Cap del Gabinet d'Innovació i Comunitat (GIC) - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech
Dr. Didac Ferrer-Balas (Barcelona, 1974) graduated as an industrial & materials engineer since 1997. He obtained a doctorate in materials science in 2001 from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC-Barcelona Tech). Since year 2000, he has been in charge of sustainability management at the University, with a wide number of projects in curriculum development, sustainable education, sustainable management, interdisciplinary research and communication. He is currently the head of the Innovation and Community Office at UPC, working on issues as sustainability, gender, inclusion or collaboration, with special focus as coordinator of the Nexus24 collaborative communities programme.
He has been member of the editorial boards of Jounal of Cleaner Production and of the journal Sustainability Science. He has been in the scientific committees and chairs of various international conferences (EESD, AGS, EMSU). He has taught in the Masters of Sustainability at UPC, in the fields of sustainable organizations, industrial ecology and sustainable technology.
He is also co-founder (and was innovation director) of Tarpuna, a non-profit cooperative that creates social inclusion through sustainability projects in the fields of social fabrication, social farming, fuel poverty, collaborative consumption, among other emerging fields. He's been advising the Ajuntament de Barcelona for the Ateneus de fabricació network, among other collaborations.