Dr. Eloy García Calvo received his Ph.D. in Industrial Chemistry from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) in 1980. Since 1992, he is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Alcalá (UAH). He was director of IMDEA Water from its creation until 2022.
He has been part of the evaluation panel on the Environmental and Climate Programme in the 3FP and 4FP of the EU, a member of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (ICSU), a member of the Expert Panel on Technology and Technology Transfer at the UN, and a member the Working Party on Biotechnology- Electronic Discussion Group of the OECD on the issue of safe drinking water.
He has acted as Vice Chancellor for Research at UAH, Manager of RTD Environmental Programme within the National RTD, member of the CNEAI (National Evaluation of Research Activity) (board no 6 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 participated in 35 research projects at European (i.e., LIFE TRASFOMEM, IMPASSE), national (INREMEM and INREMEM 2.0), and regional level (REMTAVARES), leading 32 of them. Moreover, he has been responsible for 16 projects in collaboration with companies and private funding bodies. It is worth highlighting his coordination of a Consolider-Ingenio 2010 project for five years, involving around 200 researchers from 24 research groups,. As a result of this project, he received the Prize of the IWA (International Water Association) in the “Sustainability: Practical Implementation” category during the World Congress held in November 2010 in Montreal. Furthermore, during the Science Gala 2012, Consolider Tragua was acknowledged by the Spanish Directorate General of Technical and Scientific Research as one of the five projects that represent the quality of Spanish science.
For four years (2006-2010), he has also coordinated the CNR COP Centre (National Reference Centre for Persistent Organic Pollutants), managed by Ministry and in collaboration with INIA and UAH.
Additionally, he has registered 7 patents, published more than 100 scientific papers—mostly in the most relevant journals in the area—12 book chapters, and directed 14 Ph.D. thesis. He has also published opinion articles in four of the leading Spanish newspapers.
In 2015 he took office as Academic of the Royal National Academy of Pharmacy.