PhD degree and PhD special prize award ceremony

The School for Doctoral Studies, together with UAB Alumni, organises an event every semester for the award of PhD degrees and PhD special prizes.

With 66 PhD programmes, the UAB is one of the leading Catalan universities in the production of theses and generates approximately a third of the doctoral theses that are defended in the Catalan university system each year.

With the PhD degree and PhD special prize award ceremonies, which are held twice during the academic year (around May and November), the UAB demonstrates its appreciation for the effort and dedication of young researchers and their contribution to the generation of knowledge.

The main value of the UAB is its human capital and the new doctors are an essential element for the continuation of excellent lines of research. That excellence is based on the quality of the PhDs as a distinctive indicator.

The PhD special prizes confer value to theses which have stand out for their contribution and advance in the different areas of our University.

The prizes are awarded per academic year, in accordance with PhD regulations and with the criteria specified in each PhD programme.

You can consult the list of special prize awards (in Spanish) on this page.

You can consult the dates of the future ceremonies by following this link. To attend the ceremony you will receive the corresponding invitation to the act when the degree has reached the university or when you have been awarded the extraordinary prize.

 

VII PhD degree and PhD special prize award ceremony

Bellaterra, May 17, 2019
Room Arnau de Vilanova - Hotel Exe Campus
Vila Universitària, Campus de la UAB
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
 

4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Reception, registration and accreditation in the hall of the Exe Campus Hotel
6:00 p.m. Ceremony
8:00 p.m. Complimentary food and drink and networking


Program

  • Welcome and presentation by the academic secretary of the Doctoral School, Dr. Victòria Nogués.
  • Presentation of the UAB Alumni Network by the UAB Students and Employability vice-rector, Dr. Sara Moreno.
  • Words of the director of the Doctoral School and UAB Research and Transfer vice-rector, Dr. Armand Sánchez.
  • Words of Mr. Tirso Gràcia, member of the UAB Social Council.
  • Words of the rector of UAB, Dr. Margarita Arboix.
  • "Are there fish in the water?", presentation by Dr. Joan Gómez-Pallarès, General Director of Research of the Department of Enterprise and Knowledge of the Generalitat de Catalunya
  • Delivery of PhD Special Prize Awards.
  • Performance of the Choir of the UAB.
  • Words of Dr. Anna Puig Oliveras, Special Prize Award in Animal Production, representing doctors who receive the award or certificates in this ceremony.
  • Delivery of PhD degree certificates.
  • Gaudeamus igitur, by the Choir of the UAB.

VI PhD degree and PhD special prize award ceremony

Bellaterra, November 16, 2018
Room Arnau de Vilanova - Hotel Exe Campus
Vila Universitària, Campus de la UAB
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
 

4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Reception, registration and accreditation in the hall of the Exe Campus Hotel
6:00 p.m. Ceremony
8:00 p.m. Complimentary food and drink and networking


Program

  • Welcome and presentation by the academic secretary of the Doctoral School, Dr. Victòria Nogués.
  • Words of the rector of UAB, Dr. Margarita Arboix.
  • Words of the director of the Doctoral School and UAB Research and Transfer vice-rector, Dr. Armand Sánchez.
  • Presentation of the UAB Alumni Network by the UAB Students and Employability vice-rector, Dr. Sara Moreno.
  • Words of Mr. Tirso Gràcia, member of the UAB Social Council.
  • "The expansion of the Universe: Edwin Hubble, Georges Lemaître and Vesto Slipher", presentation by Dr. Emili Elizalde, Research professor of the CSIC, Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia.
  • Delivery of PhD Special Prize Awards.
  • Performance of the Choir of the UAB.
  • Words of Dr. Alessandro Ravotto, Special Prize Award in Cultures in Contact in the Mediterranean, representing doctors who receive the award or certificates in this ceremony.
  • Delivery of PhD degree certificates.
  • Gaudeamus igitur, by the Choir of the UAB.


Download the Agenda of the ceremony.


Vídeo of the ceremony

V PhD degree and PhD special prize award ceremony

Bellaterra, May 18, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Hotel Campus
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Program

  • Welcome and presentation by the academic secretary of the Doctoral School, Dr. Victòria Nogués.
  • Words of the Rector of UAB, Dr. Margarita Arboix.
  • Words of the director of the Doctoral School and UAB Research and Transfer vice-rector, Dr. Armand Sánchez.
  • Presentation of the UAB Alumni Network by the UAB Students and Employability vice-rector, Dr. Sara Moreno.
  • Words of Mr. Tirso Gracia, member of the UAB Social Council.
  • "Psyche in the ongoing search for immortality", presentation by Dr. Joan Carbonell, dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts.
  • Delivery of PhD Special Prize Awards.
  • Performance of the Choir of the UAB.
  • Words of Dr. Laura Molina, Special Prize Award in Medicine, representing doctors who receive the award or certificates in this ceremony.
  • Delivery of PhD degree certificates.
  • Gaudeamus igitur, by the Choir of the UAB.


