Universidad de Alcalá

The 500 years old Universidad de Alcalá (UAH) has been able to balance the modern features of new knowledge high quality research and graduate studies, such as environmental sciences, GIS, or informatics-computing (with particular focus on ecosystem restoration and applied ecology and global change) and the more traditional social and life/hard sciences and the humanities. Its joint EU-US programs on climate change modeling, interdisciplinary biodiversity research, marine science (focused on genetics, bioacoustics, Ocean mapping and data management), are part of the research activities of its Benjamin Franklin Institute, established in 1986.

Relevant previous projects or activities

  • Since the EU Presidency, when it was head negotiator in the COPs, multiple issues in the interface of science and policy of the  Convention of Biological Diversity, and in the biodiversity-related IPR issues at WIPO. 
  • Representative of the Spanish scientific communities in the Research Data Alliance, Co-Chairing (with the US co-chairs of the National Academy of Science and CODATA) the RDA-CODATA Legal Interoperability Group. It is also member of the Task Force on Data Management of Group on Earth Observations (GEO).
  • It has also been involved in UNEPs efforts to Elaborate options for Synergies among Biodiversity-related Multilateral Environmental Agreements, including biodiversity indicators.
  • It was called by the CSIC - Museum of Natural History to provide assistance with the tasks of WP4 of the LifeWatch FP7 project, producing the draft Statutes and by-laws of the future ERIC; and later it became the main partner in the FP7 CReATIVE-B being in charge of its WP4 deliverables.

Project Members

Enrique Alonso García

Prof. Dr. Enrique Alonso García  (male) is currently Head at the Spanish Council of State Sections on Environmental, Rural & Marine Affaires and Science & Innovation. 

He has taught and researched extensively in Universities at both sides of the Atlantic (Complutense, Alcalá and Rey Juan Carlos Universities in Spain; William & Mary (VA), Harvard (MA) and MIIS (CA) in the USA) being currently Honorary Professor and Researcher of the Franklin Institute of the North American Studies of the UAH. I this condition he participates in the task forces and interest & working groups in GEO and the Research Data Alliance. 

Jose Antonio Gurpegui

Prof. Dr. Jose Antonio Gurpegui (male), Prof of Transatlantic European-United States International Relations at the UAH, being the Director of the Institute Franklin for 8 years (until 2013). He participated in LifeWatch and CReATIVE-B and helped continue the Program on EU-US environmental and technological issues (Friends of Thoreau Program) that was established in 2001. He also provided funding by the Institute for the establishment of the EU-US Marine Biodiversity Research Group in 2010, whose Director is Prof Juan Junoy.

Juan M. Junoy

Prof. Dr. Juan M. Junoy: (male): Prof of Marine Biology for 30 years at the UAH, with 24 years of positively evaluated research (the Spanish “sexenios de investigacion”), with research projects on marine fauna (nemerteans, isopoda) benthic communities (beaches, estuaries, Marine Protected areas) and pollution (Prestige oil spill). Director of the EU-US Marine Biodiversity Research Group.  He has been involved in biodiversity data bases development and also participated in LifeWatch and CReATIVE-B.


Other researchers

Due to the variety of issues touched upon by the Globis-B project additional experts (lab technicians, S.J.D and PhD researchers) participate in different aspects of the project. These include previous participants in the CReATIVE-B project such as Alfonso Herrera (biologist and GIS Master), Paula A. Recarte (Bioacoustics technician, Data manager and GIS Master) and/or    María Llosent (Lawyer).


Relevant publications