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Speakers

During the conference you will be able to attend the lectures of renowned experts from different areas of spreading excellence and crossing the innovation divide. The current list of speakers will be continuously extended and completed by detailed profiles.

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Peter Plavčan
Slovakia
Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic
Peter Plavčan, /Slovakia/
Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic

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Peter Plavčan was born on June 22, 1960. In 1983 he successfully graduated from the Faculty of Management University of Economics in Bratislava. He received his CSc. title in education at Comenius University in Bratislava in 1994 and habilitated in Economics and Business Management at Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica in 1997. In 2005 he recieved the title of Professor in the field of technology of education at the University of Constantine the Philosopher University. Between 1984 - 1990 Peter Plavčan worked in the Institute of Information and Prognosis of Education and since 1991 in the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic, where he held successive positions as director of the department of higher education and general director of higher education, science and research. Peter Plavčan has been actively involved also in the work of several international committees within the Council of Europe, the OECD and the European Commission.

Carlos Moedas
European Commission
Carlos Moedas, //
European Commission

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Carlos Moedas graduated in Civil Engineering from the Higher Technical Institute (IST) in 1993 and completed the final year of studies at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris. He worked in engineering for the Suez-Lyonnaise des Eaux group in France until 1998. He obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2000, after which he returned to Europe to work in mergers and acquisitions at investment bank Goldman Sachs in London. He returned to Portugal in 2004 as Managing Director of Aguirre Newman and member of the Executive Board of Aguirre Newman in Spain. In 2008, he founded his own investment company, Crimson Investment management. In 2011, he's elected for the National Parliament and was called for the government to Secretary of State to the Prime Minister of Portugal in charge of the Portuguese Adjustment Programme. In 2014, he became Member of the European Commission, as Commissioner in charge of Research, Science and Innovation.

Alina Anton
Romania
TEAMNET
Alina Anton, /Romania/
TEAMNET

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Alina Anton held in the last one and a half year the position of Coordinator of the European Programs Department in Teamnet Group, one of the prestigious companies from Romania. After graduating the International Relations and European Studies Bachelor courses and the Security and Diplomacy MA at the National School for Political and Administrative Studies, she took her PhD Diploma Summa Cum Laude in International Relations and Security Studies at Babes-Bolyai University. She has more than 7 years of experience in European and international projects and programs, having applied and managed projects for various institutions: from Romanian NGOs to University projects as well as large IT companies such as Teamnet International. At the same time, in the last 5 years, Alina was actively involved in coordination activities of NGO's volunteers under a self-founded NGO dedicated to Policy Evaluation and capacity building initiatives and also in coordinating teams in different fields of activities acting as Project Manager.

Amanda Crowfoot
Science Europe
Amanda Crowfoot, //
Science Europe

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Amanda Crowfoot has been Director of Science Europe since 2012. Science Europe is an association of major national research funding and research performing organisations from 27 European countries, founded in 2011 with the aim of promoting the collective research policy interests of its members and facilitating collaboration between them. From 2001 to 2012 Amanda worked at the UK Research Office (UKRO) – the Brussels Office of the seven UK research councils – first as a European Advisor, and then, from 2005, as Director of the Office. UKRO’s mission is to maximise UK engagement in EU-funded research, innovation and higher education activities. With a background in linguistics, prior to joining UKRO Amanda taught and researched at several UK universities, and was Projects Manager at the Centre for Research and Policy in Disability at Coventry University (UK), where she established and managed European projects.

Andrzej Jajszczyk
Poland
Polish Academy of Sciences
Andrzej Jajszczyk, /Poland/
Polish Academy of Sciences

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Andrzej Jajszczyk is a professor at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland, and the President of the Krakow Branch of the Polish Academy of Sciences. From 2011 to 2015 he served as the founding Director of the National Science Centre, a Polish research funding agency. He graduated from Poznan University of Technology. He was a visiting professor at the University of Adelaide in Australia, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne, France. He is the author or co-author of 12 books, over 300 research papers and 19 patents, as well as of 60 papers on research funding and higher education. He has been a consultant to industry, telecommunications operators, and government agencies in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Poland, and the USA. He is a member of the Research Policy Committee by the Deputy Prime Minister, Poland.

