Research beyond academia

Research beyond academia

Next 14  June, Universidad de Alcalá and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos will be organising the event ‘Research beyond academia’ under Got Energy Talent MSCA-Cofund

If you are a member of research staff (e.g. postdoctoral researcher or fellow) you’re probably acutely aware of the competition for permanent positions in higher education. However, there is a wide range of careers for researchers outside higher education from research, teaching, business and management to enterprise. They include research positions in commercial companies, public bodies or non-profit organisations.

Moreover, creating “impact” from research, beyond academic impact —i.e. “the contribution that research makes to the economy, society, environment, or culture, beyond the contribution to academic research”— is increasingly important, being for instance a key element in some funding schemes such as Horizon Europe.

During this event, we will have the opportunity to get to know better the type of research done by non-academic institutions. We will also discuss differences with academic research and the skills that companies and the non-academic sector requires from researchers.

Participation in this event is open to any interested person. If you are interested in participating, please send an email before 10 June to:


Location: Online via black board collaborate
Date: 14 June 2021
Time: 09:00 – 13:30

09:00 to 09:15 Welcoming words

Mr. Fco. Javier de la Mata, Vice-Rector for Research and Transfer at UAH

Mr. Fernando García Muiña, Vice-Rector for Innovation, Transfer and Relations with Companies at URJC

09:15 to 09:45 Keynote speaker – Emilio Martínez

Entrepreneur, business strategy expert, founder of Agnitio

09:45 to 10:45


Research activity in the private sector

CEPSA – Juana Frontela, Head of Cepsa’s Research Centre

IMDEA Energy – David Serrano Granados, Director of IMDEA Energy

REPSOL – Miguel Hernández Campos, Gerente Rock, Analytics & Biotech

10:45 to 11:00 Break
11:00 to 12:00


Research activity in the private sector

OptivaMedia – Iñaki Martínez-Sarriegui, PhD Head Of R&I area

CI3 Foundation – Pablo Hyam, Manager for Strategy and Business Development

CENER – Marcelino Sánchez González, Solar Thermal Energy Department, Director

12:00 to 13:30 Panel discussion & Open Debate (URJC) – Moderated by Emilio Martínez

Open debate with our speakers and researchers having made the transition from academia to the private sector.

Sabino Armenise, URJC, Got Energy Talent MSCA Cofund

Iñaki Martínez-Sarriegui, PhD Head Of R&I area – OptivaMedia

David Serrano Granados, Director of IMDEA Energy

María del Mar González Barroso, Technical Advisor in Biotechnology, Repsol Technology Lab

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