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Ana Arana ANTELO

Deputy Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research
European Commission

Ana Arana Antelo is a Spanish lawyer specialised in European Law (Université Libre de Bruxelles).

Since February 2010, Ana is Deputy Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science.

From 2005 to end 2009, she worked in the Directorate General for Transport and Energy where she was heading the unit responsible for developing and implementing European rules and legislation for the electricity and gas markets.

In 1999, Ana joined the Directorate General for Competition, where she first ensured implementation of European antitrust rules in the energy markets. Thereafter she scrutinised aid granted to companies by EU Member States.

She joined the European Commission in 1993 as a civil servant and started her career in the Directorate General for External Relations in the unit responsible for the relations with the then New Independent States of the former Soviet Union.

Before entering the European Commission, Ana worked as legal consultant and as head of the legal department of a software company.

Robert AYMAR

Adviser to CEO

In 1977, R. Aymar was appointed Head of the Tore Supra Project, a large facility dedicated to magnetic fusion research, to be built at Cadarache (France). He directed the Project from its conceptual design throughout its construction up to its operation in 1988 , when he became Head of Department of Fusion Research.

In 1990, R. Aymar was appointed Director of the Division of Fundamental Research in Natural Sciences of the CEA. In this position, he directed a wide range of basic research programmes, including astrophysics, particle and nuclear physics, condensed matter, paleo-climatology, as well as thermonuclear fusion.

R. Aymar served on many Committees and Councils, either as Delegate from France or in his personal capacity.
In 1994, R. Aymar was appointed ITER Director by the ITER Council to direct the international research programme to prepare for the ITER construction.

R. Aymar was appointed Director-General of CERN as of 1st January 2004 for a period of five years during which the large experiment (the LHC) was built and started to operate. From January 2009, R. Aymar is “Senior Scientific Advisor to the Administrateur Général (CEO) of the CEA”

2008 Commander, First Class, of the Lion of Finland, presented by the Permanent Representative of the Government of Finland in Geneva
2006 Global Energy International Prize -International scientific award acknowledging outstanding scientific and engineering research. The prize was presented by President Poutine.
2003 Distinguished Career Award - given by Fusion Power Associates Board – Washington
2000 Leadership Award - given  by “Fusion Power Associates” in the USA:  “In recognition of his outstanding Leadership qualities – He has effectively guided the world fusion community in the direction of practical fusion power”.
1996 Department of Energy Exceptional Public Service Award (USA)
Mrs. Hazel R. O’LEARY, DOE State Secretary for Energy, in June 1996:“In recognition of your personal dedication and outstanding leadership in directing the ITER project. Your extraordinary ability to melt diverse groups and views into a superb project team has been recognized throughout the world. You are to be commended for your managerial and technical skills and the vision of ITER that you have brought to the project”.
1988 Officier de l’Ordre du Mérite (France)
1980 Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite (France)

Aleksandar BELIC

Institute of Physics Belgrade, Serbia

Olivier BRUNET

Principal Administrator
European Commission

Olivier BRUNET is Policy Officer in the "Regional dimension of innovation" Unit of the Directorate General "Research and Innovation", European Commission. He previously coordinated the FP 7 "Regions of Knowledge" programme. He has been working in the European Commission for the last twenty years in various fields:  research and innovation, regional policy, education, environment and social policy. He teaches on "Regions, cities and European policies" in the Institut des sciences politiques at Lille and taught European policies at Duke University, USA, in 2001-2002. He studied law and initially worked as a factory inspector in France, from 1981 to 1989.


Brussels Capital Region

Benoît Cerexhe was born on  the 18 June 1961 in Etterbeek (Brussels)
Married, two daughters.
Graduated as Master in Law at the « Université Catholique de Louvain ».
Lawyer specialized in commercial law.
Elected as a member of Brussels' Regional Parliament (since 1999)
Brussels Minister of Economy, Employment and Scientific Research (2004 - 2009)
Brussels Minister of Economy, Employment, Scientific Research and Foreign trade (since June 2009)
President of  the EU Competitiveness Council (Research) under the Belgian Presidency (2nd half 2010).

Catherine CESARSKY


Born in France, Catherine Cesarsky received a degree in Physical Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires and graduated with a PhD in Astronomy in 1971 from Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass., USA). She worked at the California Institute of Technology. In 1974, she moved to France, becoming a staff member of the Service d'Astrophysique (SAp), Direction des Sciences de la Matière (DSM), Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA). She then established her career in France. From 1985 to 1993, she was the Head of SAp. Later, as Director of DSM (1994 - 1999), she led a team of about 3000 scientists, engineers and technicians active within a broad spectrum of basic research programmes in physics, chemistry, astrophysics and earth sciences. From 1999 to 2007, she was the Director General of the European Southern Observatory. At present, she is the High Commissioner for Atomic Energy in France, advisor to the French government for science and energy issues.

Dr. Cesarsky is known for her research activities in several central areas of modern astrophysics. The first part of her career was devoted to the high-energy domain. This has involved studies of the propagation and composition of galactic cosmic rays, of matter and fields in the diffuse interstellar medium, as well as the acceleration of particles in astrophysical shocks, e.g. in connection with supernovae.

She then turned to infrared astronomy. She was the Principal Investigator of the ISOCAM camera onboard the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) of the European Space Agency (ESA), which flew between 1995 and 1998. As such, she has lead the ISOCAM central programme, which studied, in a coordinated way, the infrared emission from a variety of galactic and extragalactic sources and yielded new and exciting results on star formation and galactic evolution. These were consolidated through further observations with the ESO VLT, the satellites Spitzer and now Herschel.

From August  2006 to August 2009, she was President of the International Astronomical Union. She is recipient of the 1998 COSPAR (Committee on Space Research) Space Science Award,  and member or Foreign member of various Academies ( French Académie des Sciences, Academia Europaea, International Academy of Astronautics, National Academy of Sciences USA,  Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Royal Society of London).


Head of Unit DG Research and Innovation / Regional Dimension of Innovation
European Commission

Dr Dimitri CORPAKIS currently holds the position of the Head of Unit on the Regional Dimension of Innovation (RTD-C5) (Directorate for Research and Innovation; at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation). From March 2006 to the end of December 2010 he served as the Head of the Coordination and Horizontal Aspects Unit of the Directorate for Science, Economy and Society of the Directorate General for Research, managing 2 Programmes of the 7th Community RTD Framework Programme (Research on Socio-economic sciences and Humanities and Science in Society). Prior to that, he held for several years the position of the Head of Sector for regional aspects of research policy, at the same DG, dealing mainly with the links between the Framework Programme for R&D and the Structural Funds.

Dimitri is an engineer and a planner by training, having to date more than 30 years experience in European affairs. Before joining the European Commission in 1990, he worked as an EU expert with the Greek Ministry of Education. His Brussels career started in Education and Training (Task-Force Human Resources, 1990) before moving in 1992 in the area of R&D. After an assignment with the ESPRIT Programme (European Strategic Programme for Research in Information Technologies), he moved to the R&D Policy area, with personal contributions to several initiatives (moving towards e-Science, setting-up the European Research Advisory Board (EURAB), introducing Regions of Knowledge and contributing to the first Benchmarking exercise - Impact of R&D on Competitiveness and Employment). Dimitri can be reached at dimitri.corpakis@ec.europa.eu


Minister of State
Ministry for National Economy

Zoltán Cséfalvay has been Minister of State at the Ministry for National Economy since June 2010.
He graduated at the Kossuth Lajos University of Debrecen as a history and geography teacher in 1982. He received a PhD in 1986, a C.Sc. degree in 1996 and habilitated in 1999 at the same university. He studied at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in 1988.

Between 1983 and 1990 he was a research fellow at the Institute for Geography of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He was Head of the Cabinet Office of the Ministry for Industry between 1990 and 1992 and became advisor to the President of the Hungarian National Bank in 1992.

Dr. Cséfalvay received a Humboldt Fellowship at the Department of Geography, University of Heidelberg between 1995 and 1997. In the following years, he was a research project leader at Institute for Urban and Regional Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. Mr. Cséfalvay was named as acting director of the Hungarian Trend Research Institute between 1995 and 1998.

Between 2000 and 2002 he was Deputy State Secretary at the Ministry of Economy. He was a professor at the Andrássy Gyula University of Budapest between 2002 and 2010; and a professional advisor at the Nézőpont Institute between 2006 and 2010. He has been professor at the Kodolányi János University of Applied Sciences since 2010.

Between 2008 and 2010 he received the Marie Curie research fellowship of the European Union at the Cardiff University. He is currently a honorary lecturer at Cardiff University.

He is a member of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe as well as of the Private Urban Governance Research Network.

He speaks German and English.

Adrian CURAJ

General Director
Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding

Adrian Curaj is the General Director of the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and innovation Funding-UEFISCDI.  He has a PhD in Control Engineering from the POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest and graduated the EMBA program of the ASEBUSS Bucharest and University of Washington in Seattle-Business School.

Adrian Curaj is the General Director of the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation since September 2010. He was acting as the Director of the Executive Agency for Higher Education and Research Funding in Romania, 2000-2007 and 2008-2009, as the Advisor of the Romanian Prime Minister, on Science, Technology , ICT and e-Governance, 2007-2008, and as the President of the National Authority for Scientific Research, the State Secretary for Research, Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sport in Romania, 2009-2010.

Adrian Curaj has been working as a consultant with World Bank, UNESCO, UNIDO and EC for studies in Tertiary Education, Science and Innovation, and Foresight. He has been a member of the External Advisory Board PEOPLE, General Directorate for Research, European Commission since 2007. 

Adrian Curaj published in reputed scientific journals as well as many books, most of them in research management and foresight. One of the inventions he is co-author received a gold medal at the Geneva Invention Salon 2009.

Adrian Curaj was twice awarded with Romanian National Distinctions, For Merits-Cavalier in 1999, and For Merits-Officer in 2008 for his contributions to Science and Innovation.

