Dr. Eloy García Calvo
Dr. Eloy García Calvo. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Chemistry from the Complutense University of Madrid in 1980. Since 1992 he is professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Alcalá (UAH). He has directed a project of the first call Consolider-Ingenio 2010, www.consolider-tragua.com, involving around 200 researchers from 24 research groups in Spain. He has also coordinated the CNR COP Centre (National Reference Centre for Persistent Organic Pollutants) www.cnrcop.es, managed by MARM Ministry and in collaboration with INIA and UAH. As a researcher in the areas of biotechnology and, especially, environment he has participated in 28 research projects at european, national and regional level (leading 27 of them). He has also been responsible of 14 projects in collaboration with companies and private funding. Other results include 7 patents, more than 120 scientific papers, mostly in the most relevant journals in the area, 11 book chapters and 12 PhD directed.
Currently, Eloy is the research coordinator of the project LIFE TRANSFOMEM, which aims to test an innovative and environmentally-friendly recycling process for waste reverse-osmosis desalination membranes, currently landfilled, in order to produce lower pressure ultra-nanofiltration membranes.
Nowadays, he also coordinates the TRAGUANET Network, which aims to maintain collaboration and communication among the 24 groups that were part of Consolider Tragua.
In addition, he currently coordinates the INREMEM project (MINECO) on innovation and recycling of membranes for water treatment.
He has been part of the evaluation panel of Environmental and Climate Programme in the 3FP and 4FP of the EU, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (ICSU), Expert Panel on Technology and Technology Transfer at the UN and the Working Party on Biotechnology-Electronic Discussion Group of the OECD on the issue of safe drinking water. He has previously been Vice Chancellor for Research at the UAH, Manager of RTD Environmental programme within the National RTD, a member of the CNEAI (National Evaluation of Research Activity) (board nº6 of architecture and engineering), Coordinator of Technology Programme for the Environment of the Madrid Region and evaluator of scientific projects in the European Union, Hungary, Argentina and Spain (Galicia, Aragon, Basque Country). He has also published opinion articles in environmental and science newspapers.
Among the awards, special mention of the UAH, 2007, in transfer of knowledge and the Prize of the IWA (International Water Association) in the category of "Sustainability: practical implementation" received during world congress of the association held in November 2010 in Montreal. Furthermore, during the Science Gala 2012, Consolider Tragua was acknowledged by the Directorate General of Technical and Scientific Research as one of the five projects that represent the quality of the Spanish science and that have been recently funded by the Spanish National Research Plan.