Who's who

  • Committee of Senior Officials CSO
  • Executive Board EB
  • Administration A
  • National Coordinators CNC
  • Scientific Committee SC

Committee of Senior Officials

The COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) is the general assembly of the COST Association. It is composed of the official representatives of the Members, including Israel. The latter, however, has no voting rights. The general assembly is chaired by the President of the COST Association, Prof. Paulo Ferrão . The Presidency rotates among the COST members every two years.

Prof. Paulo Ferrão

President of the COST Association

Prof. Paulo Ferrão is currently full Professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) of the Universidade de Lisboa, where he leads the IST Energy Initiative, the PhD Programme in Sustainable Energy Systems and the IN+ research centre, for Studies in Innovation, Technology and Policy Research.

Until recently, Prof. Paulo Ferrão was president of the Board of Directors of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) (FTC). He stepped down from this position in April 2019. He had also previously been the director of the MIT-Portugal Programme since 2006, a strategic partnership set up between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and several Portuguese universities and research centres; supported and funded by the FCT. With a widely acknowledged international career, Prof. Paulo Ferrão is a member of the U.S. National Academies Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, where he also sits on the Committees on Pathways to Urban Sustainability and on Sustainability Linkages in the Federal Government. He is a member of the Environmental Advisory Board to Rolls Royce, an MIT Research Affiliate, associate and past board member of the International Society for Industrial Ecology.

His scientific interests are focused in the areas of energy and industrial ecology, in which he has carried out research into waste and urban systems management. In this framework, Prof. Paulo Ferrão coordinated the working groups that established Portuguese plans for waste management – PNGR-Plano Nacional de Gestão de Resíduos and PERSU 2020 (Plano estratégico para os resíduos urbanos). He is co-author of the book “Sustainable Urban metabolism”, published by MIT-Press in 2013, and of “Urban metabolism of six Asian cities”, published by the Asian Development Bank, in 2014.

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Dr Tuula Aarnio
Country representative for Finland- Programme Manager

Academy of Finland
Life Sciences and Environmental Health Research
Hakaniemenranta 6, PL 131
00531 Helsinki
Finland

Dr Tuula Aarnio

+358 29 533 5146

Academy of Finland
Life Sciences and Environmental Health Research
Hakaniemenranta 6, PL 131
00531 Helsinki
Finland

Prof. Mehmet Arif Adli
Country representative for Turkey

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey
Atatürk Bulvari, 221
Kavaklidere 06100 Ankara
Turkey

Prof. Mehmet Arif Adli

+90 312 427 50 39

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey
Atatürk Bulvari, 221
Kavaklidere 06100 Ankara
Turkey

Dr Almudena Agüero
Country representative for Spain - CSO-COST Spanish Representative

Ministry for Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO)
Deputy Direction of International and European Relations (SGRIE)
P. de la Castellana, 162. Planta 16. Despacho 51.2
28046 Madrid
Spain

Dr Almudena Agüero

+34 91 603 79 51

Ministry for Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO)
Deputy Direction of International and European Relations (SGRIE)
P. de la Castellana, 162. Planta 16. Despacho 51.2
28046 Madrid
Spain

Ms Cristina Anania
Country representative for Romania - Romanian Office for Science and Technology to EU

Ministry of National Education, National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation
Montoyer 23
1000 Brussels
Belgium

Ms Cristina Anania

RO: +4021303.21.28 / +4021303.41.99 Int.802 // BE: +322 505 3003

Ministry of National Education, National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation
Montoyer 23
1000 Brussels
Belgium

Prof John Bartzis
Country representative for Greece

Environmental Technology Laboratory
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of West Macedonia
Silvera and Bakola Str. 50100 Kozani
Greece

Prof John Bartzis

+30 6940 850 470

Environmental Technology Laboratory
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of West Macedonia
Silvera and Bakola Str. 50100 Kozani
Greece

Mrs Elena Belei
Country representative for Moldova

1 Piata Marii Adunari nationale
Chisinau
MD-2011

Mrs Elena Belei

+373 (22) 25 05 88

1 Piata Marii Adunari nationale
Chisinau
MD-2011

Ms Friederike Beulshausen
Country representative for Germany

DLR Project Management Agency, European and International Cooperation, Europe
Heinrich-Konen-Str. 1
53227 Bonn
Germany

Ms Friederike Beulshausen

+49 228 3821 1649

DLR Project Management Agency, European and International Cooperation, Europe
Heinrich-Konen-Str. 1
53227 Bonn
Germany

Prof Alexander Bligh
Country representative for Israel - Chief Scientist

Ministry of Science and Technology
2 Clermont Ganneau Street
Kiryat Begin
POB 49100 Jerusalem
Israel

Prof Alexander Bligh

+97225411129

Ministry of Science and Technology
2 Clermont Ganneau Street
Kiryat Begin
POB 49100 Jerusalem
Israel

Ms Josephine Them Parnas
Country representative for Denmark

Ministry of Higher Education and Science
Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education (DAFSHE)
Bredgade 40
DK-1260 Copenhagen K
Denmark

Ms Josephine Them Parnas

+45 3544 6200

Ministry of Higher Education and Science
Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education (DAFSHE)
Bredgade 40
DK-1260 Copenhagen K
Denmark

Ms Marissa Herder
Country representative for the Netherlands

Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
Address: Rijnstraat 50
2515 XP Den Haag
The Netherlands

Ms Marissa Herder

+31 646849323

Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
Address: Rijnstraat 50
2515 XP Den Haag
The Netherlands

Dr Maija Bundule
Country representative for Latvia

Centre of European Programs
Latvian Academy of Sciences Akademijas laukums 1
Valnu str 2
LV-1050 Riga
Latvia

Dr Maija Bundule

+371 67227790

Centre of European Programs
Latvian Academy of Sciences Akademijas laukums 1
Valnu str 2
LV-1050 Riga
Latvia

Dr Helena Burg
Country representative for Luxembourg - Head of International Relations

National Research Fund – FNR

Luxembourg

Dr Helena Burg

+352 26 19 25 55

National Research Fund – FNR

Luxembourg

Dr Valentina Cardinale
Country representative for Italy

Ministry of Education, University and Research
Department of Higher Education and research – DG Research; Office VIII – Programming and promotion of research in the international context and coordination of aerospace research
Via Carcani 61
00153 Rome
Italy

Dr Valentina Cardinale

+390697727549

Ministry of Education, University and Research
Department of Higher Education and research – DG Research; Office VIII – Programming and promotion of research in the international context and coordination of aerospace research
Via Carcani 61
00153 Rome
Italy

Prof Jaroslav Cihlár
Country representative for Czech Republic- Action involvement: D41

Brno University of Technology,
Central European Institute of Technology,
Purkynova 656/123, 612 00 Brno,
Czech Republic

Prof Jaroslav Cihlár

+420 54114 3383

Brno University of Technology,
Central European Institute of Technology,
Purkynova 656/123, 612 00 Brno,
Czech Republic

Dr Melchior Cini
Country representative for Malta - Programmes Executive

Malta Council for Science and Technology
1320 Kalkara
Malta

Dr Melchior Cini

+35623602153

Malta Council for Science and Technology
1320 Kalkara
Malta

Ms Mihaela Cristina Ciobanu
Country representative for Romania - European Affairs Counsellor

Ministry of National Education
National Authority for Scientific Research
21 – 25 D.I. Mendeleev Street
District 1 – 010362 Bucharest
Romania

Ms Mihaela Cristina Ciobanu

+40213183050

Ministry of National Education
National Authority for Scientific Research
21 – 25 D.I. Mendeleev Street
District 1 – 010362 Bucharest
Romania

Prof Milan Dado
Country representative for Slovakia

Zilina University
Faculty of Electrical engineering
Univerzitna 8215/1
01026 Zilina
Slovakia

Prof Milan Dado

+421 41 513 2050

Zilina University
Faculty of Electrical engineering
Univerzitna 8215/1
01026 Zilina
Slovakia

Ms Milena Damyanova
Country representative for Bulgaria - Director of Science Directorate

Ministry of Education and Science
2A Kniaz Dondukov Blvd
1000 Sofia Bulgaria
Bulgaria

Ms Milena Damyanova

+359 2 9217 647

Ministry of Education and Science
2A Kniaz Dondukov Blvd
1000 Sofia Bulgaria
Bulgaria

Ms Andrea Dankova
Country representative for Slovakia

Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic,
Department of International Cooperation in Science and Technology,Division of Science and Technology
Lamačská cesta 8/A | 811 04 Bratislava | Slovak Republic

Ms Andrea Dankova

+421 2 59374 715

Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic,
Department of International Cooperation in Science and Technology,Division of Science and Technology
Lamačská cesta 8/A | 811 04 Bratislava | Slovak Republic

Dr Domenico De Martinis
Country representative for Italy

Ministry of Education, University and Research
Department of Higher Education and Research
DG Research
Office VIII
Via Carcani, 61
00153 Rome, Italy

Dr Domenico De Martinis

+39 069 7727 320

Ministry of Education, University and Research
Department of Higher Education and Research
DG Research
Office VIII
Via Carcani, 61
00153 Rome, Italy

Ms Jūratė Devižienė
Country representative for Lithuania

Head of International Programmes Unit
Research Council of Lithuania
Gedimino pr.3-162
LT-01103 Vilnius

Ms Jūratė Devižienė

+370 676 172121 45

Head of International Programmes Unit
Research Council of Lithuania
Gedimino pr.3-162
LT-01103 Vilnius

Ms Željka Dukic
Country representative for Serbia

Ministry of Science, Education and Technology
Nemanjina 22-26
11000 Belgrade
Serbia

Ms Željka Dukic

+381 11 3616 529

Ministry of Science, Education and Technology
Nemanjina 22-26
11000 Belgrade
Serbia

Mr Robert Dumi
Country representative for Albania - Director

National Agency of Scientific Research and Innovation
Boulevard Papa Gjon Pali ii, Nr 3
Tirana 1010
Albania

Mr Robert Dumi

+355682039220

National Agency of Scientific Research and Innovation
Boulevard Papa Gjon Pali ii, Nr 3
Tirana 1010
Albania

Dr Trude Dypvik
Country representative for Norway

The Research Council of Norway
P.O Box 564 N-1327 Lysaker
0283 Oslo
Norway

Dr Trude Dypvik

+47 22037310

The Research Council of Norway
P.O Box 564 N-1327 Lysaker
0283 Oslo
Norway

Mr Suvad Džafić
Country representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Assistant Minister for Science and Culture
Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Trg BiH 3, Sarajevo, 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mr Suvad Džafić

+38733492551

Assistant Minister for Science and Culture
Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Trg BiH 3, Sarajevo, 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ms Josiane Entringer
Country representative for Luxembourg

Ministry of Higher Education and Research,
Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche – MESR, 20,
Montée de la Pétrusse,
L 2327 Luxembourg

Ms Josiane Entringer

+352 24785217

Ministry of Higher Education and Research,
Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche – MESR, 20,
Montée de la Pétrusse,
L 2327 Luxembourg