Ronald de BRUIN

Acting Director

Since September 2010, Ronald de Bruin is the Acting Director of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). His main responsibilities include supporting the EIT’s three selected Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) as a responsible and engaged stakeholder, setting-up the Institute in accordance with the Triennial Work Programme and facilitating the development of the EIT’s future strategy (Strategic Innovation Agenda).

He previously contributed for a period of five years to the setting-up the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) from scratch. To begin with, his responsibilities related to setting-up the Agency. He then became Head of Unit, mostly responsible for relations with stakeholders from industry, research, academic, Member States and EU Institutions, as well as developing the Agency’s multi-annual work programmes. He then became the Head of Unit responsible for public affairs and strategy development.

Prior to this and for more than three years, he was Deputy Director of a public-private partnership platform for the Information Society in the Netherlands. Main responsibilities were drafting of annual work programmes including public-private partnership projects, managing the implementation of national multi-annual projects with numerous stakeholders, and co-ordinating EU-funded research projects.

For almost three years, he worked for a global .COM company with top-100 clients. During his term as Vice President Strategic Services the company became listed on the NASDAQ. For one year, he worked as Manager with KPMG developing and introducing e-security services in the growing e-commerce market. He started his career as Policy Advisor for the Dutch national government for three years, responsible for a national policy development project for launching e-security services, and developing scenarios for introducing digital television in the Netherlands.

Ronald de Bruin holds a B.Sc. in electronic engineering, an M.Sc. in Technology Policy Sciences and a Ph.D. in Law. He has lectured on various business and academic courses (including MBA level) whilst building on his authorship of several world-wide published books and articles in the fields of network and information security, online consumer trust, digital television and e-commerce.

Clara de la TORRE

Directorate General for Research and Innovation
European Commission

Clara de la Torre has recently been appointed Director responsible for "Research and Innovation" in the European Commission.

Before that, she was Director responsible for "Inter-institutional and legal matters related to the Framework Programme" in DG Research also at the European Commission.

Her professional career mainly focussed on research policy where she started her activities at the European Commission in 1987.  She covered a wide variety of fields ranging from programme evaluation to energy research or socio-economic analysis.

In the late 90's, she dealt with "National Research Policies & Intergovernmental Cooperation" where she was involved in the preparation of actions that are now crystalised as ERA-NETs and 169 initiatives in the Framework Programme. She also represented the European Union in non-EU schemes such as EUREKA.

She also worked at the Joint Research Centre both in Brussels and Sevilla, where she was advisor to the Director of the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies.  She contributed to the re-launch of the Institute’s activities after its relocation in Spain.

Clara de la Torre has a degree in Economics and Business Administration (Specialisation in Quantitative Economics) at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid.

Emiliano DUCH

European Cluster Excellence Initiative

Emiliano Duch is one of the pioneers in helping regions and countries improve the competitiveness of their industries. He started working on this field with Professor Michael Porter twenty years ago and specialized in the implementation of regional competitiveness strategies since then.

Emiliano is the founder and CEO of the firm COMPETITIVENESS that has conducted more than 200 Competitiveness Reinforcement Initiatives, transferring its proprietary strategic analysis and change methodology to local innovation and development agencies across Europe and Latin America. COMPETITIVENESS is a global company with operations and subsidiaries in Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Mexico, Spain and the United States (www.competitiveness.com). Emiliano has made of COMPETITIVENESS a model in Knowledge Management; having been paperless and using cloud computing since 1996, it has been used as case study in textbooks and even by Microsoft corporation.

Emiliano is as well the Director of Cluster Schools at the International Centre for Competitiveness at IESE Business School in Barcelona, which organizes executive training courses in Competitiveness and Cluster Management in Barcelona, New York and Belo Horizonte (Brazil) (www.iese.edu/bcss2010). He coordinates as well similar schools in partnership with Universidad Adolfo Ibañez (Chile) and ITSON (Mexico).

He is the Coordinator of the Cluster-Excellence.EU Consortium, organized by the Innovation Unit of the EU, which groups 13 of the top European agencies (including the Danish, German and Norwegian governments), associations and institutions to promote excellence in cluster competitiveness management. (www.cluster-excellence.eu)

Emiliano is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Trekantområdet Denmark region (www.trekantomraadet.dk) and of The Competitiveness Institute (www.competitiveness.org), of which it was its founding President as well. Emiliano Duch has a Master in Public Administration plus a Master in Business Administration both from Harvard University, and is an Architect from the Catalonia Polytechnic University.

Emiliano, his wife Stefania and their four children reside in Barcelona, but are now living in Chevy Chase, Maryland for two years.

Jean-Noël DURVY


Jean-Noël Durvy has a double education in Sciences (Mathematics) and Economics (Ph D). He worked during a few years in France as statistician in the Prime Minister’s services and lecturer in the University of Rheims.

He joined the European Commission on October 1978, where he started in the informatics directorate. 

He became head of unit in September 1988 at the DG “Information Society” where he was successively head of the unit “Evaluation and exploitation of research results” (1988-1993) and “Strategic aspects of innovation and exploitation of RTD results – Intellectual property rights” (1993-1999). He joined the DG Enterprise and Industry as head of the Innovation policy unit (1999-2004) and head of the unit “Financing SMEs, entrepreneurs and innovators” (2004 – 2007).

He became Director for Innovation Policy in DG Enterprise and Industry in 2007.

The Directorate is composed of four units: Innovation policy development, Support for innovation, Financing SMEs, entrepreneurs and innovators, Technology for innovation / ICT industries and e-business.

The Directorate is responsible of the elaboration and implementation of the strategy for innovation in the European Union and of a significant part of the Competitiveness and Innovation programme (3,6 billion Euros).

From 1st July 2010, Jean-Noël DURVY is Director of the Foundation Sophia Antipolis.


Dean of Biological and Agricultural Division
Polish Academy of Sciences

Professor Jerzy Duszyński
Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences;
Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland,
Head of the Bioenergetics Laboratory;

Academic internships:
1976 1978, 1992 the USA (3 years in the laboratories of J.R. Williamson, Pennsylvania University, Philadelphia and K.F. LaNoue, PennState Univ., Hershey); 1985 1986, France  (laboratory of  P.V. Vignais, Nucleaire Centre, Grenoble); numerous short-term internships in laboratories of  J.M. Tager (Amsterdam), W. Kunz (Magdeburg), F. Palmieri (Bari), J.P. Mazat (Baurdeaux), V.P. Skulachev (Moscow) etc.

Selected recent publications:
1. Wieckowski, M.R.et al. (2009) Nat Protoc., 4(11):1582-90.
2. Wojewoda M. et al. (2010)  Bioch. Biophys. Acta - Bioenergetics, 1797: 890–896.
3. Lebiedzinska, M. et al. (2010) Bioch. Biophys. Acta - Bioenergetics, 1797: 952-960.
4. Nowis, D. et al.(2010) American Journal of Pathology, 176: 2658 -2668..
5. Giorgi C. et al (2010) Science 330:1247-51.

Selected positions and functions at national and international institutions:
National delegate to BioMedSciences ESFRI (2005 – 2008);
Director of the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology (2001-2009);
Chairman of the RI Commission at Ministry of Science and Higher Education (2006-2009);
Undersecretary of State, Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (2008 –2009).
Dean of Biological & Agricultural Division of Polish Academy of Sciences (2011-2014)



University of Debrecen

Dr. István Fábián was born in 1956 in Debrecen, Hungary.  He graduated from Kossuth Lajos University, a predecessor institution of the University of Debrecen, as a chemistry major in 1980.  He continued his scientific career in the Institute of Chemistry as a research associate and later in various academic positions.  Currently he is a full professor.  His main research interests include the kinetics and mechanism of complex inorganic redox reactions, environmental analysis, kinetic aspects of environmental chesmitry, kinetics and mechanism of ligand substitution reactions, mechanism of photoinduced redox reactions and chemical processes in supercritical media. He regularly contributes to high impact professional journals and has often participated in international conferences as invited speaker.

Since 1993 Dr. Fábián has been acting as the leader of large-scale research and educational grants.  In 2005 he was appointed as head of the Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry at the University of Debrecen and in 2009 as programme director in the Doctoral School in Chemistry.  Dr. Fábián was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Germany and has spent time in Japan, the USA and Germany as a visiting professor. In 2002, he Doctor of Science title of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He is involved in the activities of numerous national and international societies, among others, he is the member of the Hungarian Humboldt Association and the American Chemical Society.  He is the editor-in-chief of Reaction Kinetics, Mechanisms and Catalysis, an international research journal.

Besides his professional career, Dr. Fábián has also been active in higher education management. Since 2007 he has been head of the University of Debrecen Bioincubator Centre-CAHS, whose aim is to support biotechnological R&D enterprises.  In 2007 he became Vice President for research, development and innovation of the Centre of Arts, Humanities and Sciences (CAHS) at the University of Debrecen, and a year later president of CAHS. Since 1 July 2010 he has been serving as the rector of the University of Debrecen.  As head of the university, Dr. Fábián pays particular attention to the cooperation between science, innovation and the industrial sector, and advocates the university’s membership in clusters.  He is also active in promoting international educational and scientific collaborations between foreign institutions and University of Debrecen.



Sydney GALES

Deputy Director

Sydney Galés: Director of Research at CNRS (France) and Director of the International Large Scale Facility for heavy Ions GANIL (Caen, France) Since July 2005

He is also Deputy Director at the National Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics (IN2P3 institute of CNRS) and "visiting" Professor   at RUG University (Groningen, Netherlands)
-Doctorate of Physics at Orsay University in 1976
-Master student at Montreal University in 1970-1972 and
-Post-doctoral stay (1978-1980) at MSU (East-Lansing USA)
-Project leader for the construction of the first superconducting

European cyclotron AGOR (1986-1994) ,in collaboration with
The KVI nuclear research Institute, Groningen, Netherlands
-Director of the “Institut de Physique Nucleaire d’Orsay “(450 staff members) from 1994-2002
Nuclear Physicist ,Specialist of particle accelerators and related instruments ,he is the French representative of the IUPAP Physics Commission and member of the OECD Mega science Forum ,Nuclear Physics Working group.

