José Antonio Bonet, new director of Agrotecnio

Replaces Ignacio Romagosa, who has been the director during the last 5 years

The Board of Trustees of the Agrotecnio Foundation has chosen , José Antonio Bonet Lledós, as the new director of this research centre. He will hold the position for a minimum of 4 years and a maximum of 5, renewable. Bonet replaces, Ignacio Romagosa, who has been the director of Agrotecnio since February 2018 until now.

Bonet has been professor at ETSEAFIV since February 2021, although he has been linked to this UdL center as a professor and researcher since 2003. Doctor of Forestry Engineering and Master of Business Administration and Management (Executive MBA) , was director general of the Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTFC) from 2006 to 2009, where he had also been director of research and technology transfer between 2001 and 2007. Currently, he continues there as a researcher. Member of the Forest Production research group of the UdL, his lines of research focus on health and forest mycology, forestry, bioenergy and protected natural spaces.

Among his priorities at the head of Agrotecnio, the new director highlights “consolidating this research centre of excellence within the CERCA map and optimizing the impact of the research carried out by the different groups, enhancing synergies with the Park Agrifood Scientific and Technological of Lleida (Agrobiotech Lleida)”.

José Antonio Bonet is linked professionally or through management or representation positions to the CTFC, Fundació Terra i Agrotecnio. He was assistant to the president of the Social Council of the University of Lleida from 2008 to 2017, a member of the Board of Directors of IRTA between 2009 and 2016 and of the Board of the European Forest Institute (EFI), as a representative in the Spanish Government, in the period between 2008 and 2014. In March 2021, he was appointed coordinator of Research, Transfer, Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the Agrobiotech Park, a position in which he will continue until June.