Dr Henrik Fridén
Country representative for Sweden

Programme Manager
VINNOVA
Mäster Samuelsgatan 56
10158 Stockholm
Sweden

Dr Henrik Fridén

+46 8 4733000

Programme Manager
VINNOVA
Mäster Samuelsgatan 56
10158 Stockholm
Sweden

Ms Tea Glažar
Vice-President - Country representative for Slovenia

Secretary, Senior Governmental advisor within the Science Directorate
Ministry of Education, Science and Sport
International Cooperation and European Affairs

Kotnikova 38
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

Ms Tea Glažar

+386 1 478 4762

Secretary, Senior Governmental advisor within the Science Directorate
Ministry of Education, Science and Sport
International Cooperation and European Affairs

Kotnikova 38
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

Mr Antonis Ioulianos
Country representative for Cyprus - Science Officer

Research Promotion Foundation,
P.O. Box 23422,
Nicosia 1683 Cyprus

Mr Antonis Ioulianos

+35 722 205 037

Research Promotion Foundation,
P.O. Box 23422,
Nicosia 1683 Cyprus

Mr Saša Ivanović
Country representative for Montenegro- Manager of HERIC Project

Ministry of Science
TRG 46 Rimski
Montenegro

Mr Saša Ivanović

+38220234577

Ministry of Science
TRG 46 Rimski
Montenegro

Dr Josef Janda
Country representative for Czech Republic

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
Department of International Cooperation in Research and Development
Karmelitska, 7
11812 Prague 1
Czech Republic

Dr Josef Janda

+420 234 811 720

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
Department of International Cooperation in Research and Development
Karmelitska, 7
11812 Prague 1
Czech Republic

Ms Elizabeth Cooper
Country representative for United Kingdom

Head of Intergovernmental Research & Innovation (COST & EUREKA)
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
BEIS, 1 Victoria Street
London, SW1H 0ET
UK

Ms Elizabeth Cooper

+44(0) 20 72151126

Head of Intergovernmental Research & Innovation (COST & EUREKA)
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
BEIS, 1 Victoria Street
London, SW1H 0ET
UK

Ms Doris Jozić
Country representative for Croatia - Technology Development and Innovation Department Associate

Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia
Donje Svetice 38, 10 000,
Zagreb
Croatia

Ms Doris Jozić

+385 (0) 1 4594-485

Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia
Donje Svetice 38, 10 000,
Zagreb
Croatia

Ms Zlatina Karova
Country representative for Bulgaria - Head of Transnational Research Initiatives Unit

Ministry of Education and Science
Science Directorate
2A Kniaz Dondukov Blvd
1000 Sofia
Bulgaria

Ms Zlatina Karova

+359 2 9217 768

Ministry of Education and Science
Science Directorate
2A Kniaz Dondukov Blvd
1000 Sofia
Bulgaria

Dr Maarja Adojaan
Country representative for Estonia

Head of International Research Cooperation Department
Estonian Research Council
Soola 8, Tartu 51004
Estonia

Dr Maarja Adojaan

+372 731 7355

Head of International Research Cooperation Department
Estonian Research Council
Soola 8, Tartu 51004
Estonia

Dr Georges Klein
Country representative for Switzerland - Scientific Officer, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Wildhainweg 3, P.O Box 8232
CH-3001, Bern, Switzerland

Dr Georges Klein

+41 (0)31 308 21 68

Wildhainweg 3, P.O Box 8232
CH-3001, Bern, Switzerland

Ms Georgia Kostopoulou
Country representative for Greece

Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs
General Secretariat for Research and Technology
International S&T Cooperation Directorate European Union Union Division 14-18, Mesogeion Av. 115 10 Athens
Greece

Ms Georgia Kostopoulou

+30 210 7458100

Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs
General Secretariat for Research and Technology
International S&T Cooperation Directorate European Union Union Division 14-18, Mesogeion Av. 115 10 Athens
Greece

Ms Erinda Malaj
Country representative for Albania - Head of Sector Multilateral Relations Unit

National Agency of Scientific Research and Innovation
Boulevard Papa Gjon Pali ii
Nr 3 Tirana 1010,
Albania

Ms Erinda Malaj

+355686783772

National Agency of Scientific Research and Innovation
Boulevard Papa Gjon Pali ii
Nr 3 Tirana 1010,
Albania

Dr Bratislav Marinković
Country representative for Serbia - Research Professor

University of Belgrade
Institute of Physics
118 Pregrevica
11080 Belgrade
Serbia

Dr Bratislav Marinković

+381 11 316 0882

University of Belgrade
Institute of Physics
118 Pregrevica
11080 Belgrade
Serbia

Prof. Janet Mifsud
Country representative for Malta - COST NCP and CSO Ministry - Action involvement: B25

The Malta Council for Science and Technology
Villa Bighi
KKR 1320 Kalkara
Malta

Prof. Janet Mifsud

+356 23602172

The Malta Council for Science and Technology
Villa Bighi
KKR 1320 Kalkara
Malta

Mr Ammar Miraščija
Country representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Trg BiH 3
71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mr Ammar Miraščija

+38 733 49 25 97

Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Trg BiH 3
71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ms Tatiana Moraru
Country representative for Moldova

Head of the Directorate for research and innovation policies
1 Piata Marii Adunari nationale
Chisinau
MD-2011

Ms Tatiana Moraru

+373 (22) 23 33 25

Head of the Directorate for research and innovation policies
1 Piata Marii Adunari nationale
Chisinau
MD-2011

Ms Jadwiga Mrozowska
Country representative for Poland

Ministry of Science and Higher Education
Department of Science Instruments Policy
Wspòlna 1/3
00529 53 Warsaw
Poland

Ms Jadwiga Mrozowska

+48 22 5292378

Ministry of Science and Higher Education
Department of Science Instruments Policy
Wspòlna 1/3
00529 53 Warsaw
Poland

Dr Rui Munhá
Country representative for Portugal- Scientific Officer

FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia/ Foundation for Science and Technology,
Avd. Carlos I, 126
1249-074 Lisbon
Portugal

Dr Rui Munhá

+351 21 391 1538

FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia/ Foundation for Science and Technology,
Avd. Carlos I, 126
1249-074 Lisbon
Portugal

Dr Emmanuel Pasco-Viel
Country representative for France

Ministère de l’Education nationale, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche
Mission Europe et international pour la recherche, l’innovation et l’enseignement supérieur
1 rue Descartes
75 231 Cedex 05 Paris
France

Dr Emmanuel Pasco-Viel

+33 15555 8276

Ministère de l’Education nationale, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche
Mission Europe et international pour la recherche, l’innovation et l’enseignement supérieur
1 rue Descartes
75 231 Cedex 05 Paris
France

Prof. Zoran Popovski
Country representative for the Republic of North Macedonia- Full Professor & Head of Department

Department for Biochemistry and Genetic Engineering
University “Ss Cyril and Methodius”
Skopje
the Republic of North Macedonia

Prof. Zoran Popovski

+389 2 3115 277 / 271

Department for Biochemistry and Genetic Engineering
University “Ss Cyril and Methodius”
Skopje
the Republic of North Macedonia

Ms Nicole Schmidt
Country representative for Austria

Austrian Research Promotion Agency
Sensengasse 1
1090 Wien
Austria

Ms Nicole Schmidt

+43577554105

Austrian Research Promotion Agency
Sensengasse 1
1090 Wien
Austria

Dr Kalypso Sepou
Country representative for Cyprus

Research Promotion Foundation
P.O.Box 23422 Nicosia
Cyprus

Dr Kalypso Sepou

+35722205054

Research Promotion Foundation
P.O.Box 23422 Nicosia
Cyprus

Ms Orsolya Toth
Country representative for Hungary

National Research, Development and Innovation Office
Department of International Affairs
Kéthly Anna tér 1
1077 Budapest
Hungary

Ms Orsolya Toth

+36 1 896 3744

National Research, Development and Innovation Office
Department of International Affairs
Kéthly Anna tér 1
1077 Budapest
Hungary

Mr Heikki Uusi-Honko
Country representative for Finland

Business Finland Oy
P.O. Box 358
FI-00181
Helsinki

Mr Heikki Uusi-Honko

+358505577825

Business Finland Oy
P.O. Box 358
FI-00181
Helsinki

Ms Lieve Van Daele
Country representative for Belgium

Belgian Science Policy Office
International Coordination
Avenue Louise 231
1050 Brussels
Belgium

Ms Lieve Van Daele

+3222383487

Belgian Science Policy Office
International Coordination
Avenue Louise 231
1050 Brussels
Belgium

Ms Rita Ward
Country representative for Ireland - Senior Executive

Enterprise Ireland
East Point Business Park, Clontarf
Dublin 3
Ireland

Ms Rita Ward

+35317272147

Enterprise Ireland
East Point Business Park, Clontarf
Dublin 3
Ireland

Ms Brigitte Weiss
Country representative for Austria - Head of Sector EU Coordination

Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation an Technology
Innovation Department
Radetzkystraße 2
1030 Vienna
Austria

Ms Brigitte Weiss

+43 1 711 62 - 65 3300

Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation an Technology
Innovation Department
Radetzkystraße 2
1030 Vienna
Austria

Dr Karl Westberg
Country representative for Sweden

Ministry of Entreprise and Innovation
Mäster Samuelsgatan, 70
Stockholm
Sweden

Dr Karl Westberg

+4684051000

Ministry of Entreprise and Innovation
Mäster Samuelsgatan, 70
Stockholm
Sweden

Ms Branka Žižić
Country representative for Montenegro - Acting General Director

Ministry of Science
TRG46 Rimski
Montenegro

Ms Branka Žižić

+38220405331

Ministry of Science
TRG46 Rimski
Montenegro

Dr Stanislovas Zurauskas
Country representative for Lithuania

Ministry of Education and Science
A. Volano 2
LT-01516 Vilnius
Lithuania

Dr Stanislovas Zurauskas

+370 5 219 1199

Ministry of Education and Science
A. Volano 2
LT-01516 Vilnius
Lithuania

Ms Maria Teresa Martins
Country representative for Portugal

Ministry of Education and Science
Department for International Relations
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia/ Foundation for Science and Technology, Avd. Carlos I, 126
1249-074 Lisbon
Portugal

Ms Maria Teresa Martins

+35 121 391 1540

Ministry of Education and Science
Department for International Relations
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia/ Foundation for Science and Technology, Avd. Carlos I, 126
1249-074 Lisbon
Portugal

Ms Mary Twomey
Country representative from Ireland

Innovation, Research and Development Policy
Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation
23 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, D02 TD30
Ireland

Ms Mary Twomey

+353 (0)1 631 2887

Innovation, Research and Development Policy
Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation
23 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, D02 TD30
Ireland

Executive Board

The COST Executive Board (EB) prepares all decisions to be taken by the general assembly, the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), and oversees the activities of the COST administration, headed by the COST Director. The EB is composed of individuals, which are elected by the CSO (ad personam).