At the European level , he chaired the committee NuPECC (1996-1999) , Nuclear Physics European Collaboration Committee, considered as the Parliament of Nuclear Science in Europe (22 Countries) who establish Long Range Plan of that science.

He was member of the physics group of the European Strategic Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and in charge through the European funded project NuPNET to establish a transnational funding agency for Nuclear Physics in EUROPE

He chaired or is member of a number of International Scientific Advisory Committees for Large scale facilities in the world.(JINR (Dubna ,Russia, Riken Nishina Center ,Japan, KVI Groningen ,Netherlands ,INFN ,Italy, Lanzhou National Lab ,China, ECT* Trento ,Italy, IPAN Cracow ,Poland,….)

1997) Chevalier de l’ordre national du Mérite (France)
1996) Knight of the Queen (Netherlands)
1970) Medal of  CNRS
2009) Flerov Price JINR Dubna (Russia)


Ghent University

Professor Gellynck graduated as a Master of Science in Industrial Economics at Ghent University, Belgium in 1987. In 1989 he obtained a MBA-degree in Marketing Management of Service Industries from the Business School IAAE at the University of Aix-Marseille in France. Since 1991, he works at Ghent University, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Department Agricultural Economics, Division Agro-Food Marketing. His main fields of research interest are situated in the domain of agri-food marketing as well as chain and network management. He is author of about 300 scientific publications of which several are published in peer reviewed scientific journals and books.


Councellor General
Ministry of Science and Higher Education

Dr Jacek T. Gierliński was educated in Poland where he had gained a masters degree in civil engineering and a doctoral degree in technological sciences.
He had spent first ten years of his career working as a scientist involved in basic research in the field of continuum mechanics at the Polish Academy of Sciences.  In recognition of his achievements the Secretary for Technological Sciences twice awarded him a scientific prize.
Then, for two years he was lecturing at Tunis University in Tunisia and half a year at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, USA.
Following that spell of academic teaching, he had moved to the UK, where he had spent five years as a post-doctoral research fellow working in the area of computational mechanics at the University of Southampton.
Next, Dr Gierlinski had taken employment with a large technology and management consultancy Atkins plc based in Epsom, UK.  He had been working there for almost twenty years, holding for the last few years a position of chief consultant at the Defence Systems business unit.  During this period he was awarded the Royal Society Industrial Fellowship, carried out for two years at the University College, London.  At Atkins he was involved with a wide variety of industrial sectors, including marine, offshore, aerospace, micro-electronic and nuclear.  His duties covered line management of specialist staff, contract negotiations with industrial and public clients and consultancy activities in various aspects of technology assessments.  He was also engaged in co-ordination of RTD projects in connections with the Framework Programmes.
In recent years his interest focused on broad aspects of research policy.  Since Poland joining the European Union in 2004 he took the employment with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.  He was director of the Department of European Integration there and then plenipotentiary to the Minister for international cooperation. His main duties were to coordinate Polish research policies with those of the EU and to maximize participation of Polish academic and industrial organisations in the European Framework Programmes.  Lately he is responsible for preparation of policies regarding development of research infrastructures in Poland.  He was vice chairman of ESFRI and chairman of the International Steering Committee of the FAIR project.
Dr Gierlinski is author of over forty scientific publications and co-author of three books.  He is also an accomplished mountaineer and tango argentino dancer.

Pierre GODIN

Policy Analyst
European Commission, DG REGIO

Pierre GODIN is graduated in soil sciences (Docteur-Ingénieur, Institut National Agronomique, Paris). He started his career at the French ministry for the environment and joined the EU Commission in 1985, where he worked in different areas such as rural development and environment. Since 2001, he is policy analyst in Regional Policy Directorate General, currently in charge of the coordination between regional policy and other EU policies dealing with research, higher education, innovation, cultural and creative industries.


Diplomatic Representative of the Brussels Capital Region to teh EU
Belgian Permanent Representation (Brussels Capital Delegation)

Pascal Goergen, born in Cologne in 1963, has been working in the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the EU as the diplomatic Representative of the Brussels-Capital Region since January 2001. He holds a PhD in Political Sciences and is passionate about the regional dimension in Europe. In his position, Pascal Goergen implemented more than 100 missions in more than 30 countries and had the opportunity to contribute to the Belgium Presidency of the European Union in 2001 and in 2010. He is an expert in matters relating to European regional policy, research in the regions and the institutional lobbying of regions in the European decision-making process. He represented the Belgian Presidency in the Steering Committee of the WIRE 1 Conference in Granada.

The success of his previous publications Lobbying in Brussels (2006) and Networking in Brussels (2008) cast him as a reference point on these topics.

With ten years’ experience of representing the interests of Belgium in the negotiations within the Council, he actively contributes to the work of regional networks (ERRIN, NEREUS, AER, REGLEG…) on a wide range of topics.

Lecturer at the Training Academy of the AER, he also contributed to the AER regional report in the framework of their 25th anniversary (2010). In 2011, he coordinates the General Secretariat of the network of Regions with Legislative Power (REGLEG). 


Deputy head of Department
Government of Styria/Department 14 - Economy and Innovation

Business Address

Office of the Provincial Government of Styria Department 14 - Economic Affairs and Innovation
Unit for Strategy and Development
Nikolaiplatz 3
8020 Graz – Austria
Telephone: +43-(0)-316/877-3154
Telefax: +43-(0)-316/877-3112
Email: gerd.gratzer@stmk.gv.at

Citizenship: Austria
Date and Place of Birth August 2, 1965, Bruck an der Mur, Stryria

1972 – 1983 Elementary and grammar school, Mürzzuschlag
1983 – 1984 Military service in St. Michael as one-year-voluntary
1984 – 1989 Study of law at the Karl Franzens University Graz
1989 Graduation with the title of Master of law
1989 – 1990 Training course for Export matters at the Karl Franzens University Graz
1992 Graduation PhD to law

Languages: English, French and Spanish
Professional Carreer: October 1991 Entrance in office of the Provincial Government of Styria
1991 – 1992 Desk officer of forestry at the public authority of Liezen
1992 – 1993 Desk officer of forestry, land and property law at the Department 8 – Agriculture and forestry
1993 – 1996 Desk Officer for European law and EU Regional Policy in the Department for European Affairs
1993 Stage at the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg
1996 – 2003 Desk officer for EU-Regional policy and competition law in the Department for Economic policies
2000 – 2002 National Expert at the European Commission-Directorate-General for Regional Policy in Brussels
2003 Deputy-Head of Department for Economic policies and Head of Unit of EU Regional policy and New Technologies
Since 2004 Deputy-Head of Department 14 – Economic affairs and Innovation and Head of Unit for Strategy and Development



Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer was born in 1948 in Boll/Goeppingen. He studied physics at the University of Stuttgart where he graduated in 1974, and obtained his PhD at the University of Heidelberg in 1977 under the supervision of Prof. Joachim Heintze. Prof. Heuer is an experimental particle physicist. Most of his scientific work has been related to the study of electron-positron reactions, development of experimental techniques, as well as construction and running of large detector systems.

In 1977 he became research scientist at the University of Heidelberg working for the JADE experiment at the electron-positron storage ring PETRA until 1983, situated at the Deutsche Elektronen- Synchrotron DESY in Hamburg. From 1984 to 1998, Prof. Heuer was a staff member at CERN, working for the OPAL experiment at the electron-positron storage ring LEP. He was responsible for the coordination of design and construction of the tracking jet chamber and coordinated the whole tracking system during the experiment construction phase. He then became the run coordinator during the start-up phase of LEP1 in 1989-1992 and the OPAL spokesperson in 1994-1998, responsible for all aspects of the collaboration, comprising over 300 physicists, and for its scientific output. His term of office covered LEP1 data analysis and the LEP2 energy upgrade.

In 1998, Rolf-Dieter Heuer was appointed to a chair at the University of Hamburg (C4 professor). He joined the H1 experiment at the HERA collider at DESY and in parallel established a group working on the preparations for experiments at an electron-positron Linear Collider which quickly became one of the leading groups in this area world wide. In December 2004, Prof. Heuer became research director for particle and astroparticle physics at the DESY laboratory, a member of the Helmholtz association. The main emphasis was to maintain DESY as the central particle physics laboratory in Germany, and to strengthen the links to the Universities as well as the links to CERN. To this extent he oriented the particle physics groups at DESY towards LHC by joining both large experiments, ATLAS and CMS. He prepared the path to participate in the LHC luminosity upgrade, fostered the participation in the electron-positron collider project ILC and the detector R&D related to it. He also initiated the restructuring and focusing of German particle physics at the energy frontier with particular emphasis on the LHC. This resulted in the Helmholtz-Alliance “Physics at the Terascale” comprising all German University groups working at the energy frontier together with the Helmholtz centres DESY and Karlsruhe.

In December 2007 Prof. Heuer was elected Director General of CERN taking office January 2009. During the first two years of his mandate (2009, 2010) the LHC was brought into operation and started its very successful physics runs at the high energy frontier. In addition to the flagship LHC much emphasis is put on diversity of physics at CERN using the whole accelerator complex.

Prof. Heuer has been member in many scientific committees and advisory bodies where he acquired much expertise in reviewing projects as well as in judging and promoting people.

During his first 15 years at CERN he occupied the highest managerial positions in the OPAL experiment. As a research director at DESY he gained additional managerial experience and established many international contacts.


Deputy Minister of State
Ministry for National Economy, Hungary

Born in Budapest on 28 November 1970
Nationality and citizenship: Hungarian
Married to Brigitta Hidvéghi-Pulay
Father of three children, Júlia Réka (2008), Regina Anna (2009), Mátyás Illés (2011)


June 2010 –   Deputy State Secretary for International and EU Affairs
Ministry for National Economy, Budapest, Hungary


• Deputy National Campaign Chief of Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union (2008-2010)
Tasks included the formulation of the political strategy of the party and co-directing the campaigns for the June 2009 European parliamentary elections and the national elections of April 2010

• Political Advisor & Delegation Secretary (2004-2008)
European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
Hungarian Delegation, European People’s Party – European Democrats
www.europarl.europa.eu and www.fidesz-eu.hu

• Educational Advisor, Council of Europe (2001-2004)
Strasbourg, France

• Executive Director and Spokesman, CIVITAS International (1997-2000)
Strasbourg, France and Washington, D.C.

