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Pedro Duque is a Spanish aeronautical engineer and astronaut who became the first Spanish citizen to go into space. Duque received a degree in aeronautical engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in 1986 and was selected to join the ESA astronaut corps in May 1992. He trained at both the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne and the Yury Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, Russia, and he worked as the coordinator between the crew on board the Mir space station and European scientists during the Euromir 94 mission, a joint project between ESA and the Russian space agency.

In 1995 Duque was selected by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration as an alternate payload specialist for the STS-78 mission and served as a crew interface coordinator on the ground. He flew into space for the first time in 1998 as a mission specialist aboard the space shuttle Discovery on STS-95 in charge of supervising and maintaining the ESA experimental modules and the scientific machinery on board. In 2003 Duque flew for a second time in space, as flight engineer on Soyuz TMA-3 during the Cervantes mission to the ISS. After completing his second spaceflight, Duque worked at UPM as director of operations of the Spanish User Support and Operations Centre, and in 2008 he became chief executive officer of Deimos Imaging, a satellite and geospatial imaging company based in Valladolid.

In October 2011 Pedro returned to ESA after his special leave as member of ESA’s Astronaut Corps to head the Flight Operations Office. Early in 2015 Pedro returned to astronaut duties and to full flight status, and among the astronauts he is responsible for the control and review of future ESA projects.

Duque’s awards include the Principe de Asturias prize for International Cooperation shared with three other astronauts and the “Order of Friendship” awarded by former russian president Boris Yeltsin in 1994.


Mara Dierssen    Twitter_Logo_White_On_Blue

Mara Dierssen temporalMara Dierssen (MD, PhD) obtained a degree in Medicine in 1985 and a doctorate in Neurobiology from the University of Cantabria in 1989. She currently leads the Cellular and Systems Neurobiology group of the Systems Biology Program at the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona. Previously, she was an associate professor at the University of Cantabria and the Ramón Llull University in Barcelona.

The overall objective of Dr. Dierssen’s research is to understand cognition as an emerging property of neural networks and how genetic disturbances in mental disorders modify the way the brain integrates information and produces behaviour and cognition. In that context, she decided to focus her research on Down Syndrome, and is currently considered a world-class expert in the field. Her contributions have been published in more than 130 international journals.

Mara Dierssen has been awarded several prizes for her work, including Ramón Trias y Fragas, Jaime Blanco or Sisley-Lejeune and the National Prize for Thought and Scientific Culture of the Generalitat de Catalunya. She is a member of the executive committee of the European Federation of Societies of Neuroscience (FENS) and a founding member and general secretary of the Trisomy 21 Research Society. She is the President of the Spanish Society of Neuroscience (SENC) and the chair of the International Behavioral and Neural Genetics Society. She is also a member of the editorial committee and academic editor of several scientific journals (Genes, Brain and Behavior, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, Amino Acids, Frontiers in Genetics among others). Her extraordinary scientific trajectory is reflected in more than 150 publications accumulating an H-index of 35, as well as books and book chapters. She has supervised 26 doctoral theses (18 already read) and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Boards of several Research Institutes.

Dierssen is also an active disseminator of science and organizes scientific symposia and activities for the general public, including the World Brain Week and the Year of Neuroscience in Spain in 2012. She is an evaluator of different scientific committees such as the National Evaluation Agency, the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness or panels of experts from the European Union. She is a member of the European Academy and the Dana Allianze for the Brain. She has organized a large number of scientific courses and conferences at international level, including the Congress of the European Federation of Societies of Neuroscience with 7,000 attendees.


Jenny Nelson, FRS

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Prof. Jenny Nelson has devoted her scientific career to the research in novel materials for advanced solar cell concepts, ranging from high efficiency, inorganic photovoltaic designs to low-cost, flexible organic solar cells. Her current research is focussed on understanding the properties of molecular semiconductor materials and their application to organic devices. This work combines fundamental electrical, spectroscopic and structural studies of molecular electronic materials with numerical modelling and device studies, with the aim of optimising the performance of solar cells based on molecular and hybrid materials, such as perovskites.

Since 2010 she has been working together with the Grantham Institute for Climate Change to explore the application of physical science to address the challenges in energy supply, in particular, in the area of photovoltaic energy conversion. She has published over 200 articles in peer reviewed journals, several book chapters and the textbook “The Physics of Solar Cells”.

Jenny Nelson has also been awarded the Greenpeace Research Fellowship in two occasions, an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship, and industry Fellowship by the Royal Society and has been the recipient of the Joule Medal and Prize, and the Armourers and Brasiers’ Company Prize. In 2014, she was elected Fellow of the Royal Society.

