Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA-IF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Physical Education and Sport.

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    01/07/2020 13:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Palma Chillón Garzón, from the Department of Physical Education and Sport at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF) in 2020 at this University. Please note that applicants must comply with the Mobility Rule (more information: http://sl.ugr.es/0aNV).

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. The UGR has been awarded with the "Human Resources Excellence in Research (HRS4R)", which reflects the UGR’s commitment to continuously improve its human resource policies in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The UGR is also a leading institution in research, located in the top 5/10 of Spanish universities by a variety of ranking criteria, such as national R&D projects, fellowships awarded, publications, or international funding.

UGR is one of the few Spanish Universities listed in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking (http://sl.ugr.es/0aw0). The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) places the UGR in 268th position in the world and as the 4th highest ranked University in Spain, reaffirming its position as an institution at the forefront of national and international research. From the perspective of specialist areas in the ARWU rankings, the UGR is outstanding in Documentation (ranked in the 36th in the world) or Food science technology (ranked 37th in the world), Mathematics and Computer Science (ranked among the top 76-100 in the world).

The UGR has 4 researchers at the top of the Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list in the Computer Science area. With regard to broader subject fields, the UGR is ranked in 45th position in the universities worldwide in the discipline of Engineering. It is also well recognized for its web presence (http://sl.ugr.es/0a6i) taking 36th place in the top 200 Universities in Europe. Internationally, we bet decidedly by our participation in the calls of the Framework Programme of the European Union. For the duration of the last two Framework Programmes, the UGR has obtained a total of 66 projects, with total funding of 18.02 million euros, and for H2020, 80 projects with total funding around 20.6 million euros.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group

The PROFITH research group (no. CTS-977) is a young, enthusiastic and highly competitive group. Our overall goal is to advance the current scientific knowledge in a way that contributes to create a healthier society by means of examining the beneficial effects of physical activity on individuals’ health with and without disease and of any age.

Our main research lines/interests are:

• Active commuting: methods, determinants and consequences

• Epidemiology of physical activity and health

• Assessment of physical fitness

• Assessment of physical activity and sleep

• Exercise’s effects on brown adipose tissue, insulin resistance and obesity

• Exercise’s effects on cognitive performance, academic achievement, and brain structure and function

URL: http://profith.ugr.es/pages/about

Project description

The project is based on the research line “active commuting” in young people and is funding by “Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad” in Spain (Ref: DEP2016-75598-R), conducted from 2017-2020.

Low physical activity levels and a high sedentary time determine unhealthy lifestyles among children and adolescents. Active modes of commuting to school (i.e. walking or cycling) might be a daily source of physical activity. Young people who walk or cycle to school have higher physical activity levels, better cardiorespiratory fitness and there is evidence about a better academic performance compared to those who use passive modes of commuting.

Furthermore, personal, social and environmental factors determine the behaviour of active commuting to school, and studies compiling these factors are lacking to provide a better comprehension. In the current project, personal variables -such as psychosocial variables related to the self-determination theory and sociodemographic, healthy behaviours and perceptions data-, social variables –such as parent´s sociodemographic, behaviour and perceptions data and school characteristics- and environmental factors –such as the school, family neigborhood and route home-school built environment and weather data, are being collected.

The current project pretends three aims: a) to analyse the association of the built environment with physical activity, sedentary time and mode of commuting, b) to analyze the personal, social and enviromental correlates of active modes of commuting to school, c) to examine the effects of personal, social and enviromental factors in a school-based intervention to promote cycling to school, in a sample adolescents from Spain.

The provided results in the current project will offer broad and entire view of the behaviour of active commuting to school that does not exist nowadays. These results will orienter policy makers to implement succesfull strategies to promote active commuting to school behaviours and may be a public health strategy for benefing a society with higher health levels and, in general, higher quality of life.

URL: http://profith.ugr.es/paco?lang=en

Research Area

Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC) and Environment and Geosciences (ENV).

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Palma Chillón Garzón (pchillon@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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