Download the Agenda of the ceremony.


Video of the ceremony

 

IV PhD degree and PhD special prize award ceremony

Bellaterra, November 24, 2017
Auditorium - Faculties of Arts and Psychology
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Program

  • Welcome and presentation by the academic secretary of the Doctoral School, Dr. Victòria Nogués.
  • Words of the Rector of UAB, Dr. Margarita Arboix.
  • Words of the director of the Doctoral School and UAB Research and Transfer vice-rector, Dr. Armand Sánchez.
  • Presentation of the UAB Alumni Network by the UAB Students and Employability vice-rector, Dr. Sara Moreno.
  • Words of the president de la Academic Committee of the UAB Social Council, Dr. Moisès Amorós Perich.
  • "What does a doctor like you do in a world like this?", presentation by Dr. Assumpció Malgosa Morera, Professor of the Physical Anthropology Area of the Department of Animal Biology, Plant Biology and Ecology, and coordinator of the PhD program in Biodiversity.
  • Delivery of PhD Special Prize Awards.
  • Performance of the Choir of the UAB.
  • Words of Dr. Laura Castañar Acedo, Special Prize Award in Chemistry, representing doctors who receive the award or certificates in this ceremony.
  • Delivery of PhD degree certificates.
  • Gaudeamus igitur, by the Choir of the UAB.


Download the Agenda of the ceremony.

 

III PhD degree and PhD special prize award ceremony

Bellaterra, May 19, 2017.
Auditorium - Faculties of Arts and Psychology
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


Program

  • Welcome amb presentation by the academic secretary of the Doctoral School, Dr. Victòria Nogués.
  • Words of the Rector of UAB, Dr. Margarita Arboix.
  • Words of the director of the Doctoral School and UAB Research and Transfer vice-rector, Dr. Armand Sánchez.
  • Presentation of the UAB Alumni Network by the UAB Students and Employability vice-rector, Dr. Sara Moreno.
  • Words of the President of the UAB Board of Trustees, Mr. Gabriel Masfurroll.
  • "Ethics beyond research", presentation by the godfather of the ceremony, Dr. José Luis Molina, professor of the Departament of Social and Cultural Anthropology and President of the Comission of Ethics in the Animal and Human Experimentation (CEEAH) of the UAB.
  • Delivery of PhD Special Prize Awards.
  • Performance of the Choir of the UAB.
  • Words of Dr. Andrómeda Celeste Gómez, PhD Special Prize Award in Microbiology, representing doctors who receive the award or certificates in this ceremony.
  • Delivery of PhD degree certificates.
  • Gaudeamus igitur, by the Choir of the UAB.


Video of the ceremony

 

 

 

 

Download the Agenda of the ceremony.

 

See photos of the ceremony.

 

 

 

II PhD degree and PhD special prize award ceremony

Bellaterra, November 18, 2016. Hotel Campus, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Programa
  • Welcome from the Rector of UAB, Dr. Margarita Arboix.
  • Words of academic authorities.
  • "Beyond the public research", presentation by the godfather of the ceremony, Rafael Martin, PhD in Linguistics from the UAB and CEO of the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRi).
  • Delivery of PhD Special Prize Awards.
  • Performance of the Choir of the UAB.
  • Words of Dr. Maria Rodó, PhD Special Prize Award in Geography, representing doctors who receive the award or certificates in this ceremony.
  • Delivery of PhD degree certificates.
  • Closing ceremony by the rector of the UAB, Dr. Margarita Arboix.
  • Gaudeamus igitur, by the Choir of the UAB.

 

Download the Agenda of the ceremony.

 

PhD degree and PhD special prize award ceremony

More than 400 people attended the first PhD degree and PhD special prize award ceremony at the UAB, organised by the Doctoral School and Alumni UAB, on Friday 8 April at the Hotel Campus of the UAB.

 

 

 

Manel Sabés, the Vice-rector for Institutional Relations and Territory, opened the ceremony and spoke of the wish to make it a regular event, to be held twice a year for all recipients of PhD degrees and special prizes at the UAB, to demonstrate appreciation for the effort and dedication of young researchers.