On the “Grand Challenges Roundtable” on Saturday Morning, she will give us her vision on the role that physics and material science will play in a sustainable society.


Marta Guadalupe Rivera-Ferre

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Marta Guadalupe Rivera-Ferre is a Ramón y Cajal Researcher at the University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia. She is coordinator of the research line “Sustainable communities, social innovations and territories” within the group “Societies, Policies and Inclusive Communities” and Director of the “Agroecology and Food Systems” Chair. Graduated in Veterinary Medicine, Specialty in Animal Production and Agrarian Economy by the University of Córdoba and got a Master’s degree from the University of Aberdeen. She has been researching at the Rowett Research Institute in the United Kingdom, as well as at the Alterra Research Institute and the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands, as a postdoctoral researcher. She has also been a postdoctoral researcher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Center for Research in Economics and Agrifood Development -CREDA. She has more than 60 publications, 39 of which articles, 24 of them in international peer-reviewed journals, 25 book chapters and 3 books. Her research experience has given her a multidisciplinary profile in the analysis of the agrifood systems from production to consumption. In recent years she has focused on the sociology of agriculture and food, and particularly on the interactions between agriculture, food, society and the environment, with emphasis on adaptation to climate change and food security and sovereignty, as well as in the social function of agriculture and the role of women from a feminist perspective. She has also participated as lead author on two UN panels: the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD, 2005-2008) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2010-2014).


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Jonathan S. Davies is Professor of Critical Policy Studies and Director of the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (http://www.dmu.ac.uk/CURA)

He worked at the University of Warwick from 2001-2011, previously completing his PhD at the University of York.  His first monograph Partnerships and regimes: the politics of urban regeneration in the UK was published by Ashgate in 2001. His second, Challenging Governance Theory: from Networks to Hegemony was published by The Policy Press in September 2011. Jonathan also publishes in leading journals including the Journal of Urban Affairs, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Environment and Planning A, Urban Studies, Political Studies, Policy & Politics and Public Administration.  His research interests span critical issues in governance, urban studies and public policy. In addition to developments in governance theory, Jonathan is also working on a number of projects on crisis and austerity governance. He holds a major ESRC grant, leading an international consortium of researchers in a comparative study of austerity governance.

Natasha Howard

Natasha Howard

Natasha is Assistant Professor of Global Health and conflict at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). She studied International Development at University of California at Davis and received a MSc in public health in developing countries from LSHTM in 2000.

Natasha has set up a malaria control programme for Population Services International in Myanmar, conducting vector, socio-economic and marketing research and developing malaria diagnostic kits and treatment packs. She has also been reproductive health technical officer for WHO country office in Myanmar, focusing on maternal and newborn health initiatives, and worked with HealthNet TPO in Afghanistan researching malaria in pregnancy. Natasha also moved to Jordan and worked improving tuberculosis treatment, obstetric care and community development.

Since joining LSHTM in 2005, Natasha teaches on several modules and is the director of the Security, Conflict, and Health Research (SCaHR) programme. Her research is mainly focus in low and lower-middle income countries and conflict-affected situations, but she is also involved in UK programmes aimed to evaluate and control domestic violence, in collaboration with London Metropolitan University and Durham University. She is currently finishing her PhD on malaria control for Afghans in LSHTM.

During the Symposium, she will cover the Global Challenge Sustainable Health and Well-being on Saturday morning and participate in the round table with the other speakers of the session.

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Pere Estupinyà is a chemist and biochemist with postgraduate education in nutrition and metabolism who decided to stop a scientific career in genetics to devote himself to the cause of science outreach. His professional experience on science outreach started very early. From 2001 to 2005 he was screenwriter and editor of the scientific TV show “Redes” in the Spanish National Television channel (TVE). He was also lecturer of “Science, Technology and Society” at Ramon Llull University. In 2007, after some additional training in communication and journalism, Pere received the prestigious Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to spend a year immersed in the science labs of MIT and Harvard. After that, Pere worked at the communication department of the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Washington DC. He was also the Knight Science Journalism Tracker at MIT, consultant at BID and OEA and had a blog for a long time called “Apuntes cientificos desde el MIT” for El Pais newspaper. In 2015 he produced 13 episodes of the series “El Ladron de Cerebros en Ecuador” and since 2016 be brought to the Spanish TVE channel the TV show “El Ladron de Cerebros”. Pere has written several books on science outreach that have been translated into different languages, namely “El ladron de cerebros, Rascar donde no pica” (2012), “S=EX2, la ciencia del sexo” (2013) and “Comer cerezas con los ojos cerrados” (2016).



