Rovira, Lluís

Academic Director. Director of CERCA
Rovira, Lluís
Academic Director. Director of CERCA

Director of CERCA, public institution devoted to coordinate, support and facilitate the research activity of 40 R&D Institutes in the area of Barcelona.
He’s worked on research management and evaluation since 1992 at the Generalitat of Catalonia. He’s been Evaluation Director and Deputy Director in AGAUR (Catalan Agency for University and Research Grants), and Deputy Director General of Research.
He’s promoted, among other issues, the institutional evaluation and the Knowledge and Technology Transfer of CERCA institutes by coordinating some of their actions addressed to develop their own policy, patent technologies, create spin-offs, and disseminate their technological offer among investors and enterprises. Regarding this issue he created the Ginjol-CERCA Patents Fund.
He is experienced EU evaluator of HRS4R (Euraxess).

He’s PhD on Biology by the University of Barcelona, 1998 and Master in diplomacy and external action by IBEI (UPF), 2015.

Adam, Paula

Director of Research at the Agency for Health Quality and Evaluation of Catalonia
Adam, Paula
Director of Research at the Agency for Health Quality and Evaluation of Catalonia

Director of Research at the Agency for Health Quality and Evaluation of Catalonia (AQuAS), co-founder of the International School on Research Impact Assessment (ISRIA).

She leads a ‘science of science’ group at AQuAS,  associated with INGENIO-Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (CSIC) that has carried out various research impact assessments, has advised mission-oriented scientific strategies, implemented projects to involve the patient in decision-making on scientific planning and the promotion of female leadership in science.

Paula Adam holds a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Antó, Josep María

Scientific Director of Isglobal
Antó, Josep María
Scientific Director of Isglobal

Scientific Director of Isglobal (Barcelona Institute for Global Health).
He has been working at the IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute) (1988-2005) as Chair of the Respiratory and Environmental Health Research Unit (1996-2005) and Director (2004-2005). He has been Director of the CIBER Epidemiología y Salud Pública (2007-2010). He has been Principal Visiting Fellow at the National Heart and Lung Institute (1994, London, UK). Since 1998 he is Professor of Medicine at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) where he has served as Vice-rector for Research (2002-2004). Since 2005 he is currently the Director of Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL). In 2015 was appointed as scientific director of ISGlobal as part of the merging process between ISGlobal and CREAL. His main research areas focuses on the epidemiology of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, with special interest in environmental determinants and the prevention of these diseases.

He received his Degree in Medicine in 1975 and PhD in 1990 (Epidemiological investigations of epidemics of Asthma, Extraordinary Award) from the the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Arguimbau, Llorenç

Consultant and professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Arguimbau, Llorenç
Consultant and professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Consultant specialized in scientific information, among others, of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), the Bioinformatics Barcelona Association (BIB) and the Banking Foundation “La Caixa”, and collaborating professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalonia (UOC).

In the period 2003-2015, he was the coordinator of the Observatori de la Recerca de l’Institut d’Estudis Catalans (OR-IEC), with which he continues to collaborate in the writing, management and dissemination of content. In addition, it has organized the four annual editions (2012-2015) of the Conference on Scientific Information Management (JGIC).
He has participated in various research projects with state and regional funding. In addition, he has published journal articles and studies on scientific areas (medicine, microbiology, chemistry, documentation, etc.); documentary typologies (doctoral theses, articles, etc.); R&D&I systems (Reports de la recerca to Catalunya).

Doctor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), with a doctoral thesis on scientific and technological information (2010); Bachelor’s degree in Art History (1998); and graduated in Biblioteconomy and Documentation (1992) from the University of Barcelona (UB).

Arocena, Miguel A.

General Manager at BCBL
Arocena, Miguel A.
General Manager at BCBL

General Manager at Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (BCBL).
He started his professional career in 1992 as a teacher in the Department of Graphic Expression and Engineering Projects at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). He leapt to private sector in 1997, where he performed for over a decade positions of direction and management in companies of engineering, die casting and fabrication of components for the automotive sector. He decided, as General Manager, and together with Dr. Carreiras, as Scientific Director, create the Center for Basic Research and Excellence in Cognitive Neuroscience (BCBL) in 2009.
He has been a member of the evaluation panel of different research centres of the Catalonia network CERCA and is currently also an external advisor and evaluator of the European Commission for the HRS4R Initiative for Human Resources Management in Research.

PhD in Industrial Engineering from the  UPV/EHU, Master in Business Administration MBA from Deusto´s University of and Specialist in Management in Tech Transfer by ESADE.

Badía, David

Managing Director at IBEC Institut
Badía, David
Managing Director at IBEC Institut

Managing Director at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC).
With more than 20 years of experience in the R&D sector in Catalonia, he began his activity in 1997 at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Research and Technology  (IRTA), where he developed as Head of Administration and Treasury and, later, as CFO. He has worked as Manager since 2010, first in the National Center for Genomic Analysis (CNAG), a unique scientific-technical infrastructure of new creation, and since 2013 at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalunya (IBEC). He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of 4 research centers.

Degree in Business Administration from Pompeu Fabra University (1999) and a Management Development Program at the ESADE Business School (2009).

Balbuena, Eduardo

Professor of Business Organization at the Autonomous University of Barcelona
Balbuena, Eduardo
Professor of Business Organization at the Autonomous University of Barcelona

Professor and Researcher of the Faculty of Economics and Business of the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
He specializes in innovation and knowledge transfer processes, as well as business strategy and economic development. He is also a technical advisor to entities such as CERCA, La Caixa, I2CAT or the Government of Catalonia.

His professional experience includes 12 years as a researcher in Health Chemistry and Biomedicine, at the University of London, the CSIC, the IDIBELL and Harlan Laboratories, and professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Barcelona (UB).

For 15 years, he has been engaged in the management and evaluation of R+D+I, among others, as project manager and innovation manager at the UB, the Vall d’Hebron Hospital and the Secretariat of Universities and Research of the Government of Catalonia. Director of innovation at the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation.
He is also a professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business of Pompeu Fabra University.

Bachelor’s and Doctorate in Chemistry (Medical Physiopathology) from the University of Barcelona, also has a Master’s Degree in Biotechnology, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Management and an Advanced Business Management Program from IESE.

Bayó, Nuria

Head of Academic Programmes & Organizational Effectiveness (BIST)
Bayó, Nuria
Head of Academic Programmes & Organizational Effectiveness (BIST)

Head of Academic Programmes & Organizational Effectiveness  en el BIST, since January 2016.

She has worked as a postdoctoral researcher for two years at McGill University and the University of Montreal and two years at ETH Zurich. She then worked as a researcher at a spin-off company for a year until she moved to IRB Barcelona to lead research projects aimed at being transferred to the market.

Nuria obtained her doctorate at the University of Barcelona (UB) and the Research Institute in Biomedicine of Barcelona (IRB Barcelona). She has completed postgraduate studies in innovation management (UB), a course on Lean Start-up (UC Berkeley) entrepreneurship, Master in Project Management (La Salle) and Master in High Performance Team Leadership (EADA).

Bertero, Michela

Head of International and Scientific Affairs at CRG
Bertero, Michela
Head of International and Scientific Affairs at CRG

Head of International and Scientific Affairs at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG).
Michela has more than 10 years of professional experience in different fields of research management (strategy, funding, collaboration, training, science policy, etc.). Her department´s mission is to strengthen the international and interdisciplinary dimension of the institute and create new opportunities for the scientific community. In the last years, she has been coordinating the scientific activities of the Severo Ochoa excellence programme. Currently, she coordinates the H2020 project ORION on Open Science.

Michela obtained her PhD in Genetics from the University of Pavia (Italy), followed by 6-year postdoctoral experience in structural and molecular biology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (Canada), and at the Gene Centre in Munich (Germany).

Bustos, Regla

Technical Advisor to the State Research Agency
Bustos, Regla
Technical Advisor to the State Research Agency

Technical Advisor to the State Research Agency.

Her tasks in scientific management began in 2015 after joining the General Sub-Direction of Research Projects as Area Manager. She has participated in the evaluation and follow-up of calls for R&D&I grants, including those of the State Research Plan or the Severo Ochoa Centers of Excellence among others.

During her doctoral thesis and her first postdoctoral stay at the Carlos III Institute of Health (ISCIII, Madrid) she worked on various aspects of immunological cell metabolism as well as in the biology of the human Respiratory Syncytial Virus. Postdoctoral researcher at the John Innes Center (Norwich, Uk) where she worked exploring the biotechnological applications of starch. After a research phase at the National Center for Biotechnology (CNB, Madrid) studying the regulation of gene expression in plants, she joined as a staff researcher in 2009 the National Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA, Madrid) where she continued her work focusing on the analysis and modification of potato starch characteristics.

This long research career has resulted in numerous relevant scientific contributions in the form of international impact publications as well as a licensed patent.

Dr. Regla Bustos obtained her PhD in Biological Sciences in 1992.

Caño, Ana I.

Scientific Researcher of CSIC
Caño, Ana I.
Scientific Researcher of CSIC

Scientific Researcher of the Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC).
During one decade of research activity in Spain our laboratory has implemented a developmental perspective to the study of Brassinosteroid, uncover new concepts in field, identify novel pathways and open a number of new hypotheses that are currently at leading edge of the research field worldwide.
Beyond our experimental analyses in Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis), we lead the translation of our fundamental research towards the production of crops better adapted to drought.

Degree in Biology from the University of Alcalá de Henares (Spain), PhD University East Anglia, Norwich (UK).

Carnie, Chris

Co-founder of Factary
Carnie, Chris
Co-founder of Factary

Co-founder of Factary. Expert in fundraising.
Chris is a researcher, consultant and trainer in philanthropy and fundraising. He has worked in the non-profit sector since 1980, initially as a fundraiser in the UK. He was a researcher in the House of Commons 1982-84 working on rights for people with disabilities. In 1990 he co-founded Factary, Europe’s leading fundraising research agency. In 2017 he joined the team at Pallapupas, the leading healthcare clown organisation, to work on philanthropy and social investment for the organisation. Chris has been involved in the development of venture philanthropy in Europe since 2003 with the European Venture Philanthropy Association.
He is a professor at the University of Barcelona in the Postgraduate Certificate in Fundraising, and the author of books, chapters, papers and blogs on fundraising.

He studied BSc Hons at the University of Southampton.

Canetti, Elena

Partner at Inveniam Group
Canetti, Elena
Partner at Inveniam Group

Partner at Inveniam Group (Israel), strategic consulting and transaction company.
Elena is recognized as one of the most active technology transfer leaders in Europe, Asia and the Middle East and has years of experience in technology commercialization in international markets. Prior to assuming this position, she was Vice President of Technology Transfer at Marqera (intellectual Property transaction broker), Vice President of Scientific Collaborations and Licensing Officer in the area of Technologies and Materials at Yissum (Technology Transfer Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem).

Elena holds an MBA from Boston University and a BFA from Tel Aviv University.

Comella, Joan X.

CEO at VHIR Institut
Comella, Joan X.
CEO at VHIR Institut

CEO at the Vall D’Hebron Research Institut (VHIR) and Scientific Director of EATRIS España 2009.
He combines his scientific activities as IP of the cell signaling group and apoptosis with the management of the center that centralize (brings together) all the biomedical and innovation research carried out at the Vall D’Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona, the major of Catalonia.
He has been Vice-rector of research, third cycle and new technologies of the UdL (1995-2000), Director of the National Agency for Evaluation and Prospective of the Government of Spain (2004-2005), General Manager of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) of the Government of Spain (2005-2006), General Manager of the Fundació Catalana per la Recerca i innovation, FCRI of the Generalitat de Catalunya (2007-2009) and Director of the Institut de Neurociències de la UAB (2007-2009).