Angelika Kalt
Switzerland
SNSF
Angelika Kalt, /Switzerland/
SNSF

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Angelika Kalt is the Director of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the private foundation mandated by the Swiss government to fund scientific research, in particular fundamental research, on a competitive basis. She has a PhD in Earth Sciences and was professor of Petrology and Geodynamics at the University of Neuchâtel before joining the SNSF in 2008 as Deputy Director. Her main tasks in this role included quality management and development of evaluation methods and funding schemes. She was also in charge of the Temporary Backup Schemes, a programme offered by the SNSF in 2014 as a counter-measure to Switzerland's temporary exclusion from Horizon 2020. Since 2016, she has taken over the position of the Director, where her main role is to lead the Administrative Offices. Furthermore, in collaboration with the National Research Council, she focuses on strategic issues and on the relations with national and international partner organisations as well as with governmental agencies.

Karina Angelieva
Bulgaria
Councellor for Education and Research of Bulgaria (PSF)
Karina Angelieva, /Bulgaria/
Councellor for Education and Research of Bulgaria (PSF)

Profile

Bio will be added soon

Eva Benková
Slovakia
IST Austria
Eva Benková, /Slovakia/
IST Austria

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Eva Benková studied Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Masaryk University, did her PhD in the group of Bretislav Brzobohaty at the Institute of Biophysics in Czech Republic and worked as postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Klaus Palme (MPI, Cologne). In 2003 she received Margarete von Wrangell Fellowship and performed her postdoctoral work in the laboratory of Gerd Jurgens at the University of Tubingen in Germany. In 2007, she became group leader at the Plant Systems Biology department of VIB (Belgium) and in 2008 obtained ERC StG. In 2012, she moved to the IST Austria. Eva Benkova is a Plant Developmental Biologist and her research focuses on molecular mechanisms and principles underlying hormonal interactions in plants and the identification of key points in which hormonal signaling pathways converge to control plant growth and development.

Eva Majková
Slovakia
Slovak Academy of Sciences
Eva Majková, /Slovakia/
Slovak Academy of Sciences

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Eva Majková is working at the Institute of Physics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. She is the head of the Department of Multilayers and Nanostructures and vicepresident of the Slovak Academy of Sciences responsible for research. Her research topics are nanomaterials, nanoparticles and nanostructures, ultrathin films and X-ray multilayers. She is the principal investigator in numerous national and international research projects. She published more than 150 papers in regular journals and several chapters in international monographs and she supervised eight PhD students. Eva Majková is national representative of Thin Film Division in IUVSTA, member of the Steering Committee of M-ERA Net Program, member of the Programme Committee for the ERC projects and Socius ordinarius of the Academia Europaea Scientiarum et Artium, Vienna.

Dainius Pauža
Lithuania
Research Council of Lithuania
Dainius Pauža, /Lithuania/
Research Council of Lithuania

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Dainius Pauža is chairman of the Research Council of Lithuania and professor at the Department of Anatomy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. In 1985, he graduated Vilnius University and obtained specialty of biologist. In 1992, he obtained the doctor degree (PhD) in Kaunas University of Medicine (currently – Lithuanian University of Health Sciences). From 1995, he officiated as associate professor, from 2002 as full professor at the Department of Anatomy in Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. Danius Pauža is regular member of the Lithuanian Society of Morphologists, American Association of Anatomists, International Brain Research Organization, German Society of Anatomists, and Research Council of Lithuania. He was a holder of grants from Lithuanian State Science and State Foundation, Research Council of Lithuania and from European Social Foundation. His scientific interests and research Areas are in Cardiac and Vascular Biology, Developmental Neurobiology, Neuroanatomy, and Autonomic Neuroscience.

Jan Neuman
Czech republic
NenoVision
Jan Neuman, /Czech republic/
NenoVision

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Jan Neuman is the CEO of NenoVision and Optik Instruments. The latter is the local distributor of instruments manufactured by Bruker Optics. In 2014, Jan Neuman successfully finished his PhD in the field of Physical Engineering, specializing in nanotechnology and thin layers. His doctoral studies included internships at the Wiezmann Institute of Science and Salford University. In the period 2008 – 2013 he held several positions with the Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC) in Brno, including Head of the Science Support Office. His responsibilities there included the transfer of technology, grants, marketing and overseeing PhD studies. NenoVision was the first CEITEC spin-off company. In 2015, its project atomic force microscope – LiteScope – was awarded the Seal Of Excellence. In 2016, the company won a gold medal at the International Engineering Fair in Brno, and became the first company to be awarded a grant under the Brno SME Instrument Scheme.