• Executive Director, Civitas Association for Civic Knowledge and Skills (1995-1997)
Budapest, Hungary

• Teacher of Literature & English Studies (1994-1996)
ELTE Radnóti Miklós Training School
Budapest, Hungary


• DEA in International Relations, History & Geopolitics (2003-2005, in French)
Robert Schuman University, Strasbourg, France

• MA in English Studies (1989-1995)
ELTE University of Budapest, Hungary

• MA in Hungarian Studies (1989-1996)
ELTE University of Budapest, Hungary

• Certificate in Diplomacy & International Relations (1991), in English
University of Leeds, England, Institute for International Studies


• Le débat sur l’intégration européenne en Hongrie, Université Robert Schuman Strasbourg – Institut International de Luxembourg, 2007
• Resource Book for Teaching Democracy, edited, © Civitas Association, Hungary - Synergo Publishing, Budapest 2002
• New Training Courses in the Partnership, In: Coyote Magazine, Vol.3, No.5 January 2002, © Council of Europe & European Commission, 2002
• "Government without the consent of the governed: Hungary 1956", In: Comparative Lessons for Democracy, D. M. Shinew, J.M. Fischer (ed.), © Center for Civic Education, California, USA, 1997
• "Civic Education for Democracy in Hungary" (co-authored), In: The International Journal of Social Education, Vol.12, No.2 Spring/Summer 1997, © Ball State University, Indiana, USA, 1997

Hungarian – mother tongue
English – high level
French - high level
Italian – intermediate level


Sailing, windsurfing, theatre, saber fencing, canoeing, horse riding, wines


Manfred HORVAT

Honorary Professor
Vienna University of Technology

Manfred Horvat is honorary professor of “International and European Research and Technology Cooperation” at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien). He acts as independent expert for international research and technology policies and programmes and as senior advisor for Austrian and other ministries as well as for the European Commission and international organizations.

From 1993 to 2006, Horvat was director for International Research and Technology Cooperation of BIT and in the FFG, Austria. Since the beginning of the 1990s, he has been a member of several program committees for European RTD programs and served as member and chairman of many monitoring and five-year assessment panels as well as expert groups advising the European Commission. He was lead experts in Phare projects on strengthening the participation in the EU Framework Programmes of Poland and Romania. He chaired the ERA-NET Expert Review Group and was a member of the ERA Expert Groups’ “ERA: A Wide Opening to the World” and “Optimizing Research Programs and Priorities.” He was rapporteur of the Expert Group on the Future of Networks of Excellence, a reviewer of the EU-China and EU-US S&T agreements, and chairman of the Mid-term Evaluation of COST. He acts as International Advisor of the Chinese National Center for Science and Technology Evaluation (NCSTE) in Beijing. As a delegate appointed by two Austrian ministries, he was member of the Task Force for Priority Setting of the Strategic Forum for International Cooperation (SFIC). He was member of the experts groups for the mid-term evaluations of the Joint Undertakings Innovative Medicines Initiative, Clean Sky, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen und chaired the impact assessment of the EU RTD programmes Food, Agriculture, Biotechnologies and Fisheries. He is member of the External Advisory Group on Regional Aspects in FP7. His most recent appointment by the European Commission was as rapporteur of the Expert Group on Synergies between FP7, CIP and the Structural Funds.

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Christian KETELS

Principal Associate
Harvard Business School

Dr. Christian Ketels is a member of the Harvard Business School faculty at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, where he leads Prof. Michael E. Porter’s research team. He holds a PhD (Econ) from the London School of Economics and is an Honorary Professor at the European Business School (EBS, Germany). Dr. Ketels is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategy and Competitiveness (SSE, Sweden) and Director of TCI, the global network of cluster practitioners. He has led cluster and competitiveness projects in many countries and advised the World Bank, OECD, EU, NIB, UNIDO as well as a number of national governments. Dr. Ketels serves in advisory boards to research institutions and government agencies in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. He has written widely on economic policy issues, and is a frequent speaker on competitiveness, innovation, and clusters. He lives with his wife and three sons in Stockholm, Sweden and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Web sites: www.isc.hbs.edu, www.sse.edu/csc
Detailed CV: http://drfd.hbs.edu/fit/public/facultyInfo.do?facInfo=ovr&facEmId=cketels


Secretary General
Assembly of European Regions

Born in Kassel, Germany in 1952, Mr Klipp is graduated in Law. After a first part of career dedicated to financial matters in German Länder like Hessen and Thüringen, Klaus Klipp was elected Secretary Genaral of the Assembly of European Regions by the Genaral Assembly which took place in Sopron (H) in November 2001, then re-elected in Palma de Majorque (E) in November 2006.

Here are some key points and figures related to the AER:

  • Strategic management and oversight of a network of 270 European regions from 34 countries, focusing upon the development and exchange of best practice in good regional governance and advocacy for the interests of the regions
  • Management of 20 staff and a budget of euro 2 million
  • Development and implementation of advocacy campaigns on issues affecting the key competencies of regional governments, including decentralised co-operation
  • Design and implementation of a range of good governance initiatives, including peer reviews and best practice awards
  • Extension of the network to regions in Russia, Ukraine and Southeast Europe, and establishment of capacity-building programmes for regions in transition countries
  • Development of joint programming activities with the UNDP, OSCE and European Commission

Matthias KNECHT

Wirtschaftsförderung Region Stuttgart

Dr. Matthias Knecht is Director of the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation. He studied law in Constance and Munich, did his Master of Public Management at the University of Speyer and his doctorate about the European Treaties and the European Charter of Fundamental Rights at the University of Constance. From 1999 to 2008 he worked for the Max- Planck Society in Munich as a post-doc and later as a senior researcher. From 2006 to 2008 he was Director for International Relations and Science Management at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Social Law in Munich. Since 2008 he is Head of the Stuttgart Region Health Cluster. Since 2011 he is also CEO of the new founded Stuttgart Academia and Science Region (Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsregion Stuttgart).   

Lajos KÓSA

Municipality of Debrecen

First name: Lajos
Family name: Kósa
Date of birth:  March 14, 1964
Place of birth:  Debrecen
Marital status:  Married
Children:  Three daughters

1983-1988:  Budapest University of Economics
Special field: microeconomics and theoretical economics

2010 –  Mayor, City of Debrecen (re-elected every four years)
1990 – Member of the Hungarian Parliament (re-elected every four years)
1989 – 1992 Lecturer at Budapest University of Economics
1988 – 1990 Researcher in economics of KOPINT-DATORG Co.

2010 –       Managing Vice President, FIDESZ Hungarian Civic Union
2007 – 2010 Vice President, FIDESZ Hungarian Civic Union
2006 – Member, Municipal and Regional Development Committee of the Hungarian Parliament
2003 – Member, Presidency of the Municipal Platform, FIDESZ Hungarian Civic Union
2003 – 2006 Member, Municipal Committee of the Hungarian Parliament
2002 – 2003 Vice Chairman, Municipal Committee of the Hungarian Parliament
2002 – 2004 Member, State Audit Committee of the Hungarian Parliament
2002 – 2006 Member, Temporary Committee for appointing Deputy Presidents of the State Audit Office
2002 – 2003 Vice Chairman, Municipal Committee of the Hungarian Parliament
2001 – 2002  Chairman, Temporary Committee for appointing Deputy Presidents of the State Audit Office
1998 – 2002        Chairman, State Audit Committee of the Hungarian Parliament
1995 – 2003 Vice President, FIDESZ Hungarian Civic Party
1994 – 1996 Member, Agricultural Committee of the Hungarian Parliament
1994 – 2003   Member of the Presidency of FIDESZ Hungarian Civic Party
1993 –  President of FIDESZ in Hajdú-Bihar County
1990 – 1998        Member, Economic Committee of the Hungarian Parliament
1990 – Member of the Hungarian Parliament
1998 – Deputy leader of FIDESZ fraction
1988 – Member of FIDESZ

Member of the Hungarian Olympic Committee
President, Association of Cities of County Rank (2006-2010, 2010 - )

English – intermediate

Norbert KROO

Member of the European Research Council, Hungary
Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Norbert Kroo Vice-President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, founding director of the Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics of HAS. He first used nuclear methods in condensed matter studies and later turned to laser physics and quantum optics. Surface plasmon optics is a typical field of this type. He published about 300 scientific papers and is the owner of 40 patents. He worked in several countries, and with outstanding scientist like Herbert Walter and Alexander Prokhorov. He is the former president of the European Physical Society and member or honorary doctor of several distinguished scientific institutions including the Scientific Council of the European Research Council, and has received awards from many states and their academies. His latest decorations are: the Wallis E. Lamb Award for Laser Physics and Quantum Electronics (USA), and the Commander of the Order of the Lion (Finland).


Programme Manager - EU policies
European Commission

Born in Stuttgart, Germany (1975)

Diplom-Volkswirt (Master of Arts) in Economics (University of Bamberg, Germany, and University "Tor Vergata", Rome, Italy; 2001); Master of Arts in European Economic Studies (College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium; 2002); Dr. rer. pol. (PhD) in Economics (University of Bamberg; 2006);
PhD thesis "Equity, Efficiency, and Perspectives for Cohesion Policy in the Enlarged European Union"

Research and Teaching Assistant at the University of Bamberg, 2002-2006

Policy Analyst with the Centre for European Policy, Freiburg, Germany, 2006-2008

Since 2008 Programme Manager - EU policies, European Commission - Directorate General for Regional Policy - Directorate I (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Romania, IPA/ISPA/accession negotiations) - Unit I4 (Hungary); in charge of – inter alia – economic competitiveness-related interventions under EU Cohesion Policy in Hungary:

• Closure of the Economic Competitiveness Operational Programme 2004-2006,
• Economic Development Operational Programme 2007-2013,
• Clusters and growth pole initiatives, R&D and innovation policies,
• Business support, SME promotion schemes,
• JEREMIE (financial engineering) schemes
• Implementation of the Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs as well as its successor, Europe 2020
• Future of the Cohesion Policy post-2013


Chairman of the Board
Lund University

Academia. Chairman of the University of Lund since January 2004, Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences since 1989, Chairman of Centre for Martime Studies, CEMAS, at Stockholm University/Sweden´s Maritime Museums.
Public affairs.  Co-chair of the Global Utmaning’s Advisory Board and responsible for a programme on climate change.

