This is a unipersonal body with governing and executive responsibilities. It presides over the Governing Board and holds the institutional representation of the CSIC.  The appointment and dismissal of the Presidency is by agreement of the Council of Ministers following the proposal of the Minister for Science, Innovation and Universities.


Eloísa del Pino Matute

Eloisa del Pino

PhD in Political Science, Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset (IUIOG), Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM). B. A. Degree in Political Sciences and Public Administration (UCM) and B. A. Degree in Law (UNED). Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Organization (ESIC). She has held teaching positions at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC, 1995-2007) and at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2007-2008). Se has been the Chief of Staff of the Minister of Healthcare, Consume Affairs and Social Welfare (2018-2020), and she is the President of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) since June 2022.

She has been visiting researcher or fellow at the  Latin American Centre, University of Oxford,  (2016-2017); at the Centre d´Études et de la Recherche sur la Vie Locale (CNRS), Institut d' Etudes Politiques in Burdeaux (2004); at the School of Social Policy and Social Research at the University of Kent (2008), and at the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa (2014).

Much of her recent research has dealt with the political conditions for reform of the welfare state and social policies in comparative perspective.