Jana Kolar
Slovenia
European Institute of Technology and Innovation 
Jana Kolar, /Slovenia/
European Institute of Technology and Innovation 

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Jana Kolar is executive director of CERIC-ERIC. She is also a member of the board of the European Institute of Technology and Innovation (EIT), member of the ERA Council Forum Austria, a high-level expert body advising the Austrian Minister responsible for Science and Research, and member of Horizon 2020 advisory group on Innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises. She has a broad range of expertise, ranging from policy development and implementation, research and innovation to entrepreneurship. Among others, she had been Director General of Science in Technology at the Ministry in Slovenia, chairman of the board of Slovenian Technology Agency and member of the board of Slovenian Research Agency.

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon
European Research Council
Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, //
European Research Council

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Jean-Pierre Bourguignon is President of the European Research Council as of 1 January 2014. He was the Director of the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHÉS) from 1994 till 2013. He was also the first ERC Panel Chair in Mathematics, for Starting Grants. A mathematician by training, he spent his whole career as a fellow of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). He held a Professor position at École polytechnique from 1986 to 2012. He is a former member of the Board of the EuroScience organisation (2002-2006) and served on EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) committees since 2004. Professor Bourguignon received the Prix Paul Langevin in 1987 and the Prix du Rayonnement Français in Mathematical Sciences and Physics from the Académie des Sciences de Paris in 1997. In 2008, he was made Doctor Honoris Causa of Keio University, Japan, and, in 2011, Doctor Honoris Causa of Nankai University, China.

Jesper W. Simonsen
Norway
The Research Council of Norway
Jesper W. Simonsen, /Norway/
The Research Council of Norway

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Jesper Werdelin Simonsen is Executive Director at the Research Council of Norway, where he oversees research funding in the areas of health, welfare, education and society, as well as development research and international bilateral cooperation. In the period 2007-2011, he was member of the Board of the Polish-Norwegian Research Fund. Before coming to the Research Council, Jesper Werdelin Simonsen worked for 14 years as researcher and research manager in the field of agricultural research. From 1997 to 2000 he served as State Secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Environment. In 2012 Jesper Werdelin Simonsen received the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland his contribution to the development of Polish science and Polish-Norwegian cooperation.

Jörg Niehoff
European Commission
Jörg Niehoff, //
European Commission

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Joerg Niehoff is Head of Sector Joint Programming in the Research and Innovation Directorate General of the European Commission. He has 10 years of experience with different aspects of coordination of national research policies and programmes. Previously he was as head of the Brussels office of VDI The association of engineers in charge of VDI's European public affairs. First experience in management of research programmes he gained as Technology Consultant in the VDI Technology Centre, Research funding organisation on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, where he was responsible for projects and programmes related to photonics research. He started his professional career as a researcher at the Fraunhofer Institut for Laser Technology. Joerg Niehoff holds degrees in engineering and in industrial engineering, and a PhD in engineering from the RWTH Aachen.

Karl Dittrich
The Netherlands
VSNU – Association of universities in the Netherlands
Karl Dittrich, /The Netherlands/
VSNU – Association of universities in the Netherlands

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Karl Dittrich is President of the Dutch Association of Universities since December 2012. He studied political sciences at Leiden University and completed a doctoral dissertation on municipal elections. Later he was a scientist at Maastricht University, where he became a member of the Executive Board in 1986 and President in 1994. His presidency of the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) lasted from 2005 until 2012. This organisation is an independent accreditation organisation tasked with providing an expert and objective assessment of the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flanders. From 2008 until 2012, he was Vice-President of the Board of ENQA, the European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies. As the president of the Dutch Association of Universities, he aims to preserve and enhance the autonomy of the Dutch universities. Karl Dittrich: “We should be proud of our excellent achievements in education and research.”

