Universidad de Córdoba
The Universidad de Córdoba (UCO) is a non-profit High Education and Research Institution established in 1972. This University is considered at the forefront of research in Andalusia and is ranking among the top research institutions at the national level, with more than two thousand papers published in Agricultural Sciences and Plant & Animal Science.
UCO has a commitment with society, promoting innovation, research and technological development as an instrument for the social and economic progress. In this way, transfer of knowledge is also one of the most important and relevant missions of this University.
The research efforts are compound of 193 research units and 2.200 employees, covering an array of disciplines that range from the Humanities, Legal and Social Sciences to the Health Sciences and Science and Technology.
Our institution is also involved in The Agrifood Campus of International Excellence (ceiA3) as well as in several research centers such as the IMIBIC (Institute Maimonides of Biomedical Research) and the “University Research Institute of Fine Chemicals and Nanochemistry” and in Rabanales 21 Science and Technology Park.
UCO is also equipped with cutting-edge centralized research facilities which are located on the Rabanales Campus. These facilities include a Scanning Confocal Electron Microscope (SCEM), a Genomics and Proteomics Unit, A NIR/MIR Spectroscopy Unit, a Mass Spectrometry Unit, a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Unit, among others. The University also has greenhouses, its own meteorology station and a Central Animal Experimentation Unit which complies with national and European legislation concerning research with genetically modified animals. All of the research conducted at the UCO is overseen by a Bioethics Committee.
Our university offers a wide range of services in the ICT area and audiovisual technologies as well as in the field of education and training, providing video-conference and streaming support; multimedia and interactive courses and apps, e-learning platforms; audiovisual materials; web design assistance, etc. Our organization has a specific policy-related personal data protection, concerning automatic and non-automatic files, which is applied to every University Service and Unit.
UCO has got two treatment and data processing Centers. Moreover, an Information Security Committee is responsible for compliance of the Security measures at the University. All files including personal data will be password-protected and previously authorized before use. The personnel in charge of data treatment will establish mechanisms to prevent unauthorized access or data treatment.
UCO has a Scientific Culture Unit (UCCi), a strategic service of our university, responsible for the communication and dissemination of knowledge generated at the University of Córdoba. This unit takes part in the design of specific communication plans and spreading media the research projects at local, national and international level. UCO participates in a number of annual activities to communicate the results of our research to society (European Researchers’ Night; appointments with science, time to science, coffee with science, know
our projects, etc.)
Furthermore, libraries located on different campuses provide access to digital research services such as scientific publication/ data repository, including open access. The Universidad de Córdoba has considerable experience in managing and implementing international projects. Currently, UCO has been granted with 36 projects funded through H2020 and 42 projects funded by other European programs (since 2014). In a previous period (2007-2013), UCO obtained 30 projects funded through the Seventh Framework Program and 19 project funded by other European programs. A Knowledge Transfer Office and an International Project Office facilitate the management, implementation and dissemination of transnational projects achieved by our university as well as the transfer of knowledge and protection of obtained results.
UCO has obtained the ‘Human Resources Excellence in Research logo ‘ (HRS4R) awarded by The European Commission, which ensures the improvement of working conditions for researchers across Europe. Furthermore, as local contact point of Euraxess Network, UCO supports researcher mobility and career development, enhancing scientific collaboration between UCO and international researchers.
The applicants are a research group of 3 UCO PhD lecturers and 1 secondary education teacher (also PhD) coordinated by Professor María Elena Gómez Parra.
María Elena Gómez Parra, PhD
María Elena Gómez Parra, PhD. Lecturer of English at the Dpt. of English and German Philology at the University of Córdoba, Spain. MD in Distance Education. Graduated from the University of Granada (Spain). She is a successful grant writer/manager of approximately 3.4 million euros in international funding. She has worked with English Language educators for decades. Her research lines are focused on bilingual and intercultural education. She teaches CLIL in English Teacher Education at Undergraduate level, and Intercultural Communication, Second Language Acquisition (ESLA), and Academic Writing at Master’s level. She has had some research stays in the USA (e.g. University of Berkeley; Bowdoin College and Texas Woman’s University, among others) and the UK (e.g. University of Manchester, Institute of Education of London, Canterbury Christ Church University, among others). She has coordinated the English and German sections in the Language Centre of the University of Córdoba (2000-2006), and she has been the Associate Dean for International Affairs at the Faculty of Education (2006-2014). She has been the IP of the project entitled ‘LinguApp’, funded by Centro de Estudios Andaluces (Ref. no. PRY208/17).
She is the IP of a National Research Project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Economy and Competitivity (MINECO) entitled ‘BESOC’ (Ref. No. EDU2017-84800R).
Regarding her participation in recent International Projects, she is a member of the KA201 DICO+ (Dispositifs Inclusifs de COopération, reference no. 2018-1-FR01-KA201-047904);
she is the coordinator of the KA203 entitled “TEACHERS, CULTURE, PLURI’ (TEACUP)”, reference number 2019-1-ES01-KA203-064412); and she is the Director of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) entitled ‘Play, Education, Toys and Languages – PETaL’ (U. of Córdoba, Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon and Marmara University). Last but not least, she is the Director of the Andalusian Research Group HUM-1006 ‘Bilingual and Intercultural Education’.
David Bullejos, PhD
David Bullejos, PhD is a lecturer at the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Córdoba (Spain) since 2001 and teaches Undergraduate courses in the Electricity Engineering Degree, Electronic Engineering Degree, and in the Industrial Engineering Master. His teaching has been delivered in English for many of these courses, so he has extended and varied experience on the area. During the last 6 years he has developed accessibility, integration and efficiency projects as the Director of Energy Management and Sustainability at the University of Cordoba. He belongs to the Research Group TIC-176 “Electrical Engineering Research Group”, where he is an active researcher in many on-going projects. He was an invited speaker at the 1st Africa Climate Talk, labelled for COP-22 in Casablanca (Morocco). He has had some research stays at the University of Berkeley (USA) and the Politecnico di Milano (Italy). He belongs to RIPRO (Network for Promoting the Research and Innovation on the Teaching Profession), in which he is the coordinator of the research line of “International Cooperation”. He has promoted several methodologies for teaching in the Engineering field.
Antonio J. Cubero Atienza
Antonio J. Cubero Atienza entered the University of Cordoba in January 1986. He holds a PhD in Agricultural Engineering since September 1988. He has developed his university career up to the present time accumulating 34 years of teaching and research experience. In university management he has held relevant positions, from the Director of the Polytechnic School of Cordoba, a General Director of the UCO, and he has been a Vice-Chancellor for several years, mainly in the Infrastructure, Campus and Sustainability areas. He has taught a number of subjects in the field of Industrial Engineering and Computer Science, as well as in the field of Occupational Risk Prevention, at all university levels (Undergraduate, Master, and PhD). His teaching activity was evaluated by the Docentia Program of the University of Córdoba, obtaining the Excellence level.
Jorge M. Llamas Aragonés, PhD
Jorge M. Llamas Aragonés, PhD. Lecturer of HVAC and industrial refrigeration in vocational training at IES Nocolás Copérnico high school in Écija (Spain). Member of the electrical engineering research group at University of Cordoba (Spain). Member of the applied thermodynamics research group at University of Córdoba (Spain). MD in Teachers from Compulsory Secondary Education. MD in Industrial process control. Graduated from the University of Cordoba. He is an engineering professional focalized on the current challenges and opportunities faced by organizations with an energy efficiency point of view and a developing knowledge of the thermodynamic sector. Invited speaker at the 1st Africa Climate Talk, labelled for COP-22 in Casablanca (Morocco)