European affairs. Member of the Steering Committee of Jacques Delors Notre Europe and Member of the Advisory Board of European Policy Centre.
Local development. Founding Member of Heligholm Utveckling AB in Gotland, Member of the Advisory Board of Forum Östersjön in Gotland, Founding Member of Hammarby Sjöstad 2020, Founding Member of Kulturdralen in Visby.

Business. Chairman of Almi Invest AB Småland/Gotland, a public venture capital company.

Born in 1938, I have made a professional career in journalism and media, economic research, national politics and in public administration in Sweden and in the European Union.

I have worked as news reporter for several newspapers and for Swedish Television in the 1960s and 1970s. I have been Editor-in-chief of a weekly magazine, VI.

Between 1974 and 1976 I was Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Labour. From 1983 to 1990 I served as Director General of the National Labour Market Board. In 1990 I was appointed Minister of Finance.  In 1991 I was elected member of the Swedish Parliament for the Social Democrats in the Jönköping County. I also served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Central Bank 1992-1994.

During my time in the Parliament I was was appointed Chairman of the European Employment Initiative, organised by the European Party of Social Democrats. I remained an MP until 1995 when I was appointed Director General in the European Commission in Brussels, responsible for employment and social affairs. During five years, from 1995 to 2000, I was in charge of the preparation and implementation of the European Employment Strategy.

When I retired as Director General I returned to Sweden and became Chairman of the Board of Swedish Television 2000-2005 and chairman of the Transatlantic Dialogue on Broadcasting and Information Society 2002-2005. I  was also a member of the OECD Round Table on Sustainable Development in Paris 2001-2003 and personal representative of  Director General Juan Somavia, ILO, to the Johannesburg Summit on Sustainable Development. In 2001 I became a member of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s High Level Panel on Youth Employment. I was member of the Albright-de Soto Commission for Legal Empowerment of the Poor 2005-2008, Member of the Board of the Danish National Institute of Social Research in Copenhagen and Member of the Advisory Committee on Leadership, Governance and Management of the Higher Education Funding Council for England. I was a member of President Barroso’s High Level Group on Energy and Climate Change 2007-2009.

From 2004 I led Sweden’s campaign to get European support to build ESS, a European multidisciplinary science facility, in Lund, Sweden. In February 2007 I was appointed by the Swedish Government as Chief Negotiator for Sweden’s offer to host ESS; an agreement was reached in May 2009 to build ESS in Lund, now including 17 countries.

I am involved in local development projects in Gotland and in Hammarby Sjöstad. I am a Founding Member of Heligholm Utveckling AB in Vamlingbo Gotland, a Founding Member of Kultudralen in Visby and a Founding Member of Hammarby Sjöstad 2020, a network of citizens

Gonzalo LEON


Gonzalo León is the Vice President for Research at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) since 2004. He is a full Professor of the Telematics Engineering Department at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid since 1991. Gonzalo León was Deputy General Director for international relations on R&D (1996-98), Deputy General Director at the Office of Science and Technology attached to the Presidency of the Government (1998-2000) and Secretary General for Science Policy at the Ministry of Science and Technology as responsible for the National R&D Plan and International Relations (2002-04). He has chaired high level experts groups at the European Commission including the Follow up of the Lisbon Strategy Group (2006-09) and the Research Infrastructures (2009-2010).  Gonzalo León has also worked  with the Ministry of Science and Innovation as member of the High Level Group on ERA Governance and the expert Group for the design of the new Spanish Law of Science and Technology (2009). Presently, he is the Spanish representative in the SFIC (Strategic Forum for International Cooperation of the Council) and Chairman of the Space Advisory Group of the European Commission. Gonzalo León is also a member of the board of Trustees of several foundations and companies and member or president of several advisory committees in Spain. Gonzalo León’s research activities focused on software engineering for telecommunications systems and on IT technology transfer. He was the principal researcher in several R&D projects in the EU Framework Programme, EUREKA, and National R&D Plan on ICT.

Jean-David MALO

Head of Unit
European Commission DG for Research and Innovatio

Mr MALO manages a newly created unit,  the  main objective  of which is to  contribute to increase private finance and close market gaps in investing in research and innovation by expanding the scope and scale of existing EU innovative financial instruments (the Risk-Sharing Finance Facility) and by developing new ones in the fields of risk-sharing (including guarantees) and equity. The EU state aid framework, tax incentive schemes and philanthropic funding are also areas covered by the work of the unit.


Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation

Born in Barcelona on 12th January 1960.
Degree in Biology at the University of Valencia 1984.

Relevant professional positions:

  • General Director for International Cooperation and Institutional Relations of the Ministry of Science and Innovation (since 30th October 2010)
  • Director of the European Office of the Ministry of Science and Innovation (January 2007 – October 2010).
  • Policy Advisor to the Regional Minister of Enterprise, University and Science, Valencia (2004-2006)
  • Head of Area, RTD&I Plan at the Regional Government of Valencia (2002-2003)
  • Principal Scientific Officer, DG Research. European Commission (1993-2002).
  • Scientific Officer, DG INFSO (1992-1993)

Miroslaw MILLER

Wroclawskie Centrum Badan EIT

Mirosław Miller (Poland) is a President of Wroclawskie Centrum Badan EIT+ (Wroclaw Research Centre EIT+) and a Professor at Wroclaw University of Technology, Faculty of Chemistry. He specialises in high temperature chemical processes, physicochemical properties of inorganic materials, high temperature mass spectrometry (KEMS) and nanomaterials. Humboldt Fellowship, FZ Juelich (1986-1987), Welch Fellowship, Texas A&M University (1993). Member of International Scientific Board of German Biomass Research Centre, Leipzig. More than 100 scientific papers, over 400 citations. As the president of Wroclaw Research Centre EIT+ (established in 2007), he leads a unique undertaking in Poland, dedicated to fostering innovation based on co-operation of academia, local government and innovative business.

EIT+ is currently developing its new Pracze Campus – the most significant Polish R&D investment in recent years. Apart from physical facilities, Pracze Campus aims to become a vibrant innovation village, truly supportive of a creative environment indispensable for development of the Knowledge Based Economy. International colleagues from complementary backgrounds such as business incubators, high technology companies, financial institutions and research will mingle in a collaborative and pleasant atmosphere.

EIT+ is also a founding partner in one of the six European Regional Innovation Communities (RICs) dedicated to address the problem of climate change. It is a newly created undertaking of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology aimed at developing and implementing new life-improving and pro-ecological technologies.


Director of Directorate D ''Policy Coordination''
European Commission, Directorate General for Regional Policy

Dr Rudolf Niessler
Policy Co-ordination
DG Regional Policy
European Commission

Earlier positions include

  • Several postings as Director and Head of Unit in the European Commission, DG Regional Policy, e.g. Operational Unit for Spain, Urban Actions and Impact Assessment of Regional Policy
  • Councillor at the OECD for Trade Policy, Environment Policy and Territorial Development, Paris
  • Deputy Director at Federal Institute for Less Favoured and Mountainous Areas – Affiliate to the Ministry of Agriculture in Vienna
  • Research Fellow at Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna


Director of Strategy and International Relations
MAG-Hungarian Economic Development Centre

