2013-to the present day. Member of the Executive Board of the European Federation of Biotechnology. Chairman of the Task Force Bioeconomy. Senior international advisor on Bioeconomy, Science Policy and Innovation on several international organisations. Member of the “100 de COTEC”.
1986-2012 European Commission, Brussels. Directorate General Research and Innovation. He occupied different positions such as: Head of Unit Biotechnologies (2006-12); Head of Unit International Scientific Cooperation (2004-06); Head of Unit Applied Genomics and Biotechnology (2002-04); Head of Unit “Cell Factory” (1999-2002); Head of Unit Demonstration Projects in Life Sciences (1997-99); plus, different positions as Principal Scientific Officer and Scientific Officer
1981-1986 Associate Professor of Microbiology (Profesor Titular), University of León, Spain and University Complutense of Madrid (1986-2012, “servicios especiales”; 2012 - present day “excedencia voluntaria por interés particular”).
1983 Visiting Fellow, Institut für Zellbiologie, Eidgenössische Technishe Hochschule (ETH), Zurich
1979-1981 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, John Innes Institute (Norwich, UK) with an EMBO fellowship
1975-79 PhD Biochemistry at the Institute of Enzymology, CSIC – Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, University Autonomous of Madrid
1974-75 Lever Ibérica, SA, (Unilever), Department of R&D
1974 Graduate in Chemistry (Biochemsitry), University Complutense of Madrid
Owner of 3 Japanese patents, about 200 publications on science management and science policy and around 85 publications on experimental research
Outdoor activities: trekking, mountaineering, climbing, ski, ice skating, swimming
Interested in the dialogue science – society, astronomy, writing