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Katherine Mathieson is Chief Executive at the British Science Association (BSA), where she coordinate in a range of programmes for public and professional audiences to encourage their relationship with science.

Katherine studied Biological Sciences at University of Cambridge and completed her Masters degree in Science Communication at Imperial College of London in 1999. She has also got Postgraduate Diplomas in Information Science (University of London, 2003) and Voluntary Sector Management (Cass Bussines School, 2011). Since 2000, she has worked in a range of science-based organisations including Nesta, the Forensic Science Service, Science Line and Merck.

In 2009 she joined the British Science Association as Director of Education and as Director of Programmes four years later. She was appointed Chief Executive at the BSA in August 2016 and since 2014, she is also a Brownie leader and a Trustee of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

At the BSA, Katherine conducts research and campaigning on the relationship between science and culture, including the annual British Science Festival, British Science Week, the Science Communication Conference, the UK-wide Network of local branches and the CREST Awards and CREST Star programmes and National Science + Engineering Competition for school students.

On Saturday afternoon, at the Symposium, Katherine Mathieson will share with us her vision about Science Outreach in UK and participate in the round table ”How and why do Scientists help Society to have a Scientific Culture?”.

Big Van     Twitter_Logo_White_On_Blue      Helena González and Pablo Barrecheguren

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Big Van, Scientist on the Road, is a group of Spanish scientists, ranging from physicists and mathematicians to biologists and even engineers, who are passionate about science communication. So passionate, that they use live stand-up comedy performances as a vehicle to bring science to the general public. In addition to their stand-up performance, they organise a workshop in science communication where they teach oral and writing techniques to communicate your science. They are involved in several H2020 projects on education using performing arts, a nationwide program in association with La Cátedra de Cultura Científica del País Vasco, CienciaShow; an audiovisual project about Neuroscience (Neurocosas) in association with Muy Interesante and FECYT, and a show for kids: Clowtifics, with experiments and lots of fun with science clowns, among others.

On Saturday afternoon, and also in one of the workshops on Sunday, two of its members will try to convince us about the importance of scientific communication and, hopefully, will share some tips on how to do it: Helena González and Pablo Barrecheguren

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Twitter_Logo_White_On_Blue Helena is an expert in molecular biology and genetics with a PhD in Biological Sciences. She is also a public communication skills trainer and works all over the world spreading her knowledge and experience in engaging the public. She is cofounder of Clowntífics and Big Van, devoted to communicating science in the most unexpected places: theaters, pubs, discos, social centers… alway using humor as a powerful tool to connect with the audience.

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Twitter_Logo_White_On_Blue Pablo has a PhD in Biomedicine (Neuroscience) and was finalist at the Spanish final of Famelab 2015, a contests about scientific monologues. Since that moment, he has been working on science communication, because “I think that science needs to create a strong scientific culture in the society”. He studied in the Escola d’Escriptura de l’Ateneu Barcelonés, develop his writing skills through the publication of several educational scientific papers and runs and presents Neurocosas.


Susana de Lucas

SdeLucasDr. Susana de Lucas is a molecular biologist interested in viruses and RNA biology. As a result, from her PhD, focused on the Hepatitis C virus and on non-virus- related hepatitis, she moved to the National Biotechnology Centre (CSIC) as a postdoctoral researcher to continuing working on RNA viruses, in particular Influenza virus and its interaction with Staufen, a cellular protein involved in the traffic and translation regulation of both viral and non viral mRNAs in the cell. Since 2013, she has been working at the University of Edinburgh on the protein-RNA interactions occurring at the spliceosome using yeast as a model in Prof. Jean Beggs’ lab (Edinburgh).

In addition, due to her interest in increasing the scientific knowledge and interest in Science in our Society, she took the “Scientific Journalism and Communication” postgraduate course at the Spanish National Distance University (UNED). She is part of the “Press Gang” in the School of Biological Sciences integrated by a group of researchers collaborates with the University Press Office, aiming to encourage communication and interaction between the researchers in the School, the mass media and the general public.

Susana was actively involved in the formation of the SRUK Scottish Constituency in March 2015, and was the Scotland constituency secretary in Scotland until July 2016. Currently, she is SRUK Press Officer, leading the communication strategy to increase the presence of SRUK Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom SRUK/CERU activities and members in both British and Spanish media. SRUK Press office coordinates the production of both the SRUK blog: 1,2,3… Explore! And the SRUK Radio Programme “En Fase Experimental” producing and maintaining sections of interest for our members and the public.

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Antonio Calvo Roy is a scientific journalist, President of the Spanish Association of Science Communication and Director of Communication and Institutional Relationships at Nebrija University.

