Juan Rojo Alaminos (Seville, 1943) is Professor of Solid State Physics and director of the Laboratorio de Ciencia de Superficies at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. A Doctor of Physical Science by the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), he is a permanent member of the Real Academia de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales. A specialist in the areas of the physics of materials, condensed matter and surfaces, he has presided over various international programs and research centres.
He was Secretary of the Estado de Universidades e Investigación del Gobierno de España (State of Universities and Research of the Spanish Government, 1985-1992), developing the first Plan Nacional de Investigación I+D (National R&D Research Plan) and the system of research evaluation.
This initiative takes place in the form of a series of talks with outstanding personalities from different cultural areas who were one-time recipients of a scholarship or grant from the Fundación Juan March, which they used to begin their careers or progress professionally in their respective disciplines. With the descriptions of their experiences, the Fundación Juan March aims to put the spotlight on their lives and careers and consequently portray the evolution of a country, capturing an image of Spain during the 1950s, 60s and 70s and projecting it on to the Spain of today. This is the explanation for the title of this activity, "Memories of the Fundación": a series of programs looking back on the origins of outstanding professional careers, as well as because the results of these scholarships were reflected in a final report (referred to as a “memoria” in Spanish) or thesis deposited at the Fundación.
The host is the journalist Íñigo Alfonso, who has worked at Radio Nacional de España (RNE) since 2001, where he has performed different roles at RNE in the areas of economy and national news information, directing the late news program “24 Horas” (24 Hours). He has been co-director of the lunchtime TVE News. He is presently coordinating the parliamentary area of the news services at RNE.