Cecilia Cabello Valdés


Cecilia Cabello Valdés

Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT)

Department Director R&D Indicators and S&T Policy Monitoring


Paseo de la Castellana, 162

28046 Madrid (SPAIN)

Tel. 91 6037187


 C. Cabello holds a Master’s degree in Science, Society and Technology from the European Science, Society and Technology Association and Madrid Autonomous University and a Bachelors of Science in Food Science from Michigan State University. She has professional experience as coordinator and manager in several European Projects, and expertise in the areas of S&T policy, evaluation and foresight. Since 2002 she has worked at FECYT, and previously worked at the Policy Unit of the CSIC (Spanish Research Council) and the European Commission Joint Research Centre IPTS (Institute for Prospective Technological Studies). Her current work is related to S&T indicators and monitoring of S&T policy at European and national levels. Her experience includes active participation in European Research 7th Framework Program projects related to Researchers careers and mobility, and supervising H2020 projects. She currently is a Spanish delegate for the Steering Committee for Human Resources and Mobility and participates in the ERAC ad hoc Working Group ERA Monitoring & Indicators.

Summary of Presentaion

The EU Member States, when asked in 2015 how to achieve an open labor market for researchers within the ERA, identified “Using open, transparent and merit-based recruitment practices with regard to research positions” as the top action priority. In fact, a lack of open recruitment is recognized as hindering mobility, the matching of talent to opportunities and gender equality, thereby preventing the ERA from reaching its full potential.

For this reason, national governments and relevant stakeholders have been invited, within the framework of the ERA Roadmap to consider how the rules for national funding schemes could better promote the uptake and effective implementation by RPOs of the principles of OTM-R as articulated in the Charter and Code. The aim is to encourage RPOs to participate in the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers and to review their current recruitment processes in a reflective and self-critical way, amending them where necessary to improve their openness and transparency as benchmarked against the Charter and Code.

In this context, the ERA Steering Group on Human Resources and Mobility established an “OTM-R Package” to assist RPOs to carry out a review of their current recruitment policy and practices and revise these where needed.