The Vice-President of the COST Association chairs the Executive Board.

MSc Tea Glažar

Vice-President of the COST Association

MSc. Tea Glažar is currently the  Secretary of the Science Division, Science Directorate at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia, where she acts, amongst many other international and EU roles, as a Slovenian representative to the COST Committee of Senior Officials, delegate of the Republic of Slovenia to the CERN Financial Committee and adviser for Slovenia to the CERN Council. She is also Vice-president of the Board of the Association for the support of the South East European International Institute for Sustainable Technologies (SEEIIST).

Between 2016 and 2019 MSc Tea Glažar was Advisor to the Minister for International Relations and European Affairs at the Ministry of Education Science and Sport.  She also headed the Offices for International Cooperation and European Affairs for 17 years at two different ministries of the Republic of Slovenia, the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial planning and the Ministry of the Education, Science and Sport.

MSc.Tea Glažar holds a Master in Political Science – International Relations, obtained at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana.

Prof. John Bartzis
Country representative for Greece

Environmental Technology Laboratory
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of West Macedonia
Silvera and Bakola Str. 50100 Kozani
Greece

Prof. John Bartzis

+30 6940 850 470

Environmental Technology Laboratory
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of West Macedonia
Silvera and Bakola Str. 50100 Kozani
Greece

Prof. Paulo Ferrão
President of the COST Association

Higher Technical Institute
University of Lisbon
Av. Rovisco Pais 1, 1049-001 Lisbon
Portugal

Prof. Dr Paulo Ferrão

Prof. Paulo Ferrão is currently full Professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) of the Universidade de Lisboa, where he leads the IST Energy Initiative, the PhD Programme in Sustainable Energy Systems and the IN+ research centre, for Studies in Innovation, Technology and Policy Research.

Until recently, Prof. Paulo Ferrão was president of the Board of Directors of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) (FTC). He stepped down from this position in April 2019. He had also previously been the director of the MIT-Protugal Programme since 2006, a strategic partnership set up between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and several Portuguese universities and research centres; supported and funded by the FCT. With a widely acknowledged international career, Prof. Paulo Ferrão is a member of the U.S. National Academies Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, where he also sits on the Committees on Pathways to Urban Sustainability and on Sustainability Linkages in the Federal Government. He is a member of the Environmental Advisory Board to Rolls Royce, an MIT Research Affiliate, associate and past board member of the International Society for Industrial Ecology.

His scientific interests are focused in the areas of energy and industrial ecology, in which he has carried out research into waste and urban systems management. In this framework, Prof. Paulo Ferrão coordinated the working groups that established Portuguese plans for waste management – PNGR-Plano Nacional de Gestão de Resíduos and PERSU 2020 (Plano estratégico para os resíduos urbanos). He is co-author of the book “Sustainable Urban metabolism”, published by MIT-Press in 2013, and of “Urban metabolism of six Asian cities”, published by the Asian Development Bank, in 2014.

Prof. Paulo Ferrão was born in Lisbon, in 1962

 

+32 2 533 38 64

Higher Technical Institute
University of Lisbon
Av. Rovisco Pais 1, 1049-001 Lisbon
Portugal

Dr Trude Dypvik
Country representative for Norway

The Research Council of Norway
P.O Box 564 N-1327 Lysaker
0283 Oslo
Norway

Prof. Dr Sierd Cloetingh

Sierd Cloetingh is a Utrecht University Distinguished Professor. His research field is Earth Sciences. He published more than 350 papers in international peer-reviewed journals (Scopus: 12,973 citations, h- index 62) and has been promotor of close to 80 PhD students of 18 different nationalities.

Currently, he serves as President of the Association for European Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST) and President of the Academia Europaea. Past functions include Membership of the Scientific Council (2009-2015) and Vice-President of the European Research Council (ERC), President of the European Geophysical Society (1998-2000), President of the International Lithosphere Program (ILP, 2004-2017), Distinguished Professor of the Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences (KNAW, 2006-2015), Editor-in-Chief of the international journal “Global and Planetary Change” and Chairman of the TOPO-EUROPE collaborative research program.

Sierd Cloetingh received honorary doctorates from five European universities and numerous medals and awards. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, the Royal Norwegian Academy, the Royal Danish Academy, the German National Academy for Technical Sciences (acatech), the Heidelberg Academy, the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and an honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He was distinguished in 2005 as Chevalier de Legion d’Honneur and in 2014 as Knight of the Royal Order of the Netherlands Lion for his contributions to science and European scientific cooperation in research and education.

+47 22037310

The Research Council of Norway
P.O Box 564 N-1327 Lysaker
0283 Oslo
Norway

Ms Tea Glažar
Vice-President - Country representative for Slovenia

Secretary, Senior Governmental advisor within the Science Directorate
Ministry of Education, Science and Sport
International Cooperation and European Affairs
Kotnikova, 38
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

Ms Tea Glažar

+386 1 478 4762

Secretary, Senior Governmental advisor within the Science Directorate
Ministry of Education, Science and Sport
International Cooperation and European Affairs
Kotnikova, 38
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

Ms Brigitte Weiss
Country representative for Austria - Head of Sector EU Coordination

Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation an Technology
Innovation Department
Radetzkystraße 2
1030 Vienna
Austria

Ms Brigitte Weiss

+43 1 711 62 - 65 3300

Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation an Technology
Innovation Department
Radetzkystraße 2
1030 Vienna
Austria

Dr Emmanuel Pasco-Viel
Country representative for France

Ministère de l’Education nationale, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche
Mission Europe et international pour la recherche, l’innovation et l’enseignement supérieur
1 rue Descartes
75 231 Cedex 05 Paris
France

Dr Emmanuel Pasco-Viel

+33 15555 8276

Ministère de l’Education nationale, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche
Mission Europe et international pour la recherche, l’innovation et l’enseignement supérieur
1 rue Descartes
75 231 Cedex 05 Paris
France

Dr Josef Janda
Country representative for Czech Republic

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
Department of International Cooperation in Research and Development
Karmelitska, 7
11812 Prague 1
Czech Republic

Dr Josef Janda

+420 234 811 720

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
Department of International Cooperation in Research and Development
Karmelitska, 7
11812 Prague 1
Czech Republic

Prof. Zoran Popovski
Country representative for the Republic of North Macedonia - Full Professor & Head of Department

Department for Biochemistry and Genetic Engineering
University “Ss Cyril and Methodius”
Skopje
The Republic of North Macedonia

Prof. Zoran Popovski

+389 2 3115 277 / 271

Department for Biochemistry and Genetic Engineering
University “Ss Cyril and Methodius”
Skopje
The Republic of North Macedonia

Administration

An international team of professionals, located in Brussels, runs the administration of COST. The COST Director, Dr Ronald de Bruin, is responsible for the management of the COST Association. He reports to the Executive Board.

Dr Ronald de Bruin

Director of the COST Association

Dr Ronald de Bruin was appointed Director of the COST Association on 1 June 2016.

Before joining the Association, Ronald was Director of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and Head of Department of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). For almost eight years, he played a key role in managing and setting up these European Union agencies from scratch.

Prior to this, he was Deputy Director of a public-private partnership platform for the Information Society in the Netherlands for over three years. His main responsibilities included drafting the annual work programs including public-private partnership projects, managing the implementation of national multi-stakeholder projects, and coordinating EU-funded projects.

For almost three years, he worked for a global .COM company with top-100 clients. During his one-year stay as manager at KPMG, he worked on developing e-security services for the growing e-commerce market. He started his career as Policy Advisor for the Dutch national government, where, for three years, he was responsible for developing a national policy on e-security services, and scenarios for introducing digital TV.

He is Ambassador to Brussels for the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership Europe and Founding Director of the Greenleaf Center in Brussels.

Dr De Bruin has also authored several books on servant-leadership, digital television, online consumer trust and computer security. He holds a Ph.D.in Law and Computer Science, an M.Sc. in Technology Management and a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering.

Director

Dr Ronald de Bruin
Director
+32 2 533 38 10

Dr Ronald de Bruin

Dr Ronald de Bruin was appointed Director of the COST Association on 1 June 2016.

Before joining the Association, Ronald was Director of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and Head of Department of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). For almost eight years, he played a key role in managing and setting up these European Union agencies from scratch.

Prior to this, he was Deputy Director of a public-private partnership platform for the Information Society in the Netherlands for over three years. His main responsibilities included drafting the annual work programs including public-private partnership projects, managing the implementation of national multi-stakeholder projects, and coordinating EU-funded projects.

For almost three years, he worked for a global .COM company with top-100 clients. During his one-year stay as manager at KPMG, he worked on developing e-security services for the growing e-commerce market. He started his career as Policy Advisor for the Dutch national government, where, for three years, he was responsible for developing a national policy on e-security services, and scenarios for introducing digital TV.

He is Ambassador to Brussels for the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership Europe and Founding Director of the Greenleaf Center in Brussels.

Dr De Bruin has also authored several books on servant-leadership, digital television, online consumer trust and computer security. He holds a Ph.D.in Law and Computer Science, an M.Sc. in Technology Management and a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering.

Ms Radka Jekova
Secretary
+32 2 533 38 28

Legal Support and Quality Management

privacy@cost.eu
Ms Elodie Cornez
Legal Officer and Data Protection Officer
+32 2 533 38 09

Policy Support

csosupport@cost.eu
Ms Ursula Castro
Head of Policy Support
+32 2 533 38 21
Ms Kathlyn Wiltshire
Assistant to Policy Support
+32 2 533 38 18
Ms Katalin Alföldi
Policy Officer
+32 2 533 38 29
Ms Judith Litjens
Policy Officer
+32 2 533 38 62
Mr Bart Veys
Policy Officer
+32 2 533 38 39
Dr Elwin Reimink
Data and Impact Analysis Officer
+32 2 533 38 12

Science Operations

Dr Primož Pristovšek
Head of Science Operations
+32 2 533 38 15

Dr Primož Pristovšek

Dr Primož Pristovšek became Head of Science Operations of the COST Association in January 2016. Previously, he was Head of the Department of Research Infrastructure and International Cooperation at the Slovenian Research Agency. He was also Director General of the Directorate for Science and Higher Education within the Slovenian Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology.

Previous positions

  • From January 1991 to 2006: Employed at the National Institute of Chemistry (NIC), Ljubljana.
  • From June 1997 to July 1999: Post-doctoral fellow of the Humboldt foundation at the Institute of Biophysical Chemistry of the J.W.Goethe-University in Frankfurt a.M., Germany.
  • From March 2005: Senior researcher at the Laboratory of Biotechnology at the NIC
  • From November 2006 to February 2008: Director General – Directorate for Science and Higher Education at the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology of Slovenia

University education (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Ph.D. in Chemistry (Thesis title: “Conformation and biological activity of muramyl dipeptide”) obtained in June 1996.

Languages

Dr Pristovšek is fluent in Slovenian, English and German, and has a working knowledge of Croatian and Serbian, as well as a basic knowledge of French.