 

 

 

Afterwards Dr. Samuel Sanchez, patron of the ceremony addressed those attending with his talk “The experience of an amazing journey”.  Sánchez, recognised as the best innovator under 35 for the Spanish edition of the MIT Technology Review, is an expert in nano- and microrobots. He currently leads a multidisciplinary team with offices in Barcelona and Stuttgart; “The curriculum is very important, but I would also encourage you to be brave, suggest ideas, show what you believe in and what you can contribute to research groups”.

 

 

 

One by one, almost 150 PhD graduates attending came onto the stage to receive their degrees or recognition of special prizes from the rector of the UAB, Ferran Sancho and the Vice-rector of Institutional relations and Territory and the other academic authorities in attendance: the Vice-rector for Finance and Organisation, Montserrat Farell, the Vice-rector for Strategic Projects, Lluís Tort, and the academic secretary of the School for Doctoral Studies, Xavier Gabarrell.

 

 

 

Following the awards PhD in sociology and recipient of the PhD special prize Alisa Petroff, spoke on behalf of all the new doctors and prize-winners: “This PhD has taught me the importance of teamworking, that research is dialogue, that collaborative work adds to and improves the final products as well as the importance of being surrounded by brilliant, generous and upstanding mentors”. Petroff completed her thesis in 2013 and is a member of the Research Group on Immigration and Ethnic Minorities (GEDIME) of the UAB. She teaches in the Department of Sociology at the UAB and her research specialisation is highly qualified immigration, return migration, the integration of immigrants and immigration and the labour market.

 

 

 

To conclude the ceremony, the rector of the UAB, Ferran Sancho, spoke of the commitment of the UAB to continue with research lines of excellence and the feeling of belonging of the people who make up the university community: “A feeling rooted above all in the breakthroughs achieved over the years and shared experiences. The UAB Alumni and Friends Foundation hopes to be an organisation at your service and within your reach to preserve that link with our university” .

 

 

 

After the group photographs the PhD graduates enjoyed a reception where they were able to exchange experiences and share ideas and projects with colleagues from different disciplines.

 

 

 

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  1. Is there a costume protocol?
    No. This ceremony is an act that has no costume protocol, everyone is free to dress as they feel most comfortable.

  2. If I can not come to the ceremony, how do I do it to pick up my PhD degree?
    If you can not come to the ceremony to pick up your PhD degree, you can check on this website, in the section 'Official degrees (PhD)', the information on how you can collect your PhD degree or what you have to do to get it delivered to you.

  3. If I can not come to the ceremony, how do I do it to collect the extraordinary award certificate?
    If you can not come to the ceremony to pick up the Extraordinary Award certificate, we will send it to you by email. It is only necessary that you request it to ed.titols@uab.cat.

  4. Should I communicate my attendance or not to the ceremony?
    If you can not attend, you do not need to tell us, because the people who can attend have to fill in the form that we have sent.

  5. Can I come to the next ceremony if I can not come to the one you have called me?
    For reasons of capacity and organization, you can only attend the ceremony to which you have been called. It is not possible to change the date by another.

  6. What accreditation documentation should I show to attend the ceremony?
    It will be essencial that the people who have to collect the PhD degree or the extraordinary award certificate present the original and current DNI or passport (which has not expired).

  7. Do I have a reserved seat?
    Yes. The people who collect the PhD degree or the extraordinary award certificate (as long as you have registered) have a reserved seat with the code that we will provide on the same day of the ceremony when you register for the event. If you have not registered, you will not be able to attend the ceremony. Your site will be located next to the rest of people that collect the PhD degree or award of your own PhD programme, so that when you have to go on stage the movement of different people that you have to go up will be agile.

  8. Do the companions have a reserved seat?
    No. The companions do not have a reserved seat. They will be seated in a different area to the one occupied by the person who collects the PhD degree or the extraordinary award certificate, in a space reserved specifically for the companions. It is recommended that the companions do not stay at the registration tables of people who have to collect the PhD degree or award. They can pass to the end of the corridor.

  9. From wat time does the registration have to be made?
    From 4 pm untill 5:30 pm.

  10. From what time can the room be accessed?
    Starting at 5 pm.

  11. Until what time can I register the day of the ceremony?
    Until 6 pm. After this time you can attend the ceremony, but we cannot guarantee that you will go on stage to collect the title or, where appropriate, the award.

  12. Is the room where the ceremony takes place accessible to people with mobility problems?
    If you or any of your companions have mobility problems and you need some type of space reservation, you must notify us by sending an email to escola.doctorat@uab.cat.