The Cátedra Demetrio Ribes is a research centre that promotes and disseminates research into the history of transport and its infrastructures, public works and engineering in the Valencian Community. It was founded in 2003 through an agreement signed between the Universitat de València-Estudi General (UVEG) and what is now the Valencian Ministry of Housing, Public Works and Territorial Planning.
The centre was named after Demetrio Ribes, the architect who designed the Estación del Norte in Valencia and a host of other important buildings in the Valencian Community, Barcelona and Madrid.
Dr. Inmaculada Aguilar was the director of the centre from 2003 to 2017, at which time she became honorary director and passed the role of director on to Dr. Luis Arciniega. From the beginning, the centre has been supported by various staff: currently three researchers and two PhD researchers.
The main aim of the Cátedra Demetrio Ribes research centre is to promote and disseminate research into the history of transport and its infrastructures, public works and engineering in the Valencian Community.
It carries out various activities to investigate and spread awareness of the Valencian Community’s rich heritage relating to transport and communications, public works and engineering. Its main areas of activity include:
The Cátedra Demetrio Ribes’s main research areas include:
Rectora Mgfc. Mrs María Vicenta Mestre Escrivá
Hble. Mr Arcadi España García
Mrs María Pérez Herrero, regional secretary; Mr Carlos Domingo Soler, head of the Department of Public Works, Transports and Sustainable Mobility at the Valencian government; Mrs Mª Dolores Real García, pro-vice-chancellor and head of Innovation and Transfer at UV; Mr Luis Arciniega García, director of CDR.
D. Luis Arciniega García
Dña. Inmaculada Aguilar Civera
Óscar Calvé Mascarell, Manuel Carreres Rodríguez, Susana Climent Viguer, Rubén Pacheco Díaz.
The Cátedra Demetrio Ribes has promoted partnerships with other institutions and research centres to develop new projects or activities. Some of its main partners include:
Creation of Guía de puentes de la Comunitat Valenciana and collaboration on various publications and activities.
Cartographic exchange and collaboration.
Cooperation on School activities and travelling exhibitions
Organisation of courses and lectures.
Editorial and documentary collaboration and organisation of cultural activities
Other cultural activities.