Name  Csaba Novák
Address  Váci út 83.
1139 Budapest, Hungary
Telephone  +36 (1) 4658107
Fax  +36 (1) 4658503
E-mail  novak.csaba@magzrt.hu
Nationality  Hungarian
Date of birth  1969.01.30
• Dates (from – to)  08.2010.-onwards
• Name and address of employer  MAG-Hungarian Economic Development Centre
• Type of business or sector  Grant agency
• Occupation or position held  Director of Strategy and International Relations
• Main activities and responsibilities  Strategy, irregularity management, complaint management, international relations/projects
• Dates (from – to)   2007 -08.2010
• Name and address of employer  MAG-Hungarian Economic Development Centre
• Type of business or sector  Grant agency
• Occupation or position held  Managing Director
• Main activities and responsibilities  Project evaluation, contracting, finance, on-the-spot checks, international relations/projects
• Dates (from – to)   2006-2007
• Name and address of employer  National Development Agency
• Type of business or sector  Public sector
• Occupation or position held  Head of Managing Authority
• Main activities and responsibilities  Management of  ECOP and EDOP programmes
• Dates (from – to)   2003-2006
• Name and address of employer  Ministry of Economy and Transport
• Type of business or sector  Public sector
• Occupation or position held  Head of Division at the Ministry of Economy and Transport
• Main activities and responsibilities  Operational management of ECOP
• Dates (from – to)   2002-2003
• Name and address of employer  National Development Office of the Prime Minister’s Office,
• Type of business or sector  Public sector
• Occupation or position held  Senior Advisor and Deputy Head of Division
• Main activities and responsibilities  Programming of ECOP, negotiating with the Commission, Evaluation
• Dates (from – to)   1994 - 2002
• Name and address of employer  Institute for World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of  Sciences,
• Type of business or sector  Research Institute
• Occupation or position held  Senior Research Fellow
• Date  09-12.09.2009.
• Name and address of conference  XIX. Economic Forum, Krynica/Poland
Title  “The European solidarity. 20 years after the Revolution”
• Main activities  Presenter and discussant
• Forum organiser  Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies (Eastern Institute)
• Date  15-16.10.2009.
• Name and address of conference  International conference of competitiveness programmes and priorities in CEE countries, Budapest
• Main activities  Discussant: The role of Research and Development in competitiveness programmes section
• Forum organiser  MAG-Hungarian Economic Development Centre
• Date  02-04.12.2009.
• Name and address of conference  IQ-Net conference, Are/Sweden
Title  “New Partnership Dinamics in a Changing Cohesion Policy Context”
• Main activities  Discussant
• Conference organiser  European Policies Research Centre (University of Strathclyde)
• Date  27-28.01.2010.
• Name and address of conference  Clusters in Europe II,  Budapest/Hungary
Title  “Mobilizing Clusters for Competitiveness”
• Main activities  Section chair: Regional development and cluster development section
  Summary report
• Conference organiser  Pole Programme Office
• Date  06-07.05.2010.
• Name and address of conference  IQ-Net conference, Brussels/Belgium
Title  “The reform of EU Cohesion Policy”
• Main activities  Section chair
• Conference organiser  European Policies Research Centre (University of Strathclyde)
Novák C. 2002  „Reasons to Hurry Enlargement” Parliament Magazine, 14th January, Brussels
Novák C. 2002  A VEC model of Hungary’s Trade Discussion Paper Series, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK.
Novák C. 2002  How Large is the Impact of FDI on Firm Perfomance?
Cross Section Estimates for Hungary, Discussion Paper Series, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK.
Novák C. 2002  Which Channels of Technology Transfer are Relevant for Hungary?
A Dynamic Panel Analysis, Discussion Paper Series, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK.
Novák C. 2001  What Patterns Does the Real Integration of Hungary in the EU Show?
Some Time Series Analysis, Discussion Paper, Institute for World Economics (co-authors: Judit Habuda and Sándor Buzás)
Novák C. 1999  The Transformation of Manufacturing in CEE-countries, (co-author: Tamás Novák) in The Central and Eastern European Handbook by Heenan, P. Lamontagne M.(eds), Fitzroy Dearborn, London
Novák C. 1999  East Europe, East Asia: “How Do TFP Growth Rates Differ?” Discussion Paper, Institute for World Economics
Novák C. 1999  „Labour Cost and Export Competitiveness - An Estimation of an Industry Panel”, Discussion Paper Series, Institute for World Economics, (co-author: Sándor Buzás)

Novák C. 2003  A külföldi tőke és a technológia továbbgyűrűzése Magyarországon – egy ökonometriai vizsgálat (Foreign capital and technological spillover in Hungary – an econometric analysis), Közgazdasági Szemle
Novák C. 2002  Hogyan mérjük a külföldi tőke szerepét a vállalati szektor teljesítményében? (How to measure the impact of foreign capital in the firm sector?), Műhelytanulmány, MTA Világgazdasági Kutatóintézet
Novák C. 2002  Hatékonyság és külföldi tőke a magyar feldolgozóiparban (Performance and foreign capital in Hungarian manufacturing), Külgazdaság, 5. szám
Novák C. 2001  Érzékeny-e a magyar export a külföldi kereslet ciklikus ingadozására
(Is the Hungarian export sensitive to cyclical shifts in foreign demand?), Külgazdaság, 12. szám
• Dates (from – to)  1999 - 2002
• Name and type of organization providing education and training  Centre for Economic Reform and Transformation, Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University (supervisors: P.C. Bhattacharya and Mark Schaeffer)
• Principal subjects/occupational skills covered  Efficiency measures, microeconomics, measurement of spillover effects of R+D and FDI
Level in national classification   PhD Economics
• Dates (from – to)  1997 – 1998
• Name and type of organization providing education and training  Department of Economics of the University College London (University of London)
• Principal subjects/occupational skills covered  Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics (time series, panel)
• Title of qualification awarded  MSc Economics, University College London, University of London
• Dates (from – to)  1988 - 1993
• Name and type of organization providing education and training  Budapest University of Economic Sciences, Specialization in International Economics, European Integration
• Reading skills  excellent
• Writing skills  excellent
• Verbal skills  excellent
• Reading skills  intermediate
• Writing skills  intermediate
• Verbal skills  intermediate
SOCIAL SKILLS AND COMPETENCES  I enjoy working with people and was always attracted to work with people from different countries and backgrounds. i got used to this while studying and working in the UK.
ORGANISATIONAL SKILLS  AND COMPETENCES  I managed larger and larger areas in the past ten years and so alongside my responsibilities my management and organizational skills had increased as well particularly in project management and control.
TECHNICAL SKILLS  AND COMPETENCES  General user of computers.
ARTISTIC SKILLS AND COMPETENCES  None, maybe apart from gardening.
DRIVING LICENCE(S)  I do have it.

Fiona O`Loughlin

EDUC commission of COR

Honours Leaving Cert, Bachelor of Education degree, Diploma in Education, certificate in PR, certificate in marketing, ECDL

1983 -1999: Primary School teacher
1999-2000: National co-ordinator of Young Peoples Telethon
2000-2003: Host Town Programme Manager for 2003 SOWSG
2003-2007: Legacy/Network Manager for Special Olympics Ireland
2007-todate: EU liaison for SOEE

1994, 1999, 2004, 2009: Elected to Newbridge Town Council
1999, 2004, 2009: Elected to Kildare Co. Council
2009: appointed to the Committee of the Regions
2011: rapporteur for COR opinion  on the simplification of research funding

Current affairs, cooking, travel, reading


Hungarian Academy of Sciences

József PÁLINKÁS was born on 18 September 1952 at Galvács, Hungary. He studied physics at, and in 1977 graduated from, Attila József University at Szeged. He started to work at the Institute for Nuclear Research (ATOMKI) of HAS in Debrecen. His area of research was the experimental examination of atomic collisions. In 1981, he earned a top-level (“summa cum laude”) university doctorate with Lajos Kossuth University of the Sciences in Debrecen.
Working on high-energy heavy ion collisions, from 1983 through 1985 he was guest scientist of Texas A & M University at College Station. He also worked on ion-atomic collisions at the Manne Siegbahn Institute in Sweden in 1988. In 1989, he earned a Doctor of Physics title with HAS.
From 1990 at ATOMKI he was exploring electron emission arising from ion-atomic collision processes, and served as Vice-Director (in 1990), and from 1991 as Director of ATOMKI through 1996. In 1994, he became involved in particle physics research carried out at CERN’s LEP joining the OPAL experiment. In 1995, József Pálinkás was elected Corresponding Member of HAS and became full professor of physics at Lajos Kossuth University of the Sciences, later re-named University of Debrecen (UD). From 1995, he serves as Department Chair of Experimental Physics, since 2005, he has been Director of its Physics Institute of UD, and from 2007 to 2008 he served as Vice-Rector of UD.
From 1998 through 2002, József Pálinkás served first as Secretary of State, then as Cabinet Minister of Education in the Hungarian Government. In 2002, he left government for his university and research commitments. In 2004, he was elected a Full Member of HAS.
In 2006, he was elected an MP of the Young Democrats´ Party (FIDESZ). In Parliament, he took part in the work of the Education and Science Committee while co-chairing an ad-hoc Research and Innovation Committee. He resigned from his mandate in 2008 when he was elected as president of HAS. In 2009 he was elected member of Academia Europaea and since 2010 he serves as vice president of European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC).
For more on József Pálinkás’s scientific publications and achievements, visit the ATOMKI server.


European Commission

After having spent 7 years working in the private sector in the area of telecommunications, he joined the European Commission and worked for the Telematics and ESPRIT programme. As from 2001, he jointed the Innovation Unit and he developed specific competences in the area of clusters. He is currently leading a team working in association with Member States on cluster policy actions and managing EU projects with a view to promote the development of more world-class clusters in Europe.

Anneli PAULI

Deputy Director General - Innovation and ERA
European Commission - DG Research & Innovation

Professional experience in the European Institutions:

16 April 2008 to date:Deputy Director-General, DG Research,
from 1 January 2011 DG for Research & Innovation

1 April 2007-15 April 2008:Deputy Director-General, DG JRC

Professional experience before joining the European Institutions:

• 2001-March 2007: Academy of Finland : Vice President (Research)
• 1996-2000: Academy of Finland: Secretary General, Research Council for Environment and Natural Resources  (also responsibility for the implementation and development of the Finnish Centre of Excellence Programmes)
• 1995-March 2007: Helsinki University of Technology: Senior lecturer (Docent), microbiology in water and wastewater engineering
• 1983-1988, 1990, 1995: Ministry of the Interior, later Ministry of the Environment: Researcher, planner, senior planner, senior adviser (environmental research policy and financing)
• 1991-1994: Water and Environment Research Institute: Senior researcher (environmental biotechnology)
• 1988-1990: The Nessling Foundation: Research manager (policy and financing of environmental research)
• 1980-1983: Pollab Ltd : Consultant  (water and wastewater research)
• 1979-1983: University of Helsinki, Dept. of Limnology: Amanuensis and part-time teaching assistant
•  1979-1980: Institute of Marine Research: Researcher

Other activities:

Several memberships and chairpersonships in international, EU and national Committees and Working Groups, e.g. EC representative to the High level group on Joint Programming (GPC), to the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), and the G8+5 High Level Group on Global Research Activities. She is also EC representative to the High Level Group of COST-ESF (the European COoperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research COST-European Science Foundation ESF).

She has been a Finnish representative in Management Committees of environmental research during FP4 and 5, European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), Chair of Steering Committee of "BONUS for the Baltic Sea Science-Network of Funding Agencies", Vice-Chair of the Nordic Research Board (NordForsk), a member of OECD Global Science Forum and of the Management Board of the European Chemicals Agency.

She has also been Chair of the Governing Board of the Science & Technology Centre in Ukraine (STCU) and EU representative of the Governing Board of International Science & Technology Centre in Moscow (ISTC), a member of the General Assembly of the International Association for the Promotion of Cooperation with Scientists from the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (INTAS) and also Chair of Scientific and Technical Research Committee (CREST) of the EU.