Katarína Košťálová
Slovakia
SAIA
Katarína Košťálová, /Slovakia/
SAIA

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Katarína Košťálová is one of the founders and current Executive Director of SAIA, n. o. (the Slovak Academic Information Agency). She served as the Head of the International Office of the College of Performing Arts in Bratislava. In 1990-1991 she was the North American desk-officer at the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic. Since 2003 she has been involved in strengthening programmes focused on mobility of researchers. She has been instrumental in building EURAXESS Slovakia as part of the European initiative EURAXESS. Researchers in Motion. She functioned also as a member of the Steering Group on Human Resources and Mobility in ERA of DG Research, a national delegate to the People Programme Committee of the EU Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development and from 2014 she has been a national delegate to the Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing EU Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020, covering MSCA.

Koenraad Debackere
Belgium
KU Leuven
Koenraad Debackere, /Belgium/
KU Leuven

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Koenraad Debackere is a professor of Technology and Innovation Management & Policy at KU Leuven since 1995. He was a visiting doctoral student and Fulbright post-doctoral fellow at MIT Sloan School and obtained best paper awards from the TIM Division of the American Academy of Management, the Decision Sciences Institute and the International Association for the Management of Technology. In 2006 he was awarded the Prize for Scientific Excellence of the Belgian Entreprise Foundation. He received an honorary professorship from the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex. He is the managing director of KU Leuven Research & Development and chairman of the Gemma Frisius. He is co-founder and chairman of Leuven.Inc, the innovation network of Leuven high-tech entrepreneurs. Since 2005, he is the general manager of KU Leuven. In 2015, he was appointed chairman of EIT Health e.V. - a KIC of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

Kurt Deketelaere
Belgium
LERU
Kurt Deketelaere, /Belgium/
LERU

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Since July 2009, Kurt Deketelaere is the Secretary-General of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), an association of 21 leading research-intensive universities which promotes the interests of frontier research with the EU institutions. For his exemplary leadership of LERU, he is awarded a doctorate honoris causa by the University of Edinburgh in July 2017. He is a member of the Open Science Policy Platform and the ABS Consultation Forum. He chairs the Board of Directors of the Flemish Energy Regulator (VREG), is chair of the Flemish Environmental Damages Commission, co-chair of the Malta Legal Forum on Adaptation to Climate Change, and is on the board of a number of profit and non-profit organisations in Belgium. He is also a professor of law and he publish extensively in the field of EU Environmental, Energy and Climate Change Law, and is the editor of several leading book series and journals in that field.

László Lovász
Hungary
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
László Lovász, /Hungary/
Hungarian Academy of Sciences

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László Lovász is a Hungarian mathematician, best known for his work in combinatorics, graph theory and theoretical computer science. He is the President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He was a professor at Yale University during the 1990s and was a collaborative member of the Microsoft Research Center. He returned to Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, where he was director of the Mathematical Institute. László Lovász was awarded the Brouwer Medal, the Knuth Prize, the Bolyai Prize, Hungary's Széchenyi Grand Prize and the Kyoto Prize for Basic Science. He received the Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (2008). He was president of the International Mathematical Union between 2007 and 2010. He is member of the National Academy of Sciences, foreign member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, honorary member of the London Mathematical Society, fellow of the American Mathematical Society. He is listed as an ISI highly cited researcher.

Liesbet Geris
Belgium
University of Liège
Liesbet Geris, /Belgium/
University of Liège

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Liesbet Geris is professor in Biomechanics and Computational Tissue Engineering at the universities of Liège and Leuven in Belgium (h-index 21, 61 peer-reviewed articles). Her research focusses on the multi-scale and multi-physics modeling of biological processes. Together with her team and their clinical collaborators, she uses these models to investigate the etiology of non-healing fractures and design potential treatment strategies in silico as well as the production processes of tissue engineering constructs. Liesbet is scientific coordinator of a musculoskeletal tissue engineering platform (50 researchers). She has edited two books on computational modeling and tissue engineering. She has received an ERC starting grant to finance her research and has received a number of young investigator and early career awards. She is member of the Young Academy of Europe, co-chair of the Young Academy of Belgium (Flanders) and the incoming director of the Virtual Physiological Human Institute.

