Forum Program

  Inaugural Conference (10.30–11.50)



A World in Movement 

Benedict Rogers 

Benedict Rogers is a human rights activist specialising in Asia. He focuses particularly on Burma, North Korea and Indonesia, and has also worked on The Maldives, East Timor, Pakistan and China. He is the author of five books, including Burma: A Nation at the Crossroads (2012, Random House) and Than Shwe: Unmasking Burma's Tyrant (2010, Silkworm). He is a regular contributor to international media including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Huffington Post and has appeared on BBC, CNN, al-Jazeera and other television and radio stations. He is co-founder and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission. More information.

A World in Movement 

Teodoro López Calderón

Teodoro López Calderón is Admiral of the Spanish Navy. Postgraduate in Mayor Navy Staff and Senior Course at Nato Defense College. At present, he is the Commander in Chief of the Operations Command in the Spanish Armed Forces, the body responsible for numerous military operations; also in Spain itself, such as those aimed at surveillance and maritime safety or surveillance and air police and cyber defense. He has participated in the design and follow-up of missions in which he has known about the humanitarian crisis caused by the many migratory movements of people. Some of these missions are: Operation Atalanta in the Indian Ocean, Operation Reconstruction of Afghanistan, Operation Support to Mali, Operation EUTM Somalia or Operation Support to Central African Republic. He is married and has five children. More information.



 Workshops (12:00 - 13:00)


Simultaneous sessions, for small groups, in which the theme of the Forum in its diverse aspects is developed. The participants can choose freely on the Forum day itself which to attend.



Human Rights and National Citizenship 

Dwight Duncan



Professor Duncan is an honors graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. A native Washingtonian, he practiced law there with the telephone company, now part of Verizon. Professor Duncan has written articles on legal, moral, and religious issues. He has argued several cases before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the Appeals Court and has written briefs for the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the Massachusetts and Washington DC bars, the Board of Directors of the Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund, and serves on the Board of Advisors of Massachusetts Citizens for Life. Additionally, he has participated in a number of high profile cases. Find out more.

When the facts are not that which counts: post-truth and fake news

Miquel Urmeneta



He holds a degree in Journalism from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and a Master's Degree in Communication Business Management from the University of Navarra. For over 10 years, he has developed strategic communication and product marketing projects for agencies, startups and different organizations. Since 2010 he is an associate professor at the Faculty of Communication at UIC Barcelona. In 2015 he began his doctorate in the Department of Media, Communication and Culture (UAB) with an investigation on public opinion and social networks. He is interested in the role of institutions and the cultural substratum in public debate.

Being a researcher in the Big Business Schools

Iñigo Gallo



Assistant Professor of the Department of Commercial Management at IESE. He holds a PhD in Management from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to his doctorate, he graduated in Economics and Business from the University of Barcelona, ​​worked for several years as an administration consultant for Everis and studied an MBA at the IESE Business School.


  One Univ, One Book 2017 (12:00 - 13:00)


City of Thorns by Ben Rawlence

Craig Iffland


The book explores the lives of nine residents of the Dadaab refugee camp, located on the east Kenya border with Somalia. The camp is home to over three hundred thousand refugees, many of whom have fled from internal conflicts in Somalia. The book gives us a chance to see the “refugee crisis” through the eyes of an actual refugee while also providing a compelling account of the political forces that prevent these individuals from making a permanent home for themselves and their families. More information.







 Presentations Univ Forum 2017


The Presentations are one of the many activities held on the day of the Forum. They consist in a dialogue about the principle issues affecting the person and society of our time. They are a point of encounter for university communication. The Presentations offer an excellent occasion for both students and professors to carry out one of the fundamental purposes of every university: to be a place of encounter and intercultural exchange for students. More information.


 Registration form 2017








 Debate Competition Univ 2017


Continuing a long-standing university tradition throughout the world, Rome Forum provides an opportunity to participate in the University Debate Competition. Debating is a great way to search for the truth through dialogue. It involves speaking in public, critical listening, distinguishing what is merely persuasive from true conviction, defending one’s own position with arguments, and being able to put that position to the test in order to convince others. These skills and the way of thinking it foments are at the very heart of the university ethos. More information.


 Registration form (spanish)

 Participation form (spanish)

 Guidelines (spanish)






 Forum of Social Initiatives 2017 (12:00 - 17:00)


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The Forum of Social Initiatives is a project of Cooperación Internacional ONG that seeks to support, foster and promote social service initiatives among young people around the world. In its roman phase, the Forum aims to unite the protagonists of the different social projects carried out during the year so that they can exchange their experiences and perspectives. In this way, it hopes to spread the noble ideas and values of socially committed and active youth. More information.


 Registration form







 Univ of the Arts 2017


The Univ of the Arts is a section of the Forum designed especially for students of artistic disciplines (Schools or Faculties of Fine Arts, Conservatories of Music, Schools of Dramatic Art, etc.), to present their works. In addition, it is open to students of other degrees who have created high level works of art. Individual or collective works are accepted in the following modalities: visual arts (painting, sculpture, installations ...), music, theater and performing arts (representation is accepted), literature (including poetry), video-art/cinema, decorative arts, etc. More information.


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 Univ Case Competition 2017


The Univ Forum, since its inception, has looked upon work as one of its main topics of interest; work, as a means of growth and personal fulfillment, but most especially as a means to help others and society through one’s own contribution. In line with this, one of the activities organized in the Univ Forum, the Case Competition, is devoted to dealing with business cases and other professional ethics cases. By working in a collaborative and inter-disciplinary manner, one learns to pay close attention to how the work environment evolves, and to the corresponding challenges that go with it. More information.


 Guidelines 2017





 Univ Tube 2017


The Univ Tube is one of the activities that take place on the day of the Forum. Through a video competition, university students are able to present the theme of the Univ Forum in an audiovisual format. It is a virtual space in which university students from all over the world contribute, in a constructive, innovative and artistic manner, their perspectives on relevant issues that affect society. More information.


 Participation guidelines

 Registration form