Graduate and Doctor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Barcelona (UB). He has also conducted training in management at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and at IESE-University of Navarra. Professor of Histology from the UdL since 2002 and from the UAB since 2007.

Díaz, Aïda

Management at AGAUR
Díaz, Aïda
Management at AGAUR

Management at Generalitat of Catalonia, she works in the Internationalization Area of ​​the Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR) since 2008.
She has participated in different research projects in the field of public administration and local government and has completed several research stages in England, Denmark and Mexico. She has worked in different research entities. She provides guidance, practical information, training and assistance on all aspects of participation in different European and international research programmes. She also coordinates several European projects from AGAUR. She has been a member of the Spanish delegation in different EU Research Work Programme Committees in Brussels (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, International Cooperation, Science and Society or Social Challenge 6).

Bachelor and Diploma in Research Proficiency (DEA) in Political Science and Administration (International Relations) from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Dierssen, Mara

Director of the Group of Cell Neurobiology in CRG
Dierssen, Mara
Director of the Group of Cell Neurobiology in CRG

Director of the Group of Cell Neurobiology and Systems Biology program in the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona. Expert in Gender Politics.
She is a worldwide expert in the field of neurobiology and pharmacology and her contributions have been published in more than 150 international journals. She is also a member of the editorial committee of various scientific journals. She is the president of the Trisomy 21 Research Society, chaired the Spanish Neuroscience Society (SENC) as well as the International Behavioral of Neural Genetics Society and she was a member of the Executive Committee of the European Federation of Neuroscience Societies (FENS). She exercises as an evaluator of different scientific committees such as the National Evaluation Agency, the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness or in panels of experts of the European Union.

PhD in Medicine (1985), she obtained her PhD in neurobiology from the University of Cantabria in 1989.

Fuentes, José Antonio
Manager of CREAF

Manager of the Center for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF) since 2010.
Experienced manager with a proven history of work in the renewable energy and environment industry. Professional expert in negotiation, business planning, Web 2.0, entrepreneurship and strategic planning.
To emphasize his development and experience in the area of public procurement, he was appointed the principal coordinator of the policies of recruitment of the centre to conform to the new law of hiring of the public sector.
He has worked in the area of finance in several SMEs and multinational companies and in the management areas of various research and cooperation centres since 2004 to 2010 in which he joined as a manager in CREAF.

Graduated in Business and Economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, MBA from Pompeu Fabra University.

García García, Clara E.

Counsellor for Science and Innovation of Spain to the European Union
García García, Clara E.
Counsellor for Science and Innovation of Spain to the European Union

Counsellor for Science and Innovation of Spain to the European Union at the Permanent Representation since 2018. Associate Professor in Management and Economics at the Carlos III University of Madrid (on leave).

She has been Director General for R&I policies at the Ministry of Economics and Competitiveness (Spain) and Deputy Director General of Planning and Monitoring both at the Ministry of Economics and Ministry for Science and Innovation. Her research interest include topics and issues related to the economics and management of science and technology, knowledge production and transfer, management of intellectual property rights, and recently on new metrics and impact of research and innovation together with the effects of digital transformations and open science in knowledge production, data science and data sharing.

Degree in Business Administration and Management from the Carlos III University of Madrid.

García, Jose Luis

Research Professor at the CSIC Center for Biological Research
García, Jose Luis
Research Professor at the CSIC Center for Biological Research

Professor of Research at the Centre for Biological Research (Madrid) of the CSIC and leader of the Environmental Biotechnology group. In addition, he is Acting Director of the Institute of Integrative Systems Biology (I2Sysbio) mixed institute of the CSIC and the University of Valencia (Scientific Park, Paterna).

He has worked as a professor at the UCM and as Head of Research Group at the company Antibiotics SA.
His research expertise focuses on various aspects of the fields of biochemistry, genomics and biotechnology with more than 300 publications between articles and patents with an h-index of 53.
He has held various positions in scientific policy as National and European Programme Manager at CICYT and other ministries, such as EXPLORA Program Manager of MINECO and the IED, as Assistant Director-General for Research at the CSIC, as Advisor in the Ministry of Science and Innovation and Collaborator of the Secretary of State for R&D&I, and National Representative of the ERC Programme of the European Programme H2020.

He has been founder and President of the Spanish Biotechnology Society. He is currently a Member of the Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Board, and CYTED Program Manager (Area 3. Industrial Development). He has founded three companies dedicated to genome analysis (Lifesequencing S.L.), genetic diagnosis (Secugen S.L.) and bioprospecting microorganisms (Darwin Bioprospecting Excellence S.L.).

PhD in Chemistry and Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and Pharmacy from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM).

Guerra, Néstor

CEO and co-founder at IEC
Guerra, Néstor
CEO and co-founder at IEC

CEO and co-founder at IEC, start-up dedicated to the development of solutions for smart cities.
He combines this function with the professor of Business Design & Lean Startup at the School of Industrial organization EOI. He´s an entrepreneur, mentor and teacher, with more than ten years of experience in the development and management of technological businesses, being one of the most recognized experts in the field of Lean Startup.
He has been a speaker at such important events as TEDx, Expomanagement, Salón MiEmpresa, ESL, BSE, etc. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of ICSE (International Center Santander Undertake) and of Lazarus of the Fundación Caja Rural Castilla la Mancha. Mentor in the start-up program NEXT Google for Entrepreneur, mentor in Samba Health, Startup Dragon, Yuzz as well as Punctual collaborations in a significant number of accelerators in Spain and Ibero-America.

Telecommunications Engineer and Executive MBA. He has a scholarship holder in the Imagine Creative Center innovation program in San Francisco and the Babson College in Boston.

Kogon, Boaz

Research and Innovation Associate at RMIT Europe
Kogon, Boaz
Research and Innovation Associate at RMIT Europe

Research and Innovation Associate at RMIT Europe, the European hub of Melbourne-based RMIT University.
He is responsible for developing research and strategic partnerships across Europe in the areas of science and engineering. Prior to this, he spent nine years at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Boaz has consulted in the development of strategic plans and major institutional projects to numerous other research institutes. His core expertise lies in strategic planning and organisational development, including communication, marketing, technology transfer, project management and HR functions, as well as transitional projects such as implementation of business systems and local networks of institutional collaboration.

His broad education includes a BSc (Information Technology and Molecular Biology), a BA (Japanese and Mathematics), and an MSc (Economics of Science and Innovation).

Labastida, Ignasi

Head of the Office of Knowledge Dissemination at the CRAI
Labastida, Ignasi
Head of the Office of Knowledge Dissemination at the CRAI

Head of the Office for the Dissemination of Knowledge at the CRAI (Learning and Research Resource Centre) at the University of Barcelona.
He also leads the Research Support Unit. Vice-Chair of the Board of SPARC Europe and member of the Steering Committee of the information and Open Access Policy Group at the League of the European Research Universities (LERU).
He has participated in many events on open licenses, open access, data management and open science, topics on which he also has several publications.

PhD in physics from the University of Barcelona.

Ley, Victoria

Head of the Division of Coordination, Evaluation and Scientific and Technical Follow-up at SRA
Ley, Victoria
Head of the Division of Coordination, Evaluation and Scientific and Technical Follow-up at SRA

Head of the Division of Coordination, Evaluation and Scientific and Technical Follow-up at the State Research Agency (SRA).
She manages the evaluation and supervision of all the programs and calls of the SRA. She worked as a researcher in the field of virology until the year 2003, in which she joined the National Evaluation and Prospective Agency (ANEP), as director from 2005 to 2012. In 2013, she started a new line of work in the field of health in the sport, in particular in the field of the physical activity and its association with chronic diseases.

PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Autonomous University of Madrid, she made her doctoral thesis at the Center of Molecular Biology Severo Ochoa and postdoctoral stays at the New York University Medical Center (New York, USA, 1986-1989) and the Institute Pasteur (Paris, France, 1989-1991).

López, Javier

Director of Social Impact Santander Universities
López, Javier
Director of Social Impact Santander Universities

Director of Social Impact Santander Universities and expert in technology transfer.
He has extensive experience as an expert in technology transfer and science management, working as a consultant for relevant research centres in Catalonia, Galicia and Madrid, as well as for other institutions linked to the world of Research in Spain, Mexico, Chile and Colombia. He has been vice president of the Spanish Association of Foundations and director of the Fundación Barrie, from which he promoted, among other subjects, an intense activity of support to the scientific career and the transfer of technology, emphasizing the launching and management of one of the first proof-of-concept funds of our country (Science Fund). Previously, he has held other positions related to technology transfer (FEUGA, Fundación Empresa Universidad Gallega) and venture capital specializing in technology-based companies (UNIRISCO, UNINVEST and Fund Undertake).
He has participated in training programs related to the in strategic management and social leadership at IESE and is a regular Professor of the Master of Banking and Finance at the University of Santiago de Compostela.

Degree in Economics from the University of Santiago de Compostela.

Malagrida, Rosina

Head of the "Living Lab for Health" at IrsiCaixa
Malagrida, Rosina
Head of the "Living Lab for Health" at IrsiCaixa

Head of the “Living Lab for Health” at IrsiCaixa.
She promotes initiatives focused on the transformation of the R&D system to make it more open, inclusive and transdisciplinary. She facilitates the collaboration of different social actors in the field of research and health education under the umbrella of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). She combines these initiatives with research and training that she offers in undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Barcelona and the UOC, as well as in other research centres, universities and funding agencies. She is coordinator of the European Educational portal Xplore Health and principal investigator of the RRI European projects EnRRICH, inspires, Fit4Food and CRISH (also deputy coordinator of the former project RRI Tools).

Degree in Chemical Sciences from the University of Barcelona, Master in Scientific Communication from the Imperial College London, with a scholarship from the Obra Social “La Caixa”, and Postgraduate in Strategic Direction of Communication by ESADE.

Marcipar, Javier

General manager and administrator at CIMNE Tecnología
Marcipar, Javier
General manager and administrator at CIMNE Tecnología

General manager and administrator at CIMNE Tecnología.
He has started his professional career in 1999 as a researcher at the International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE) where he has specialized in inflatable structures. He has created his own company Spin-off in 2001, Buildair Ingeniería y Arquitectura S.A. devoted to the design, manufacturing and world-wide marketing of large scale inflatable hangars. Since 2011 he is the Managing Director of Cimne Tecnología, S.A, a company created to transfer scientific technologies developed as a result of research to the market through the creation of Spin-off. His professional profile is a technological entrepreneur in the industrial sector and specializes in technology transfer models and processes related to science in engineering. He has extensive experience in the creation of technology-based companies, industry-oriented innovation processes and the financing of new companies.

Civil engineer from the National University of Rosario in Argentina and Master in Business and Technology by La Salle in Barcelona.