Maive Rute
JRC
Maive Rute, //
JRC

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Maive Rute joined the European Commission in 2005 to become Director for the Promotion of SMEs and Entrepreneurship in DG Enterprise and Industry. She brought in her extensive management experience in the Estonian private and semi-public sector, notably five years as CEO of KredEx, the funding body for businesses, housing, innovation and export. In the Commission, she also worked as Director for Biotechnologies and Agriculture Research and as Resource Director in DG Research and Innovation until April 2016. Maive Rute graduated as an agricultural economist from the Estonian University of Life Sciences. She holds an MBA from the Danube University, Austria, and received an MA in international politics from CERIS, Brussels.

Marc Lemaître
European Commission
Marc Lemaître, //
European Commission

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Marc Lemaître studied at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Bruges (College of Europe) and holds a Master in European Economics. He brings 20 years of profound experience in European Affairs, both in the European Commission and in the diplomatic service of Luxembourg. Between 1996 and 2006, he worked in the Permanent Representation of Luxembourg to the European Union, dealing with budgetary, trade and general affairs issues. He joined the Commission in 2007 as Head of the private office of Regional Policy Commissioner, Danuta Hübner, and then her successor, Paweł Samecki. Between 2010 and 2013, he led the private office of Budget Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski. Since 2013, he has managed, as Director, the Office for Administration and Payment of individual entitlements (PMO). Since 1 September 2016 he is Director-General for Regional and Urban Policy.

Margit Noll
Austria
JPI Urban Europe, Austrian Institute of Technology
Margit Noll, /Austria/
JPI Urban Europe, Austrian Institute of Technology

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Since 2009 Margit Noll is in particular involved in the development of the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe with the ambition to set up a transnational research initiative on urban development. Since 2016 she is with the Austrian Funding Promotion Agency dealing with the JPI Urban Europe. As Chair of the Management Board she is managing and developing the initiative, its strategic orientation and various implementation measures, such as international outreach, stakeholder participation or programme management. Until 2016 she was with the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, the largest applied research organization in Austria, in several positions. She has 15 years’ experience in research management and strategy development. Margit holds a PhD in physics and an MBA in general management.

Markku Markkula
European Committee of the Regions
Markku Markkula, //
European Committee of the Regions

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Markku Markkula (born 15 July 1950 in Kolari, Finland) is the President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR). He became member of the CoR in 2010 and has held a number of positions in the institution over the last five years, including the rapporteurship on opinions such as “European Industrial Policy Package”, “Digital Agenda for Europe”, “Horizon 2020”, and “Closing the Innovation Divide”. A long-standing politician, Mr Markkula has been member of the Espoo City Council since 1980 (holding its Presidency in 1990-92 and 2010) and is a former member of the Finnish Parliament (1995-2003). He further sits on the Board of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council and chairs the Espoo City Planning Board. Additionally he works at the Aalto University as advisor to Aalto Presidents, where his focus mainly lays on European Union research, innovation and education policy affairs.

Markus Dettenhofer
USA
Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC)
Markus Dettenhofer, /USA/
Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC)

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Markus Dettenhofer is the Executive Director of the Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC) since 2012. His interests include identification of policies and implementation of processes to enable innovative development in emerging institutional and regional settings. Prior to joining CEITEC, he was Project Leader for viral vaccine and antibody discovery at Crucell (Johnson & Johnson). He has additionally held management roles with several small and mid-sized biotechnology companies. At Harvard Medical School, Markus Dettenhofer conducted genetic research involving cellular, molecular and tissue experiments, including studies on the role of Formin 1 and its significance for bone development, and the gene Formin 2 in memory function. He received a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. from UC Berkeley. He is founding Editor-in-Chief of Nanobiomedicine (Sage Publications) an open access, double-blind reviewed scientific journal dedicated to publishing works at the interface between nanotechnology and biomedicine.

Mart Susi
Estonia
Tallinn University
Mart Susi, /Estonia/
Tallinn University

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Mart Susi is Associate Professor of Human Rights Law at Tallinn University Law School and also the head of the law school. His research interests focus on new human rights and the remedies in international human rights law. He is heading the Horizon 2020 Twinning project Hurmur, which in co-operation with the Danish Institute of Human Rights and Walther-Schücking Institute of International Law (Kiel University, Germany) has set an ambitious goal of decisively expanding the world-level human rights research capabilities within Eastern and Central Europe.

