Founded in 1450, the University of Barcelona is a community of almost one hundred thousand people with a body of shared values: liberty, democracy, justice, equality and solidarity, and a commitment to social responsibility and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Researchers in Ocean Citizen belong to the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences of the Faculty of Biology, and to the Department of Earth and Ocean Dynamics of the Faculty of Earth Sciences.
The Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences was created in January 2016, and its research ranges from phylogeny and taxonomy to biomedicine, plant improvement or management and restoration of ecosystems, including conservation biology, human evolution, forest ecology, marine biology, ecotoxicology, animal behaviour or biogeography. The research and teaching of the Ecology Unit in the department cover the forest ecology, limnology and marine ecology. In addition to deepening the knowledge of aquatic and terrestrial systems, the Unit focuses its activity on the ecology of populations and communities, on evolutionary and conservation ecology and on the effects of global change on the ecosystems.
The CRG Marine Geosciences (GRCGM) is an officially recognised research group of excellence within the Department of Earth and Ocean Dynamics. Among its research goals are the investigation of physical, sedimentary and biogeochemical processes in the ocean, including modern seafloor conditions and seafloor shaping processes, the environmental setting of modern benthic ecosystems including anthropogenic impacts, and the interactions between the ocean and global change at various time scales. GRCGM has access to research vessels and to own laboratory infrastructures (Sedimentology Lab, CORELAB, LIRA-PANTHALASSA). GRCGM is highly committed in to the training and supervision on students and early carrier researchers, as well as in outreach activities and citizen science projects.