Méndez, Raúl
Leader of the BAC

Leader of the BAC. (Research Group on Bibliometrics).
With 15 years of experience in the analysis of scientific publications, a discipline known as Bibliometrics. The BAC is composed of engineers and researchers with extensive experience in the bibliometric analysis of autonomous communities, institutional sectors such as the university or the sanitary, as well as in research areas such as cardiology or public health. Another area of expertise of the BAC is building reports on centers, and especially on research groups and researchers. Among other milestones, the technical participation of the BAC in the evaluation of the first edition of the call Severo Ochoa of Centers of Excellence of the Ministry of Education. More recently, the BAC has provided technical support to Clarivate Analytics in the production and analysis of the bibliometric data on Spain, on the occasion of the call of the ICONO Observatory of the FECYT.

Degree in Biology from the University of Barcelona. MBA from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

Metcalfe, Janet
Head of Vitae

Head of Vitae.
Vitae whose mission is to lead world class career and professional development of researchers, is the first EURAXESS Career Development Centre. Janet is the project coordinator for a Horizon 2020-funded project EURAXIND supporting researchers and institutions to engage with businesses. She leads on the implementation of the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (UK equivalent to the European Charter and Code) and the UK process for the HR Excellence in Research Award.
She was a member of the MSCA Advisory Group (2013 -17) and an expert on the ERA–SGHRM Working Groups on the Open Science Rewards (2016-17) and the Professional Development of Researchers and the European Framework for Research Careers (2013-15). She currently sits on the Royal Society Diversity Committee and the QAA Postgraduate Research Advisory Group.
She manages two large scale biennial surveys of researchers’ experiences: the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS). She works internationally with research institutions and funders to create professional development programme and training for researchers at all stages of their research career.

Molina, Antonio

Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Plant Genomics (CBGP)
Molina, Antonio
Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Plant Genomics (CBGP)

Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Plant Genomics (CBGP) since 2016.
Antonio Molina is currently Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Department of Biotechnology-Plant Biology of the UPM.

He has been Director of the Biotechnology and Biotechnology Departments of Plant Biology of the UPM (2012-2015), Secretary of CBGP (2007-2011), and Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Biotechnology and Genetic Resources of Plants and Associated Microorganisms of UPM. He is an expert representative of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) in the National Biosafety Commission (CNB) and Advisor to the State Research Agency. In addition, he is a member of the Ethics Committee of the UPM.

Dr. Molina’s group’s research activity at CBGP focuses on the study of Plant Immunity and its applications to crop protection.
He has developed an intense activity of innovation and technological transfer of Plant Biotechnology in collaboration with national and international companies. Co-founder of PlantResponse Biotech SL (PRB) and currently Chairman of its Scientific Advisory Board.

Degree in Biological Sciences from the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) and Doctor of Biological Sciences from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM).

Morales, Mónica

Head of central facilities at the Center for Genomic Regulation
Morales, Mónica
Head of central facilities at the Center for Genomic Regulation

Head of central facilities at the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG, Barcelona).
She worked as an associate researcher at the BioMedical Research Institute (IRB, Barcelona, 2007-2012), studying the function and therapeutic potential of metastasis tumor suppressor genes. Project manager at the Genomic Regulation Center (CRG, Barcelona), where she was subsequently appointed as head of central facilities (2013-present). She is responsible for the operational and financial management of the basic facilities program (which includes 7 basic facilities and 2 internal services), while ensuring the provision of cutting-edge technologies and services and coordinating network and network activities spread among others.
Represents the CRG in the EU-Life Alliance (eulife.EU) central facilities working group.

Monica Morales completed her doctoral studies (Barcelona, 2002) and moved to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York, 2002-2007) where she performed a postdoctoral tour on DNA damage signaling pathways and repair mechanisms.

Palazón, Jose M.

University Ombudsman of the University of Murcia
Palazón, Jose M.
University Ombudsman of the University of Murcia

University Ombudsman of the University of Murcia.

He has been a full professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Murcia since 1987 .
He has participated in the first Social Council and Governing Board of the UM. In 1987 he was elected president of the first Board of Teaching staff and researcher of the UM, responsibility he held until 2002. From 2003 to 2009 he has been a member of the Secretariat of the University of CC. OO, as state head of the official faculty.
He has been University Ombudsman of the University of Murcia, chosen by the Cloister, from 2009 to 2018. He was an elected member of the Executive Committee of the State Conference of University Ombudsmen of Spain (CEDU) from 2013 to 2015 and from 2015 to 2018 has been its President. He has been a member of the REDDU (Network of Ombudsman of University Rights of Mexico) and has been part of the Executive Committee of the ENOHE (European Network of Ombudsman in Higuer Education), the Coordination Commission of the Ibero-American Network of University Defenders (RIdDU) and the Executive Committee of the magazine Rued@ (University Magazine, Ethics and Rights). He is a member of the Latin American Ombudsman Institute (ILO).

Degree in Chemical Sciences from the University of Murcia (UM) in 1973 and Doctor in 1985.

Pellizzon, Dario

Director of the Research and Transfer Area- Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
Pellizzon, Dario
Director of the Research and Transfer Area- Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

Director of the Research and Transfer Area- Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

Dario Pellizzon has 17 years of experience, 8 as manager, in national and international university contexts of high visibility and strong development (IUAV, Ca’Foscari University of Venice, University of Milan).
His main activity is focused on research, innovation and internationalization, gradually expanding these areas of expertise. He has developed innovative organizational models in support of research and innovation, focused on increasing the effectiveness, personalization and attraction of talent.
Qualified trainer on European policy issues and their implementation in funding programmes. Project evaluator: HRS4R – Human Resources Strategy for Researchers – Lead assessor, Talents Friuli Venezia Giulia – AREA Science Park TRIESTE, Horizon 2020- Marie S. Curie; SWAFS “Science with and for Society”.

Graduated in Humanities from the Universitat Ca’ Foscari de Venezia, he holds a Master’s Degree in Innovation and Knowledge Transfer from Milano Polytechnic.

Pola, Emilià

Executive Director of ICREA
Pola, Emilià
Executive Director of ICREA

Executive Director of ICREA, the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies.
He was the first director of the CERCA programme, and before that he was advisor to the Ministry of Universities and Research. He was the managing director of ACER, the Catalan Association of Research Entities, of which he later on became Secretary of the Board. For five years he was the General Director of IDIBELL, a large hospital research centre.
He has been member of the board of several research centres of the CERCA network (CRG; ICFO, CRESIB, among others) and also member of the investment board of INVERTEC. His entrepreneurial activities include the participation in several spin-off companies, and he was the CEO of the first spin-off company of the University of Barcelona (OED). As an independent consultant, he has worked for universities, regional governments, research institutions and investors.
He has been associate professor at ESADE, and he has extensive teaching experience in several universities (UB, UPF). He regularly collaborates with mainstream newspapers and media, generally in research and innovation support and advocacy.

He has a Biology Degree (UB), a Master in Sciences (UB) and an MBA (ESADE).

Portals, Miquel

Head of Legal Services. IRTA
Portals, Miquel
Head of Legal Services. IRTA

Head of the Legal Services and secretary of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Agro-Food Research and Technology (IRTA), directing since 2015 the legal services of this research institute of the Government of Catalonia.

He has participated as a speaker in conferences mainly related to Administrative Law and the public sector. He is a member of the legal commission of the CERCA Institute (Catalunya) and he has collaborated in several publications of the Observatory of Bioethics and Law of the University of Barcelona.

Degree in law from Pompeu Fabra University, specialist in public law and advice to research centers, companies and public administrations.

Puigdomenech, Pere

Research Professor at CSIC
Puigdomenech, Pere
Research Professor at CSIC

Research Professor at the National Council for Scientific Research (CSIC).
After a stay at the Max-Planck Institute in Berlin, he joined the CSIC in 1981. He has worked at the Molecular Biology Institute of Barcelona from which he was director until 2002. He has been director of the Research Centre in Agricultural genomics (CSIC-IRTA-UAB-UB) in Barcelona between 2003 and 2013.
He is a member of the Scientific Council of the French CNRS, the Working Group on Ethics and Science of ALLEA and the Ethics Committee of INRA-CIRAD-IFREMER. Member of the Institut D’Estudis Catalans (of which he chairs the section of Biological Sciences since 2017), of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona, of the European Academy, of EMBO, and foreign member of several European Academies.
He received the medal Narcís Monturiol to the scientific and technological merit of the Generalitat of Catalonia (1992), the prize of the Fundació Catalana per la Recerca (2000), the prize of the COSCE of Scientific Divulgation (2013) and the prize Vicent Andrés and Estellés of Narrative Scientific (2006).

Degree in Physical Sciences from the University of Barcelona and PhD in Biological Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Pujals, Josep Mª

Manager of Intellectual Property Business Development
Pujals, Josep Mª
Manager of Intellectual Property Business Development

Manager of Intellectual Property Business Development

He began his career in the field of industrial property in 2001, and joined PONTI in 2007 as head of the Customer Service Department.

His practice includes comprehensive advice on intellectual property, both for national and international clients, and he specializes in valuation of intangible assets. It also deals with aspects related to strategic IP portfolio management, innovation financing, licensing, joint ventures and technology standards.

Recently, he was the first Spanish IP professional to be included in the IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists list.

He holds a degree in Law from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Puy, Ana

Director of the Women's and Science Unit (UMyC)
Puy, Ana
Director of the Women's and Science Unit (UMyC)

Director since 2014 of  the Women and Science Unit (UMyC) in the Cabinet of the Secretariat of State of Universities Research, Development and Innovation, Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.

Professor of Social Psychology at the University of La Laguna (ULL) and member of the University Institute of Women’s Studies of this university, she was the first Director of the Gender Equality Unit of the ULL (2010-2014). She is the spanish delegate to the Permanent Working Group on Gender in Research and Innovation (formerly the Helsinki Group) advising the Committee for the European Research Area (ERAC) at the Council of the European Union. In addition, she is a member of the European Platform of Women Scientists (EPWS) and the Spanish Association of Women Researchers and Technologists (AMIT). He has actively participated in the ERA-Net GENDER-NET network 2013-2016 and also currently in three Horizon 2020 projects: two coordination and support actions on gender policy and science,  GENDERACTION 2017-2021 and SUPERA 2018-2022, in addition to the ERA-Net Cofund GENDER-NET Plus 2017-2022.

PhD in Psychology from the Complutense University of Madrid.

Ramón, Anna

Responsible for communication at CREAF
Ramón, Anna
Responsible for communication at CREAF

Responsible for communication at the Center for Ecological Research and forestry applications (CREAF) since 2011.
Passionate about corporate communication with more than 10 years of experience in the public research sector. Since 2011 she is managing the communication department of CREAF and giving support to different international projects by defining and carrying out its communication strategy. She is entirely convinced that a good communications strategy can catalyze the impact of science and demonstrate their contribution to a more sustainable and empowered society. To achieve this, the communications strategy has to be part of the culture and identity of the center, and it has to be an integral part of a coordinated strategy responding the corporate objectives.

Degree in Biology (2005 UAB) and Master in Scientific and Environmental Communication (2007 UPF, Barcelona School of Management).

Roig, Olga

Responsible for Internationalization at CREAF
Roig, Olga
Responsible for Internationalization at CREAF

Responsible for Internationalization at CREAF ,since 2011, where she is also part of the Management Support Team, she coordinates the Europa Networks – Beyond MEDECO-HUB project to enhance the internationalization of the centre and is a member of the Equal Gender Opportunity Committee.

