Pilar Rico-Castro (PhD) is Head of the Open Access, Repositories and Scientific Journals Unit at the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), and associated lecturer at the National Distance Education University (UNED).
She is an officer supporting the Ministry of Science and Innovation in the design, implementation, and evaluation of National and the European R&D&I public policies. At the national level, she coordinates the National Scientific Journals Assessment process, the National digital platform for academic publishing RECYT, and the National Open Access Repositories Aggregator RECOLECTA. Besides, she is part of the National Open Science Committee (COS) responsible for the design of the National Open Science Strategy.
At the international level, she represents FECYT at the EOSC Association, the OpenAIRE AMKE, the Federated Network of Institutional Repositories of Scientific Publications LA Referencia and the Confederation of Open Access Repositories COAR. She has participated in seven FP7 and H2020 projects about open science and research infrastructures. Currently, she participates in EOSC-Future (2021-2024), and in DIAMAS – Developing Institutional Open Access Publishing Models To Advance Scholarly Communication (2022-2025). She is a national expert at the European Commission’s Horizon Europe Programme Committee for Research Infrastructures and she is the Spanish Delegate at the EOSC Steering Board Expert Group.