Hi everyone! This is Manel Garrido Baserba, born in the beautiful land of the Alt Empordà, Girona province, in 1983. I am currently doing my postdoctoral career at the University of California- UCI (Orange County, Los Angeles), working as a professor and researcher at the Civil and Environmental Engineering within the Urban Water Research Center. During these 4 years in the US several projects allow me to live half of the time in lovely cities like Washington DC and Miami Dade.
I am more than excited, and glad, to live and to be part of these incredible time we catalans are living these days. These last years have been an explosion of feelings, historical moments and collective actions that makes you proud to belong to such nation.
My background is a mixture of Environmental Sciences and environmental engineering. I combined my degree working for several International companies (EASEN. CO, China; and Construfer Engenharia, Brasil) and EU Universities (LEUPHANA, Germany and UdG, Catalonia). After obtaining my Master (MSc) degree on Water Science and Technology at the University of Girona and in the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) I started my PhD at the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA). In that period, he contributed to develop and implement new tools and methodologies in a Decision Support System (EDSS) for the selection of the best wastewater treatment plant alternatives. During these years as PhD student I received two predoctoral fellowships, one at the Australian National University Canberra (ANU) and the other at the Group of Environmental Bioprocesses in Santiago de Compostela (Spain).
Actively participating on the Balsells Fellowship (California -Catalonia fellowship) and with el Casal Català of California.
As curator of Catalan Voices, I’d focus on the international point of view of the Catalan movement and be able to provide the most up-to-date news and interesting developments regarding the quest of the Catalan nation to build its own state.