perceval is a professor of the Department of Journalism at the Faculty of Communication Sciences, Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is a member of the PhD program Communication and Education, ex director of the journal RUTA (University Journal of Academic Works), and coordinates the program of the Universidad Internacional de la Paz. He held a PhD in Social Sciences at the EHESS (1993), his thesis dealt with the archetypes of Xenophobia and Racism in the case of the Spanish moriscos; and another one on Communication Sciences with a thesis on political publicity. He has been scientific consultant for the docu-fiction film of Casa Arabe “Expelled 1609: the tragedy of the Moriscos”. He is the author of numerous books related to the topics of Xenophobia and Racism.
Cristina Baliarda is the Principal of the clinical area of Amalgama 7, a biopsychoeducational and social institution that helps teenagers and their families. As psychologist, therapist, she has been the clinical director of the external consultation Amalgama 7 center in Barcelona until 2016. She has a master degree about drug addiction by the University of Barcelona and she coordinates the European project ENGAGE, between Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and Amalgama 7.
Marc Guilló is the Principal of the academic area of Amalgama 7, a biopsychoeducational and social institution that helps teenagers and their families. He holds two kinds of studies: the obligatory secondary education and non obligatory studies, such as baccalaureate or professional middle grade. A French, English, Spanish, Catalan and Italian translator, Marc Guilló coordinates the European project ENGAGE, between Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and Amalgama 7.
Alba Garcia and Olga Murillo were the webmasters of the ENGAGE UAB project website during the first semester, from 1/10/2017 to 01/02/2018.
Aina Palomer was the project photographer of the ENGAGE UAB project website during the first semester, from 1/10/2017 to 01/02/2018.
Anna Adeliño is the current webmaster of the ENGAGE UAB project website.