Governance Boards

The main governance boards of BSC are the Board of Trustees and the Executive Commission. Both as well as of members of the BSC, are made up of members of the three shareholding institutions of the BSC

  • Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades. Gobierno de España
    The Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation
    (Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación)
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament de Recerca i Universitats
    The Catalan Ministry of Research and Universities
    (Departament de Recerca i Universitats de la Generalitat de Catalunya)
  • UPC. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya • BarcelonaTech
    The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)

Board of Trustees and Executive Commission

The Board of Trustees is responsible, amongst other things, for appointing the Director; setting the general criteria for the operation of BSC; and approving the annual action plan, the multi-annual budgetary framework and the annual budget.

The Executive Committee is responsible, amongst other things, for submitting the proposal for the annual action plan and budget to the Board of Governors; approving amendments to the budget, within the limits set by the Board of Governors; and approving the access protocol for users of the BSC and the code of conduct of the Access Committee.


  • Diana Morant, Minister of Science and Innovation

Vice President:

  • Gemma Geis, Minister of Research and Universities of the Catalan Government, DEMC

MCIU Representatives:

  • José Ignacio Doncel, Deputy Director General of Large Scientific and Technical Facilities
  • José Juan Sánchez Serrano, Deputy Director General of Science and Innovation Internationalization

DEMC Representatives:

  • Joan Gómez Pallarès, Director General of Research
  • Iolanda Font de Rubinat, Deputy Director General of Research

UPC Representatives:

  • Daniel Crespo , Rector
  • Jordi Llorca, Vice Rector for Research
  • Climent Molins, Vice Rector of Tranfers, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Commission Secretaries:

  • Marta Ayllón, State lawyer
  • Marina Fernández, State lawyer

BSC Guests:

  • Mateo Valero, Director
  • Josep Maria Martorell, Associate Director
  • Alexandre Puerto, Director of Management Department


The BSC Management Board

The BSC Management Board is chaired by the centre’s Director and is made up of the Associate Director and the department directors.  The Board meets regularly to discuss the technical, scientific and administrative management of the centre.

BSC Management Board members:

  • Mateo Valero, Director
  • Josep Maria Martorell, Associate Director
  • Jesús Labarta, Computer Science Director
  • Eduard Ayguadé, Computer Science Associate Director
  • Alfonso Valencia, Life Sciences Director
  • Francisco J. Doblas-Reyes, Earth Sciences Director
  • José María Cela, Computer Applications in Science and Engineering Director
  • Sergi Girona, Operations Director
  • Alexandre Puerto, Director of Management Department

The Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board is made up of distinguished senior scientists and science managers from around the world. It reports to the BSC-CNS Board of Trustees, and meets periodically to analyse BSC-CNS’s research programmes, results and plans. The Board issues a written report which evaluates the period in question and includes suggestions and advice for the future. The current members of the board are:

  • Dr. Bonnie Berger, Simons professor of mathematics and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, MIT, USA
  • Dr. Carlos Brito, FAPESP, Sao Paolo, Brasil
  • Dr. Pascale Braconnot, Researcher Laboratory for Climate and Environmental Sciences (LSCE)
  • Dr. Soren Brunak, Professor at the Technical University Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Dr. Qian Depei, Beinhang University, China
  • Dr. Christian Hasse, Professor at TU Darmstadt
  • Dr. Bryan Lawrence, Univ. of Reading, UK
  • Dr. Bob Lucas, Research Associate Professor, Computer Science University of Southern California and Distinguished Engineer, Livermore Software Technology, Livermore, CA
  • Dr. Satoshi Matsuoka, Director of the RIKEN Center for Computational Science, Japan
  • Dr. Paul Messina, Director, Computational Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Dr. Ron Perrott, University of Oxford, CHAIR
  • Dr. Francesca Rossi, IBM and President elect of the American Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, Italy and USA
  • Dr. Reinhard Schneider, Head of bioinformatics core facility, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Dr. Janet Thornton, Director at the European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
  • Dr. Kathy Yelick, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the UC Berkeley, USA

The Access Committee

Access to the MareNostrum supercomputer and the other nodes in the Spanish National Supercomputing Network (RES) is free. Public calls are published regularly, and scientists wishing to use the resources submit a written proposal online. These proposals are evaluated by the Access Committee, which is made up of prestigious Spanish scientists.

The Access Committee core team is formed by six members:

  • a BSC-CNS external manager with wide experience in Innovation Management: Francisco Herrada, MICIN
  • an AEI representative: Julio Bravo
  • a supercomputing expert, external to BSC-CNS, but part of the RES: Vicente Matellán, SCAYLE
  • a supercomputing expert, member of BSC-CNS: Eduard Ayguadé 
  • a data services/management expert, external to BSC-CNS, but part of the RES: Gonzalo Merino, PIC
  • a data services/management expert, member of BSC-CNS: Francisco J. Doblas

The Access Committee is advised by a panel of external experts, with a coordinator and assistant (listed),  which is divided into 7 groups:

  • Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences:
    • Pablo Cerdà Durán, UV
    • Ivone Jiménez-Munt, ICTJA, CSIC
  • Biomedicine and Life Sciences:
    • Modesto Orozco, IRB
    • Silvia Pineda, CNIO
  • Physics:
    • Saúl Ares, CSIC
    • Rosalía Serna, CSIC
  • Engineering and Mathematics:
    • F. Javier Salvador Rubio, UPV
    • Peregrina Quintela, USC
  • Homogeneous Chemistry:
    • Carmen Barrientos, UVA
    • Eduado Matito, DIPC
  • Heterogeneous and Solids Chemistry​:
    • Fernando Cossio, EHU
    • Carme Sousa Romero, UB
  • Data Management:
    • Fernanda Peset, UPV
    • Oscar Corcho, UPM