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The Vives Network of Universities General Council has chosen Dean of the Jaume I University (UJI) Vicent Climent to take over for Dean of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) Antoni Giró as President of the network. Additionally, former University of Lleida Dean Joan Viñas has been appointed permanent Vice-President of the Network for the next two years in order to reinforce continuity of the association’s actions. The meeting was held last Friday at the UPC.

Vicent Climent (Castelló de la Plana, 1954) holds the Optics Chair in the Jaume I University Department of Physics, where he has developed his academic career since 1991, in addition to his collaborations with the Institut für Arbeitsphysiologie at the University of Dortmund (Germany). Before being appointed Dean, he was the researcher in charge of the GROC-UJI Optics Group, which has carried out a variety of research projects focusing on temporary and ultra-fast optics. He has co-authored three industrial patents, some 60 articles in scientific journals on optics and more than 100 papers for congresses. From 1991 to 1995, he headed the Department of Experimental Science (1991-1995). Later, he was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty (1995-2001) and Commissioner for the new UJI postgraduate program (2005-2006), among others.

During the meeting, the 2010 Scientific Communication Award was presented by the Vives Network in conjunction with the University of Valencia Dissemination Chair and the CAM,. For basic science, health sciences, engineering and architecture, the winning article was Genoma i recombinació: traçant la història evolutiva dels humans (Genomics and recombination: tracing human evolutionary history), by Marta Melé Messeguer from the University of Pompeu Fabra.

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