Belén Illana

The Material Science Institute of Madrid (ICMM-CSIC) has, in the end, its own International Projects Office, led by Belén Illana, our new woman in the office. 

Where do you come from?

I studied Biology and made a PhD in Molecular Biology at Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa - CSIC

What have you worked on so far?

After my research life, I have been working in Research Project management for sixteen years. Mainly, I have been working at CSIC but also at FIIBAP and IMDEA Energy.

What will you work on? With whom?

I will be working in the International Projects Office with the director’s team.

Why did you choose ICMM?

ICMM is a prestigious center with very well-known researchers and appealing research lines. I think it is plenty of possibilities for the development of the internationalization plan of CSIC.

And a personal touch: any hobbies? What would you like to contribute to the institute?

I love reading and hiking. I would like to promote the participation in international programmes by helping the researchers during the whole life cycle of projects.