Herve PERO

European Commission

Trained as Engineer (Ecole des Mines, France) and after 37 years of professional career, he has various fields of competence, ranging from industrial production to quality management, from follow-up and management of research & innovation or capacity building actions at European level to teaching activities. He has a broad experience in an international environment, since, after 4 years career in South America as a university teacher and 8 years in a steel making international group, he joined the European Commission, during the mid-80’s to help develop the first community industrial research programmes. After several management positions in the Directorate General for Research, he is since 2004 working as Head of Unit dealing with Research Infrastructures. He is also the executive secretary of ESFRI, the European Strategy Group for Research Infrastructures. 


Project Officer

Christos Profilis graduated from the Chemistry Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece in November 1978.

From April 1979 until July 1982, he worked on his R&D thesis, on "Synthesis of organic substances to be used as potential cytostatic (anticancer) agents" (Pharmaceutical Chemistry Departments of the Nuclear Research Centre "Demokritos" in Athens and the University of Patra).

Between October 1984 and May 1987, he has worked for Pharmaceutical and Cosmetics Industrial companies in Greece (Minerva Pharmaceutical, as Pharmaceuticals Production Team Supervisor; BDF Hellas, as Quality Control Manager).

As of 17 July 1989 to date, he has always worked at Directorate General Research of the European Commission.

He started at the Bureau Communautaire de Référence - Measurements and Testing - Standards Measurements and Testing Programme as Scientific Project Officer, in charge of 25-30 EU funded R&D projects related to: medical devices, pharmaceutical/cosmetic products, justice (forensic) system, food analysis, occupational health, anti-fraud and instrumentation. He was also the Unit's contact point for Anti-Fraud R&D activities and has also acted as a member of a Selection Committee for Temporary staff, in the domain of Socio-economic Research.

As of 1 April 2001, he continued in a Unit dealing at first with the Mapping of Excellence exercise, then with the preparation of the EC 6th Framework Programme New Instruments, i.e. Networks of Excellence and Integrated Projects and subsequently with the ERA-NET Activity (Coordination of National Research Programmes).

As of September 2006, he has been working for the Unit "Research Infrastructures", in: a) Following-up of relations with the European Investment Bank, of Regional issues in relation to Research Infrastructures facilities (Structural Funds) and of the implementation of the European Research Area, with special emphasis on "World Class Research Infrastructures"; b)managing EU funded Research Infrastructures in the fields of metrology, nanotechnologies, biotechnologies and food, including Preparatory Phase projects for the construction of new ESFRI Roadmap (pan-European) Research Infrastructures facilities.

Alasdair REID

Technopolis Group

Alasdair Reid joined Technopolis Group in February 2004 and is responsible for the Brussels and Tallinn offices. He is also general manager, since February 2005, of the ERAWATCH Network (a not-for-profit organisation) that brings together some 70 organisations from over 40 European countries and most of the leading industrialised or emerging nations.

Alasdair has more than seventeen years of experience in public policy research in the field of regional economic and enterprise development policies and innovation systems and strategies.  During his career, he has provided advice and support to the European Commission, international organisations (OECD, World Bank) and national and regional governments and agencies throughout the European Union and in third countries (including Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia, South Africa and Turkey).  In particular, Alasdair has managed, since 2004, the main EU research and innovation policy-benchmarking platforms at national (the European Trend Chart on Innovation and ERAWATCH) and regional levels (Regional Innovation Monitor).

He has published a number of articles in peer reviewed journals and book chapters notably focusing on the design and evaluation of regional development and innovation policies and the links with economic trends.
Alasdair is an economist, holding a BA (Honours) from Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, 1988) and an MA in Economics from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL, Belgium, 1993).  Prior to joining Technopolis he worked for a Brussels-based policy think thank (C&L Belmont), as a research fellow at the UCL and then for ADE S.A. (Belgium) leading multi-country regional and innovation policy projects.

Alasdair is fluently bilingual (English, French), has a good grasp of Spanish and basic Estonian.

Current assignments include:

  • A study on Evaluation of Innovation Activities methods and practices aimed at producing a new guide for Structural Fund Management Authorities (2011, DG Regional Policy, European Commission)
  • A study on Innovation in the Baltic Sea Region as a contribution to the further development of smart specialisation strategies and inter-regional co-operation (2011 for DG REGIO)
  • The Regional Innovation Monitor platform which collects, benchmarks and analyses data and evidence on innovation performance and policies in 190 EU27 regions (2010-12) for DG Enterprise of the European Commission
  • European Eco-innovation observatory (2009-12) for DG Environment of the European Commission


Sincrotrone Trieste SCpA

Carlo Rizzuto is President of Sincrotrone Trieste ScpA And Chair of the Committee for Scientific Culture of the Research and University ministry in Italy He is member of the Expert Committee for Research for the Prime Minister of Italy, and of the Research Evaluation Committee advising the Italian Government.

Previous appointments: Member and Chairman of several National and International Bodies in Research and Research Policy, as the European Forum for Research infrastructures, and formerly involved in the start-up of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, founder of the National Institute for the Physics of Matter, and of Technology transfer and Venture-capital firms dedicated to the support of research-based innovation.

Academic qualifications: Associate Professor Solid, State Physics in 1963-5 and 1967-76, Researcher of the National Research Council-CNR 1967-76, Visiting Fellow McGill University, Montreal 1965-66; Imperial College, London 1970; Universidad de Chile 1971; Lausanne 1982, Full Professor of Solid State Physics at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Genova, from 1976.

Scientific Activity: Low Temperature Physics, Cryomedicine, Cryogenics and applied superconductivity, Metals, Magnetism, Materials Science, Sustainable Energy applications, Science Policy and Science Evaluation.

Vlastimil RUZICKA

deputy director
Institute of Physics

Graduated from:
Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Prague, 1972 (degree: Ing., equivalent to M.Sc.)
Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, 1978 (degree: CSc., equivalent to PhD)

Appointed to the position of:
rector of Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague (a public university), 2002-2007
vice-minister, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, 2008-2010 (July)
deputy director, Institute of Physics, Academy of Science

Professional career:
• scientist, Department of Physical Chemistry, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague (DPC ICT), 1978-1989;
• assistant professor, DPC ICT, 1989-1994;
• associate professor, DPC ICT, 1994-2003;
• professor, DPC ICT, since 2003;
• vice-rector for international relations of ICT, 1996-2001;
• rector of ICT, 2002-2007
• vice-minister, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, 2008-2010
• deputy director, Institute of Physics, Academy of Science, 2010-

Stays abroad:
• Postdoctorate Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering of the Danish Technical University, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1980, 6 months;
• Guest Scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland, U.S.A., 1991-2, 18 months;
• mobilities within the TEMPUS project, Laboratory of Thermodynamics and Chemical Engineering of the University Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand, France, several 1 to 3 months stays, 1993-5.

Professional experience:
• teaching of chemical thermodynamics courses at a university level
• research fields:

  • characterization of vapor-liquid equilibrium in a single-component system (experimental determination and correlation of thermophysical properties and vapor pressure of high-boiling organic compounds),
  • data evaluation, generation of databases, and development of methods for physical chemical properties estimation,

• preparation of a higher-education reform in the Czech Republic
• implementation of the Extreme Light Infrastructure project in the Czech Republic.

• Chevalier de l’Orde des Palmes Académiques, France (Knight of the order of Academic Palmes), 2002
• commemorative medal of the „Česká rafinérská“ (Czech Refinery) on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of its founding, 2005
• commemorative medal of the University of Pardubice, 2006


Policy Analyst - Innovation
European Commission

She is Coordinator of the team innovation at DG Regional Policy in the Unit Thematic Development and Innovation. She has produced the Staff Working Paper on 'Regions delivering innovation through cohesion policy' in 2007 and she was responsible for the Communication 'Regional Policy contributing to smart growth in Europe 2020', adopted jointly with the Innovation Union flagship in October 2010.

At the moment she is responsible for the setting up of the Smart Specialisation Platform that will assist regions to develop smart specialisation strategies'.

She follows the on-going discussions regarding the future Strategic Framework for Research and Innovation and she is secretary of the task force for debating the future Cohesion Policy framework for research, innovation and enterprises.

Work Experience

She graduated in economics at the Economics University (ISE) in Lisbon in 1984. Since 1989 I was Head of Unit in several Public Departments that produced studies and advice for Portuguese Ministries. The Ministries were industrial policy, environment and regional development and the National Statistical Office.

In 1994 she was invited by Eurostat, in Luxembourg, as a national official to manage the project of producing harmonised European statistics on environmental expenditures by businesses and by public authorities. From 1997 till 2003 I worked in Luxemburg in three consultancy enterprises as head of department, producing several studies and indicators for the policy decision process.

She has published a large number of articles and reports on industrial policy, international trade and on environmental issues in Portugal and Luxembourg.

In 2003 she joined DG Regional Policy, as a European Commission official in the Unit Conception of Policy. She was responsible for sustainable development and territorial cohesion. In 2004 she has joined the Unit Thematic Development and Innovation that constructs synergies between Cohesion Policy and other policies and was responsible for environment. Since 2007 she is responsible for analysing and contributing to Innovation policy and also other policies: SMEs, Information Society, RTD and Education.

Since 2009 she is the coordinator of the team Innovation that includes ENTR, RTD, INFSO and EAC policies.

Francesco SETTE

Director General
European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)

Francesco Sette, Director General of the ESRF since 1 January 2009, was born in Rome in 1957.  He holds a doctorate in physics from the University of Rome and is considered to be a pioneer in research with synchrotron radiation.  He spent eight years at the AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill (USA) and joined the ESRF in 1991.  He has received several prestigious awards for his work.  Twenty years ago, he co-invented the world’s first high energy resolution, high intensity soft X-ray source, which quickly found its way into many synchrotron light facilities throughout the world.  Later, as a group leader at the ESRF, he developed a new generation of inelastic X-ray scattering beam lines, which made possible the study of atomic motions and electronic properties of condensed matter using X-rays.
From 2001 to 2008 Francesco Sette was a Director of Research at the ESRF, playing a pivotal role in maintaining the ESRF's high position among the world’s leading synchrotron radiation sources, and in establishing the science case leading to the launching of the ESRF Upgrade Programme.  He has served on the advisory committees of major light sources such as DESY in Hamburg (Germany) and LCLS in Stanford (USA), and most recently, the European XFEL. 