He studied at Universidad Complutense in Madrid and since 1982 he has collaborated in various journals and newspapers writing about scientific policy and science, environment and health. From 1992 to 1999 he worked in the press offices of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, the General Secretariat of Energy and the Nuclear Safety Council. In 2000, he established Divulga, a scientific and environmental communication company. From Divulga, he has written numerous scientific articles in newspapers and journals, as well as participated in other projects of science outreach, such as writing scripts for exhibitions in Science Museums and TV documentaries, as well as facilitating courses and workshops on scientific journalism in different Spanish universities. From September 2004 to April 2012, he also held the position of Director of Communication of Red Electrica of Spain.

Antonio Calvo Roy is author of a number of books including  Antártida, la catedral del hielo, (McGraw-Hill, Madrid, 1992); Cajal, triunfar a toda costa (Alianza Editorial, Madrid 1999); Lucas Mallada, biografía de un geólogo regeneracionista (Caja de Ahorros de Madrid, Madrid, 2000) and Odón de Buen: toda una vida, (Ediciones 94, Zaragoza, 2013), Una historia de 20 años. CSN 1980-2000 (Nuclear Safety Council, Madrid, 2000); Enchúfate a la energía (Editorial SM, Madrid 2001) and Misión verde: ¡salva tu planeta! (Editorial SM, Madrid 2002).

On Saturday, during the Symposium, Antonio will participate in the Round table Why and how do we build a Scientific Culture?, sharing with us his experience in promoting science outreach in Spain.  

Eulalia Pérez Sedeño 

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Eulalia Pérez Sedeño is a Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science and currently teaches Science, Technology and Gender Research at the Institute of Philosophy, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

She received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) in 1976 and subsequently taught Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of Barcelona and later at Universidad Complutense in Madrid (UCM). In Madrid, Eulalia completed her PhD on the History of Ancient Astronomy in 1985 and obtained a permanent academic position at UCM a year later. Her initial interest on gender and science began in 1988 when she had the opportunity to visit the University of Cambridge during a research placement hosted by Professor Geoffrey Lloyd, and focused her research on antiquity and women, giving rise to her longstanding interest on gender studies that continued when she returned to Spain. Since then, she also worked at University of California in Berkeley and University of Basque Country (UPV) until she became a Research Professor at the Institute of Philosophy (CSIC) in June 2006.

She has participated in numerous national and international research projects in Science, Technology, Society and Gender, published and edited more than one hundred books or articles and has led a multitude of associations and societies related to gender and science (such as the Association of Women Researchers and Technologists, and the Latin American Network of Science, Technology and Gender). In February this year, she published a book called “Scientific lies about women” (“Las mentiras científicas sobre las mujeres”) together with S. Garcia Dauder, and critically appraised the history of science relating to the scientific role of women, highlighting instances of gender bias, with the aim that through increased awareness, greater steps to improve gender equality in science can be taken. On Sunday afternoon, Eulalia Perez Sedeño will illustrate us with all her knowledge and experience about Women and Science.


Claire McNulty    Twitter_Logo_White_On_Blue

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Claire McNulty is the Director of Science and Research at the British Council, where she develops and supports science and research-related projects across the British Council global network.

She studied Chemistry and Biochemistry at Leeds University and completed her PhD in Developmental Biology at King´s College London in 2000. Then, she moved to the Netherlands and worked as a postdoc at the Hubrecht Institute for Developmental Biology. In 2005, after one year working in scientific publishing for Excerpta Medica (Elsevier), she became an independent Science Consultant working on several science-related projects for the British Council, such as ‘Next Generation Science’, aimed at school children, and ‘Network UK’, a support service for international researchers in the UK. In 2008, she joined the British Council, being appointed Adviser in Life Sciences and Science Policy. Between 2011 and 2012, she worked part-time role at the Royal Society, as a senior science policy adviser. In May 2012 she was appointed as Director Science for the British Council.

At the British Council, Claire leads the Science and Sustainability team and she is involved in a number of international projects, such as the European Commission’s ‘Euraxess’ initiative, which aims to enhance the mobility of researchers in Europe. “I am passionate about science, sustainable development (people and planet) and building connections and trust between people from different backgrounds and cultures.”, she says. On Sunday morning, at the symposium she will talk about the potential challenges and opportunities that researchers, research institutions and the British scientific system may face after the result of the EU referendum. Additionally, she will provide an overview of the portfolio of activities that the British Council offers for researchers.

