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Mercedes Siles Molina

Mercedes Siles Molina

Mercedes Siles Molina was born in Jaén in 1966, grew up in Madrid and studied at the University of Malaga, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with first-class honours in 1989. She became Doctor in Mathematics (cum laude given unanimously) by the University of Malaga in 1992. Her areas of interest include: non-associative algebraic structures (evolution algebras, Lie and Jordan systems), associative modules and rings (in particular, Leavitt path algebras) and functional analysis. Member of the following associations, societies and scientific centres: CIMPA, EMS, EWM, RSME, Thales, as well as the Honour Society SigmaXi.


Professor of Algebra since 2009 (the only Professor in Mathematics from her Faculty). Research Fellow (5/90 - 2/94); subsequently Associate Lecturer (2/94 - 1/95), temporary Senior Lecturer (1/95 - 11/96) and Senior Lecturer (11/96 -12/09). Visiting Researcher at the University of Colorado, in Colorado Springs (USA); at the Center of Ring Theory (Athens, Ohio, USA); Kent State University (Ohio); University of Maribor (Slovenia); Queen’s University, Belfast (Northern Ireland); University of Panama, among others, and at several research centres and Spanish Universities.

On 19 February 2020, appointed Director of the Spanish National Agency for Quality Evaluation and Accreditation - ANECA.


Principal Researcher in the University of Malaga research group “Non-associative algebras and graph algebras”. PR in 15 research projects. Requested project: PID2019-104236GB-I00; latest current project: MTM2016-76327-C3-1-P (Grade: A). In the last five years, her research projects have received funding amounting to over 456.000 € and have attracted postdocs and researchers from Australia, Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Panama, Slovenia, Turkey, USA and Spain.

No. of six-year periods in research: 4 (the maximum number).

Guest Speaker on more than 60 occasions en Australia, France, India, Iran, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, Northern Ireland, Panama, Poland, Russia, Senegal, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, USA and Venezuela.

Member of the Editorial Committee of the journal: Mathematical Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy (2010--). Formerly of: Algebra Letters; ISRN Algebra.

Number of citations:  1094 according to Google Scholar; 502 according to MathSciNet

Number of publications: 59, most notably “Leavitt path algebras”, published by Springer, unique in its field.

Number of collaborators: 37, from: Australia, Germany, Brazil, Chile, Slovenia, Morocco, Panama, Turkey, USA and Spain.


Chairperson of the Spanish Mathematics Committee [Comité Español de Matemáticas] (CEMat).

Member of the Executive Board of CEMat.

Vice-president of the Spanish Royal Society of Mathematics (RSME).

Member of the Governing Council of the RSME.

President of the Committee for Cooperation and Development (CDC) of the RSME.

Secretary to the Committee for Cooperation and Development of the Spanish Committee for Mathematics.

Scientific Director of the International Centre for Pure and Applied Mathematics (CIMPA, established in France) for six years after Spain’s accession as member, during which period she has been responsible for 14 schools of research.

Organiser / Member of the Scientific Committee for schools of research EMALCA, EMA, CIMPA in: Iran, Morocco, Panama, Senegal and South Africa.

Representative for Spain at: EURAXESS, ICIAM, EMS, CIMPA, etc.

Experience in management and evaluation

AGAE (Andalusian Evaluation Agency). Coordinator for Mathematics and Physics.

ANEP: Evaluation of research projects.

ANECA: Member of Assessment Committee 1 of the CNEAI [Spanish National Commission for Research Evaluation] (2019).

AKKORK (Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Career Development, Russia). Evaluation of master’s degrees.

NSA (National Security Agency, USA). Evaluation of research projects.

EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK). Evaluation of research projects.

NRF (National Research Foundation, South Africa). Evaluation of research projects; awards.

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (USA). Evaluation of faculty job descriptions.

SACNAS (South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions, South Africa). Evaluation of researchers.

AMMSI awards committee (African Mathematics Millennium Science Initiative). Member since its foundation in September 2015.