Board of Trustees

The board of trustees of the Alive Foundation is the result of a group of dedicated biologists and environmentalists from Catalonia.

Bernat Garrigós


Biologist by training. He begins his activity in the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà, collaborating in several ornithological projects. He promotes the publication of a book on the dragonflies of Catalonia and has currently led the creation of the Alive foundation and some of the projects it develops.

Jordi Sargatal

Vice President

Responsible for the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà conservation campaign that in 1983 led to the declaration of the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park. Sargatal was the director developing a long list of conservation projects such as the recovery of natural spaces such as the Cortalet lagoon and the reintroduction of the white stork. He was also the founder of the Lynx publishing house and the main author of the Handbook of the birds of the world.

Josep Vilanova


Biologist and leader of the conservation campaign for Castell de Palamós beach, a wild reserve in the middle of a Costa Brava devoured by urban development. He is currently the technical environmental manager of Palamós City Council.

Purification Channels


Biologist and doctorate in biochemistry and physiology. Born in Tarragona, she stands out for her work experience in various positions held in the environmental sector, both nationally and internationally. Among many others, since 2009 she is president of the Mediterranean Network of Marine Protected Areas (MedPAN), she was president of the League for the Defense of Natural Heritage (DEPANA) between 1994 and 2010 and vice-president of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and between 1998 and 2002 he led the ‘Life’ project of the European Union to preserve Punta de la Móra in Tarragona. In addition, last 2020 she was awarded the Creu de Sant Jordi Award.

James Piera


Researcher at the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC) and coordinator of the MINKA participatory observatory. He is part of the Board of Directors of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA). Biologist and Telecommunications Engineer by training, he has specialized in environmental monitoring technologies: oceanographic observatories, participatory observatories and Urban Ecology. He currently coordinates two international projects (Cos4Cloud and MINKE) to integrate participatory observatories into the major European research infrastructures: the European Opean Science Cloud (EOSC) and the global sea observation networks (EuroGOOS). It also participates in other international projects aimed at different social aspects such as climate resilience (ARSINOE) or empowering people to make decisions within the new socio-ecological and climate challenges (GUARDEN).

Dorine Glautier


Graduated in Biotechnology and with a master’s degree in Water Science and Technology, she focuses her professional career on environmental consulting, both in the local and industrial spheres.