Attended advanced courses

  • International School of Biological Magnetic Resonance. First course: Magnetic Resonance and protein dynamics, Erice (Italy) 15-21.3.1993
  • 24th Course Experimental and Computational Approaches to Structure – Based Drug Design – a NATO Advanced Study, Erice (Italy), 9-19.5.1996.
  • Practical Training Course on Advanced Computing in NMR Spectroscopy, Firenze (Italy), 18-25.9.1999

Publications

Over 40 scientific publications in international journals and book chapters; 2 invited conferences (for a complete list please check theSlovenian Researcher Database ).

Areas of Research Interest & Expertise

  • Immunomodulatory peptides and proteins – structure-activity relationship (SAR)
  • Protein and peptide structure determination using high resolution NMR spectroscopy
  • Determination of binding sites of small ligands on proteins using NMR(“SAR by NMR”)
  • Computer programming of expert systems for NMR assignment and structure determination
  • Molecular modelling and Molecular dynamics simulations

Presently his responsibilities have shifted towards regulation, formulation and execution of R&D policy, especially in its international dimension.

Ms Tamsin Reniers
Secretary
+32 2 533 38 80
Mr Christer Halén
Senior Administrator Science Operations
+32 2 533 38 07

Christer Halen

Senior Administrator Science Operations

Christer assists the Head of Science Operations in streamlining operational processes, managing and developing the Open Call for Action proposals.
He is the also relay to the COST National Coordinators at the COST Office.
He has 12 years working experience with COST.

Dr Fatima Bouchama
Science Officer
+32 2 533 38 32
Dr Inga Dadeshidze
Science Officer
+32 2 533 38 17
Ms Estelle Emeriau
Science Officer
+32 2 533 38 68
Dr Lucia Forzi
Science Officer
+32 2 533 38 58
Dr Deniz Karaca
Science Officer
+32 2 533 3831
Dr Giuseppe Lugano
Science Officer
+32 2 5333813
Dr Rossella Magli
Science Officer
+32 2 533 38 33
Dr Karina Marcus
Science Officer
+32 2 533 38 47
Dr Federica Ortelli
Science Officer
+32 2 533 38 14
Dr Mónica Pérez Cabero
Science Officer
+32 2 533 38 22
Dr Mickael Pero
Science Officer
+32 2 533 38 52
Dr Mafalda Quintas
Science Officer
+32 0 2 533 3834
Dr Ralph Stübner
Science Officer
+32 2 533 38 26
Dr Dominique Vandekerchove
Science Officer
+32 2 5333859

Science Administration

science.administration@cost.eu
Head of Science Administration and Finance
+32 2 533 38 02
Ms Tamsin Reniers
Secretary
+32 2 533 38 80
Ms Gabriela Cristea
Senior Administrative Officer in charge of Quality Assurance
+32 2 533 38 56

Gabriela Cristea

Senior Administrator Life Sciences

Gabriela has gained several years of project management experience by supporting the COST ICT domain and by coordinating HR-related projects for a Brussels-based consultancy company.
She is now working as a senior administrator for the COST Life Science cluster and on several projects in Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS).
She holds a master’s degree in Foreign Languages and Literature (Japanese and Spanish) and one in International Politics.

Ms Carmencita Malimban
Senior Administrative Officer in charge of Operational Coordination
+32 2 533 38 42
Ms Aranzazu Sanchez
Senior Administrative Officer in charge of Business Analysis and IT
+32 2 533 38 20
Ms Olga Gorczyca
Administrative Officer
+32 2 533 38 66
Ms Jeannette Nchung Oru
Administrative Officer
+32 2 533 38 50
Ms Tania Gonzalez-Ovin
Administrative Officer
+32 2 533 3816
Mr Christophe Peeters
Administrative Officer
+32 2 533 38 43
Ms Rose Cruz Santos
Administrative Officer
+32 2 533 38 45
Ms Anja Van der Snickt
Administrative Officer
+32 2 533 38 46
Ms Milena Stoyanova
Administrative Officer
+32 2 533 38 49
Ms Andrea Tortajada
Administrative Officer
+32 2 533 38 30
Ms Svetlana Voinova
Administrative Officer
+32 2 533 38 48
Ms Nathalie Warenghien
Administrative Officer
+32 2 533 38 00
Ms Cassia Azevedo Zezzi
Administrative Officer
+32 2 533 38 44
Sarah Ninane
Administrative Officer
+32 2 5333884
Katchamon Nimprang
Administrative Officer
+32 2 5333886
Aldona Gembalik
Administrative Officer
+32 2 5333825

Financial Control and Accounting

finance@cost.eu
Ms Teresa Oliveros
Financial Controller
+32 2 533 38 35
Mr Jacob Riambau Santacana
Financial Officer
+32 2 533 38 04
Ms Marie-Armelle Alihonou
Senior Accounting Officer
+32 2 533 38 36
Ms Susy Kenmoe
Accounting Officer
+32 2 533 38 00
Prisca Afumba Mutambwe
Accounting Officer
+32 2 5333805

Human Resources & Office Services

Ms Barbara Bottiau
Head of Human Resources & Office Services
+32 2 533 38 11
Ms Silvana Scelfo
Senior HR Officer
+32 2 533 38 19
Sara Malevé
Human Resources Assistant
+32 2 5333851
Ms Mouna Takieddine
Project Coordinator
+32 2 533 38 40
Ms Dafna Rothschild
Receptionist - Office Services Assistant
+32 2 533 38 38
Ms Sandra Umutoni
Receptionist - Office Services Assistant
+32 2 533 38 01
Teresa Budroni
Receptionist - Office Services Assistant
+32 2 5333802

Communications

communications@cost.eu - events@cost.eu - publications@cost.eu
Ms Ingeborg Nolte
Head of Communications
+32 2 533 38 03
Karima Ben Salah
Senior Communications Officer
+32 2 533 3854
Ms Sophia Sheridan
Digital Communications Officer
+32 2 533 38 83
Ms Carla Mauricio Planas
Communications Officer
+32 2 533 38 08
Ms Anna Toivonen
Communication Coordinator COST Academy
+32 2 533 38 41
Ms Mª Victoria Serrano Blázquez
Conferences Officer
+32 2 533 38 57

Information Systems

helpdesk@cost.eu
Mr Joachim Gagnaire
Head of Information Systems
+32 2 533 38 23
Ms Galina Gospodinova
Senior IT Developer
+32 2 533 38 65
Mr Juan Garcia Guisasola
Senior IT Developer
+32 2 533 38 61
Mr Marc Vidal Moreno
Senior IT Developer
+32 2 533 38 63
Mr John Sanderson
IT Test Engineer
+32 2 533 38 82
Mr François Riccobene
IT Support Officer
+32 2 533 38 53

François Riccobene

IT Assistant.

François manages the internal web application tool for reimbursements and the e-COST helpdesk. As such, he can help you on any e-COST problems you may encounter. He also managers the helpdesk for internal users.

Mr Florin Petre
IT Support Assistant
+32 2 533 38 55
Didier Adams
Senior IT Developer
+32 2 5333827

National Coordinators

The COST National Coordinators (CNC) are the national contact points in the various countries that are a Member of COST. They are typically employed by the national ministries, responsible for research and innovation, or national research agencies. COST National Coordinators appoint the national participants to COST Actions, which gather in the Management Committees of COST Actions. Also displayed on this page are the national contact points for COST’s Cooperating Member, Israel and COST’s Partner Member, South Africa.

For more information on the Members of COST visit our Members page. 

Prof. Mehmet Arif Adli
Country representative for Turkey

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey
Atatürk Bulvari, 221
Kavaklidere 06100 Ankara
Turkey

Prof. Mehmet Arif Adli

+90 312 298 18 22

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey
Atatürk Bulvari, 221
Kavaklidere 06100 Ankara
Turkey

Mr Leonidas Antoniou
Country representative for Cyprus

Research Promotion Foundation
Promotion and Advisory Services Unit
PO Box 23422
1683 Nicosia
Cyprus

Mr Leonidas Antoniou

+357 22 20 50 64

Research Promotion Foundation
Promotion and Advisory Services Unit
PO Box 23422
1683 Nicosia
Cyprus

Ms Bjanka Bethke
Country representative for Germany

DLR Project Management Agency, European and International Cooperation, Europe
Heinrich-Konen-Str. 1
53227 Bonn
Germany

Ms Bjanka Bethke

+49 228 3821 2035

DLR Project Management Agency, European and International Cooperation, Europe
Heinrich-Konen-Str. 1
53227 Bonn
Germany

Ms Friederike Beulshausen
Country representative for Germany

DLR Project Management Agency, European and International Cooperation, Europe
Heinrich-Konen-Str. 1
53227 Bonn
Germany

Ms Friederike Beulshausen

+49 228 3821 1672

DLR Project Management Agency, European and International Cooperation, Europe
Heinrich-Konen-Str. 1
53227 Bonn
Germany

Ms Nadine Heller-Genath
Country representative for Germany

DLR Project Management Agency, European and International Cooperation, Europe Heinrich-Konen-Str. 1
53227 Bonn
Germany

Ms Nadine Heller-Genath

+49 228 3821-1635

DLR Project Management Agency, European and International Cooperation, Europe Heinrich-Konen-Str. 1
53227 Bonn
Germany

Ms Mojca Boc
Country representative for Slovenia

Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS)
Bleiweisova cesta 30
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

Ms Mojca Boc

+386 1 400 5971/5

Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS)
Bleiweisova cesta 30
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

Ms Birgitta Boman
Country representative for Sweden

VINNOVA – Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems
Mäster Samuelsgatan 56
10158 Stockholm
Sweden

Ms Birgitta Boman

+46 8 473 3017

VINNOVA – Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems
Mäster Samuelsgatan 56
10158 Stockholm
Sweden

Dr Maija Bundule
Country representative for Latvia

Centre of European Programs
Latvian Academy of Sciences Akademijas laukums 1
Valnu str 2
LV-1050 Riga
Latvia

Dr Maija Bundule

+371 67227790

Centre of European Programs
Latvian Academy of Sciences Akademijas laukums 1
Valnu str 2
LV-1050 Riga
Latvia

Dr Helena Burg
Country representative for Luxembourg

Head of International Relations
National Research Fund – FNR
Luxembourg

Dr Helena Burg

+352 26 19 25 55

Head of International Relations
National Research Fund – FNR
Luxembourg

Dr Valentina Cardinale
Country representative for Italy

Ministry of Education, University and Research
Department of Higher Education and research – DG Research; Office VIII – Programming and promotion of research in the international context and coordination of aerospace research
Via Carcani 61
00153 Rome
Italy

Dr Valentina Cardinale

+390697727549

Ministry of Education, University and Research
Department of Higher Education and research – DG Research; Office VIII – Programming and promotion of research in the international context and coordination of aerospace research
Via Carcani 61
00153 Rome
Italy

