David Jiménez Pavón

Position: President

Center: University of Cádiz

He got his bachelor degree in Sport Sciences and Physical Activity in 2005 at the University of Granada getting the extraordinary final bachelor award of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (MEC).

Thenceforth, the candidate has been getting the different steps that the Ministry of Science and Innovation considers appropriate to become an independent researcher being the main research line based in the epidemiology of promoting health and preventing cardiometabolic diseases through physical activity and exercise. First, he got the highly competitive national grant (grant FPU, MEC) at Polytechnic University of Madrid and during this four-year period he defended the Master in Human Nutrition with European Mention and also defended his European thesis in the Department of Physiology (Faculty of Medicine, Granada) being awarded with the extraordinary prize of doctoral thesis by the School of Doctorate of Sciences of the Health. His thesis was based in the context of a European funded Project (FP6). He also did several stays at Glasgow University (UK) and Karolinska Institutet (Sweden); as well as short visits to the MRC Epidemiology Unit at University of Cambridge and the University College London (UK), Arnold School of Public Health at University of South Carolina (US) and the Liverpool John Moores University (UK).

In 2011, he started his postdoctoral research period as “Juan de la Cierva” at university of Zaragoza. This allow him to work as an active researcher in several EU funded projects (FP6 and FP7) and to collaborate in another international project from United States and also being PI in a regional project.

In 2014, he was awarded a “Ramon y Cajal” (RyC) tenure track grant at University of Cádiz (UCA) were he is currently IP of a National project (RETOS; I+D+I) and his research interests focus on “Empowering the health through physical activity, exercise and nutrition” with specific projects being centered on the prevention and treatment of obesity and Alzheimer.

He is member of different Scientific Expert Committees on physical activity and health and acts as referee in several well-known research journals and evaluating agencies such as the National Evaluation and Foresight Agency (ANEP).

David Landeira

Position: Vice-president

Center: Center for Genomics and Oncology Research, University of Granada

He received his master degree in Biology from the University of Sevilla in 2001 and carried out my PhD (2003-2008) at the “Institute of parasitology and biomedicine Lopez-Neyra (CSIC)” in Granada where he studied epigenetics and nuclear architecture in eukaryotes. In his postdoctoral studies (2008-2014) at the “Clinical Science Centre (Medical Research Council/Imperial College)” in London he worked on the function of chromatin factors in the regulation of stem cells and nuclear reprogramming. In 2014 he was awarded a “Ramon y Cajal” (RyC) tenure track grant to join the “Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II” at the University of Granada (UGR). Since then, he is head of the “Epigenetics in Stem Cells and Cancer Lab” at the “Centre for Genomics and Oncological research GENYO (funded by University of Granada, Junta de Andalucia and Pfizer)” in Granada. David is currently leading his own research group, obtained competitive funding for several research projects and has published his work in some of the best biomedical journals in the world.

Mariam Tórtola

Position: Secretary

Center: Instituto de Física Corpuscular, University of Valencia

She obtained her Physics degree in Valencia University with Special Award recognition. Her PhD thesis (2006), performed at Instituto de Física Corpuscular (IFIC) with a predoctoral FPU fellowship, got the Special Award from University of Valencia, as well as the accreditation of European Doctorate. From 2006 to 2008 Dr. Tórtola worked as postdoctoral researcher at Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon) with a Marie Curie contract. In 2008, she joined Hamburg University with a German-funded contract until December of 2009, when she returned to IFIC, within the JAE-Doc CSIC Program. Since January 2015 she works as Ramón y Cajal Researcher at IFIC.

Mariam Tórtola’s main activity has been on phenomenological aspects of neutrino physics, where she produced oscillation data analyses with a major impact world-wide. She has also investigated non-standard interactions and neutrino magnetic moments within various particle physics models. She has also worked on neutrino theory topics such as models for neutrino masses and their cosmological implications in leptogenesis and dark matter.

She has published more than 40 articles in high-impact peer-reviewed journals, with about 5000 citations. Three of them, with more than 500 citations each, constitute standard references in the neutrino community. She is also a member of the experimental collaboration DUNE, aiming to build the most sophisticated neutrino experiment to date. Dr. Tórtola’s has been recognized with the RSEF/BBVA prize for Young Researchers in 2009 and the Mobility Grant for Young Researchers from Santander Universidades in 2015. She has participated in many national and international projects and collaborates very actively with researchers from several European and international institutions.

She has presented results many international conferences and has contributed to the organization of four of them. She has also been invited to give specialized seminars and PhD lessons at several universities and research institutes. She belongs to the Editorial Board of two international scientific journals and acts as regular referee for the top journals in her field. Dr. Tórtola has supervised 2 (finished) and 1 (ongoing) PhD. Since 2015 she collaborates in the teaching duties of the Theoretical Physics Department of University of Valencia and she has supervised several bachelor and master thesis. She is also actively involved in the outreach activities of IFIC.

Juan Carlos Hernández Garrido

Position: Treasurer

Center: University of Cádiz

He completed Undergraduate (2002) and Postgraduate Chemistry degrees (2007) at University of Cádiz where he studied the application of advanced transmission electron microscopy of catalysis-related nanomaterials, and awarded with the Outstanding PhD Thesis Award (2008).

He carried out Post-Doctoral Research at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy in the University of Cambridge (UK) with Prof FRS Paul A. Midgley. On returning to Spain (2010), he got a “Juan de la Cierva” Senior Researcher position impelling the incorporation of new electron microscopy techniques, mainly electron tomography, in the Electron Microscopy Services at the University of Cádiz.

Since 2014, he is “Ramón y Cajal” – Senior Researcher in the University of Cádiz.

He has published more than 60 research articles that have been cited over 1000 times and is internationally recognized for his contribution in the development and application of electron tomography for the 3D characterization of heterogeneous catalysts.

