Advisory Board

The operational and editorial independence of SMC Spain is guaranteed by compliance with its statute and thanks to its advisory committee. This committee is made up of a voluntary team of independent experts from the fields of science, engineering, medicine, journalism, and communication, who provide expertise and advice to the SMC Spain team.

Functions

  • Advising the SMC Spain team on issues that are controversial or when how to approach the issue is unclear.
  • Holding regular meetings to learn about the development of the project and to contribute their points of view.
  • Learning first-hand about new developments and the next phases of the SMC Spain.
  • Proposing experts who can serve as sources for the contents if necessary.
  • Contributing to strengthening the relationship between research staff and the media.   
Rocío Benavente
Rocío Benavente
Journalist, coordinator of Maldita Ciencia and vice-president of the Spanish Association of Science Communication

Maldita Ciencia is the science and health section of the verification media Maldita.es. Benavente coordinates a team that verifies, denies and explains hoaxes and misinformation published by the media or circulating on social networks and messaging applications, and resolves doubts raised by the audience.

For this work during the pandemic, they have won the Prismas Casas de las Ciencias award for Dissemination, from the Museos Científicos Coruñeses, and the Concha García Campoy Award for Scientific Journalism, from the TV Academy, among others.

Carlos Centeno
Carlos Centeno
Head of the Scientific Dissemination area in the Communication Office of the University of Granada

Carlos Centeno holds a degree in Journalism from the Carlos III University of Madrid and is responsible for the area of Scientific Dissemination in the Communication Office of the University of Granada. His daily work consists in disseminating science-related news through the national and international media.

He has worked in media such as Correo Farmacéutico and the newspaper Ideal de Granada. He is a member of the Asociación de Profesionales de Gabinetes de Comunicación de Universidades y Centros de Investigación (Association of Professionals from Communications Cabinets of Universities and Research Centres, AUGAC from its Spanish initials) and of the Asociación Española de Comunicación Científica (Spanish Association of Scientific Communication, AEC2).   

María del Carmen Climént
María del Carmen Climént
Science Communicator at the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication

Since 2019 she has been at the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication at the University of Cambridge, UK. Here she researches and teaches courses to improve risk communication in the health sector and journalism.

For ten years she has worked as a science journalist in radio, television and print media. She is a veterinary zootechnician and holds a Master’s degree in Science from UNAM, with a second Master’s degree in science communication from the University of Sheffield, UK.

Romano Corradi
Romano Corradi
Director of the Gran Telescopio Canarias

He holds a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Padova and has spent his entire scientific career in the Canary Islands. He is currently a senior researcher at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands and, since 2016, the director of the Gran Telescopio Canarias, the largest optical telescope currently in operation.

His research focuses on the final phases of the life of stars and their importance for the chemical enrichment of the universe, on which subjects he has published 400 scientific articles.   

Patricia Fernández de Lis
Patricia Fernández de Lis
Science and technology journalist

In 2012 she founded the news website MATERIA and, in September 2014, MATERIA became a partner of EL PAÍS, and Patricia was appointed editor-in-chief of the newspaper's Science and Technology section. In June 2021, Materia won the first edition of the CSIC-BBVA Foundation Award for Science Communication, for representing “a differential commitment to science communication from Spain that is comparable to the science sections of the major international media”.

In 2019 she received the Concha García Campoy Journalism Award from the TV Academy for her “brilliant career as a Science and Technology journalist”. In 2021 she received the Prisma 2021 Casa de las Ciencias Award in the category of Best Journalistic Article for ‘El año de la ciencia’ (El País Semanal), for the "solid analysis, thanks to its protagonists, of the complex relationship between science and society in an exceptional year".

Manuel Franco
Manuel Franco
Physician and epidemiologist at the universities of Alcalá and Johns Hopkins

A researcher focusing on social factors, including the urban environment, that determine the health of the population. He has led projects in the USA, Spain and Europe.

He has a special interest in knowledge transfer and has collaborated with numerous international and national media.

Miguel G. Corral
Miguel G. Corral
Director of the Health Area of Unidad Editorial

He is a digital optimist obsessed with improving people’s lives through words. He is a biologist and philologist by training. But since his vocation for research went awry while he was doing his doctorate in Buenos Aires with B chromosomes, he has always worked as a science journalist.

He now heads Unidad Editorial’s Health Area, which includes headers such as El Mundo, Diario Médico, Cuídate plus and Correo Farmacéutico.   

Elea Giménez
Elea Giménez Toledo
Director of the Centre for Human and Social Sciences of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

Senior Scientist, director of the Academic Book Research Group (ILIA) and coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Thematic Platform ES-CIENCIA. Director of the Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and member of the Comisión de Área Sociedad, an advisory body of the same institution.

Her line of research is academic publishing linked to evaluation processes and multilingualism in scientific communication. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the European infrastructure OPERAS on open knowledge in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Federico Kukso
Federico Kukso
Science journalist and member of the board of the World Federation of Science Journalists

Freelance science journalist. He specialised in the history of science at Harvard University and MIT. In 2015-16 he was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. He is a board member of the World Federation of Science Journalists. He writes about science, culture and technology in media such as Agencia SINC (Spain), La Nación (Argentina), Le Monde Diplomatique, elDiarioAr (Argentina), Tec Review (Mexico), among other publications. He was science editor of the newspapers Página/12, Crítica de la Argentina and Muy Interesante Argentina, as well as sub-editor of the magazine Ñ (Clarín).

