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The first woman to be elected rector since the founding of the University
Ana Ripoll, professor in Architecture and Computer Technology, was elected yesterday new Rector of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) with 56.09% of weighted votes. Candidate Lluís Tort, professor in Physiology, received 43.91% of weighted votes.
Anna Ripoll has been Teaching Staff vice-chancellor during the second mandate of the rector Lluís Ferrer (2005-2008). She earned her degree in Physics from the Complutense University of Madrid in 1975 and her doctor's degree from Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1980. Ripoll received a grant from the Spanish National Research Council and was assistant lecturer at the Department of Computing and Automation at the Complutense University of Madrid from 1976 to 1978. She became part of the Department of Computing at Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1978 as an assistant lecturer and later as a full lecturer. In 1992 she became professor in Architecture and Computer Technology. She also participated in several state-funded national and international research projects and worked as a consultant and advisor for different public institutions.
Since it was founded, the UAB is known for its commitment to the creation and transmission of scientific knowledge. Today, it is internationally known for the quality and the innovative character of its research. In 2007, the UAB Research Park was created. It is a strategic alliance among three top institutions in research: the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Institute for Agro-Food Research and Technology (IRTA).
On the other hand, it is worth mentioning that UAB Research Park is one of the Catalan entities participating in BIO, the main biotech convention in the world. Next edition will be held next May 2009, in Atlanta (the United States).
The UAB, through the Comissionat del Rector per a Biotecnologia i Biomedicina, is a member of Biocat (the BioRegion of Catalonia).