Organisational structure

The TORCH project is managed by the following governing bodies:

  • Rectors Assembly. The CHARM-EU's Rectors Assembly supports the overall implementation of both projects.
  • Vice Rectors Committee. The VRs Committee coordinates the relation between partners in terms of strategy, communication, and synergies among the CHARM-EU and TORCH projects.
  • Project management Team. The PMT is responsible for the overall implementation and monitoring of the project. Composed by the WP Leaders and chaired by the project coordination (UB).
  • Quality Committee. The QC provides an external evaluation on the quality of the deliverables produced across the project.

Vice Rectors Committee

Vice rector Research
Prof. Jordi Garcia Fernàndez
Vice-Rector for Research, University of Barcelona

Jordi Garcia-Fernàndez graduated in Biology and got a PhD in Genetics from the University of Barcelona. After a postdoctoral stay at the University of Oxford, he came back to Barcelona as a senior lecturer and, since 2003, he is full Professor of Genetics at the UB. His research specialties are mainly Developmental Genetics and Evolution. He got the “Young Researcher” Catalan Prize, and the senior “ICREA Academia Prize”, sponsored by the Nobel laureate of Medicine, Prof. Edward Lewis, and the Darwin Prize of the Royal Society, Prof. Peter WH Holland. He is also Honorary Research Professor at the University of Oxford, Merton College. He has been Vice Dean of Research at the Faculty of Biology, and head of the Department of Genetics, Microbiology and Statistics. Since January 2021, he is Vice Rector for Research at the UB.

Prof. Emma Stokes
Vice President for Global Engagement, Trinity College Dublin

Emma Stokes is Vice President for Global Engagement at Trinity College Dublin. She joined the faculty in the mid-1990s where she completed her PhD and was elected as a Fellow in 2012. While on leave between 2018 and 2021, she established the Department of Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Science at Qatar University. In 2015, she was elected to serve as President of World Physiotherapy, she was re-elected for a further 4 years in 2019 and in 2018 she co-founded the Global Rehabilitation Alliance established to advocate for a UN resolution on rehabilitation.

Prof. Frank Miedema
Vice Rector for Research, Utrecht University

Frank Miedema studied biochemistry at the University of Groningen, specializing in immunology. As Divisional Manager at the Central Laboratory of the Blood Transfusion Service (CLB) he was responsible for such things as education and research, before going on to become Director of Sanquin Research. Miedema was affiliated with the University of Amsterdam as professor of Immunology of AIDS. In 2004 he became head of the Immunology department at UMC Utrecht. Miedema is a member of various national and international scientific organizations and advisory committees. He has published hundreds of articles in medical journals, including Nature, Science and Lancet. He is currently Vice Rector for Research at Utrecht University. In this role he is active in the CHARM-EU alliance both for the educational focus of CHARM-EU and the Research and Innovation programme that currently implements the Horizon 2020 TORCH project. In TORCH, he also contributes to the Open Science work package.

Prof. Péter Sziklai
Vice Rector for Research, Eötvös Loránd University

Peter Sziklai is a professor of Mathematics at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest. He earned his PhD in 1998 and became Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2014. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Science at ELTE in 2018-19. He works in Computer Science, Discrete Mathematics, he is Head of Department of Computer Science since 2015. He was visiting researcher (supported by various grants) for several months in Eindhoven (TUE, NL), Ghent (University of Ghent, Belgium), Rome (La Sapienza, Italy), London (QMW, UK). He is serving as Vice-Rector for Research of ELTE since August 2021.

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Prof. Patrick Caron
Vice President for International Affairs, University of Montpellier

Patrick Caron is a veterinary doctor, PhD and HDR in development geography. He is a specialist of farming systems and territorial dynamics. He is International Director at Montpellier University of Excellence – MUSE and Vice President for International Affairs of the University of Montpellier since January 2019. He joined CIRAD in 1988 where he has been Director-General for research and strategy from 2010 to 2016. His works relate to the analysis of the role of agriculture and livestock in rural transformations, particularly in Brazil, Southern Africa and the Near East. In 2015 he chaired the Organizing committee of the Global Science Conference on Climate Smart Agriculture (Montpellier, France), in 2016 of the international conference Agrichains and sustainable development, in 2017 the international conference on Living Territories and in 2020 the International Conference on Global Food Security. He was the Chair of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) from November 2015 to October 2019. He is a Board member of the CGIAR since September 2020 and member of the Scientific Group of the UN Food System Summit programmed in 2021.

Project Management Team

Raul Ramos
Vice Rector for Internationalization Policy, UB.
TORCH Coordinator, WP1 Leader.
Vicente Royuela
Faculty of Economics and Business, UB.
WP2 Leader.
Lorraine Leeson
Associate Vice Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, TCD.
WP3 Leader.
Nina Shiel
Research Fellow, TCD.
WP3 CO-Leader & WP8 Leader.
Albert Diaz
Director of the Institute of Complex Systems, UB.
WP4 Leader.
Gaëtan Lan Sun Luk
Director of Innovation and Associations, UM.
WP5 Leader.
Balázs Aczél
Vice-Dean of Research, Faculty of Education and Psychology, ELTE.
WP6 Leader.
Marjanneke Vijge
Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, UU.
WP7 Leader.
Judit Bóna
Vice Dean of Research and Academic Affairs, Faculty of Humanities, ELTE.
WP9 Leader.
Gemma Marfany
Rector's Delegate for Scientific Dissemination, Faculty of Biology, UB.
WP10 & WP11 Leader.
Meritxell Chaves
CHARM-EU Alliance Manager, UB.
Jaime Llorca
Project Manager, UB.
Blanca Burillo
CHARM-EU Communications Manager, UB.
Enric Rubiella
Financial Manager, UB.
Conor Spillane
Project Manager, TCD.
Kirsten Hollaender
Project Manager, UU.
Ferenc Takó
Project Manager, ELTE.

Inese Rozensteine
Project Manager, UM.

Quality Committee

Joan X. Comella
Director of R&I at Sant Joan de Déu Research Institute; Professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Gareth O’Neill
Principal Consultant on Open Science at Technopolis Group, PhD Candidate at Leiden University.
Gábor Szabó
President of the Hungarian Association for Innovation, Professor at the University of Szeged.
Celia Belline
CEO of CILcare.