Her pre-award activities include the search for public funding opportunities, advice and support to researchers throughout all phases of proposal preparation (collaborative projects, ERC, MSCA) positioning the CREAF’s interests in the European research area and the promotion of the centre at the international level. Since her incorporation it has been involved, among others, in the applications of 17 projects of the FP7 and Horizon 2020, of which 8, 4 of them have been granted coordinated by CREAF (MENFRI (FP7-INCO-609542), BEWATER (FP7-SIS- 612385), LIFE+MEDACC, WATERINNEU ( H2020-WATER-641821).

He has worked for ACC10, the Catalan agency for innovation and internationalization, at the Delegation to the European Union, in Brussels, supporting companies participating in the Framework Programme, technology centres and research groups and learning the functioning of the European Institutions and European funding programmes.

Degree in Biology (UB) and Master in Chemistry and Food Engineering (IQS). EARMA Certificate in Research Management, ARMA UK (2018).

Sanabria, Carmen

Responsible for the Quality and Innovation Unit at CSIC
Sanabria, Carmen
Responsible for the Quality and Innovation Unit at CSIC

Responsible for the Quality and Innovation Unit at CSIC

Officer of the Superior Corps of Civil Administrators of the State. She has held various positions as Deputy Director General in different ministries and is currently Deputy Secretary General of Economic Action and responsible for the Quality and Innovation Unit of the CSIC.

Quality Evaluator in the EFQM model of Excellence applied to the Public Administration; member of the evaluation team in the Quality Awards in Public Administration 2002 and responsible for the project winning the Award for Best Practices of Internal Management 2006 with the “Strategic Plan of the National Geographical Institute”.

Expert in management training and a regular collaborator of training institutes of officials and business schools, for which she has developed teaching material with the “case methodology”.

Author of numerous articles on public and book management and policies on organizational change and transformation in the Public Administration.

Degree in Law from the Complutense University of Madrid.

Sanz, Luis

Research Professor of the CSIC in IPP
Sanz, Luis
Research Professor of the CSIC in IPP

Research Professor of the CSIC at the Institute of Public Goods and Policies (IPP), from which he was Director between 2004 and 2015.
He has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) (2004-2008). He was Chairman of the Committee on Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP) of the OECD from 2007 to 2015. He has previously been a Professor at the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology of the UCM, between 1982 and 1993, as well as visiting researcher at several research centres abroad, including the University of California at Berkeley (1992-94). He has also had experience in the Public Administration, where he has been Deputy Director General of Planning and Monitoring, in the Secretary of State for Scientific and Technological Policy of the Ministry of Science and Technology (2000-2002) and, previously, Public Administrator in various Departments of the Regional Government of Madrid (1981-1989), such as the Economy were he was Head of the Department of Studies and Analysis. He has published more than a hundred papers on research systems and policies of science, technology and innovation, both in book chapters and academic journals.

PhD in Political Science and sociology from the Complutense University of Madrid (1983).

Tonello, Nadia

Head of Data Management at Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Tonello, Nadia
Head of Data Management at Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Head of Data Management at Barcelona Supercomputing Center.

She leads the Data Management group at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center – National Supercomputing Center, and coordinates the activities of the Center in the EOSC-hub and EOSC-synergy projects since September 2018. It also collaborates directly with the Center of Excellence in Solid Earth Science (ChEESE), with the Spanish node of ELIXIR and with the Spanish Network of Supercomputing.

In 2008 he joined the Port d’Informació Científica (PIC, Barcelona) as a scientific liaison in the data center, responsible for both data transfer operations and image reduction operations, as well as the storage and distribution of results for the center’s cosmology projects.

She has a specialization in Big Data, obtained by the University of San Diego (6 courses in Coursera), and experience as Data Scientist.
She is a member of the EUDAT CDI Executive Board and represents Spain as an alternate on the EOSC Governing Board.

PhD in Physics from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), with a research work in Particle Astrophysics carried out at the Max-Planck-Institut f’r Physik in Munich, Germany.

Positioning

Rovira, Lluís

Academic Director. Director of CERCA
Rovira, Lluís
Academic Director. Director of CERCA

Director of CERCA, public institution devoted to coordinate, support and facilitate the research activity of 40 R&D Institutes in the area of Barcelona.
He’s worked on research management and evaluation since 1992 at the Generalitat of Catalonia. He’s been Evaluation Director and Deputy Director in AGAUR (Catalan Agency for University and Research Grants), and Deputy Director General of Research.
He’s promoted, among other issues, the institutional evaluation and the Knowledge and Technology Transfer of CERCA institutes by coordinating some of their actions addressed to develop their own policy, patent technologies, create spin-offs, and disseminate their technological offer among investors and enterprises. Regarding this issue he created the Ginjol-CERCA Patents Fund.
He is experienced EU evaluator of HRS4R (Euraxess).

He’s PhD on Biology by the University of Barcelona, 1998 and Master in diplomacy and external action by IBEI (UPF), 2015.

García García, Clara E.

Counsellor for Science and Innovation of Spain to the European Union
García García, Clara E.
Counsellor for Science and Innovation of Spain to the European Union

Counsellor for Science and Innovation of Spain to the European Union at the Permanent Representation since 2018. Associate Professor in Management and Economics at the Carlos III University of Madrid (on leave).

She has been Director General for R&I policies at the Ministry of Economics and Competitiveness (Spain) and Deputy Director General of Planning and Monitoring both at the Ministry of Economics and Ministry for Science and Innovation. Her research interest include topics and issues related to the economics and management of science and technology, knowledge production and transfer, management of intellectual property rights, and recently on new metrics and impact of research and innovation together with the effects of digital transformations and open science in knowledge production, data science and data sharing.

Degree in Business Administration and Management from the Carlos III University of Madrid.

STRATEGY & ASSESSMENT

Arocena, Miguel A.

General Manager at BCBL
Arocena, Miguel A.
General Manager at BCBL

General Manager at Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (BCBL).
He started his professional career in 1992 as a teacher in the Department of Graphic Expression and Engineering Projects at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). He leapt to private sector in 1997, where he performed for over a decade positions of direction and management in companies of engineering, die casting and fabrication of components for the automotive sector. He decided, as General Manager, and together with Dr. Carreiras, as Scientific Director, create the Center for Basic Research and Excellence in Cognitive Neuroscience (BCBL) in 2009.
He has been a member of the evaluation panel of different research centres of the Catalonia network CERCA and is currently also an external advisor and evaluator of the European Commission for the HRS4R Initiative for Human Resources Management in Research.

PhD in Industrial Engineering from the  UPV/EHU, Master in Business Administration MBA from Deusto´s University of and Specialist in Management in Tech Transfer by ESADE.

Kogon, Boaz

Research and Innovation Associate at RMIT Europe
Kogon, Boaz
Research and Innovation Associate at RMIT Europe

Research and Innovation Associate at RMIT Europe, the European hub of Melbourne-based RMIT University.
He is responsible for developing research and strategic partnerships across Europe in the areas of science and engineering. Prior to this, he spent nine years at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Boaz has consulted in the development of strategic plans and major institutional projects to numerous other research institutes. His core expertise lies in strategic planning and organisational development, including communication, marketing, technology transfer, project management and HR functions, as well as transitional projects such as implementation of business systems and local networks of institutional collaboration.

His broad education includes a BSc (Information Technology and Molecular Biology), a BA (Japanese and Mathematics), and an MSc (Economics of Science and Innovation).

Ley, Victoria

Head of the Division of Coordination, Evaluation and Scientific and Technical Follow-up at SRA
Ley, Victoria
Head of the Division of Coordination, Evaluation and Scientific and Technical Follow-up at SRA

Head of the Division of Coordination, Evaluation and Scientific and Technical Follow-up at the State Research Agency (SRA).
She manages the evaluation and supervision of all the programs and calls of the SRA. She worked as a researcher in the field of virology until the year 2003, in which she joined the National Evaluation and Prospective Agency (ANEP), as director from 2005 to 2012. In 2013, she started a new line of work in the field of health in the sport, in particular in the field of the physical activity and its association with chronic diseases.

PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Autonomous University of Madrid, she made her doctoral thesis at the Center of Molecular Biology Severo Ochoa and postdoctoral stays at the New York University Medical Center (New York, USA, 1986-1989) and the Institute Pasteur (Paris, France, 1989-1991).

GOVERNANCE

Comella, Joan X.

CEO at VHIR Institut
Comella, Joan X.
CEO at VHIR Institut

CEO at the Vall D’Hebron Research Institut (VHIR) and Scientific Director of EATRIS España 2009.
He combines his scientific activities as IP of the cell signaling group and apoptosis with the management of the center that centralize (brings together) all the biomedical and innovation research carried out at the Vall D’Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona, the major of Catalonia.
He has been Vice-rector of research, third cycle and new technologies of the UdL (1995-2000), Director of the National Agency for Evaluation and Prospective of the Government of Spain (2004-2005), General Manager of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) of the Government of Spain (2005-2006), General Manager of the Fundació Catalana per la Recerca i innovation, FCRI of the Generalitat de Catalunya (2007-2009) and Director of the Institut de Neurociències de la UAB (2007-2009).

Graduate and Doctor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Barcelona (UB). He has also conducted training in management at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and at IESE-University of Navarra. Professor of Histology from the UdL since 2002 and from the UAB since 2007.

Malagrida, Rosina

Head of the "Living Lab for Health" at IrsiCaixa
Malagrida, Rosina
Head of the "Living Lab for Health" at IrsiCaixa

Head of the “Living Lab for Health” at IrsiCaixa.
She promotes initiatives focused on the transformation of the R&D system to make it more open, inclusive and transdisciplinary. She facilitates the collaboration of different social actors in the field of research and health education under the umbrella of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). She combines these initiatives with research and training that she offers in undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Barcelona and the UOC, as well as in other research centres, universities and funding agencies. She is coordinator of the European Educational portal Xplore Health and principal investigator of the RRI European projects EnRRICH, inspires, Fit4Food and CRISH (also deputy coordinator of the former project RRI Tools).

Degree in Chemical Sciences from the University of Barcelona, Master in Scientific Communication from the Imperial College London, with a scholarship from the Obra Social “La Caixa”, and Postgraduate in Strategic Direction of Communication by ESADE.

Portals, Miquel

Head of Legal Services. IRTA
Portals, Miquel
Head of Legal Services. IRTA

Head of the Legal Services and secretary of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Agro-Food Research and Technology (IRTA), directing since 2015 the legal services of this research institute of the Government of Catalonia.

He has participated as a speaker in conferences mainly related to Administrative Law and the public sector. He is a member of the legal commission of the CERCA Institute (Catalunya) and he has collaborated in several publications of the Observatory of Bioethics and Law of the University of Barcelona.

Degree in law from Pompeu Fabra University, specialist in public law and advice to research centers, companies and public administrations.

FUNDING

Badía, David

Managing Director at IBEC Institut
Badía, David
Managing Director at IBEC Institut

Managing Director at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC).
With more than 20 years of experience in the R&D sector in Catalonia, he began his activity in 1997 at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Research and Technology  (IRTA), where he developed as Head of Administration and Treasury and, later, as CFO. He has worked as Manager since 2010, first in the National Center for Genomic Analysis (CNAG), a unique scientific-technical infrastructure of new creation, and since 2013 at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalunya (IBEC). He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of 4 research centers.

Degree in Business Administration from Pompeu Fabra University (1999) and a Management Development Program at the ESADE Business School (2009).

