Agrotecnio, Centre for Food and Agriculture Research

Ignacio Romagosa

Agrotecnio’s director

Miquel Buenestado

Administration Manager

Sofía Sanchez

Communications Officer

Director’s greeting

As Agrotecnio’s director, I would like to invite you to develop your scientific career with us. Agrotecnio is a research center of excellence. We are based in the Catalan city of Lleida, in one of the largest Spanish university campuses. In our center we offer you all the state-of-the-art material, staff, structure, training and activities that you may need to grow professionally.

In order to prepare your arrival trip, as well as get to know our organization, we have prepared this Welcome Manual with information that we hope you will find interesting. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.

I hope that your stay with us will be as fruitful as possible and I wish you all the best in this new journey.

Board of trustees

PresidentJaume Puy LlorensRector of the University of Lleida
Vice presidentJosep Usall i RodiéChief Executive Officer of the IRTA
SecretaryOlga Martín BellosoVice-Chancellor of Research at the University of Lleida
Committee memberSimó Alegret i CastellvíDirector of Research and Innovation Development of the IRTA
Committee memberJosé Antonio Bonet LledósUniversitat de Lleida
Committee memberJordi Garcia MasIRTA
Committee memberJoan Gómez PallarèsDirector General of Research in Business and Knowledge Department of the Generalitat of Catalonia. Designated by the IRTA
Committee memberPere Mir ArtiguesUniversitat de Lleida

Agrotecnio is an international center of excellence (CERCA center) that develops frontier research intended to have a major scientific and economic impact and to improve the wellbeing of societies and individuals. The scientific research at Agrotecnio makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the crop, environmental, animal, food and nutrition sciences. Agrotecnio is located in the heart of the 1700-student and 200-teacher School of Agronomics Campus (ETSEA) of the University of Lleida.

The mission of Agrotecnio is to carry out top-level fundamental and strategic scientific research, underpinning translational strategic objectives and to disseminate the outputs to society, including the private sector.

(a) define, integrate and address key challenges in the food and feed production chain in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner by employing multidisciplinary, cutting-edge research;

(b) leverage expertise and resources to make the Unit the Spanish and European reference centre for translational agrifood research;

(c) attract, nurture and develop the next generation of agricultural scientists;

(d) disseminate research outputs to the community;

(e) maximize funding opportunities by offering state-of-the-art multidisciplinary projects to public funding agencies and private stakeholders.

International vocation

Agrotecnio aims to become a reference in Europe addressing all the key elements of the food production chain in an integrated way focusing on target crops and animals of commercial importance, rather than model systems. This later aspect sets our centre apart from other centers which focus on fundamental science and/or model plant and animal systems. As a result we should be able to address fundamental and important questions in the crop/animal of interest and results from our research will be directly and immediately applicable to our target organism.

Major further aims of the centre should include the recruitment, training and mentoring of the next generation of scientists, public engagement and dissemination within the local community, at Catalan, Spanish and European levels and beyond the EU.

Agrotecnio is committed to using cutting-edge knowledge, technology and tools to achieve its mission. Consequently a critical element of the centre’s operations is a broad range of internal and external collaborations with other world-leading institutions. The centre will integrate research groups representing several fields within the plant, animal and nutrition sciences, which interact productively to launch innovative and integrative projects, a number of which with potential commercial applications in the short to medium term. Further enlargement to bring in additional groups with complementary expertise to expand the initial core group and contribute towards the scientific excellence of the centre will be decided on sound scientific grounds. Accordingly, specific criteria for new groups to join the center will be approved.

Steering Committee


Scientific Advisory Board

Prof. Angharad GatehouseChair. Newcastle University, United KingdomInternationally renowned crop protection expert. Pioneer in tritrophic interactions (insect pest-host plant-insect parasitoid). Insect biochemistry and molecular biology. Director of Plant Sustainable Resources Center, Univ of Newcastle. Member of UK government’s task force on crop protection.
Prof. Gurdev KhushUniversity of California Davis, United StatesWorld Food Prize Laureate, former head of Agronomy and Breeding at the International Rice Research Institute, The Philippines. Expert on plant breeding, agronomy and agricultural sciences. Contributed towards the Implementation of the Green Revolution in India and S.E Asia through the development of high yielding semi-dwarf varieties of rice and wheat.
Member of numerous advisory committees for the Consultative Group on International Agriculture, FAO, United Nations and National Agricultural programs in 15 different countries in SE Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
Prof. Francisco Tomás-BarberánCEBAS-CSIC Murcia, SpainLeader of the Research group on Quality, Safety and Bioactivity of Plant Foods from CEBAS-CSIC and a national and international reference by his scientific contributions in the field of quality food production and his work in nutrition and health. His research has been focused on the field of food polyphenols, their relationship with quality and safety, and their role in nutrition and health. He has been named winner of the XXII DuPont Science Award 2012 in recognition of his outstanding scientific career.
Dr. Kirsi-Marja Oksman-CaldenteyVTT Technical Research Centre of FinlandPlant Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and Pharmacy. Plant molecular biology and biochemistry of small molecular weight secondary metabolites with biological activities specifically for the pharmaceutical and agrichemical applications. Director of Cell Factory Division. Member of many EU advisory bodies on plant biotechnology.
Prof. Max F. RothschildIowa State University, United StatesInternationally renowned animal geneticist on the identification of genes controlling growth, reproduction and immunogenetics and on new statistical methods to evaluate animals. C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture. Director of the Center for Integrated Animal Genomics. USDA National Pig Genome Coordinator. M.E.Ensminger Endowed International Chair in Animal Agriculture.
Prof. Marina HeinonenUniversity of Helsinki, FinlandProfessor of Food Safety (Chemical Food Safety and Functional Foods). Member of the Research Council for Biosciences and Environment, Academy of Finland. Scientific expert since 2004 at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) NDA Panel and its working groups on health claims and novel foods.
Dr. Shela GorninsteinHebrew University of Jerusalem, IsraelInternationally recognized specialist in food chemistry and nutrition, with special emphasis on the relationship between fruit consumption and prevention of coronary artery disease among other diseases as well as the structural and functional properties of proteins from plants. She is a member of editorial boards of several International Journals, an author of over 340 international articles, which are always the result of international collaborative works, and has presented lectures and seminars in 220 different Institutions, Universities and industries around the world.

Careers/ Job offers

Agrotecnio has been designed to have a research staff selected to ensure an international impact, divided into research groups headed by internationally renowned scientists from different fields and with a high turnover of post-doctoral researchers.


Here you will find the documents by Agrotecnio:

Annual Accounts and Audit Report

 Activities Report 

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Agrotecnio achieves the HRS4R award

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