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The Alliance 4 Universities (A4U) is developing its first map of research groups


The Alliance 4 Universities (A4U), made up of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), has presented its first dynamic map of research groups.

La Alianza 4 Universidades (A4U) desarrolla su primer mapa de grupos de investigación

This tool, promoted by the A4U's Research and Internationalisation sectors, “makes it possible to quickly and accurately detect the research groups at the four universities that are specialised in certain areas or research topics”, explains one of its creators, Elías Sanz Casado, Professor of Documentation at UC3M and head of the A4U's IUNE Observatory. 

The map allows you to search for information on a total of 727 research groups in different ways, both by universities and by thematic areas and sub-areas, or by free text. To do this, the research activities of all the groups have been assigned to one of the 19 thematic areas and 54 sub-areas into which the State Research Agency (AEI, in its Spanish acronym) classifies research activity. Another way to search is by using any of the terms of the lines of research, in addition to searching directly by the name of the group's main researcher.

The A4U is a strategic university alliance between four leading Spanish public universities: UAB, UAM, UC3M and UPF. A4U's objectives include promoting research in Europe; raising its profile and improving its international reputation by promoting contacts in priority and strategic countries and areas; improving mobility options for students, teaching staff and researchers; and enhancing teaching quality, with a clear commitment to inter-university degrees, programmes in English and online training.

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