Carnie, Chris

Co-founder of Factary
Carnie, Chris
Co-founder of Factary

Co-founder of Factary. Expert in fundraising.
Chris is a researcher, consultant and trainer in philanthropy and fundraising. He has worked in the non-profit sector since 1980, initially as a fundraiser in the UK. He was a researcher in the House of Commons 1982-84 working on rights for people with disabilities. In 1990 he co-founded Factary, Europe’s leading fundraising research agency. In 2017 he joined the team at Pallapupas, the leading healthcare clown organisation, to work on philanthropy and social investment for the organisation. Chris has been involved in the development of venture philanthropy in Europe since 2003 with the European Venture Philanthropy Association.
He is a professor at the University of Barcelona in the Postgraduate Certificate in Fundraising, and the author of books, chapters, papers and blogs on fundraising.

He studied BSc Hons at the University of Southampton.

López, Javier

Director of Social Impact Santander Universities
López, Javier
Director of Social Impact Santander Universities

Director of Social Impact Santander Universities and expert in technology transfer.
He has extensive experience as an expert in technology transfer and science management, working as a consultant for relevant research centres in Catalonia, Galicia and Madrid, as well as for other institutions linked to the world of Research in Spain, Mexico, Chile and Colombia. He has been vice president of the Spanish Association of Foundations and director of the Fundación Barrie, from which he promoted, among other subjects, an intense activity of support to the scientific career and the transfer of technology, emphasizing the launching and management of one of the first proof-of-concept funds of our country (Science Fund). Previously, he has held other positions related to technology transfer (FEUGA, Fundación Empresa Universidad Gallega) and venture capital specializing in technology-based companies (UNIRISCO, UNINVEST and Fund Undertake).
He has participated in training programs related to the in strategic management and social leadership at IESE and is a regular Professor of the Master of Banking and Finance at the University of Santiago de Compostela.

Degree in Economics from the University of Santiago de Compostela.

PEOPLE

Dierssen, Mara

Director of the Group of Cell Neurobiology in CRG
Dierssen, Mara
Director of the Group of Cell Neurobiology in CRG

Director of the Group of Cell Neurobiology and Systems Biology program in the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona. Expert in Gender Politics.
She is a worldwide expert in the field of neurobiology and pharmacology and her contributions have been published in more than 150 international journals. She is also a member of the editorial committee of various scientific journals. She is the president of the Trisomy 21 Research Society, chaired the Spanish Neuroscience Society (SENC) as well as the International Behavioral of Neural Genetics Society and she was a member of the Executive Committee of the European Federation of Neuroscience Societies (FENS). She exercises as an evaluator of different scientific committees such as the National Evaluation Agency, the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness or in panels of experts of the European Union.

PhD in Medicine (1985), she obtained her PhD in neurobiology from the University of Cantabria in 1989.

Metcalfe, Janet
Head of Vitae

Head of Vitae.
Vitae whose mission is to lead world class career and professional development of researchers, is the first EURAXESS Career Development Centre. Janet is the project coordinator for a Horizon 2020-funded project EURAXIND supporting researchers and institutions to engage with businesses. She leads on the implementation of the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (UK equivalent to the European Charter and Code) and the UK process for the HR Excellence in Research Award.
She was a member of the MSCA Advisory Group (2013 -17) and an expert on the ERA–SGHRM Working Groups on the Open Science Rewards (2016-17) and the Professional Development of Researchers and the European Framework for Research Careers (2013-15). She currently sits on the Royal Society Diversity Committee and the QAA Postgraduate Research Advisory Group.
She manages two large scale biennial surveys of researchers’ experiences: the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS). She works internationally with research institutions and funders to create professional development programme and training for researchers at all stages of their research career.

Palazón, Jose M.

University Ombudsman of the University of Murcia
Palazón, Jose M.
University Ombudsman of the University of Murcia

University Ombudsman of the University of Murcia.

He has been a full professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Murcia since 1987 .
He has participated in the first Social Council and Governing Board of the UM. In 1987 he was elected president of the first Board of Teaching staff and researcher of the UM, responsibility he held until 2002. From 2003 to 2009 he has been a member of the Secretariat of the University of CC. OO, as state head of the official faculty.
He has been University Ombudsman of the University of Murcia, chosen by the Cloister, from 2009 to 2018. He was an elected member of the Executive Committee of the State Conference of University Ombudsmen of Spain (CEDU) from 2013 to 2015 and from 2015 to 2018 has been its President. He has been a member of the REDDU (Network of Ombudsman of University Rights of Mexico) and has been part of the Executive Committee of the ENOHE (European Network of Ombudsman in Higuer Education), the Coordination Commission of the Ibero-American Network of University Defenders (RIdDU) and the Executive Committee of the magazine Rued@ (University Magazine, Ethics and Rights). He is a member of the Latin American Ombudsman Institute (ILO).

Degree in Chemical Sciences from the University of Murcia (UM) in 1973 and Doctor in 1985.

Pellizzon, Dario

Director of the Research and Transfer Area- Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
Pellizzon, Dario
Director of the Research and Transfer Area- Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

Director of the Research and Transfer Area- Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

Dario Pellizzon has 17 years of experience, 8 as manager, in national and international university contexts of high visibility and strong development (IUAV, Ca’Foscari University of Venice, University of Milan).
His main activity is focused on research, innovation and internationalization, gradually expanding these areas of expertise. He has developed innovative organizational models in support of research and innovation, focused on increasing the effectiveness, personalization and attraction of talent.
Qualified trainer on European policy issues and their implementation in funding programmes. Project evaluator: HRS4R – Human Resources Strategy for Researchers – Lead assessor, Talents Friuli Venezia Giulia – AREA Science Park TRIESTE, Horizon 2020- Marie S. Curie; SWAFS “Science with and for Society”.

Graduated in Humanities from the Universitat Ca’ Foscari de Venezia, he holds a Master’s Degree in Innovation and Knowledge Transfer from Milano Polytechnic.

Pola, Emilià

Executive Director of ICREA
Pola, Emilià
Executive Director of ICREA

Executive Director of ICREA, the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies.
He was the first director of the CERCA programme, and before that he was advisor to the Ministry of Universities and Research. He was the managing director of ACER, the Catalan Association of Research Entities, of which he later on became Secretary of the Board. For five years he was the General Director of IDIBELL, a large hospital research centre.
He has been member of the board of several research centres of the CERCA network (CRG; ICFO, CRESIB, among others) and also member of the investment board of INVERTEC. His entrepreneurial activities include the participation in several spin-off companies, and he was the CEO of the first spin-off company of the University of Barcelona (OED). As an independent consultant, he has worked for universities, regional governments, research institutions and investors.
He has been associate professor at ESADE, and he has extensive teaching experience in several universities (UB, UPF). He regularly collaborates with mainstream newspapers and media, generally in research and innovation support and advocacy.

He has a Biology Degree (UB), a Master in Sciences (UB) and an MBA (ESADE).

MANAGEMENT

Canetti, Elena

Partner at Inveniam Group
Canetti, Elena
Partner at Inveniam Group

Partner at Inveniam Group (Israel), strategic consulting and transaction company.
Elena is recognized as one of the most active technology transfer leaders in Europe, Asia and the Middle East and has years of experience in technology commercialization in international markets. Prior to assuming this position, she was Vice President of Technology Transfer at Marqera (intellectual Property transaction broker), Vice President of Scientific Collaborations and Licensing Officer in the area of Technologies and Materials at Yissum (Technology Transfer Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem).

Elena holds an MBA from Boston University and a BFA from Tel Aviv University.

Fuentes, José Antonio
Manager of CREAF

Manager of the Center for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF) since 2010.
Experienced manager with a proven history of work in the renewable energy and environment industry. Professional expert in negotiation, business planning, Web 2.0, entrepreneurship and strategic planning.
To emphasize his development and experience in the area of public procurement, he was appointed the principal coordinator of the policies of recruitment of the centre to conform to the new law of hiring of the public sector.
He has worked in the area of finance in several SMEs and multinational companies and in the management areas of various research and cooperation centres since 2004 to 2010 in which he joined as a manager in CREAF.

Graduated in Business and Economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, MBA from Pompeu Fabra University.

Labastida, Ignasi

Head of the Office of Knowledge Dissemination at the CRAI
Labastida, Ignasi
Head of the Office of Knowledge Dissemination at the CRAI

Head of the Office for the Dissemination of Knowledge at the CRAI (Learning and Research Resource Centre) at the University of Barcelona.
He also leads the Research Support Unit. Vice-Chair of the Board of SPARC Europe and member of the Steering Committee of the information and Open Access Policy Group at the League of the European Research Universities (LERU).
He has participated in many events on open licenses, open access, data management and open science, topics on which he also has several publications.

PhD in physics from the University of Barcelona.

Méndez, Raúl
Leader of the BAC

Leader of the BAC. (Research Group on Bibliometrics).
With 15 years of experience in the analysis of scientific publications, a discipline known as Bibliometrics. The BAC is composed of engineers and researchers with extensive experience in the bibliometric analysis of autonomous communities, institutional sectors such as the university or the sanitary, as well as in research areas such as cardiology or public health. Another area of expertise of the BAC is building reports on centers, and especially on research groups and researchers. Among other milestones, the technical participation of the BAC in the evaluation of the first edition of the call Severo Ochoa of Centers of Excellence of the Ministry of Education. More recently, the BAC has provided technical support to Clarivate Analytics in the production and analysis of the bibliometric data on Spain, on the occasion of the call of the ICONO Observatory of the FECYT.

Degree in Biology from the University of Barcelona. MBA from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

Puigdomenech, Pere

Research Professor at CSIC
Puigdomenech, Pere
Research Professor at CSIC

Research Professor at the National Council for Scientific Research (CSIC).
After a stay at the Max-Planck Institute in Berlin, he joined the CSIC in 1981. He has worked at the Molecular Biology Institute of Barcelona from which he was director until 2002. He has been director of the Research Centre in Agricultural genomics (CSIC-IRTA-UAB-UB) in Barcelona between 2003 and 2013.
He is a member of the Scientific Council of the French CNRS, the Working Group on Ethics and Science of ALLEA and the Ethics Committee of INRA-CIRAD-IFREMER. Member of the Institut D’Estudis Catalans (of which he chairs the section of Biological Sciences since 2017), of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona, of the European Academy, of EMBO, and foreign member of several European Academies.
He received the medal Narcís Monturiol to the scientific and technological merit of the Generalitat of Catalonia (1992), the prize of the Fundació Catalana per la Recerca (2000), the prize of the COSCE of Scientific Divulgation (2013) and the prize Vicent Andrés and Estellés of Narrative Scientific (2006).

Degree in Physical Sciences from the University of Barcelona and PhD in Biological Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Ramón, Anna

Responsible for communication at CREAF
Ramón, Anna
Responsible for communication at CREAF

Responsible for communication at the Center for Ecological Research and forestry applications (CREAF) since 2011.
Passionate about corporate communication with more than 10 years of experience in the public research sector. Since 2011 she is managing the communication department of CREAF and giving support to different international projects by defining and carrying out its communication strategy. She is entirely convinced that a good communications strategy can catalyze the impact of science and demonstrate their contribution to a more sustainable and empowered society. To achieve this, the communications strategy has to be part of the culture and identity of the center, and it has to be an integral part of a coordinated strategy responding the corporate objectives.

