HYBRID EVENT (presential and online possible)

LOCATION (presential): Instituto Cervantes de Bruselas, Av. Louise 140, 1050 Brussels, Belgium

***Please note that all panel discussions will be held in Spanish during day 2***

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM – Institutional Welcome

  • Instituto Cervantes
  • Ramón Areces Foundation
  • Science and Technology Spanish Foundation (FECYT)
  • Spanish Researchers Abroad Associations’ Network (RAICEX)

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM – Roundtable III – The Role of Scientific Networks in Promoting Spanish as a Language of Science and Dissemination


  • Guillermo López Gallego, general subdirector, DG for the promotion of the Spanish Language worldwide, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation, Spanish Government
  • Silvia Molina Plaza, senior lecturer, department of Applied Linguistics to Science and Technology, Technical University of Madrid
  • Eva Ortega-Paíno, RAICEX secretary-general
  • Raimundo Pérez-Hernández y Torra, director of the Ramón Areces Foundation
  • Santiago Sierra González del Castillo, head of the department for the Coordination of Scientific and Cultural Liaisons, Spanish International Cooperation for Development Agency (AECID)

Moderator: Gonzalo del Puerto, head of Cultural Activities of the Instituto Cervantes in Brussels

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM – Coffee Break

During this break: Meeting with those interested in the Galician Innovation Agency

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Roundtable IV – Scientific Networks as a Bridge Between Academia and Industry


  • María Badal, representative of the “Company” section from the Spanish Scientists in Sweden Association (ACES)
  • Antonio Dabán, resident of the Swedish Committee of the Spanish-Swedish Chamber of Commerce
  • María José Mariño, Galician Innovation Agency (GAIN)
  • Eva Revilla, responsible for policies to support industrial clusters, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
  • Raquel Saiz, strategy and innovation director from the Spanish Biotech Company Association (ASEBIO)

Moderator: Tada Bastida, cultural and scientific counsellor from the Embassy of Spain in Belgium

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Roundtable V – The Role of Scientists in European Institutions


  • Carolina Cañibano, outstanding researcher at the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) office before the European Union
  • Ángel Fuentes, research program administrator at the European Research Executive Agency (REA)
  • David González – research responsible at the Permanent Representation of Spain by the European Union
  • Lorenzo Melchor, policy analyst at the Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Moderator: Belén Hurtado de Llera, DG CNECT – Digital Health, European Commission and Spanish People in European Institutions association (AEFICE)

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Session Conclusions and Closing Remarks by RAICEX and FECYT

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM – Vino Español