Juan C. Cigudosa    Twitter_Logo_White_On_Blue

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Doctor in Biological Sciences, Board Certified Specialist in Clinical Genetics. Trained in Clinical and Human Genetics in Spain, Sweden and USA, trained in Business Administration at the Genome Foundation and at IE Business School. With more than 25 years of experience in the field, he has authored more than 200 scientific and clinic papers in international journals, lead international and national research projects and mentored 14 PhD students. He is an international key opinion leader for the introduction of genomics in clinical practice both in clinical genetics and oncology. His activity has been recognized with several awards: Best Young Scientist in Human Genetics (1999), Plate of Honor of the Spanish Scientists Association (2000), and more recently, the Academic Talent Price from the Spanish Economy journal “5 days” (2013). Other achievements include: Organizer of national and international Congresses and Meetings, Coordinator of the Consensus Guide for the implementation of genomic arrays in clinical practice, Scientific Advisor of Hospital’s ad hoc panels of this matter. In 2008, he co-founded NIMGenetics where he is in charge of the clinical laboratory and scientific directorships. He has largely contributed to the success of NIMGenetics, currently one of the European leader companies in the genetic/genomic field.

Professional Affiliations: Scientific and Clinical Laboratory Director, NIMGenetics, Madrid, SpainHonorary Professor, Department of Biology, Autonomous University of Madrid, SpainMolecular Cytogenetics Visiting Scientist, Spanish National Cancer Research Institute (CNIO), Madrid, Spain
Professional Representative Positions: President of the Spanish Association of Human GeneticsBoard Member of the European Cytogeneticists Association.

SEISQUES    Twitter_Logo_White_On_Blue

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Seisques is an interdisciplinary collective of researchers, artists and educators that have a common creative vision for how research and knowledge should be inspired, developed and shared. They believe that using tools more connected with the artistic processes can allow us to awaken new ways of approaching research that can create new knowledge and contribute to our work. In their proposals they bring creative approaches to encourage researchers to feel confident coming up new ideas. They use exercises to think about how to disseminate and communicate research, not only to the general public but also across research disciplines.

Seisques is particularly interested in working on better ways to communicate and share research. Some of the exercises that they will use in the Sunday workshop will be aimed at practising a-typical ways to talk about research and common challenges.

This workshop will be run by two of the six-woman seisques project.

Alba Maiques
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Alba Maiques-Diaz Twitter_Logo_White_On_Blue obtained her PhD in Biomedicine (CNIO / U.Autonoma  de Madrid) and currently postdoctoral scientist at the CRUK-Manchester Institute working in the epigenetics of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. Lydia

Lydia Bristol
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Medland Twitter_Logo_White_On_Blue is a PhD student at the University of Bristol researching seasonal work in global food systems, particularly in Spain and Morocco. Their academic work is from polar opposite sides of the research word, yet their approach to creativity brings common challenges of research into the same space for exploration.


Cristina Delgado

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Her MPhil and a PhD were obtained in 1983 and 1986 and were awarded Prizes by the Consejo General de Colegios de Farmacia in 1984 and Real Academia de Farmacia (Premio Ascension Vidal) in 1987, respectively. During her first post-doctoral position at the Royal Free Hospital Medical School (now part of UCL), Cristina was the principal investigator in the development of new technologies for the PEGylation of proteins, liposomes and viruses which innovation lead to seven patent families. In order to commercialise the technology, in 1995 Cristina together with Drs Gillian Francis and Derek Fisher founded PolyMASC Pharmaceuticals plc, the first biotechnology start-up in England to get the initial funding via a flotation in AIM of the London Stock Exchange. She continued her scientific career as Director of Pharmacological Research contributing to the development of the technology in the laboratory (implementing SOPs, developing scale-up, etc) and also the strategic development of the patent portfolio to maximise commercial success. In 1999, Cristina played a pivotal role during the sale of PolyMASC to Valentis Inc, a biotech located in Burlingame near San Francisco. After completing the successful transfer of the technology to California in 2001, Cristina has continued her scientific activity in the United Kingdom as an independent consultant in various projects for biotech companies and also as an expert witness in litigations between pharmaceutical companies.

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Esther Rodríguez Blanco is head of unit at the European Office aimed at fostering Spanish participation in Horizon 2020, namely in the Excellent Science Pillar.
She holds a PhD in Physics from Université Paris VII (France, 2005) and a postgraduate degree in International Project Management from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain, 2007). She has been involved in international project management since the beginning of her career, first as pre-doctoral researcher and later as consultant or project manager. She joined the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) in 2007, where she was in charge of managing the Spanish in-kind contribution to the European Southern Observatory. She has also been responsible of the Spanish EURAXESS Network for mobile researchers from 2007 to 2009. Since 2011 she is National Contact Point for the European Research Council (ERC) in Spain, and devotes most of her time informing researchers on how to apply to the different calls for proposals.