Rosa Menéndez Elected Vice-President of Science Europe

The members of Science Europe have elected Rosa Menéndez, president of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), as Vice-President of the association. She joins President Marc Schiltz (Luxembourg National Research Fund – FNR), Vice-President Ingrid Petersson (Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development – FORMAS) and the rest of the Governing Board in guiding the organisation.

Vice-President Rosa Menéndez and President Marc Schiltz in front of a Science Europe banner

After her appointment on 1 June 2018, Rosa Menéndez thanked the assembled members of Science Europe for their support and expressed her eagerness to contribute in her new role. Marc Schiltz said that he was very pleased with the election of Professor Menéndez: “The Governing Board and I very much look forward to working with her in the coming years to deliver the priorities and strategy that we have laid out for the organisation. We welcome the input and experience that Professor Menéndez will provide as President of one of Europe’s largest research performing organisations.”

About Rosa Menéndez

Rosa María Menéndez López (1956, Asturias, Spain) has been the President of CSIC since November 2017. She holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Oviedo (1986) and specialises in carbon materials. In recent years, she has set up a line of research on graphene, for applications including biomedicine and energy storage.

She has participated in over 30 research projects. She was responsible for 23 of them, including 9 European projects. She has published more than 200 articles in high-profile international journals, is author of 10 patents, and has directed 18 doctoral theses.

Professor Menéndez has previously held the positions of Vice-President of Scientific and Technical Research at CSIC (2008–2009), and Director of CSIC’s National Coal Institute in Oviedo (2003–2008). She has also been the organisation’s institutional delegate in Asturias, has evaluated and co-ordinated several EU R&D programmes, and managed the National Materials Plan and National Energy Plan.

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