Dr. Zoran Stančič is Deputy Director-General in the European Commission, DG INFSO since 2009. 

Trained as an engineer he started his professional career as a research assistant at the Department of Archaeology, University of Ljubljana. In 1994 he was employed as the Head of the Spatial Information Centre of the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and Associate Professor at the Department of Geodesy. From 1990 till 2000 he was a research fellow or visiting professor at the University of Arkansas, the Delft University of Technology, the University of Reading, the Boston University, the University of Trieste and the University of Paris. Zoran Stančič has published seven scientific books and a number of scientific papers on quantitative methods in archaeology and remote sensing.

During 1999 - 2000 he was Deputy Director of the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

From the year 2000 to 2004 he was State Secretary for Science at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport in Slovenia.

In the period 2004 - 2009 he served as Deputy Director-General in the European Commission, DG Research.


Deputy Director General
Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research

1946               Vienna, Austria
1970-1971    Work at newspaper "Kurier"
1971-1991    Administrative assistant at Vienna University of Technology
1984               Ph.D. Degree of University of Vienna (medieval history)
1991 -            Austrian Federal Ministry of  Science and Research - Department for    International Research

  1994 -          Head of Department for International Research Co-operation, 
  2009 -          Deputy Director General - Scientific Research and International Relations

FP 4/5            INCO program-committee
FP 6               Program-committee: Research infrastructures
1995-2010   General Assembly of INTAS
2002 -           European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI)
2006 -           Steering Platform for Research with the Western Balkan Countries
2008 -           ESFRI - WG on Regional Issues
2009 -           Strategy Forum on International Cooperation (SFIC)



Head of Office
French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry

Professional experience

From April 2009 French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry, Head of the Cluster Policy Office

April 2007 –April 2009
French Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment at Inspection générale des finances, Inspector of Finance. Main missions:
- the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, the EU’s most important research funding programme;
- General Review of the public enterprise support policies: financial supports, organizations and processes;
- Audit of management processes and payment system of public pensions;
- Audit of French universities for their transition to independence from a State governed system.

April 2006-March 2007
French Ministry of Employment, Social Cohesion and Housing. Direct advisor of the Minister, Jean-Louis Borloo, responsible for Employment policy.

September 2004-April 2006
French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry, at Department of the Treasury and Economic Policy. Deputy Head of Office in the Sub-Directorate for Social Policy and Employment.
Teacher of macroeconomics at ENSAE then associate professor in economics at the Political Sciences Institute of Paris (Sciences Po).

July-September 2003
French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry, in the Department of Economic Forecast: author of a legal and economic study on the universal service in network industries and opening up to competition, then development of a model to optimise the network of financial and postal counters.

April-July 2002
State Council (Conseil d’Etat): author of a book of case law in the legal research service.

July-August 2001
SARTOMER, petrochemical industry located in the USA: factory worker, an interesting position to understand human, social and technical functioning of this factory.


2002-2004 ENSAE: finance, macroeconomics, microeconomics, industrial economy, theory of regulation and contract theory.

2000-2002 Ecole Polytechnique: major in finance and applied mathematics (with Professors N. El Karoui, PL. Lions, S. Gregoire and F. Kramartz) and in economics (with Professors P. Artus, J. Pisani-Ferry and B. Salanié).

1999-2000 As part of the Ecole Polytechnique:
- Three months of command learning in St. Cyr Military School for Officers.
- Eight months of management and teaching practice in a military association of prisoner rehabilitation.

Qiyu TU

Secretary General
Center For Urban And Regional Studies, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences

Professor and Secretary General
Since 2007     Center for Urban and Regional Studies, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences

Research Fellow
Since 2000     Institute of World Economy, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences

Assistant President
2002-2007      Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences

Visiting Research Fellow
April-June 2007  East Asia Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Visiting Scholar
Sept-Oct 2004      Le Cycle d'Urbanisme, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, France

Exchange Scholar
Sept 2003              British Academy, London, UK

Fulbright Scholar in Residence
August 2001 – June 2002      Bard College, NY, USA

Visiting Scholar
July, 2001          Trinity Hall College, University of Cambridge, UK

Richard TUFFS


Richard Tuffs has been director of the ERRIN network since October 2010.

Following his Bachelors degree in geography and social sciences and Masters in town planning in the UK, Richard started his career in town planning but then moved into language and communication training in Paris. He returned to the UK to complete a Masters in Applied Linguistics and then returned to mainland Europe to the Institute of Phonetics at the Free University of Brussels (ULB). While at the ULB, Richard started part-time tutoring for the British Open University in social sciences and then took the post of Coordinator of the Open University Brussels Office.

After six years at the Open University, Richard joined the Kent Brussels Office as Deputy Director. He then moved to the West Midlands in Europe as European Policy Manager before taking up his current post which involves policy analysis especially around the EU’s research and innovation agendas, project development and management and raising the profile of the ERRIN network and its member regions in Brussels.


Synchrotron SOLEIL


1969           L.Sc. (Chemistry) University of Louvain (Belgium)

1971           M.Sc. (Biochemistry) University of Montreal (Canada)

1974           Ph.D. (Biochemistry) University of Montreal (Canada)


1975-89      Senior scientist Genetics unit, Shriners hospital, Montreal, Canada

1975-79      Lecturer Department of experimental surgery and

1979-84      Assistant Professor Center for human genetics

1984-89      Associate Professor McGill University, Montreal, Canada

1989            Full Professor

1980-81      Visiting assistant professor Department of Biochemistry, CMDNJ-Rutgers

1984-87      Adjunct associate professor Medical School, Piscataway, N.J., USA

1989 -          present Professor Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France

Managerial responsibilities

1992-95       Director Dep. of earth and life sciences, ENS de Lyon

1994-2001  Director Institute for Structural Biology, Grenoble, France

1997-2003  Head Department of Molecular and Structural Biology, Atomic Energy Commission, Grenoble, France

2000-2005  Director of Research ENS de Lyon

2003-2005  Director Transdisciplinary Joliot-Curie Laboratory, ENS de Lyon.

2005-2007  Director Life Sciences Department, CNRS, Paris

2007 -           present Director Synchrotron SOLEIL


1969-1974 Thesis in Biochemistry on the pigment complement of a bacterial photosynthetic reaction center : 4 publications.

1974-1989 Research on collagens and collagen liked pathologies, McGill University: 45 publications.

1989-1996 Research on collagens (Institute of biology and chemistry of proteins, Lyon): 48 publications.

1997-2003 Research (part time) at the Institute for Structural Biology: 10 publications.

2004-2005 Creation and direction of the Transdisciplinary Joliot-Curie Laboratory at ENS de Lyon.


Member of the European Parliament
European Parliament

Born in 1953, Nuland, The Netherlands.

Degree in Social Geography (Catholic University of Nijmegen).

Since 2004: Member of the European Parliament (member of the Bureau of the Group of the European People's Party) 

In the European Parliament:

- Vice-president and treasurer of the Dutch EPP delegation;
- Member, EPP Coordinator and EPP Speaker in the Committee on Regional  Development;
- Substitute member of the Committee on Industry, Telecoms, Research and Energy;
- Member of the Bureau of the EPP;
- Substitute member of the Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries
- Member of the Delegation for relations with South Asia;
- Substitute member of the Delegation in the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly;
- Co-president of the AGE and URBAN-intergroups.



Attaché External Relations
Gouvernment of the Brussels Capital Region

Brussels Minister of Finance and Budget and External Relations.
President of the Board of the Flemish Community Commission (VGC).
In charge of the Flemish Education in Brussels and of the Communication.

Minister of Health for the Common Community Commission

Born in Ieper on the 10th  of April 1954.
Lives in Uccle.
Married to Christine Robeir, 1 child Nicolas
Studies: Sint-Vincentiuscollege Ieper,  followed by Law school at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (graduated in 1980). He is a lawyer (office De Beir-Vanraes) at the Brussels Lawsince 1980 (until 2009) and President of the Universitaire Associatie Brussel (UAB) (until 2009).

In July 2009, The Brussels Minister of Finance and Budget, Guy Vanhengel (Open Vld),  left for the Federal Government. Jean-Luc Vanraes (Open Vld) replaced him and became on the 16th of July the new Brussels Minister of Finance and Budget.

Political Career
• Member of the Council of Brussels Capital Region since the 18th October 2000.
• President of the VLD Group in the Council of Brussels Capital Region (until 2009)
• President of the Board of the Flemish Community Commission (VCG) 
• Member of the Council and of the Executive Committee of the VGC
• President of the Social Services in Uccle (1999-2009)
• Member and President of the VGC Board (2009- )
• Minister of Finance and Budget of the Government of Brussels Capital Region (2009)
website: http://www.jeanlucvanraes.be


Director, ESFRI Special Task
Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Beatrix Vierkorn-Rudolph holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry. Since 2005 she is Deputy-Director General of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany (BMBF). There she has the responsibility for six of the Helmholtz Research Centres in Germany as well as for XFEL and FAIR, the large new Research Infrastructures, Germany is constructing.

Since 2006 she is one of the German representatives in ESFRI. In October 2006, Mrs. Vierkorn-Rudolph was elected as Member of the Executive Board of ESFRI, and since March 2008 holds the position of the Vice Chair. In September 2010 she has taken over the Chairmanship of ESFRI.


|Head of Unit ERA
Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports

Naděžda Witzanyová has a background in polymeric chemistry.  She works at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports in Prague, Czech Republic, as Head of unit for the European research area. She is an ESFRI member, the ESFRI EB member in 2009 and 2010, chair of the ESFRI Evaluation WG. In addition to this she is an ERAC member.