Professor Rolf Tarrach
President, European University Association

Rolf Tarrach studied physics at the University of Valencia, Spain, and got his PhD from the University of Barcelona. He was a postdoctoral researcher at CERN, Geneva. Dr. Tarrach is professor of theoretical physics, and has served in that capacity at the universities of Valencia and Barcelona. He has published more than 100 papers in theoretical high energy physics, quantum field theory, quantum mechanics and in quantum information theory and has written three books. He has successfully supervised 12 PhD theses. Dr. Tarrach has given more than 100 talks and seminars on physics and more than 150 conferences on general science, research, scientific policy, energy policy, higher education policy, science and philosophy, and innovation. He has been awarded a honoris causa degree from the University of Saint Petersburg, Russia, and is the recipient of 10 prizes and decorations from Spain, Portugal and Luxembourg. He has been Dean of the School of Physics and Vice-rector of the University of Barcelona. He is a former member of the European Union Research Advisory Board, of the European Heads of Research Councils group, which he also chaired, and of the 5-year assessment panel of experts of the European Commission.  He is a former member of the Board of Telefonica of Catalonia. He has been co-organizer of the first three Euroscience Open Forum meetings in Stockholm (2004), Munich (2006) and Barcelona (2008). He has been chair of the International Experts Board of Estrategia Universidad 2015 (Spain, 2010-2011) and member and vice-chair of the International Jury of Initiatives d’excellence (ANR, France, 2011-2012). He is again member and vice-chair of the International Jury of Initiatives d’excellence (ANR, France, 2015-2017). He has been on the European University Association Council during 10 years. He has been President of the Academic Cooperation Association (2008-2011). He has recently been appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (2015-2020). He is currently professor of physics at the University of Luxembourg.