He has participated in several R&D&I competitive research projects, funded by both national and international agencies, from which highlights those funded under the 6th and 7th Framework Programme of the European Union.

He is External Consultant for companies within Chemical and Catalysis fields, participating in related transference activities leading to several projects with international companies.

Dr Hernández-Garrido is one of the promoters involved on the foundation of the transmission electron microscopy workshop TEM-UCA. From the 2009 edition, is being offered within the Continuous Teaching Programme of the University of Cádiz with the candidate as Coordinator for the academic and logistic area. This TEMUCA workshop is, nowadays, an international reference as advanced training programme on electron microscopy of nanomaterials.

He is member of several academic editorial boards and scientific societies, European Microscopy Society (EMS), Spanish Materials Society and Spanish Microscopy Society as well as evaluator for national and international scientific and academic agencies.


Gonzalo Olmo

Position: Member

Center: Instituto de Física Corpuscular, University of Valencia

Doctorado cum laude: University of Valencia (with special doctorate award).

Post-doctoral research: 2005-2007 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Wisconsin, USA)
2007-2008 Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (Ontario, Canada)
2008-2010 Instituto de Estructura de la Materia – CSIC (Madrid, España)
2010-2014 Instituto de Física Corpuscular – UV & CSIC (Valencia, España)

As PI, he has directed the following research projects:

– Gravitación y campos cuánticos: FIS2014-57387-C3-1-P, MINECO-FEDER, 01/2015-12/2017.
– Red Temática de Relatividad y Gravitación: FIS2016-81770-REDT, MINECO-FEDER, 01/2017-12/2018.
– Torsion and non-metricity in gravitational structures: i-COOPB20105: CSIC, 01/2015-12/2016.
– Limits of General Relativity: i-LINK0780, CSIC, 01/2014-12/2015.

He is also a member of the Management Committee of the <a href=”https://cantata-cost.eu”> COST Action CA15117 (CANTATA)</a>.

As a Ramón y Cajal fellow he joined the Departamento de Física Teórica & IFIC at the University of Valencia in January 2015, where he conducts research on theoretical aspects of gravitation and quantum theory, with emphasis on the dynamics of the very early universe, black hole structure, singularities, quantum radiation, and extensions of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity.

He has contributed to more than 70 research papers, 2 review articles, 3 book chapters, has edited the book <a href=”https://www.intechopen.com/books/open-questions-in-cosmology”> Open Questions in Cosmology </a>, and is Editor of the journal <a href=”http://www.mdpi.com/journal/universe”> Universe </a>. He has supervised 1 PhD thesis (4 more in progress), 10 MSc projects (TFMs), and 7 BSc works (TFGs).

Dr. Olmo regularly collaborates as a <a href=”https://publons.com/author/1151821/gonzalo-j-olmo#profile” > referee </a>with more than 20 international journals and in 2014 he was named “Outstanding Referee” by the American Physical Society. He is an evaluator of national an international scientific agencies, such as ANEP, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation), CINECA (Italy), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the National Center of Science and Technology of Kazakhstan, and FNRS (Belgium).

Joaquín Sarrión Esteve

Position: Member

Center: Constitutional Law Department, Faculty of Law, National Distance Education University (UNED)

He is currently RyC Senior Research Fellow, Lecturer in Constitutional Law and Academic Secretary of the Master’s Degree in Legal Practice at the The National Distance Education University.

He previously worked as Lecturer in Procedural and Constitutional Law at UNED (2010-2013) and as Lecturer in Constitutional Law and Administrative Law at the University of Valencia (2013-2016).

He graduated in Law with Extraordinary Award from the University of Valencia (2004), and with an Honor Award by the Valencia Autonomous Community Government (2005). He completed his DPhil Eur. in EU Law at the Alma Mater Studiorum-Università di Bologna in 2011 (Dottorarto di Ricerca in Diritto dell’Unione Europea) awarded with the Economic and Law Sciences Prize by the Spanish Royal Academy of Doctors.

He has done extended study and research at national and international institutions (selection) as the Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies (Constitutional law and Political Science Postgraduate Program, with Final Award), the Spanish Constitutional Court (Research Fellowship), the UNED (Master in European Union, and FPI Grant), the Royal Spanish College at Bologna and the Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerca sul Diritto Europeo at the Bologna University ((PhD Studies), the European Studies Centre at the King’s College of London (Visiting Researcher, Erasmus Exchange Program), the Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas of Autonomous National University of Mexico-UNAM (Postdoctoral Santander Young Researchers Grant), the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies-IALS at the University of London (Postdoctoral IALS Research Fellowship) the Centre for Biomedical Law, Coimbra University (Postdoctoral Santander Young Researchers Grant) and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Centre Rights and Science R&S of the University of Perugia (Posdoctoral Valencian Autonomous Community Mobility grant).

His principal research interest is European Union (EU) integration process in relation to fundamental rights protection from a multilevel constitutionalism perspective. And his research lines include: fundamental rights and economic freedoms conflicts, constitutional fundamental rights protection, Biometric and new technologies and fundamental rights protection in a multilevel system, including the civil use of drones.

He participated in several international and national research projects, and he collaborated as a Legal Expert to the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA Spanish National Focal Point from 2011 to 2014), and Legal Expert of the Council of Europe (Bioethics Committee), and he is member of several international and national research groups and the Coordinator of the Emerging Research Group “Challenges of the civil use of drones”.

It is important to note the several awards that support his work research, inter alia: International Law Award ISDE&FIA 2012, Pastor Delgado Hernández in Human Rights Award, International Award “Joaquín Ruiz Giménez” in Human Rights, Finalist Garrigues Young Jurists Award 2011, and Constitutional Law and Political Science Centre Research Final Award.