Mary O´Connell
Ireland
Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC)
Mary O´Connell, /Ireland/
Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC)

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Mary O’Connell is molecular biologist at the Central European Institute of Technology Masaryk University in Brno and ERA Chair. She graduated in 1981 from University College Galway (Ireland) and she obtained PhD degreee from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx in New York. She did her postdoctoral fellowship in Center for Cancer Research (USA) and at Biozentrum of the University of Basel (Switzerland). Previously, she was also working as Visiting Professor at Stockholm University from 2013 to 2014 and Group Leader at MRC Human Genetics Unit between years 1997 and 2013. She established a non-profit organization to enable to improve 3rd level education in Africa called “GE&NE Africa”. Between years 2012 and 2014, she was elected as Treasurer of RNA Society.

Nevena Marinova
Bulgaria
University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy
Nevena Marinova, /Bulgaria/
University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy

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Nevena Marinova obtained her Master degree in Organic synthesis from the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy Sofia (UCTM), Bulgaria. As a Master student, she did one-year research internship at the Institute for Composite Materials Kaiserslautern, Germany. In 2015 she received her PhD degree in Fine Organic synthesis from UCTM Sofia. Her research was focused on fluorescent sensors and light-harvesting antennae based on naphthalimide dyes. During her PhD she spent 15 months at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, under SCIEX fellowship, where she carried out research on perovskite solar cells at Prof. Grätzel’s group. Currently she is holding a postdoctoral position at Polymat, San Sebastian, Spain, where she is investigating novel materials for photovoltaic applications.

Peter Oakley
United Kingdom
TWI
Peter Oakley, /United Kingdom/
TWI

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Peter Oakley has a BSc in Chemistry from Leicester University (1972) and a MBA from the Open University (1992). After working at TWI in a technical role, he spent years (1991 – 2001) undertaking consultancy work in the field of technical and strategic management for a range of organizations from SMEs to multi-nationals, universities, and government departments. He rejoined TWI in 2001 and was made Associate Director in December 2006. Since re-joining, Peter has been involved in setting up TWI’s regional technology centres and advising on the formation of other UK research and development organizations. His current responsibilities include TWI’s national and regional strategy for the planning and funding of large initiatives. TWI is a research and technology organization working in manufacturing, materials and structural integrity. It has its headquarters in Cambridge, three other research centres in the UK, and subsidiaries around the world.

Richard Tuffs
ERRIN
Richard Tuffs, //
ERRIN

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Richard Tuffs has been director of the ERRIN network since October 2010. ERRIN is a Brussels-based platform with around 120 members that supports regional capacity building in research and innovation. Richard has been working in the regional dimension of European policy in territorial cohesion and research for many years and has been in involved in numerous EU projects as well as an evaluator for Horizon 2020. He is the current Chair of the Smart Specialisation Mirror Group and was the rapporteur for the European Commission expert group on the Capital of Innovation prize launched in 2013. Richard is also a member of the European Commission’s Advisory Group for Science With and For Society. Richard has a degree in geography and social sciences and master’s degrees in town planning, applied linguistics and business administration. His career spans town planning, applied linguistics, language and management training, university lecturing and research and education administration.

Róbert Redhammer
Slovakia
Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava
Róbert Redhammer, /Slovakia/
Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava

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Robert Redhammer is rector of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (STU) with overall responsibility for the university since March 2011. The university is ECTS and DS labelled by European Commission. He was vice-rector for science and technology. He founded University technology business incubator with a specialized start-up program InQb for stimulation innovative entrepreneurship helping to over 50 companies. He was a vice-dean for research and development, PhD study and information technology at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology STU. He is member of the Advisory board for research and innovation of the Government of Slovak Republic and some other committees for research policy and member of governmental board of the Slovak academic and information agency. He is chair of the Research and technology universities association in Slovakia. He graduated from STU, his research orientation was focused on electronics, molecular beam epitaxy, vacuum science and technology, computer simulations / calculations.