Dr Melchior Cini
Country representative for Malta

Malta Council for Science and Technology
Villa Bighi
KKR 1320 Kalkara
Malta

Dr Melchior Cini

+356 2360 2153

Malta Council for Science and Technology
Villa Bighi
KKR 1320 Kalkara
Malta

Prof. Milan Dado
Country representative for Slovakia

Zilina University
Faculty of Electrical engineering
Univerzitna 8215/1
01026 Zilina
Slovakia

Prof. Milan Dado

+421 41 513 2050

Zilina University
Faculty of Electrical engineering
Univerzitna 8215/1
01026 Zilina
Slovakia

Dr Elena Dinu
Country representative for Romania

International Relation Department
National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation
Mendeleev Street 21-25
010362 Bucharest
Romania

Dr Elena Dinu

+040(21)3034186

International Relation Department
National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation
Mendeleev Street 21-25
010362 Bucharest
Romania

Dr Olga Duhlicher
Country representative for Moldova

Ministry of Education, Culture and Research
Directorate for research and innovation policies
1, Piata Marii Adunari nationale
MD-2033 Chisinau
Moldova

Dr Olga Duhlicher

+ 373 (22) 2З 27 46

Ministry of Education, Culture and Research
Directorate for research and innovation policies
1, Piata Marii Adunari nationale
MD-2033 Chisinau
Moldova

Dr Trude Dypvik
Country representative for Norway

The Research Council of Norway
P.O Box 564 N-1327 Lysaker
0283 Oslo
Norway

Dr Trude Dypvik

+47 22037310

The Research Council of Norway
P.O Box 564 N-1327 Lysaker
0283 Oslo
Norway

Ms Shani Edri
Country representative for Israel

Ministry of Science and Technology
Division for International Relations
3, Clermont Ganneau St., Kiryat Begin, P.O. Box 49100
IL – 9149002 Jerusalem
Israel

Ms Shani Edri

+972 2-5411133

Ministry of Science and Technology
Division for International Relations
3, Clermont Ganneau St., Kiryat Begin, P.O. Box 49100
IL – 9149002 Jerusalem
Israel

Ms Anna Goedhart
Country representative for the Netherlands

Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl)
Team IRIS
P.O. Box 93144 2509 AC The Hague
Netherlands

Ms Anna Goedhart

+31 88 602 4210

Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl)
Team IRIS
P.O. Box 93144 2509 AC The Hague
Netherlands

Dr Josef Janda
Country representative for the Czech Republic

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
Management of International R&D&I Programs
Karmelitska 529/5
11812 Prague 1
Czech Republic

Dr Josef Janda

+420 234 811 188

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
Management of International R&D&I Programs
Karmelitska 529/5
11812 Prague 1
Czech Republic

Ms Doris Jozić
Country representative for Croatia

Technology Development and Innovation Department Associate
Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia
Donje Svetice 38, 10 000,
Zagreb
Croatia

Ms Doris Jozić

+385 (0) 1 4594-485

Technology Development and Innovation Department Associate
Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia
Donje Svetice 38, 10 000,
Zagreb
Croatia

Ms Zlatina Karova
Country representative for Bulgaria

Head of Transnational Research Initiatives Unit
Ministry of Education and Science
Science Directorate
2A Kniaz Dondukov Blvd
1000 Sofia
Bulgaria

Ms Zlatina Karova

+359 2 9217 768

Head of Transnational Research Initiatives Unit
Ministry of Education and Science
Science Directorate
2A Kniaz Dondukov Blvd
1000 Sofia
Bulgaria

Dr Katrin Kello
Country representative for Estonia

Senior Advisor
Department of International Research Cooperation
Estonian Research Council
90000759, Soola 8, Tartu 51004
Estonia

Dr Katrin Kello

+372 731 7361

Senior Advisor
Department of International Research Cooperation
Estonian Research Council
90000759, Soola 8, Tartu 51004
Estonia

Dr Georges Klein
Country representative for Switzerland

Wildhainweg 3, P.O Box 8232
CH-3001, Bern, Switzerland

Dr Georges Klein

+41 (0)31 308 21 68

Wildhainweg 3, P.O Box 8232
CH-3001, Bern, Switzerland

Ms Georgia Kostopoulou
Country representative for Greece

International S&T Cooperation Directorate, European Union Division
General Secretariat for Research & Technology
14-18 Mesogeion Av.
11510 Athens
Greece

Ms Georgia Kostopoulou

+30 210 7458163

International S&T Cooperation Directorate, European Union Division
General Secretariat for Research & Technology
14-18 Mesogeion Av.
11510 Athens
Greece

Ms Constantina Makri
Country representative for Cyprus

Scientific Officer
Research Promotion Foundation
European Research Programmes and International Cooperation Unit
P.O. Box 23422, 1683 Nicosia
Cyprus

Ms Constantina Makri

+35722205054

Scientific Officer
Research Promotion Foundation
European Research Programmes and International Cooperation Unit
P.O. Box 23422, 1683 Nicosia
Cyprus

Dr Saulius Marcinkonis
Country representative for Lithuania

Acting Head of International Programmes Unit of Research Council of Lithuania
Research Council of Lithuania
Gedimino pr.3, LT-01103 Vilnius, Lithuania

Dr Saulius Marcinkonis

+370 676 17 256

Acting Head of International Programmes Unit of Research Council of Lithuania
Research Council of Lithuania
Gedimino pr.3, LT-01103 Vilnius, Lithuania

Dr Bratislav Marinković
Country representative for Serbia

Research Professor
University of Belgrade
Institute of Physics
118 Pregrevica
11080 Belgrade
Serbia

Dr Bratislav Marinković

+381 11 316 0882

Research Professor
University of Belgrade
Institute of Physics
118 Pregrevica
11080 Belgrade
Serbia

Ms Maria Teresa Martins
Country representative for Portugal

Science Officer
Ministry of Education and Science
Department for International Relations
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia/ Foundation for Science and Technology, Avd. Carlos I, 126
1249-074 Lisbon
Portugal

Ms Maria Teresa Martins

+35 121 391 1540

Science Officer
Ministry of Education and Science
Department for International Relations
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia/ Foundation for Science and Technology, Avd. Carlos I, 126
1249-074 Lisbon
Portugal

Toto Matshediso
Country representative for South Africa

Deputy Director: Strategic Partnership
DST Building (Building no. 53)
Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria
Private Bag X894 PRETORIA
Pretoria0001
Gauteng
South Africa

Toto Matshediso

+2712 843 6339

Deputy Director: Strategic Partnership
DST Building (Building no. 53)
Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria
Private Bag X894 PRETORIA
Pretoria0001
Gauteng
South Africa

Prof. Janet Mifsud
Country representative for Malta

The Malta Council for Science and Technology
Villa Bighi
KKR 1320 Kalkara
Malta

Prof. Janet Mifsud

+356 23602172

The Malta Council for Science and Technology
Villa Bighi
KKR 1320 Kalkara
Malta

Ms Milena Milonjic
Country representative for Montenegro

Senior Adviser
Ministry of Science
Directorate for International Programmes and EU Integrations
Rimski trg 46
Montenegro

Ms Milena Milonjic

+382 20 405 307

Senior Adviser
Ministry of Science
Directorate for International Programmes and EU Integrations
Rimski trg 46
Montenegro

Mr Ammar Miraščija
Country representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Trg BiH 3
71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mr Ammar Miraščija

+38 733 49 25 97

Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Trg BiH 3
71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ms Jadwiga Mrozowska
Country representative for Poland

Ministry of Science and Higher Education
Department of Science Instruments Policy
Wspòlna 1/3
00529 53 Warsaw
Poland

Ms Jadwiga Mrozowska

+48 22 5292378

Ministry of Science and Higher Education
Department of Science Instruments Policy
Wspòlna 1/3
00529 53 Warsaw
Poland

Ms Sigrún Ólafsdóttir
Country representative for Iceland

The Icelandic Centre for Research – RANNÍS
Borgartún 30
IS-105 Reykjavík
Iceland

Ms Sigrún Ólafsdóttir

+3545155842

The Icelandic Centre for Research – RANNÍS
Borgartún 30
IS-105 Reykjavík
Iceland

Dr Emmanuel Pasco-Viel
Country representative for France

Ministère de l’Education nationale, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche
Mission Europe et international pour la recherche, l’innovation et l’enseignement supérieur
1 rue Descartes
75 231 Cedex 05 Paris
France

Dr Emmanuel Pasco-Viel

+33 15555 8276

Ministère de l’Education nationale, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche
Mission Europe et international pour la recherche, l’innovation et l’enseignement supérieur
1 rue Descartes
75 231 Cedex 05 Paris
France

Mr Svend Rechnagel
Country representative for Denmark

Ministry of Higher Education and Science
Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education
Bredgade 40
DK-1260 Copenhagen K
Denmark

Mr Svend Rechnagel

+45 7231 8934

Ministry of Higher Education and Science
Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education
Bredgade 40
DK-1260 Copenhagen K
Denmark

Ms Annemarie Renier
Country representative for Switzerland

Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
Wildhainweg 3
3001 Berne
Switzerland

Ms Annemarie Renier

+41 31 3082139

Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
Wildhainweg 3
3001 Berne
Switzerland

Ms Noelia Romero López
Country representative for Spain

Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT)/Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology
Calle del Pintor Velázquez 5
28100 Alcobendas (Madrid)
Spain

Ms Noelia Romero López

+34914250909

Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT)/Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology
Calle del Pintor Velázquez 5
28100 Alcobendas (Madrid)
Spain

Ms Nicole Schmidt
Country representative for Austria

Austrian Research Promotion Agency
Sensengasse 1
1090 Wien
Austria

Ms Nicole Schmidt

+43577554105

Austrian Research Promotion Agency
Sensengasse 1
1090 Wien
Austria

Ms Evis Tasellari
Country representative for Albania

Head of Bilateral Relations Unit
National Agency of Scientific Research and Innovation
Boulevard Papa Gjon Pali Li, Nr 3
Tirana
Albania

Ms Evis Tasellari

+355672048884

Head of Bilateral Relations Unit
National Agency of Scientific Research and Innovation
Boulevard Papa Gjon Pali Li, Nr 3
Tirana
Albania

Mr Herbee Thomas
Country representative for United Kingdom

European Research Policy
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
1 Victoria Street
SW1H 0ET London
United Kingdom

Mr Herbee Thomas

+44 (0) 207 215 8356

European Research Policy
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
1 Victoria Street
SW1H 0ET London
United Kingdom

Ms Orsolya Toth
Country representative for Hungary

National Research, Development and Innovation Office
Department of International Affairs
Kéthly Anna tér 1
1077 Budapest
Hungary

Ms Orsolya Toth

+36 1 896 3744

National Research, Development and Innovation Office
Department of International Affairs
Kéthly Anna tér 1
1077 Budapest
Hungary

Mr Aleksandar Tutnovski
Country representative for the Republic of North Macedonia

Ministry of Education and Science
Str. Cyril and Methodius, 54
1000 Skopje
The Republic of North Macedonia

Mr Aleksandar Tutnovski

+38 923140186

Ministry of Education and Science
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1000 Skopje
The Republic of North Macedonia

Heikki Uusi-Honko
Country representative for Finland

Business Finland Oy
P.O. Box 358
FI-00181
Helsinki

Heikki Uusi-Honko

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Business Finland Oy
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Helsinki

Ms Pascale Van Dinter
Country representative for Belgium

Belgian Science Policy Office
International Coordination
WTC III
Boulevard Simon Bolivar 30
1000 Brussels
Belgium

 

Ms Pascale Van Dinter

+3222383743

Belgian Science Policy Office
International Coordination
WTC III
Boulevard Simon Bolivar 30
1000 Brussels
Belgium

 

Ms Rita Ward
Country representative for Ireland

Senior Executive
Enterprise Ireland
East Point Business Park, Clontarf
Dublin 3
Ireland

Ms Rita Ward

+35317272147

Senior Executive
Enterprise Ireland
East Point Business Park, Clontarf
Dublin 3
Ireland

Scientific Committee

The COST Scientific Committee (SC) advises the COST Association about the quality of the Open Call and in particular, the procedures related to the submission, evaluation, and selection of proposals. It also oversees the monitoring and final assessment of COST Actions. The CSO appoints the Committee’s members.