Degree in Biology (2005 UAB) and Master in Scientific and Environmental Communication (2007 UPF, Barcelona School of Management).

Workshop

Rovira, Lluís

Academic Director. Director of CERCA
Rovira, Lluís
Academic Director. Director of CERCA

Director of CERCA, public institution devoted to coordinate, support and facilitate the research activity of 40 R&D Institutes in the area of Barcelona.
He’s worked on research management and evaluation since 1992 at the Generalitat of Catalonia. He’s been Evaluation Director and Deputy Director in AGAUR (Catalan Agency for University and Research Grants), and Deputy Director General of Research.
He’s promoted, among other issues, the institutional evaluation and the Knowledge and Technology Transfer of CERCA institutes by coordinating some of their actions addressed to develop their own policy, patent technologies, create spin-offs, and disseminate their technological offer among investors and enterprises. Regarding this issue he created the Ginjol-CERCA Patents Fund.
He is experienced EU evaluator of HRS4R (Euraxess).

He’s PhD on Biology by the University of Barcelona, 1998 and Master in diplomacy and external action by IBEI (UPF), 2015.

Antó, Josep María

Scientific Director of Isglobal
Antó, Josep María
Scientific Director of Isglobal

Scientific Director of Isglobal (Barcelona Institute for Global Health).
He has been working at the IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute) (1988-2005) as Chair of the Respiratory and Environmental Health Research Unit (1996-2005) and Director (2004-2005). He has been Director of the CIBER Epidemiología y Salud Pública (2007-2010). He has been Principal Visiting Fellow at the National Heart and Lung Institute (1994, London, UK). Since 1998 he is Professor of Medicine at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) where he has served as Vice-rector for Research (2002-2004). Since 2005 he is currently the Director of Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL). In 2015 was appointed as scientific director of ISGlobal as part of the merging process between ISGlobal and CREAL. His main research areas focuses on the epidemiology of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, with special interest in environmental determinants and the prevention of these diseases.

He received his Degree in Medicine in 1975 and PhD in 1990 (Epidemiological investigations of epidemics of Asthma, Extraordinary Award) from the the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Molina, Antonio

Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Plant Genomics (CBGP)
Molina, Antonio
Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Plant Genomics (CBGP)

Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Plant Genomics (CBGP) since 2016.
Antonio Molina is currently Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Department of Biotechnology-Plant Biology of the UPM.

He has been Director of the Biotechnology and Biotechnology Departments of Plant Biology of the UPM (2012-2015), Secretary of CBGP (2007-2011), and Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Biotechnology and Genetic Resources of Plants and Associated Microorganisms of UPM. He is an expert representative of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) in the National Biosafety Commission (CNB) and Advisor to the State Research Agency. In addition, he is a member of the Ethics Committee of the UPM.

Dr. Molina’s group’s research activity at CBGP focuses on the study of Plant Immunity and its applications to crop protection.
He has developed an intense activity of innovation and technological transfer of Plant Biotechnology in collaboration with national and international companies. Co-founder of PlantResponse Biotech SL (PRB) and currently Chairman of its Scientific Advisory Board.

Degree in Biological Sciences from the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) and Doctor of Biological Sciences from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM).

Positioning

Rovira, Lluís

Academic Director. Director of CERCA
Rovira, Lluís
Academic Director. Director of CERCA

Director of CERCA, public institution devoted to coordinate, support and facilitate the research activity of 40 R&D Institutes in the area of Barcelona.
He’s worked on research management and evaluation since 1992 at the Generalitat of Catalonia. He’s been Evaluation Director and Deputy Director in AGAUR (Catalan Agency for University and Research Grants), and Deputy Director General of Research.
He’s promoted, among other issues, the institutional evaluation and the Knowledge and Technology Transfer of CERCA institutes by coordinating some of their actions addressed to develop their own policy, patent technologies, create spin-offs, and disseminate their technological offer among investors and enterprises. Regarding this issue he created the Ginjol-CERCA Patents Fund.
He is experienced EU evaluator of HRS4R (Euraxess).

He’s PhD on Biology by the University of Barcelona, 1998 and Master in diplomacy and external action by IBEI (UPF), 2015.

Díaz, Aïda

Management at AGAUR
Díaz, Aïda
Management at AGAUR

Management at Generalitat of Catalonia, she works in the Internationalization Area of ​​the Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR) since 2008.
She has participated in different research projects in the field of public administration and local government and has completed several research stages in England, Denmark and Mexico. She has worked in different research entities. She provides guidance, practical information, training and assistance on all aspects of participation in different European and international research programmes. She also coordinates several European projects from AGAUR. She has been a member of the Spanish delegation in different EU Research Work Programme Committees in Brussels (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, International Cooperation, Science and Society or Social Challenge 6).

Bachelor and Diploma in Research Proficiency (DEA) in Political Science and Administration (International Relations) from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Sanz, Luis

Research Professor of the CSIC in IPP
Sanz, Luis
Research Professor of the CSIC in IPP

Research Professor of the CSIC at the Institute of Public Goods and Policies (IPP), from which he was Director between 2004 and 2015.
He has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) (2004-2008). He was Chairman of the Committee on Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP) of the OECD from 2007 to 2015. He has previously been a Professor at the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology of the UCM, between 1982 and 1993, as well as visiting researcher at several research centres abroad, including the University of California at Berkeley (1992-94). He has also had experience in the Public Administration, where he has been Deputy Director General of Planning and Monitoring, in the Secretary of State for Scientific and Technological Policy of the Ministry of Science and Technology (2000-2002) and, previously, Public Administrator in various Departments of the Regional Government of Madrid (1981-1989), such as the Economy were he was Head of the Department of Studies and Analysis. He has published more than a hundred papers on research systems and policies of science, technology and innovation, both in book chapters and academic journals.

PhD in Political Science and sociology from the Complutense University of Madrid (1983).

STRATEGY & ASSESSMENT

Arocena, Miguel A.

General Manager at BCBL
Arocena, Miguel A.
General Manager at BCBL

General Manager at Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (BCBL).
He started his professional career in 1992 as a teacher in the Department of Graphic Expression and Engineering Projects at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). He leapt to private sector in 1997, where he performed for over a decade positions of direction and management in companies of engineering, die casting and fabrication of components for the automotive sector. He decided, as General Manager, and together with Dr. Carreiras, as Scientific Director, create the Center for Basic Research and Excellence in Cognitive Neuroscience (BCBL) in 2009.
He has been a member of the evaluation panel of different research centres of the Catalonia network CERCA and is currently also an external advisor and evaluator of the European Commission for the HRS4R Initiative for Human Resources Management in Research.

PhD in Industrial Engineering from the  UPV/EHU, Master in Business Administration MBA from Deusto´s University of and Specialist in Management in Tech Transfer by ESADE.

Kogon, Boaz

Research and Innovation Associate at RMIT Europe
Kogon, Boaz
Research and Innovation Associate at RMIT Europe

Research and Innovation Associate at RMIT Europe, the European hub of Melbourne-based RMIT University.
He is responsible for developing research and strategic partnerships across Europe in the areas of science and engineering. Prior to this, he spent nine years at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Boaz has consulted in the development of strategic plans and major institutional projects to numerous other research institutes. His core expertise lies in strategic planning and organisational development, including communication, marketing, technology transfer, project management and HR functions, as well as transitional projects such as implementation of business systems and local networks of institutional collaboration.

His broad education includes a BSc (Information Technology and Molecular Biology), a BA (Japanese and Mathematics), and an MSc (Economics of Science and Innovation).

GOVERNANCE

Comella, Joan X.

CEO at VHIR Institut
Comella, Joan X.
CEO at VHIR Institut

CEO at the Vall D’Hebron Research Institut (VHIR) and Scientific Director of EATRIS España 2009.
He combines his scientific activities as IP of the cell signaling group and apoptosis with the management of the center that centralize (brings together) all the biomedical and innovation research carried out at the Vall D’Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona, the major of Catalonia.
He has been Vice-rector of research, third cycle and new technologies of the UdL (1995-2000), Director of the National Agency for Evaluation and Prospective of the Government of Spain (2004-2005), General Manager of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) of the Government of Spain (2005-2006), General Manager of the Fundació Catalana per la Recerca i innovation, FCRI of the Generalitat de Catalunya (2007-2009) and Director of the Institut de Neurociències de la UAB (2007-2009).

Graduate and Doctor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Barcelona (UB). He has also conducted training in management at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and at IESE-University of Navarra. Professor of Histology from the UdL since 2002 and from the UAB since 2007.

Malagrida, Rosina

Head of the "Living Lab for Health" at IrsiCaixa
Malagrida, Rosina
Head of the "Living Lab for Health" at IrsiCaixa

Head of the “Living Lab for Health” at IrsiCaixa.
She promotes initiatives focused on the transformation of the R&D system to make it more open, inclusive and transdisciplinary. She facilitates the collaboration of different social actors in the field of research and health education under the umbrella of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). She combines these initiatives with research and training that she offers in undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Barcelona and the UOC, as well as in other research centres, universities and funding agencies. She is coordinator of the European Educational portal Xplore Health and principal investigator of the RRI European projects EnRRICH, inspires, Fit4Food and CRISH (also deputy coordinator of the former project RRI Tools).

Degree in Chemical Sciences from the University of Barcelona, Master in Scientific Communication from the Imperial College London, with a scholarship from the Obra Social “La Caixa”, and Postgraduate in Strategic Direction of Communication by ESADE.

Portals, Miquel

Head of Legal Services. IRTA
Portals, Miquel
Head of Legal Services. IRTA

Head of the Legal Services and secretary of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Agro-Food Research and Technology (IRTA), directing since 2015 the legal services of this research institute of the Government of Catalonia.

He has participated as a speaker in conferences mainly related to Administrative Law and the public sector. He is a member of the legal commission of the CERCA Institute (Catalunya) and he has collaborated in several publications of the Observatory of Bioethics and Law of the University of Barcelona.

Degree in law from Pompeu Fabra University, specialist in public law and advice to research centers, companies and public administrations.

FUNDING

Badía, David

Managing Director at IBEC Institut
Badía, David
Managing Director at IBEC Institut

Managing Director at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC).
With more than 20 years of experience in the R&D sector in Catalonia, he began his activity in 1997 at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Research and Technology  (IRTA), where he developed as Head of Administration and Treasury and, later, as CFO. He has worked as Manager since 2010, first in the National Center for Genomic Analysis (CNAG), a unique scientific-technical infrastructure of new creation, and since 2013 at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalunya (IBEC). He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of 4 research centers.

Degree in Business Administration from Pompeu Fabra University (1999) and a Management Development Program at the ESADE Business School (2009).

Carnie, Chris

Co-founder of Factary
Carnie, Chris
Co-founder of Factary

Co-founder of Factary. Expert in fundraising.
Chris is a researcher, consultant and trainer in philanthropy and fundraising. He has worked in the non-profit sector since 1980, initially as a fundraiser in the UK. He was a researcher in the House of Commons 1982-84 working on rights for people with disabilities. In 1990 he co-founded Factary, Europe’s leading fundraising research agency. In 2017 he joined the team at Pallapupas, the leading healthcare clown organisation, to work on philanthropy and social investment for the organisation. Chris has been involved in the development of venture philanthropy in Europe since 2003 with the European Venture Philanthropy Association.
He is a professor at the University of Barcelona in the Postgraduate Certificate in Fundraising, and the author of books, chapters, papers and blogs on fundraising.

