The ICREAs

ICREA research professors form a vibrant community of scientists and researchers in all areas of knowledge that contribute to the advancement of humankind by exploring, interpreting and questioning. Have a look and learn about their amazing discoveries and findings here:

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  • Belarte Franco, Maria Carme

    Institut Català d'Arqueologia Clàssica (ICAC)

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    Belarte Franco, Maria Carme

    Research Professor at
    Institut Català d'Arqueologia Clàssica (ICAC)
    Humanities
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    Research interests

    The general goal of my research is to study the complex societies of the first millennium BC in western Mediterranean. I am interested in the processes leading to the formation of these societies during the Late Bronze Age as well as their social organisation during the Iron Age (first millennium BC). From a geographical point of view, my research is conducted in North-eastern Iberian Peninsula, South of France and North of Africa. More particularly, my current research focuses on two main issues. On the one hand, the study of settlement patterns, domestic architecture and social use of space. On the second hand, the analysis of rituals, mortuary practices and use of funerary space. The combined analysis of settlement and burial sites enables the understanding of social organisation, and yields information about the appearance of social differences and hierarchy in the Iron Age communities.

    Key words

    Protohistoric societies, Iron Age, Western Mediterranean, domestic architecture, experimental archaeology, building techniques, town planning, settlement patterns, archaeology of death and rituals, paleodemography, heritage management

    ORCID

    : 0000-0002-2293-0482

  • Benet Martínez, Verònica

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

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    Benet Martínez, Verònica

    Research Professor at
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
    Social & Behavioural Sciences
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    Research interests

    Using correlational and experimental research designs and different types of data (survey, behavioral, social network) I examine the following issues: ACCULTURATION/MULTICULTURALISM: Dynamics and socio-cognitive correlates of managing two or more cultural affiliations and identities; Individual differences in bicultural identity structure; Biculturalism and social-networks; Consequences of biculturalism (social, cognitive, and adjustment-related). CULTURE AND SELF-CONCEPT: Identification and measurement of culture-specific and -general personality constructs; Interplay of cultural values and personality in predicting well-being; Bilingualism and self-schemas. CROSS-CULTURAL RESEARCH METHODS: Cultural/linguistic issues in the development and adaptation of psychological scales and tests; Combined emic-etic methodology; Psychometrics of multi-group cultural comparisons.

    Key words

    Cross/Cultural Psychology; Social Psychology; Personality Psychology;

    ORCID

    : 0000-0002-3352-9731

    RESEARCHER ID

    : B-5398-2011

  • Biegert, Jens

    Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO)

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    Biegert, Jens

    Research Professor at
    Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO)
    Experimental Sciences & Mathematics
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    Research interests

    The aim of our research is the investigation of ultrafast events that are caused by electrons inside atoms, molecules, solids and biological matter. The power of attoscience and ultrafast optics lies in the incredible time resolution that gives access to observing the triggering events that are caused by electronic rearrangement and ultimately lead, to molecular dissociation, chemical reactions, excitonic energy transfer or even biological function. Our research is diverse and includes pioneering development of new light sources that are key enablers for coherent soft-X-ray generation across the water window (300-500 eV) and attosecond emission below the atomic unit of time (24 as). These sources enable element selective and time resolved measurements, lensless imaging as well as using electron recollision to image bond distances in molecules. in 2016, we succeeded in taking the first snapshots of how a bond breaks in a single molecule and how one of its protons gets ejected. The measurement demonstrated tracking all atoms of an individual molecule thereby achieving a combined sub-atomic spatial and attosecone temporal resolution. Moreover, we established the first source of isolated attosecond soft X-ray pulses which achieves real-time measurements of electronic synamics on teh attosecond scale in combination with the element selectivity of X-rays. A irst investigation shows correlated electron dynamics of a 2D material in real time.

    Key words

    attoscience, ultrafast dynamics, strong field physics, atomic and molecular physics, laser science, nonlinear optics, parametric interaction, soft X-ray, electron ion spectroscopy

    ORCID

    : 0000-0002-7556-501X

    RESEARCHER ID

    : D-2243-2009

  • Bijnens, Bart

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

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    Bijnens, Bart

    Research Professor at
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
    Engineering Sciences
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    Research interests

    Translational Cardiovascular Pathophysiology, focussing on assessing cardiac function and understanding and recognising the changes induced by disease and how treatment strategies can be used to modulate this remodelling. This is approached by integrating information handling and processing techniques, combined with basic knowledge on cardiovascular pathophysiology in order to advance clinical sciences. This implies defining the research approach from the basic understanding of the disease towards the clinical study; selecting/designing the appropriate investigational tools to assess the relevant clinical parameters; quantifying the diagnostic information (from clinical information to imaging data) to extract the most pertinent information and interpreting the results and relate them to the pathophysiological knowledge.

    Key words

    Translational Cardiovascular Pathophysiology, Cardiac Imaging, Cardiovascular Dynamics, Cardiac Function and Deformation

    ORCID

    : 0000-0003-3130-6937

    RESEARCHER ID

    : C-2955-2008

  • Block Allen, David M.

    Universitat de Lleida (UdL)

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    Block Allen, David M.

    Research Professor at
    Universitat de Lleida (UdL)
    Humanities
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    Research interests

    I have published articles, chapters and books on a variety of topics in applied linguistics, including second language identities, bi/multilingualism and language in society. At present, I am incorporating into my work past and present thinking in political economy (from Smith and Marx to Piketty and Harvey), as I develop conceptual frameworks for understanding globalization, internationalisation, multiculturalism, bi/multilingualism, identity and social movements. In my most recent work I have focussed on neoliberalism as the dominant ideology/rationality in contemporary societies, socioeconomic stratification in 21st century societies and class as a key dimension of being in the world. This orientation is reflected in two books, Neoliberalism and Applied Linguistics (Routledge, 2012; co-authored, with John Gray and Marnie Holborow) and Social Class in Applied Linguistics (Routledge, 2014); numerous articles and chapters appearing in 2016, 2017 and 2018; and two additional books under contract and in preparation: Political Economy and Sociolinguistics: Redistribution and Recognition. (Bloomsbury) and (with Lídia Gallego-Balsà) Minority Ethnic Students in Higher Education: Talking Multilingualism and Identity (Multilingual Matters).

    Key words

    political economy, social class, identity, globalization, migration, ethnography
  • Boeckx, Cedric

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

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    Boeckx, Cedric

    Research Professor at
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
    Humanities
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    Research interests

    My current research focuses on developing new ways of advancing the biolinguistic program, a growing interdisciplinary enterprise seeking to uncover the biological foundations of the human language faculty, a critical part of 'human cognitive biology'. My graduate training and early career were in theoretical linguistics, but my more recent work has a more explicit biological orientation. My current projects are all intended to facilitate integration among disciplines (linguistics, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and genetics), and lead to better experimental testing of theoretical hypotheses, as well as to more solid interpretations of experimental findings. I also seek to exploit the full pluralism characteristic of the life sciences to force a rethinking of long-held assumptions in theoretical linguistics and other domains of cognitive science.

    Key words

    biolinguistics, theoretical and comparative linguistics, cognitive sciences