Partner Universidad del Rosario (UR)
The Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario (Universidad del Rosario) is a Colombian private institution of higher education with the academic character of University and legal status recognized by the Ministry of Government of Colombia in 1895. It is one of the most important universities in Colombia, because of its long history, its significant role in the vibrant political life of Colombia and its social impact throughout the country. As a result, the University has been awarded a high quality accreditation from Colombia’s Ministry of Education since 2005, and from QS Stars since 2016. UR currently has 47 research groups in areas such as health, natural sciences and social sciences. The main themes revolve around peace and post-conflict, gender, democracy and political representation, climate change, ageing, and technology at the service of the state and human rights in digital environments.
Role and Profile of key people
Dr. Benjamin Quesada (M): climatologist and professor at UR (Bogotá). Holds a PhD in Meteorology, a MS in Climatology and a BS in Mechanical Engineering. His research primarily focuses on: land-atmosphere interactions, temperature extremes, land-cover change impacts on climate and ecosystem functions and terrestrial carbon cycle. Author of 16 peer-reviewed publications (356 total citations, Google Scholar 12/2019) in a diversity of journals like: Nature Climate Change, Environmental Research Letters, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Climate, Earth’s Future, Global Change Biology and Applied Energy. Contributing Author of the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL, Chapter 2 “Land-Atmosphere Interactions”, 2019) and of the recent Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Global Assessment report (Chapter 4 “Plausible futures of nature, its contributions to people and their good quality of life”, 2019).
Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment
High Performance Computing (HPC) center hoested at UR with 8 nodes to process modeling simulations, big data treatment and associated statistics (see Description here: https://www.urosario.edu.co/Documentos/Administrativos/Tecnologia/Centauro/Manual-de-Usuario.pdf)
Independent research premises
All the researchers invited to UR will have an office to work in (electricity and internet access) in one of the UR Headquarters.
Previous Involvement in Research and innovation actions
LUC4C (2013-2017, EU FP7) Land-use change: assessing the net climate forcing, and options for climate change mitigation and adaptation
SECIF (2011-2014, ANR France) Towards climate services for French industries
Renewable Energies Ecosystem in Puerto Carreño-Colombia (2019-2021, FSPI fund – French government) Create an ecosystem around renewable energies to link rural and urban development needs of civil society and companies – Optimization of eco-district and urban green area, Research on Biomass and Bioreactor.
Current involvement in Research and Innovation actions
Starting grant Universidad del Rosario (2018-2020) Climate Change and land-use in Colombia: a focus on extreme events, with the supervision of Astrid Manciu M.Sc. thesis “Impact of historical land-cover and climate changes on temperature and precipitation in Colombia: a WRF regional climate modelling” (TUM, Oral defense: March 2020).