Speaker profile


  • Prof Dr. Gonzalo León
    Vice President for Research
    Universidad Politécnica de Madrid


• Doctorate in Telecommunications engineering in the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in 1982

• Full professor of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in the area of Telematics Engineering since 1991

• Vice President for Research of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid since 2004

• Research activities: 

Software engineering for communication systems, technology transfer models in ICT and science policies. R&D policies in the ERA. Research projects with several companies of the telecom sector and main researcher of research projects in the Framework Programme of the EU, EUREKA, and National Plan of R&D.

Relevant positions related to science and technology:

Deputy General Director for international Relations on R&D (1996-1998), Deputy General Director of the Office of Science and Technology attached to the Presidency of the Government (1998-2000). Secretary General of Science Policy in the Ministry of Science and Technology 2002-2004) (as responsible of the National R&D Plan, International Relations in research and Public Research Organizations)

Chairman of several high level expert groups at the European Commission: Chairman of the Follow up of the Lisbon Strategy Group (2006-2009), Chairman of the Space Advisory Group (2008-) and Chairman of the Research infrastructures in the ERA (2009-2010). Member of the FP7 evaluation board for JRC, ICT priority. Rapporteur of G8-GSO on research infrastructures.

Member of the Board of Trustees of several foundations and companies, and member or President of several advisory committees in Spain.

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