Prof Jari Hämäläinen

Scientific Committee Chair

Prof Jari Hämäläinen is the Chair of the Scientific Committee and Vice-President for research and innovation at Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT, Finland.

Jari Hämäläinen was the previous Vice-Chair of the Scientific Committee in 2015-2017 and has been the Chair since June 2017. He has been Vice-President (Vice-Rector) for research and innovation at LUT University since 2014 and Professor of industrial mathematics since 2010. He is academy member of Finnish Academy of Technical Sciences, a board member of The European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering (Euro-CASE), and a board member of NORDTEK network of the Rectors and Deans of the Technical Universities in the five Nordic countries. Earlier he has been working as Professor of industrial physics at University of Eastern Finland (2004-2010). After his doctoral degree at the University of Jyväskylä in 1993, he worked at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (1994-1996) and in industry (1996-2003).

Hämäläinen’s major research interests are computational methods for industrial applications. His industrial career was dealing with forest sector applications, e.g. R&D for papermaking technology. More recently he has been working with wind energy aerodynamics and wind park optimization. He has published recently a textbook on “Finite Element Methods for Computational Fluid Dynamics: A Practical Guide” (SIAM). Hämäläinen has published more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific journal and conference papers. He has also a dozen international patents.

Dr Jenny Renaut

Scientific Committee Vice-Chair

Jenny Renaut is the Vice-Chair of the Scientific Committee.

Since January 2015 Dr Jenny Renaut has been responsible for the Integrative Biology Platform of the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST).

Previously, she was responsible for the Plant Proteomics Platform (2006-2013) and more recently of the Proteomics and Metabolomics Platform leader in the Public Research Centre – Gabriel Lippmann, Belvaux (LU). She has been Principal Investigator of several nationally funded, bilateral projects (INTER programme with German Research Foundation DFG), and an ESF-funded project (MOMEVIP).

Dr Renaut has received her PhD degree from the Catholic University of Leuven in 2003, in the field of Plant Science. Her fields of expertise are focused on technological aspects of proteomics and metabolomics studies, in plant science (e.g. in response to stress, development) but also in animal, human or microbial matrices for disease or toxicological studies (e.g. in nanoscience and with pollutants) and characterization of proteins by mass spectrometry. Dr Renaut has co-authored more than 100 papers and several couple of book chapters that have been widely cited (more than 2100 citations according to Scopus, with an h-index of 23). From 2007 to 2011, she was the Chair of the COST Action FA0603 ‘Plant Proteomics in Europe’ and has been involved in several other COST Actions.

Dr Renaut has been member of evaluation committees for projects in France (ANR, IBISA), in Israel (BARD), in Germany (DFG) and in the Netherlands (NOW), and is appointed as associate editor of BMC Plant Biology and PeerJ or member of the editorial board of Journal of Proteomics.

Prof Dean Ajduković

Croatia

Croatia

Prof Dean Ajduković

Prof Dean Ajduković, Ph.D., has been full professor of social psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Zagreb, Croatia since 1993. He is also Deputy Chairperson of the Governing Board of the Croatian Science Foundation.

His research and teaching topics include psychological trauma and recovery; interethnic relations; post-conflict community social reconstruction; prevention of intimate partner violence; program evaluation; qualitative research methodology. He has extensive experience in providing services to distressed and traumatized individuals and communities. He serves as a reviewer for a number of international professional journals and sits on editorial boards of European Journal of Psychotraumatology, Intervention and Social Psychiatry.

He received Ph.D. in psychology from University of Zagreb in 1983 and was Fulbright Senior Scholar at UC Berkeley and Visiting Professor at University of Denver. He was principal or coprincipal investigator in over 20 national, regional and international research projects, including FP6, FP7, other EU-funded programs and projects funded by the Croatian Ministry of Science. He has chaired four European conferences.

He has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, edited 8 books and lectured in a number of centres of excellence in US and Europe. He provided consultation to major international organizations, including UNICEF, UNDP, UNPFA, WHO, Care International. He trained care providers in several countries affected by upheaval. He is past board member and president of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS), of the Society for Psychological Assistance, and current president of the Croatian Society for Traumatic stress. He received the “Wolter de Loos Award for Contribution to European Psychotraumatology” (2011). He has extensive experience in team work, leadership and managing organizations, evaluation and selection of research projects.

Prof Claudio Bolzman

Switzerland

Switzerland

Prof Claudio Bolzman

Dr Daniele Carati

Belgium

Belgium

Dr Daniele Carati

Dr Daniele Carati is Head of research administration at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.

In 2011, he was appointed Director of research administration at ULB. Ever since, he has been in charge of supporting researchers in their participation in national and international funding programmes. Other duties include the detection, protection, patenting and valorisation of intellectual property generated in the university in all fields of research (humanities and social sciences, life sciences as well as science and technologies). He is member of the Scientific Policy Committee of the Brussels Capital Region and member of the board of directors of three spin-off incubators and a spin-off investment fund.

After obtaining a Master’s degree in physics (1987) and one in management (1990), in 1991 he received a Ph.D. in physics from ULB. He then obtained a post-doctoral fellowhip at Stanford University between 1993 and 1994. Since 1996, he has had various tenure positions including his current full professorship at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research and in the Physics department at ULB. His research and teaching activites focused on statistical physics, plasma physics, fluid dynamics and thermodynamics. He has been principal investigator for ULB in various funded research programmes (NATO collaborative research grant, EU-funded Euratom fusion programme, Erasmus Mundus as well as Belgian regional and national programmes) as well as in several COST Actions. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific journal and conference papers.

Prof Piermaria Corona

Italy

Italy

Prof Piermaria Corona

Prof Piermaria Corona is Director of the Research Centre for Forestry and Wood of the Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Italy (CREA) and Full Professor at the University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy (currently on secondment at CREA).

He directed the Department for Innovation in the Biological, Agro-Food and Forest Systems at the University of Tuscia (Viterbo, Italy) from 2011 to 2013. He was Dean of the School of Forest and Environmental Sciences at the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Tuscia from 2002 to 2009.

He has authored over 500 scientific and technical publications in the field of forestry and environmental sciences, of which more than 170 in ISI journals, and 18 books. He is a member of the National Roster of Evaluators of Universities (Agricultural and Veterinary sciences area) under the Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR).

He evaluated project proposals of the V Framework Program (European Commission), Energy, Environment, Development (Earth Observation sector, 2001). Prof. Corona has been a member of the Scientific Expert Roster of the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research since 2012 and a member of the Scientific Expert Roster of the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forest Policies since 2003. In 2013, he became a member of the Wood-chain Advisory Board of the Italian Ministry for Agricultural, Food and Forest Policies.

Prof Mustafa Ersöz

Turkey

Turkey

Prof Mustafa Ersöz

Since 2005, he has been a physical chemistry Professor, the Director of the Advanced Technology R&D Centre and Natural Product R&D Centre at Selcuk University (Turkey).

He is also a principal member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA). Currently, he coordinates the “Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies” European cluster, is a member of the “Metals and Related Substances in Drinking Water” specialist group, IWA, and an expert within the R&D-innovation Committee (chemistry sector) of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB).

He served as advisor and Chair (2009-2013) of the advisory committee within the Konya Chamber of Industry. He held previous appointments as Dean of the Faculty of Sciences, Head of Chemistry and Vice-Director of the Graduate School of Natural Sciences at Selcuk University. His research interests are nanochemistry, self-assembly, patterning-functionalisation, nanoparticles, electrochemistry at interfaces and membrane technology. He received the “Junior Scientists award” in natural sciences from TUBİTAK, The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey. He received his Ph.D. scholarship in UK, NATO-ASI post doctorate fellowship and Leverhulme Trust visiting scientist fellowship in UK.

Dr Ersöz is also engaged in the strategic roadmap in Science and Technology, research infrastructures at national level and in regional strategic science policies as an expert. He has been involved in many European Framework projects (4 FP7) in NMP, ESFRI and research for SMEs areas as WP leader and researcher, 5 COST Actions as WG Chair, core group member and as STSM coordinator.

He coordinated over 30 TUBITAK-funded projects and R&D projects in collaboration with industry. Over the last 5 years, he has helped secure an investment of over EUR 12m for the R&D infrastructure of Selcuk University and the Konya region. He also took on a leading role in establishing the EUR 30m Konya Science Centre. He has been invited as keynote speaker at many international conferences, was invited publications in 4 book chapters and editor for “Best Practice Guide on Metals Removal by Treatment” IWA. He has published over 120 articles in referred journals and some of his articles were published as “hot article” in high-impact journals.

Dr Áslaug Geirsdóttir

Iceland

Iceland

Dr Áslaug Geirsdóttir

Dr Áslaug Geirsdóttir is a Professor at the University of Iceland (UoI), faculty of Earth Sciences.

She is the deputy chair of the faculty and chair of graduate admission committee as well as the director of study for both the undergraduate and graduate program. She also holds a Professor II position at the University of Bergen, Norway, and is affiliated with the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado (CU) and the graduate school of CU, Boulder.

She received her BS degree in Geology from UoI, MS degree from Christian-Albrechts Universität, Kiel, Germany, and Ph.D. from CU at Boulder, USA. Her field of specialization is within glacial geology and paleoclimate. She has collaborated with colleagues from Europe, Canada and the US in large international projects synthesising high latitude climate change on millennial timescales to get a better understanding of the rates and magnitude of natural climate variability and the various feedback mechanisms in the global climate system. Further focus has been on volcanism in the arctic system and climate impacts. She has published over 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters, and participated with numerous presentations at international scientific conferences.

