President, EUA (European University Association)
Professor Rolf Tarrach studied Physics at the University of Valencia and obtained his PhD from the University of Barcelona. He was subsequently a postdoctoral researcher at CERN, Geneva, a professor of theoretical physics at the Universities of Valencia and Barcelona, and the rector of the trilingual University of Luxembourg for ten years (starting 2005). He is still the Professor of Physics there.
He has been on the Council of the European University Association (EUA) for ten years and in 2015 was elected its President. He is the former president of CSIC Madrid (the Spanish Scientific Research Council) and a former member of the European Union Research Advisory Board, of the European Heads of Research Council group which he also chaired. He co-organised the first three Euroscience Open Forum meetings in Stockholm (2004), Munich (2006) and Barcelona (2008).