- Date: 13th February 2017, 12:00 h
- Venue: Aula Magna de la Facultat de Ciències de la Terra UB
- Further information: Dr. Josep Maria Casas
Pere Santanach obtained his Geology Degree in 1969 and, after that, one of the most relevant features of his career was an intense dedication to the University, in a balanced way, in its three aspects: teaching, management and research. As a teacher, he played an important role in the innovation of the Geology Degree in Barcelona in the 70’s, especially with the creation of the teaching framework of Structural Geology, practically non-existent at the time, and with a special interest in field-teaching activities. More recently, he devoted important efforts to the implementation of the Bologna plan, as the participation in the Tuning project, the organization and presidency of deans of Spain to become part of the project, or being coordinator of the White Book of the Geology Degree, chair of the Evaluation Committee of the branch of Sciences of the program VERIFICA of ANECA (Spanish Agency of Evaluation and Accreditation) and chair of the Geology Degree Studies Plan Commission of the University of Barcelona.
He spent many years in academic and research management. He committed with the academic management at the different levels the university offered (head of departmental, vice-dean, dean, assistant vice-rector and vice-rector). He assumed also responsibilities in Research management, as research vicerector at the University, as Secretary of Drafting of the National Plan of Geological Resources and, after that, as the manager of this latter program. In doing so, he coordinated all the groups that deal with the Internal Geodynamics, both of geological and geophysical formation, in a macro seismic project of deep reflection at state level. This project marked a milestone by establishing the joint work of Earth scientists of geological and physical origin and represented a qualitative leap in the studies of Geodynamics in Spain.
Apart from his personal research, more than 150 published articles and 13 supervised PhD Thesis, one of the main values of his work has been to nucleate a research group in Structural Geology, nowadays of recognized international projection.
The group is organized in subgroups that focus in the different research lines in which P. Santanach has worked: mainly the relationships between deformational structures at different time and space scales, both fragile and ductile. He also worked for the introduction of new and diversified research lines and was good at stimulating the collaborators to develop them. During these years, Pere has exhibited a continuous and renovated enthusiasm for the new methods and techniques that can improve and complement the classical field work in Structural Geology. Since the early 80’s, he promoted in Barcelona a series of short courses done by specialists of specific tools, going through the basement study techniques, the balanced cross-section, paleomagnetism or seismic structural styles. Fruit of that spirit was the important role he played in the creation in Barcelona of the Paleomagnetism Laboratory in 1989 and the Terrestrial Cosmogenic Nuclides Laboratory in 2003. Pere stood out in promoting the Paleoseismology and the Active Tectonics studies in the eastern Iberia. Currently, he is interested in the History of the Geology, being his work focused on the Neptunistic and Magmatist visions of the formation of mountain ranges and on the Geology in Catalonia, particularly in the University, during the first half of the 20th century.