Dr. Alfredo Aguilar
Chairman, Task Force on Bioeconomy, European Federation of Biotech; Former Head of Unit, European Commission, Research Directorate General - Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food Research, Belgium
Alfredo Alguilar has been at the European Commission, Directorate-General DG Research, since 1986. His job involves preparation, implementation and follow up of the EC research Framework Programmes and being at the interface between research and other Community policies. He is the Head of Unit for Biotechnologies, and his main objective is to promote the so-called KBBE(Knowledge Based Bioeconomy in Europe) through the R&D activities in Biotechnology in FP7, Prior to this, Anguilar was the Head of Unit for Biotechnology and Applied Genomics, Head of Unit ‘The Cell Factory’ and Head of Unit of Demonstration Projects in Life Sciences.
Aguilar has a PhD in Chemistry (BioChemistry). He is Associates Professor of Microbiology at the University Complutense of Madrid and prior to this was at the university of Leon. He has carried out research at postdoctoral level for several years at the John Innes Centre (Norwich, UK) and at the institute fur Zellbiologie, Eidgenossiche Technische Hochschule (Zurich, Switzerland). He also worked as manager at the Chemistry R&D Department, Lever Iberica (Uniliver), Aranjuez, E. He has three japanees patens, more than 100 publications on science management and science policy in Europe and around 85 scientific publications in international journals, books, patents etc. on experimental research prior to his incorporation to the European Commisssion.