She has served on the Icelandic Research Council review panel as a chair, as well as the review panel of the Swedish Natural Science Research Council. She was a member of the EuroCLIMATE Review Panel. Has served as an evaluator of candidates for professorships at the UoI and Stockholm University, and as an external evaluator of US NSF proposals and National Geographic Proposals. She has been a member of the selection committee at the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, UoI, and served as the chair of the Quality Council for Higher Education in Iceland 2010-2012.

Dr Suzana Gotovac Atlagić

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dr Suzana Gotovac Atlagić

Dr Suzana Gotovac Atlagić spent 5 years in Japan and 3 years in Switzerland after her graduation in 1999 at Banja Luka University, Faculty of Technology (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

She was learning languages and pursuing her Master’s and Doctoral degree in chemistry and technology there, while mostly studying nanoporous materials for filtration technologies. In 2007 she repatriated to Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she leads the Waste Water Laboratory at the Public Health Institute.

Her work is mostly related to physico-chemical instrumental analytics, but her regular contact with  industry helped her gain strong knowledge of pollution problems in her region. Her laboratory counts more than 150 factories as clients, ranging from food, furniture, shoes, textile, mining, recycling, brewery, paper, to many other industries. In 2011, she became an visiting Assistant Professor at her home University of Banja Luka, where she holds a Nano-processes chair.

She mentors an average of 3 undergraduate and master theses per year and is often manages recommendations for her students to study abroad within collaborating laboratories. Her research focus is the extraction of useful nanoparticles from waste water, particularly from the widespread mining industry in Bosnia. In this context, she collaborated closely with Shinshu University (Japan), EPFL (Switzerland), RWTH Aachen University (Germany), Faculty of Metallurgy Sisak (Croatia) and University of Eastern Finland. She speaks English, Japanese and French fluently. She is also participating in the NGO action supporting the repatriation of young Bosnian scientists and engineers after their studies abroad are completed.

Dr Krzysztof Gulda

Poland

Poland

Dr Krzysztof Gulda

Dr Krzysztof Gulda is a member of the Science Policy Committee, an advisory body to the Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education.

Between November 2012 and May 2015, he was Vice- Chair of the European Research Area and Innovation Committee (ERAC), an advisory body to the European Council and the European Commission. He has been working as an independent consultant, advising the Director of the National Centre for Nuclear Research in Poland and external expert for PwC Polska Ltd, the World Bank and the European Commission. Over the past 10 years, he has been Director of Departments in the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland responsible for the strategy development, innovation and reform of the Polish research and higher education system.

Dr Gulda graduated from the Physics Faculty of Warsaw University and holds two postgraduate degrees (intellectual property and innovation management) from the same university. During his Ph.D. studies in nuclear spectroscopy, he was a member of the international research teams at CERN and Uppsala University. He is first author and co-author of more than 30 articles in the international and national, refereed journals in the field of nuclear physics and innovation management.

He is a member of the European foresight expert group on “Foresight on Key long-term Transformations of European systems: Research, Innovation and Higher Education (KT2050)”. Recently, he became an expert for the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sport in preparation of the project “Competitive Intelligence, technology mapping and foresight”. Previously, he was a member of: Main Expert Panel for the National Foresight Programme Poland 2030, Main Expert Panel for the Science and Technology Foresight for Masovia Region, Poland, Main Expert Panel for Future Skills Foresight for Poland 2020.

Prof Jari Hämäläinen
Scientific Committee Chair

Finland

Finland

Prof Jari Hämäläinen

Prof Jari Hämäläinen is the Chair of the Scientific Committee and Vice-President for research at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), Finland.

He has been working as a professor for industrial mathematics at LUT since 2010. Before appointed as Vice-President, he was Director of LUT research centre for Computational Engineering and Integrated Design. Hämäläinen was a professor of industrial physics at University of Eastern Finland in 2004-2010. After his doctoral degree in 1993 he worked at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and in industry.

Hämäläinen’s major research interests are computational methods for industrial applications. His industrial career was dealing with forest sector applications, e.g. R&D for papermaking technology. More recently he has been working with wind energy aerodynamics and wind park optimization. He has published recently a textbook on “Finite Element Methods for Computational Fluid Dynamics: A Practical Guide” (SIAM). Hämäläinen has been active in international collaboration, especially within European Research Community on Flow, Turbulence and Combustion.

Hämäläinen has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific journal and conference papers. He has also a dozen international patents. Hämäläinen has been evaluation research proposals for several years e.g. in Sweden for Swedish Research Council. He has also made a survey of modelling and simulation in industry, which resulted in a national technology programme in 2005-2010 in Finland. He has participated several COST Actions previously and was a proposer for one Action funded in 2010-2015.

Dr Sybille Hinze

Germany

Germany

Dr Sybille Hinze

Dr Sybille Hinze is an expert on research evaluation with a specific focus on science and technology indicators, the analysis of research performance and benchmarking of national and sectoral systems of innovation.

Currently she is Deputy Director of Research Area 2: Research Systems and Science Dynamics, of the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW), Berlin, Germany. Previously she was Deputy Director of the Institute for Research Information and the Quality Assurance (iFQ), which merged with the DZHW in 2016. She also she was Deputy Head of the Competence Centre Policy and Regions at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (Fraunhofer ISI), Karlsruhe and was seconded to the European Commission, DG Research, Unit Programming, Monitoring, and Evaluation. Sybille graduated in ‘Management of Science from Humboldt University Berlin and obtained her Ph.D. from Leiden University, Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), the Netherlands. As a postdoctoral fellow she worked at the Research Evaluation and Policy Project, Australian National University, Canberra.

Since 2006 Sybille is the German delegate to the European RTD Evaluation Network and Secretary of the European Network of Indicator Designers (ENID) since September 2013. She was appointed chair of theGerman Competence Centre for Bibliometrics in November 2014.

Sybille has been engaged in a large number of national and international research projects and, has published more than 90 papers and reports. She also is European editor of the Journal Science and Public Policyand, regularly serves in Scientific and Programme Committees for the International Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators Conference (STI) and the International Conference on Scientometrics & Informetrics (ISSI)

Sybille she is a member of the steering committee of the European Summer School for Scientometrics (esss) and regularly lectures at the esss.

Prof Tatiana Kováčiková

Slovakia

Slovakia

Prof Tatiana Kováčiková

Prof Tatiana Kováčiková has been ERA Chair Holder for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) at the University of Zilina, Slovakia, since October 1, 2017.

From October 2015 to September 2017, she was the Senior Researcher in the ERA Chair project ERAdiate on ITS.

From June 2013 till October 2015, Tatiana hold the position of the Head of Science Operations at the COST Association in Brussels.

From 2009 to 2013 she was the Head of the Department of InfoCom Networks at the University of Zilina, Slovakia.

In 2013, she was promoted a Full Professor in Applied Informatics.

She received her PhD in telecommunication systems from the University of Transport and Telecommunications in Zilina, former Czechoslovakia, in 1996. She received her diploma in telecommunication engineering from the same university.

Her research interests include ICT&ITS. She is author of 2 monographs, more than 90 papers in scientific journals and proceedings from research conferences. In 2003, she got the SIEMENS AWARD for leading the research group in the field of IP telephony.

In 2016, she was nominated as National delegate for H2020 PC on Smart, Green and Integrated Transport. She has been active in ICT&ITS standardisation for more than 15 years. Currently she represents Slovakia in CEN TC 278 on ITS. She also represents Slovakia in the Strategic Transport Research and Innovation Agenda (STRIA) governance group.

Since 2002, Tatiana has been involved in the evaluation of a number of FP calls for projects as well as the review of ongoing projects on ICT and ITS.

Prof Anders Larsson

Sweden

Sweden

Prof Anders Larsson

Anders Larsson is Professor of biomedical laboratory science at the Department of Medical Sciences, Uppsala University and senior consultant at the Department of Clinical Chemistry and Pharmacology, Akademiska Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.

He has more than 650 scientific publications. In 2004, the research group showed for the first time that cystatin C improved risk stratification of patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome. He has also been involved in the standardization of cystatin C reagents and the development of the new IFCC calibrated cystatin C eGFR equation (CAPA).

Prof. Larsson has previously participated in a COST project. He has also been PI in FP6 project and coordinator for a FP7 project. He is participating in large multinational research consortiums e.g. Global Burden of Disease (GBD) consortium and Chronic Kidney Disease Prognosis consortium. Professor Larsson has been involved in evaluation of research projects on a national level and applications for professor positions in the Scandinavian countries. He is experienced in the evaluation of new technologies in the human diagnostics field and the clinical value and health economic effects of laboratory tests.

Dr Barbara Malič

Slovenia

Slovenia

Dr Barbara Malič

Dr Barbara Malič is currently Head of the Electronic Ceramics Department at the Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Professor of Chemistry of materials at the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School.

Her research topics include lead-based and lead-free ferroelectric and piezoelectric ceramics and thin films, tunable ferroelectric thin films and solution-derived materials for transparent electronics. She is also involved in studies related to chemical solution deposition of thin films, inkjet printing of solutions and particle dispersions.

She is author or co-author of more than 130 papers, 10 book-chapters, more than 110 technical reports and 4 Slovenian patents. In 2010 she received the Zois recognition (Slovenian national science award) for important achievements in research of ferroelectric ceramics and thin films.

She has been active in EC FP6 (LEAF, MIND, CAMELIA) and FP7 (ORAMA, HIPERACT), ESA (FERROAPTCH), ERANET (PIEZOMEMS) and national research projects. She has participated in COST Actions since early 1990’s and served as the Slovenian delegate in COST Materials, Physical and Nano Sciences Domain Committee in the period 2010-2014. She has served as reviewer of national and international research projects. She is member of the Council for technical sciences of the Slovenian Research Agency.

Dr Pascale Massiani

France

France

Dr Pascale Massiani

Dr Pascale Massiani is a CNRS Senior Researcher working at UPMC (Paris, France).

She received her Chemical Engineer diploma from “Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier” (France) and her PhD in heterogeneous catalysis from “Université de Lorraine” (Nancy, France). After being appointed in CNRS, she worked on the preparation of organized porous nanomaterials and was awarded a bronze medal by CNRS for her innovative results on the synthesis of zeolites. Her expertise covers many complementary aspects on the comprehension and optimization of these solids, going from their in situ and operando characterizations to their application as catalysts or adsorbants in the domains of energy and environment. She has co-authored more than 110 articles in peer-reviewed international journals and has mentored 15 Ph.D students and more than 50 master students and young researchers.

 

While pursuing her researcher career, Dr Massiani is part time European Affairs Officer for the Institute of Chemistry of CNRS and acts as french NCP member for the Horizon2020 FET action. She has participated to several collaborative projects as partner or coordinator, particularly with southern Europe and mediteranean countries. She also worked for one year in a californian company developing innovative catalysts (Catalytica Inc., Mountain View). She had opportunities to act as co-chair or treasurer in the organization of some conferences and has been member of several scientific associations or university committees. She is regularly involved in local, national or international reviewings (PhD defenses, abstracts selection in conferences, projects evaluations, peer-reviews for many journals). She was recently member of a Panel Review for the selection of  COST projects.

