Eloísa del Pino replaces Rosa Menendez as head of CSIC | Sciences

The President of the Supreme Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Rosa Menéndez López, has been removed from the position he has held since November 2017. From now on, Eloísa del Pino Matute will head the country’s largest scientific institution. The Cabinet approved the dismissal and appointment, Tuesday, at its meeting today, according to sources at the Ministry of Science and Innovation.

With this appointment, this department wants to strengthen the council’s role as “an effective instrument of scientific policy and to carry out immediately necessary reforms to strengthen the public science system.” Del Pino is a researcher at CSIC and has to date served as Deputy Director of Corporate Analysis at the Independent Authority for Financial Responsibility (AIReF). With her appointment, she became the second woman, after Menendez, to head up the CSIC.

The new president of CSIC holds a doctorate in political science from the Complutense University of Madrid and a degree in law and political science. She was Director of the Office of the Minister of Health, Consumption and Welfare (2018-20) and directed the Service Quality Observatory at the Agency for Service Quality and Policy Evaluation (AEVAL, Ministry of Regional Policy, 2009-11); and Professor of Political Science and Management at Rey Juan Carlos University and the Autonomous University of Madrid.

Eloísa del Pino, the new president of the CSIC.Transfer

During her academic career she was a visiting scholar at IEP-Bordeaux and at the universities of Kent, Ottawa and Oxford during the 2016-2017 academic year. His research and evaluation revolved around public policy and policy determinants of social policy reform and the welfare state. Attitudes of citizens towards the state, public policies, administration and public administration.

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A second woman at the head of CSIC

For his part, Méndez Lopez, who replaced Emilio Laura Tamayo at the head of the institution, was the first woman to head the CSIC. Born in Cudillero (Asturias) in 1956, Menendez Lopez served as Vice President of Scientific and Technical Research at CSIC from May 2008 to February 2009. In addition, she was Director of the National Coal Institute (INCAR) between 2003 and 2008.

She graduated in Chemistry from the University of Oviedo in 1980 and Ph.D. in 1986, and her research work is related to materials and energy, through the improvement of the conversion processes of coal and the re-evaluation of its derivatives, as well as derivatives from petroleum, through their use as precursors of carbonaceous materials for various applications, including energy storage and fusion reactors nuclear. A series of research has begun on graphene for various applications including biomedicine and energy storage.

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