He is the author of the books Odorama: historia cultural del olor (Taurus), El baño no fue siempre así (Iamiqué), Todo lo que necesitás saber sobre ciencia (Paidós), Dinosaurios del fin del mundo (Penguin Random House). He is an instructor of science and health journalism courses at the Knight Center of the University of Texas (USA) and a member of the Argentine Network of Science Journalism.

Coral Larrosa
Coral Larrosa
Editor at Informativos Telecinco and vice-president of the National Association of Health Informers

A journalist with a degree from the Faculty of Information Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid. Editor at Informativos Telecinco (Mediaset España), specialising in science, health and equality issues.

She is a member of the National Association of Health Informers, ANIS, of which she is vice-president. She has worked in various media and collaborated in newspapers such as El País and Muy Interesante magazine.

María Martinón-Torres
María Martinón-Torres
María Martinón-Torres. Director of the National Centre for Research on Human Evolution

European PhD in Medicine and Surgery specialising in Human Evolution from the University of Bristol and in Forensic Anthropology from the Complutense University of Madrid. She is currently the director of the National Centre for Research on Human Evolution (CENIEH) and honorary professor in the Department of Anthropology at University College London. She has been a member of the Atapuerca Research Team since 1998 and co-principal investigator of the Atapuerca Project since 2019.

She is the author of numerous scientific publications and her works are in the Top 1% of the most cited internationally in her field according to the Thomson Reuters agency. She has given around a hundred lectures at institutions around the world and in 2019 she became the first Spaniard to receive the Rivers Memorial Medal from the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (RAI).

María Mayán
María Mayán
Research Group Leader at the Institute for Biomedical Research of A Coruña (INIBIC). CHUAC-SERGAS

Degree in Pharmacy from the USC. She completed her doctoral thesis at the CIB-Margarita Salas (CSIC) and 2 postdoctoral stays at Imperial College London and the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences before joining INIBIC, where she currently leads a group of 20 professionals including research and clinical staff.

Her group focuses on the study of mechanisms involved in the progression of age-related degenerative diseases and on metastasis and resistance to treatment in cancer. She has published more than 25 research articles and filed 7 patents.

Alicia Pérez-Porro
Alicia Pérez-Porro
CREAF Scientific Coordinator

A marine biologist connecting the environment, gender equality and environmental diplomacy for a fairer and more sustainable future for all. She is the Scientific Coordinator of CREAF, a multidisciplinary research centre in Barcelona focused on global change ecology and biodiversity, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute for Environment and Development. She obtained a Master’s degree in Biodiversity and a PhD in Biology from the University of Barcelona, carried out 5 years of her doctoral research at Harvard University and complemented it with a Master’s degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

During her years in the USA she was president of the Association of Spanish Scientists in the USA and president of the Network of Researchers and Scientists Abroad (RAICEX). In 2018 she was selected to participate in the largest all-female Antarctic expedition to date and was awarded the Gold Medal of the Spanish Red Cross and Red Crescent, along with her colleagues, for her efforts for gender equality as a key player in climate action.

Eduardo Suárez
Eduardo Suárez
Journalist and editorial director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University

He has been a correspondent for El Mundo in London, New York and Brussels and is co-founder of Politibot and El Español. He has written about media for El País, the Washington Post and Nieman Reports.

In 2019 he was selected as a Journalist Fellow at the Reuters Institute, where he studied the rise of digital subscriptions. Since September of that year he has been responsible for the editorial strategy of the Institute, which publishes reports and features on the future of journalism around the world.

Victoria Toro
Victoria Toro
Communications Director of the Association of Women Researchers and Technologists

Science journalist. She has worked in newspapers and magazines, radio and television. In recent years she has worked mainly in science communication as director of communication for the Association of Women Researchers and Technologists and other scientific research institutions.

She has also popularised science, written books and created and directed science popularisation exhibitions. In addition, she has organised seminars, conference cycles and courses related to science communication.

Alfonso Valencia
Alfonso Valencia
ICREA Research Professor and Director of the Life Sciences Department at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS)

Director of the Spanish ELIXIR node. He is a member of the EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization) and was president of the ISCB (International Society for Computational Biology). He has been a member of several scientific committees, including the IMI (Institute for Interdisciplinary Mathematics), the EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) and the SIB (Swiss Bioinformatics Institute), among others.

He is co-executive editor of the journal Bioinformatics. He has published more than 450 articles and has an h-index of 97 (Scopus).

Fernando Valladares
Fernando Valladares
PhD in biology, CSIC researcher and associate professor at the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid

He is a highly cited scientist, with numerous research projects on the role of biodiversity and the impacts of climate change and human activity on ecosystems. In 2021 he received the Jaume I Award in the category of Environmental Protection and the BBVA Foundation Environmental Communication Award.

His concern for the environmental crisis has led him to actively disseminate information about the environmental crisis in various media and on his channel La Salud de la Humanidad on social networks. His website: www.valladares.info.

Sonia Zúñiga
Sonia Zúñiga
Researcher at the CNB-CSIC Coronavirus Laboratory

She studies the molecular basis of coronavirus pathogenesis for the development of new antiviral strategies, including vaccines and the identification of therapeutic targets.

She is a member of the Spanish and European Societies of Virology (SEV and ESV), co-coordinator of the vaccine sub-thematic of the PTI-Global Health of the CSIC, and belongs to the editorial board of several microbiology and virology journals. She regularly collaborates in teaching and dissemination activities.