He studied BSc Hons at the University of Southampton.

López, Javier

Director of Social Impact Santander Universities
López, Javier
Director of Social Impact Santander Universities

Director of Social Impact Santander Universities and expert in technology transfer.
He has extensive experience as an expert in technology transfer and science management, working as a consultant for relevant research centres in Catalonia, Galicia and Madrid, as well as for other institutions linked to the world of Research in Spain, Mexico, Chile and Colombia. He has been vice president of the Spanish Association of Foundations and director of the Fundación Barrie, from which he promoted, among other subjects, an intense activity of support to the scientific career and the transfer of technology, emphasizing the launching and management of one of the first proof-of-concept funds of our country (Science Fund). Previously, he has held other positions related to technology transfer (FEUGA, Fundación Empresa Universidad Gallega) and venture capital specializing in technology-based companies (UNIRISCO, UNINVEST and Fund Undertake).
He has participated in training programs related to the in strategic management and social leadership at IESE and is a regular Professor of the Master of Banking and Finance at the University of Santiago de Compostela.

Degree in Economics from the University of Santiago de Compostela.

PEOPLE

Bayó, Nuria

Head of Academic Programmes & Organizational Effectiveness (BIST)
Bayó, Nuria
Head of Academic Programmes & Organizational Effectiveness (BIST)

Head of Academic Programmes & Organizational Effectiveness  en el BIST, since January 2016.

She has worked as a postdoctoral researcher for two years at McGill University and the University of Montreal and two years at ETH Zurich. She then worked as a researcher at a spin-off company for a year until she moved to IRB Barcelona to lead research projects aimed at being transferred to the market.

Nuria obtained her doctorate at the University of Barcelona (UB) and the Research Institute in Biomedicine of Barcelona (IRB Barcelona). She has completed postgraduate studies in innovation management (UB), a course on Lean Start-up (UC Berkeley) entrepreneurship, Master in Project Management (La Salle) and Master in High Performance Team Leadership (EADA).

Bustos, Regla

Technical Advisor to the State Research Agency
Bustos, Regla
Technical Advisor to the State Research Agency

Technical Advisor to the State Research Agency.

Her tasks in scientific management began in 2015 after joining the General Sub-Direction of Research Projects as Area Manager. She has participated in the evaluation and follow-up of calls for R&D&I grants, including those of the State Research Plan or the Severo Ochoa Centers of Excellence among others.

During her doctoral thesis and her first postdoctoral stay at the Carlos III Institute of Health (ISCIII, Madrid) she worked on various aspects of immunological cell metabolism as well as in the biology of the human Respiratory Syncytial Virus. Postdoctoral researcher at the John Innes Center (Norwich, Uk) where she worked exploring the biotechnological applications of starch. After a research phase at the National Center for Biotechnology (CNB, Madrid) studying the regulation of gene expression in plants, she joined as a staff researcher in 2009 the National Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA, Madrid) where she continued her work focusing on the analysis and modification of potato starch characteristics.

This long research career has resulted in numerous relevant scientific contributions in the form of international impact publications as well as a licensed patent.

Dr. Regla Bustos obtained her PhD in Biological Sciences in 1992.

Pellizzon, Dario

Director of the Research and Transfer Area- Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
Pellizzon, Dario
Director of the Research and Transfer Area- Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

Director of the Research and Transfer Area- Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

Dario Pellizzon has 17 years of experience, 8 as manager, in national and international university contexts of high visibility and strong development (IUAV, Ca’Foscari University of Venice, University of Milan).
His main activity is focused on research, innovation and internationalization, gradually expanding these areas of expertise. He has developed innovative organizational models in support of research and innovation, focused on increasing the effectiveness, personalization and attraction of talent.
Qualified trainer on European policy issues and their implementation in funding programmes. Project evaluator: HRS4R – Human Resources Strategy for Researchers – Lead assessor, Talents Friuli Venezia Giulia – AREA Science Park TRIESTE, Horizon 2020- Marie S. Curie; SWAFS “Science with and for Society”.

Graduated in Humanities from the Universitat Ca’ Foscari de Venezia, he holds a Master’s Degree in Innovation and Knowledge Transfer from Milano Polytechnic.

Pola, Emilià

Executive Director of ICREA
Pola, Emilià
Executive Director of ICREA

Executive Director of ICREA, the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies.
He was the first director of the CERCA programme, and before that he was advisor to the Ministry of Universities and Research. He was the managing director of ACER, the Catalan Association of Research Entities, of which he later on became Secretary of the Board. For five years he was the General Director of IDIBELL, a large hospital research centre.
He has been member of the board of several research centres of the CERCA network (CRG; ICFO, CRESIB, among others) and also member of the investment board of INVERTEC. His entrepreneurial activities include the participation in several spin-off companies, and he was the CEO of the first spin-off company of the University of Barcelona (OED). As an independent consultant, he has worked for universities, regional governments, research institutions and investors.
He has been associate professor at ESADE, and he has extensive teaching experience in several universities (UB, UPF). He regularly collaborates with mainstream newspapers and media, generally in research and innovation support and advocacy.

He has a Biology Degree (UB), a Master in Sciences (UB) and an MBA (ESADE).

Puy, Ana

Director of the Women's and Science Unit (UMyC)
Puy, Ana
Director of the Women's and Science Unit (UMyC)

Director since 2014 of  the Women and Science Unit (UMyC) in the Cabinet of the Secretariat of State of Universities Research, Development and Innovation, Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.

Professor of Social Psychology at the University of La Laguna (ULL) and member of the University Institute of Women’s Studies of this university, she was the first Director of the Gender Equality Unit of the ULL (2010-2014). She is the spanish delegate to the Permanent Working Group on Gender in Research and Innovation (formerly the Helsinki Group) advising the Committee for the European Research Area (ERAC) at the Council of the European Union. In addition, she is a member of the European Platform of Women Scientists (EPWS) and the Spanish Association of Women Researchers and Technologists (AMIT). He has actively participated in the ERA-Net GENDER-NET network 2013-2016 and also currently in three Horizon 2020 projects: two coordination and support actions on gender policy and science,  GENDERACTION 2017-2021 and SUPERA 2018-2022, in addition to the ERA-Net Cofund GENDER-NET Plus 2017-2022.

PhD in Psychology from the Complutense University of Madrid.

MANAGEMENT

Arguimbau, Llorenç

Consultant and professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Arguimbau, Llorenç
Consultant and professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Consultant specialized in scientific information, among others, of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), the Bioinformatics Barcelona Association (BIB) and the Banking Foundation “La Caixa”, and collaborating professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalonia (UOC).

In the period 2003-2015, he was the coordinator of the Observatori de la Recerca de l’Institut d’Estudis Catalans (OR-IEC), with which he continues to collaborate in the writing, management and dissemination of content. In addition, it has organized the four annual editions (2012-2015) of the Conference on Scientific Information Management (JGIC).
He has participated in various research projects with state and regional funding. In addition, he has published journal articles and studies on scientific areas (medicine, microbiology, chemistry, documentation, etc.); documentary typologies (doctoral theses, articles, etc.); R&D&I systems (Reports de la recerca to Catalunya).

Doctor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), with a doctoral thesis on scientific and technological information (2010); Bachelor’s degree in Art History (1998); and graduated in Biblioteconomy and Documentation (1992) from the University of Barcelona (UB).

Balbuena, Eduardo

Professor of Business Organization at the Autonomous University of Barcelona
Balbuena, Eduardo
Professor of Business Organization at the Autonomous University of Barcelona

Professor and Researcher of the Faculty of Economics and Business of the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
He specializes in innovation and knowledge transfer processes, as well as business strategy and economic development. He is also a technical advisor to entities such as CERCA, La Caixa, I2CAT or the Government of Catalonia.

His professional experience includes 12 years as a researcher in Health Chemistry and Biomedicine, at the University of London, the CSIC, the IDIBELL and Harlan Laboratories, and professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Barcelona (UB).

For 15 years, he has been engaged in the management and evaluation of R+D+I, among others, as project manager and innovation manager at the UB, the Vall d’Hebron Hospital and the Secretariat of Universities and Research of the Government of Catalonia. Director of innovation at the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation.
He is also a professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business of Pompeu Fabra University.

Bachelor’s and Doctorate in Chemistry (Medical Physiopathology) from the University of Barcelona, also has a Master’s Degree in Biotechnology, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Management and an Advanced Business Management Program from IESE.

Bertero, Michela

Head of International and Scientific Affairs at CRG
Bertero, Michela
Head of International and Scientific Affairs at CRG

Head of International and Scientific Affairs at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG).
Michela has more than 10 years of professional experience in different fields of research management (strategy, funding, collaboration, training, science policy, etc.). Her department´s mission is to strengthen the international and interdisciplinary dimension of the institute and create new opportunities for the scientific community. In the last years, she has been coordinating the scientific activities of the Severo Ochoa excellence programme. Currently, she coordinates the H2020 project ORION on Open Science.

Michela obtained her PhD in Genetics from the University of Pavia (Italy), followed by 6-year postdoctoral experience in structural and molecular biology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (Canada), and at the Gene Centre in Munich (Germany).

Labastida, Ignasi

Head of the Office of Knowledge Dissemination at the CRAI
Labastida, Ignasi
Head of the Office of Knowledge Dissemination at the CRAI

Head of the Office for the Dissemination of Knowledge at the CRAI (Learning and Research Resource Centre) at the University of Barcelona.
He also leads the Research Support Unit. Vice-Chair of the Board of SPARC Europe and member of the Steering Committee of the information and Open Access Policy Group at the League of the European Research Universities (LERU).
He has participated in many events on open licenses, open access, data management and open science, topics on which he also has several publications.

PhD in physics from the University of Barcelona.

Méndez, Raúl
Leader of the BAC

Leader of the BAC. (Research Group on Bibliometrics).
With 15 years of experience in the analysis of scientific publications, a discipline known as Bibliometrics. The BAC is composed of engineers and researchers with extensive experience in the bibliometric analysis of autonomous communities, institutional sectors such as the university or the sanitary, as well as in research areas such as cardiology or public health. Another area of expertise of the BAC is building reports on centers, and especially on research groups and researchers. Among other milestones, the technical participation of the BAC in the evaluation of the first edition of the call Severo Ochoa of Centers of Excellence of the Ministry of Education. More recently, the BAC has provided technical support to Clarivate Analytics in the production and analysis of the bibliometric data on Spain, on the occasion of the call of the ICONO Observatory of the FECYT.

Degree in Biology from the University of Barcelona. MBA from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

Morales, Mónica

Head of central facilities at the Center for Genomic Regulation
Morales, Mónica
Head of central facilities at the Center for Genomic Regulation

Head of central facilities at the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG, Barcelona).
She worked as an associate researcher at the BioMedical Research Institute (IRB, Barcelona, 2007-2012), studying the function and therapeutic potential of metastasis tumor suppressor genes. Project manager at the Genomic Regulation Center (CRG, Barcelona), where she was subsequently appointed as head of central facilities (2013-present). She is responsible for the operational and financial management of the basic facilities program (which includes 7 basic facilities and 2 internal services), while ensuring the provision of cutting-edge technologies and services and coordinating network and network activities spread among others.
Represents the CRG in the EU-Life Alliance (eulife.EU) central facilities working group.