Robert-Jan Smits
European Commission
Robert-Jan Smits, //
European Commission

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Robert-Jan Smits is Director-General of DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission. In this capacity he is responsible for defining and implementing the EU policy and programmes in the field of research and innovation. He was one of the main architects and negotiators of Horizon 2020, the 80 billion programme for science and innovation. He has also been instrumental in the development of several policy initiatives in the field of European science and innovation such as: the European Research Council, the European Roadmap for large scale facilities, Public-Private Partnerships in research, the Innovation Union and the European Research Area. He is chairing several high-level committees such as European Research Area Committee, the Steering Committee of the ERC Executive Agency and joint S&T committees with Europe's key global partners. He has degrees from Utrecht University in The Netherlands, Institut Universitaire d'Hautes Etudes Internationales in Switzerland and Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy in the USA.

Ronald-de Bruin
Director of the COST Association
Ronald-de Bruin, //
Director of the COST Association

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Ronald de Bruin was appointed Director of the COST Association on 1 June 2016. Before he was Director of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and Head of Department of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). Prior to this, he was Deputy Director of a public-private partnership platform for the Information Society in the Netherlands for over three years. He started his career as Policy Advisor for the Dutch national government, where, for three years, he was responsible for developing a national policy on e-security services, and scenarios for introducing digital TV. He is Ambassador to Brussels for the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership Europe and Founding Director of the Greenleaf Center in Brussels. Ronald De Bruin has also authored several books on servant-leadership, digital television, online consumer trust and computer security. He holds a Ph.D.in Law and Computer Science, an M.Sc. in Technology Management and a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering.

Susanne Burger
Germany
Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Government of Germany
Susanne Burger, /Germany/
Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Government of Germany

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Susanne Burger is an East Asian Specialist and Lawyer. She started a scientific career at the Max Planck Institute for International Criminal Law in Freiburg before she entered the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in 1986. For several years she dealt with European Affairs as well as with International Cooperation in Education and Science. After serving for more than 8 years as Counselor and Minister Counselor in the Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU in Brussels she today holds the position of the Deputy Director General in the International Department of the Federal Ministry. She is responsible for European Affairs in Research and Education, Bilateral Cooperation in those fields and International Cooperation in Vocational Training.

Tim Buiting
The Netherlands
Netherlands Aerospace Centre
Tim Buiting, /The Netherlands/
Netherlands Aerospace Centre

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Tim Buiting is the Manager Government Programmes at the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) in Amsterdam. NLR is a leading research establishment for identifying, developing and applying advanced technological knowledge in the area of aerospace. As such, NLR is a frequent participant in EU programmes such as Horizon 2020, Clean Sky and SESAR. Before NLR, Tim worked as a policy advisor for the Netherlands House for Education and Research (Neth-ER) where he was the expert on Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation. In addition, Tim chaired the Regional Policy working group of the International Group of RTD Liaison Offices (IGLO).

Tomaž Boh
Slovenia
Ministry of Education, Science and Sport
Tomaž Boh, /Slovenia/
Ministry of Education, Science and Sport

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Tomaž Boh is currently State Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia (MIZS). He has been at the ministry since 2009, firstly as Head of Unit of the Science Division at the Science Directorate. Before his employment at the Ministry, he was working at the Slovenian Research Agency, being responsible for preparing analyses in the area of scientific and research policy. In so doing, he monitored indicators of research and development policy and carried out a number of other important tasks. In 2006 and 2007, he was advisor to the director at the Information Sciences Institute in Maribor, Slovenia. Tomaž Boh has devoted his life to science and research policy as he enrolled as a young researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, where he also conducted an assistant role in several study programs.

Wolfgang Burtscher
European Commission
Wolfgang Burtscher, //
European Commission

Profile

Wolfgang Burtscher is Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, responsible for Open Innovation, Open Science, Open to the World. He was Director in DG Agriculture of the European Commission since 2000. Before his Commission career in 2000 he was representative of the Länder at the Austrian Permanent Representation to the EU. From 1992 to 1996 he was Director of European Affairs in the Vorarlberg administration. Previously, from 1990 to 1992, he was a legal advisor at the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Geneva, at the time of negotiations on the European Economic Area (EEA). He focused particularly on the free circulation of goods and capital and on competition issues. Between 1983 – 1990 he was a lecturer in International and European Law at the University of Innsbruck. Wolfgang Burtscher holds a doctorate in law and also has a qualification from the Institut Européen des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Nice.