Monica Morales completed her doctoral studies (Barcelona, 2002) and moved to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York, 2002-2007) where she performed a postdoctoral tour on DNA damage signaling pathways and repair mechanisms.

Puigdomenech, Pere

Research Professor at CSIC
Puigdomenech, Pere
Research Professor at CSIC

Research Professor at the National Council for Scientific Research (CSIC).
After a stay at the Max-Planck Institute in Berlin, he joined the CSIC in 1981. He has worked at the Molecular Biology Institute of Barcelona from which he was director until 2002. He has been director of the Research Centre in Agricultural genomics (CSIC-IRTA-UAB-UB) in Barcelona between 2003 and 2013.
He is a member of the Scientific Council of the French CNRS, the Working Group on Ethics and Science of ALLEA and the Ethics Committee of INRA-CIRAD-IFREMER. Member of the Institut D’Estudis Catalans (of which he chairs the section of Biological Sciences since 2017), of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona, of the European Academy, of EMBO, and foreign member of several European Academies.
He received the medal Narcís Monturiol to the scientific and technological merit of the Generalitat of Catalonia (1992), the prize of the Fundació Catalana per la Recerca (2000), the prize of the COSCE of Scientific Divulgation (2013) and the prize Vicent Andrés and Estellés of Narrative Scientific (2006).

Degree in Physical Sciences from the University of Barcelona and PhD in Biological Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Pujals, Josep Mª

Manager of Intellectual Property Business Development
Pujals, Josep Mª
Manager of Intellectual Property Business Development

Manager of Intellectual Property Business Development

He began his career in the field of industrial property in 2001, and joined PONTI in 2007 as head of the Customer Service Department.

His practice includes comprehensive advice on intellectual property, both for national and international clients, and he specializes in valuation of intangible assets. It also deals with aspects related to strategic IP portfolio management, innovation financing, licensing, joint ventures and technology standards.

Recently, he was the first Spanish IP professional to be included in the IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists list.

He holds a degree in Law from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Ramón, Anna

Responsible for communication at CREAF
Ramón, Anna
Responsible for communication at CREAF

Responsible for communication at the Center for Ecological Research and forestry applications (CREAF) since 2011.
Passionate about corporate communication with more than 10 years of experience in the public research sector. Since 2011 she is managing the communication department of CREAF and giving support to different international projects by defining and carrying out its communication strategy. She is entirely convinced that a good communications strategy can catalyze the impact of science and demonstrate their contribution to a more sustainable and empowered society. To achieve this, the communications strategy has to be part of the culture and identity of the center, and it has to be an integral part of a coordinated strategy responding the corporate objectives.

Degree in Biology (2005 UAB) and Master in Scientific and Environmental Communication (2007 UPF, Barcelona School of Management).

Sanabria, Carmen

Responsible for the Quality and Innovation Unit at CSIC
Sanabria, Carmen
Responsible for the Quality and Innovation Unit at CSIC

Responsible for the Quality and Innovation Unit at CSIC

Officer of the Superior Corps of Civil Administrators of the State. She has held various positions as Deputy Director General in different ministries and is currently Deputy Secretary General of Economic Action and responsible for the Quality and Innovation Unit of the CSIC.

Quality Evaluator in the EFQM model of Excellence applied to the Public Administration; member of the evaluation team in the Quality Awards in Public Administration 2002 and responsible for the project winning the Award for Best Practices of Internal Management 2006 with the “Strategic Plan of the National Geographical Institute”.

Expert in management training and a regular collaborator of training institutes of officials and business schools, for which she has developed teaching material with the “case methodology”.

Author of numerous articles on public and book management and policies on organizational change and transformation in the Public Administration.

Degree in Law from the Complutense University of Madrid.

Tonello, Nadia

Head of Data Management at Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Tonello, Nadia
Head of Data Management at Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Head of Data Management at Barcelona Supercomputing Center.

She leads the Data Management group at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center – National Supercomputing Center, and coordinates the activities of the Center in the EOSC-hub and EOSC-synergy projects since September 2018. It also collaborates directly with the Center of Excellence in Solid Earth Science (ChEESE), with the Spanish node of ELIXIR and with the Spanish Network of Supercomputing.

In 2008 he joined the Port d’Informació Científica (PIC, Barcelona) as a scientific liaison in the data center, responsible for both data transfer operations and image reduction operations, as well as the storage and distribution of results for the center’s cosmology projects.

She has a specialization in Big Data, obtained by the University of San Diego (6 courses in Coursera), and experience as Data Scientist.
She is a member of the EUDAT CDI Executive Board and represents Spain as an alternate on the EOSC Governing Board.

PhD in Physics from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), with a research work in Particle Astrophysics carried out at the Max-Planck-Institut f’r Physik in Munich, Germany.

Workshop

Rovira, Lluís

Academic Director. Director of CERCA
Rovira, Lluís
Academic Director. Director of CERCA

Director of CERCA, public institution devoted to coordinate, support and facilitate the research activity of 40 R&D Institutes in the area of Barcelona.
He’s worked on research management and evaluation since 1992 at the Generalitat of Catalonia. He’s been Evaluation Director and Deputy Director in AGAUR (Catalan Agency for University and Research Grants), and Deputy Director General of Research.
He’s promoted, among other issues, the institutional evaluation and the Knowledge and Technology Transfer of CERCA institutes by coordinating some of their actions addressed to develop their own policy, patent technologies, create spin-offs, and disseminate their technological offer among investors and enterprises. Regarding this issue he created the Ginjol-CERCA Patents Fund.
He is experienced EU evaluator of HRS4R (Euraxess).

He’s PhD on Biology by the University of Barcelona, 1998 and Master in diplomacy and external action by IBEI (UPF), 2015.

Adam, Paula

Director of Research at the Agency for Health Quality and Evaluation of Catalonia
Adam, Paula
Director of Research at the Agency for Health Quality and Evaluation of Catalonia

Director of Research at the Agency for Health Quality and Evaluation of Catalonia (AQuAS), co-founder of the International School on Research Impact Assessment (ISRIA).

She leads a ‘science of science’ group at AQuAS,  associated with INGENIO-Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (CSIC) that has carried out various research impact assessments, has advised mission-oriented scientific strategies, implemented projects to involve the patient in decision-making on scientific planning and the promotion of female leadership in science.

Paula Adam holds a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Caño, Ana I.

Scientific Researcher of CSIC
Caño, Ana I.
Scientific Researcher of CSIC

Scientific Researcher of the Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC).
During one decade of research activity in Spain our laboratory has implemented a developmental perspective to the study of Brassinosteroid, uncover new concepts in field, identify novel pathways and open a number of new hypotheses that are currently at leading edge of the research field worldwide.
Beyond our experimental analyses in Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis), we lead the translation of our fundamental research towards the production of crops better adapted to drought.

Degree in Biology from the University of Alcalá de Henares (Spain), PhD University East Anglia, Norwich (UK).

García, Jose Luis

Research Professor at the CSIC Center for Biological Research
García, Jose Luis
Research Professor at the CSIC Center for Biological Research

Professor of Research at the Centre for Biological Research (Madrid) of the CSIC and leader of the Environmental Biotechnology group. In addition, he is Acting Director of the Institute of Integrative Systems Biology (I2Sysbio) mixed institute of the CSIC and the University of Valencia (Scientific Park, Paterna).

He has worked as a professor at the UCM and as Head of Research Group at the company Antibiotics SA.
His research expertise focuses on various aspects of the fields of biochemistry, genomics and biotechnology with more than 300 publications between articles and patents with an h-index of 53.
He has held various positions in scientific policy as National and European Programme Manager at CICYT and other ministries, such as EXPLORA Program Manager of MINECO and the IED, as Assistant Director-General for Research at the CSIC, as Advisor in the Ministry of Science and Innovation and Collaborator of the Secretary of State for R&D&I, and National Representative of the ERC Programme of the European Programme H2020.

He has been founder and President of the Spanish Biotechnology Society. He is currently a Member of the Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Board, and CYTED Program Manager (Area 3. Industrial Development). He has founded three companies dedicated to genome analysis (Lifesequencing S.L.), genetic diagnosis (Secugen S.L.) and bioprospecting microorganisms (Darwin Bioprospecting Excellence S.L.).

PhD in Chemistry and Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and Pharmacy from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM).

Guerra, Néstor

CEO and co-founder at IEC
Guerra, Néstor
CEO and co-founder at IEC

CEO and co-founder at IEC, start-up dedicated to the development of solutions for smart cities.
He combines this function with the professor of Business Design & Lean Startup at the School of Industrial organization EOI. He´s an entrepreneur, mentor and teacher, with more than ten years of experience in the development and management of technological businesses, being one of the most recognized experts in the field of Lean Startup.
He has been a speaker at such important events as TEDx, Expomanagement, Salón MiEmpresa, ESL, BSE, etc. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of ICSE (International Center Santander Undertake) and of Lazarus of the Fundación Caja Rural Castilla la Mancha. Mentor in the start-up program NEXT Google for Entrepreneur, mentor in Samba Health, Startup Dragon, Yuzz as well as Punctual collaborations in a significant number of accelerators in Spain and Ibero-America.

Telecommunications Engineer and Executive MBA. He has a scholarship holder in the Imagine Creative Center innovation program in San Francisco and the Babson College in Boston.

Marcipar, Javier

General manager and administrator at CIMNE Tecnología
Marcipar, Javier
General manager and administrator at CIMNE Tecnología

General manager and administrator at CIMNE Tecnología.
He has started his professional career in 1999 as a researcher at the International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE) where he has specialized in inflatable structures. He has created his own company Spin-off in 2001, Buildair Ingeniería y Arquitectura S.A. devoted to the design, manufacturing and world-wide marketing of large scale inflatable hangars. Since 2011 he is the Managing Director of Cimne Tecnología, S.A, a company created to transfer scientific technologies developed as a result of research to the market through the creation of Spin-off. His professional profile is a technological entrepreneur in the industrial sector and specializes in technology transfer models and processes related to science in engineering. He has extensive experience in the creation of technology-based companies, industry-oriented innovation processes and the financing of new companies.

Civil engineer from the National University of Rosario in Argentina and Master in Business and Technology by La Salle in Barcelona.

Roig, Olga

Responsible for Internationalization at CREAF
Roig, Olga
Responsible for Internationalization at CREAF

Responsible for Internationalization at CREAF ,since 2011, where she is also part of the Management Support Team, she coordinates the Europa Networks – Beyond MEDECO-HUB project to enhance the internationalization of the centre and is a member of the Equal Gender Opportunity Committee.

Her pre-award activities include the search for public funding opportunities, advice and support to researchers throughout all phases of proposal preparation (collaborative projects, ERC, MSCA) positioning the CREAF’s interests in the European research area and the promotion of the centre at the international level. Since her incorporation it has been involved, among others, in the applications of 17 projects of the FP7 and Horizon 2020, of which 8, 4 of them have been granted coordinated by CREAF (MENFRI (FP7-INCO-609542), BEWATER (FP7-SIS- 612385), LIFE+MEDACC, WATERINNEU ( H2020-WATER-641821).

He has worked for ACC10, the Catalan agency for innovation and internationalization, at the Delegation to the European Union, in Brussels, supporting companies participating in the Framework Programme, technology centres and research groups and learning the functioning of the European Institutions and European funding programmes.

Degree in Biology (UB) and Master in Chemistry and Food Engineering (IQS). EARMA Certificate in Research Management, ARMA UK (2018).