Prof Tõnu Meidla

Estonia

Estonia

Prof Tõnu Meidla

Prof. Peter Milanov

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Prof Luciano Mule’Stagno is the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy and Group Leader of the Solar Research Lab at the University of Malta.

He holds a Ph.D in Physics from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He returned to his native Malta in 2007 from the US where, after his PhD studies, he spent 12 years working with MEMC Electronic Materials (later SunEdison, now Global Wafers). His last post there was that of Director of Worldwide Labs with responsibility for labs in Asia, Europe and the US. His major expertise is in the characterization, engineering and synthesis of semiconductor and solar materials He has published extensively and holds 10 patents on semiconductor/solar materials.

His current research interests are in photovoltaics systems and materials and other renewable energy technologies that could be applicable to Malta. He recently lead ERDF335 – a 4.2M Euro project to fund the solar research lab and Solaqua an MCST-funded project to study offshore solar energy.

Luciano has a passion for heritage and environmental issues. In fact his first post in Malta was that of CEO of Heritage Malta (2007-2009) and he is currently Vice-president of Din L-Art Helwa (The National Trust of Malta). He is also an executive committee member of UMASA(University of Malta, Academic Staff Association) and has served on the boards of several local companies.

Prof Luciano Mule Stagno PhD

Malta

Malta

Prof Luciano Mule’Stagno is the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy and Group Leader of the Solar Research Lab at the University of Malta.

He holds a Ph.D in Physics from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He returned to his native Malta in 2007 from the US where, after his PhD studies, he spent 12 years working with MEMC Electronic Materials (later SunEdison, now Global Wafers). His last post there was that of Director of Worldwide Labs with responsibility for labs in Asia, Europe and the US. His major expertise is in the characterization, engineering and synthesis of semiconductor and solar materials He has published extensively and holds 10 patents on semiconductor/solar materials.

His current research interests are in photovoltaics systems and materials and other renewable energy technologies that could be applicable to Malta. He recently lead ERDF335 – a 4.2M Euro project to fund the solar research lab and Solaqua an MCST-funded project to study offshore solar energy.

Luciano has a passion for heritage and environmental issues. In fact his first post in Malta was that of CEO of Heritage Malta (2007-2009) and he is currently Vice-president of Din L-Art Helwa (The National Trust of Malta). He is also an executive committee member of UMASA(University of Malta, Academic Staff Association) and has served on the boards of several local companies.

Orla Murphy

Ireland

Ireland

Dr Orla Murphy is an expert in Digital Humanities, particularly in laser scanning for 3D modeling in Cultural Heritage as well as in Critical Digital Pedagogy.

She is the Head of the Discipline of Digital Humanities at University College Cork (UCC), Ireland where she is the Director and co-Creator of their innovative BA program in Digital Humanities and Information Technology.  She is Irish National Coordinator for the DARIAH ERIC – a Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities.  Since 2017 she is a Board Member of the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI), and recently co-Chair of the Irish Arts and Culture in Education Research Repository.

Her research focuses on knowledge representation and new acts of reading explored through digital technology.  Originally trained as a medievalist she holds Diplomas in Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies and in Information Systems.  Her MPhil explored Latin and Old English sources for the Anglo-Saxon Homilist Aelfric’s Homilies on the Nativity – with a particular focus on liturgical contexts.  Her PhD research in The Foundations of Irish Culture project interrogated 3D laser scanning as an approach to representing damaged early-medieval stone inscriptions on pre 12th century artefacts as part of an interdisciplinary team.

Named Digital Champion in UCC, she was named as one of the inaugural Fulbright TechImpact scholars in 2015 travelling to research applications of 3D in museum settings in Boston. She was awarded a National Teaching Expert Award by the Irish National Forum for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2014.  Her current research is on the embedding of foundational Digital Literacies as critical competences in Higher Education Institutions.

She has participated in COST SCs and MCs representing Ireland, and in other EU projects, and has also acted as a reviewer and evaluator, editor and coeditor locally, nationally, and internationally.

Prof Viktor Nedović

Serbia

Serbia

Prof Viktor Nedović

Dr Jacques Neefjes

Netherlands

Netherlands

Dr Jacques Neefjes

Head of Department of Cell and Chemical Biology, LUMC, Leiden

He is chairman of the scientific council of the Dutch Children Oncology Fund KiKa and has been chairman of the scientific council of the Dutch Cancer Society KWF.

Dr Jacques Neefjes has made many seminal contributions to the fields of immunology, infection diseases, cell biology and chemical biology. His research has centered around the cell biology of MHC class I and MHC class II associated antigen presentation. These pathways is critical in tumorimmunotherapy. Neefjes has unraveled many steps in these pathways including the definition of DRiPs, the definition of the MIIC, the molecular control of vesicle transport by motor proteins, the control of lysosomal transport by the ER and cholesterol and many other issues central in cell biology. Collectively, his work has uncovered many steps in the cell biology of antigen presentation by MHC class I and MHC class II molecules. His activities in the area of chemical immunology has yielded new antibiotic targets and lead structures that support the host in bacterial clearance. This novel concept was the basis of his latest findings showing how bacterial infections cause cancer which will have broad implication in understanding as well as preventing cancer.

Neefjes has published over 230 papers in peer reviewed journals with an H index of over 80. He is a member of the Dutch Royal Society of Sciences and a member of the Norske Videnskaps Akademi.

Honours and Awards

1990          Antoni van Leeuwenhoek award

1992          EMBO long term fellowship

1996          Golden Medal of the Royal Dutch Chemical Society (KNCV)

1996          Pioneer Grant

2007          Elected member EMBO

2009          ERC Advanced Grant

2010          Elected member European Academy of Cancer Sciences

2013          Elected member Academia Europaea

2013          Recipient and main applicant Gravity Program Institute for Chemical Immunology

2014          Elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

2015          Elected member and Dutch representative in the EU COST Scientific Committee

2015          Elected member of the Dutch Royal Society of Sciences and Arts (KNAW)

2015          van Loghem Lecture, the Dutch award for research in Immunology

2016          ERC Advanced Grant

 

Honorary Lectures

2012          Ruysch lecture AMC, Amsterdam

2012          Beatty Lecture, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Prof. Julio Salinas

Spain

Spain

Radmila Pajović-Šćepanović

Radmila Pajović-Šćepanović, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of enology and Head of the enological laboratory at the Department of Viticulture and Enology, University of Montenegro.

She has been a researcher at the Biotechnical faculty (former Agricultural Institute), University of Montenegro, since 1997. She was appointed lecturer in 2008. She graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade (1996) and completed a Master’s degree at the Technological Faculty, University of Novi Sad (2001), Serbia. She received her Ph.D. degree in enology (2006) from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Food, University of Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.

Radmila completed specializations in the field of enology at the following institutions: the Institute for Wine in Athens, Greece (2001); Cornell University, USA (2003); the Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (2007); the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria (2012) and the Federal College and Research Institute for Viticulture and Pomology – HBLA, Klosterneuburg, Austria (2012).

She led one of the working groups of FP7 project AGRISCIMONT. She alsocoordinated numerous bilateral projects (two with Slovenia and two with Austria) and was investigator in many national scientific projects. She has published over 50 papers in national and international journals.

She is currently involved in the following activities: reviewing papers for scientific journals, books and classbooks; editorial board member of the journals: “Agriculture and Forestry“, Biotechnical faculty, „Mitteilungen Klosterneuburg“ HBLA, Klosterneuburg, Austria; representative of Montenegro in the International Office for Vines and Wine – OIV; team member for negotiations on Montenegro’s accession to the European Union, team member within the Ministry for Agriculture for drafting legislation in the field of wine.

Ms Radmila Pajović-Šćepanović PhD

Montenegro

Montenegro

Radmila Pajović-Šćepanović

Radmila Pajović-Šćepanović, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of enology and Head of the enological laboratory at the Department of Viticulture and Enology, University of Montenegro.

She has been a researcher at the Biotechnical faculty (former Agricultural Institute), University of Montenegro, since 1997. She was appointed lecturer in 2008. She graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade (1996) and completed a Master’s degree at the Technological Faculty, University of Novi Sad (2001), Serbia. She received her Ph.D. degree in enology (2006) from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Food, University of Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.

Radmila completed specializations in the field of enology at the following institutions: the Institute for Wine in Athens, Greece (2001); Cornell University, USA (2003); the Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (2007); the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria (2012) and the Federal College and Research Institute for Viticulture and Pomology – HBLA, Klosterneuburg, Austria (2012).

She led one of the working groups of FP7 project AGRISCIMONT. She alsocoordinated numerous bilateral projects (two with Slovenia and two with Austria) and was investigator in many national scientific projects. She has published over 50 papers in national and international journals.

She is currently involved in the following activities: reviewing papers for scientific journals, books and classbooks; editorial board member of the journals: “Agriculture and Forestry“, Biotechnical faculty, „Mitteilungen Klosterneuburg“ HBLA, Klosterneuburg, Austria; representative of Montenegro in the International Office for Vines and Wine – OIV; team member for negotiations on Montenegro’s accession to the European Union, team member within the Ministry for Agriculture for drafting legislation in the field of wine.

Dr Jiri Pinkas

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Dr Jiri Pinkas

Dr Jiri Pinkas is a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Research group leader at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.

He acted as the Head of the Department of Chemistry in 2004-7. He is a member of the Scientific Board of Faculty of Science at Masaryk University, Scientific Board of Faculty of Chemical Technology at Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, and Board of the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Academy of Science of Czech Republic.

He obtained his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA in 1993 and continued as a postdoctoral fellow at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA in 1994-6. In 1996-8 he moved as a Humboldt Research Fellow to University of Göttingen, Germany. He concluded his habilitation at Masaryk University in 1999. He received the Volkswagen Fellowship in 2001-3 and the Fulbright Fellowship in 2011-2. His scientific interests are in the area of new nonaqueous routes to metal phosphate, oxide, and silicate porous materials, synthesis of molecular building blocks for metallophosphate materials, and synthesis and characterization of metallic nanoparticles. He published 64 papers in international journals that brought 976 independent citations and resulted in H-index of 20.

He is a president of the Brno chapter of the Czech Chemical Society and acts as an internal grant evaluator at the Scientific University Board, Masaryk University, a referee for the COST CZ program at the Ministry of Education of Czech Republic, the Fulbright Commission, the Grant Agency of the Academy of Science, and the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic. He also works as a reviewer for international scientific journals (ACS, RCS, Wiley, Elsevier, Springer) and an Editorial Board member in Acta Chimica Slovenica, Slovenia and Chemija, Lithuania.

Prof Dijana Plaseska-Karanfilska

The Republic of North Macedonia

The Republic of North Macedonia

Prof Dijana Plaseska-Karanfilska

Prof Dijana Plaseska-Karanfilska is employed at the Research Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology “Georgi D. Efremov”, within the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Skopje, Macedonia where she holds a position of Full Professor and Head of laboratories.

She is also elected professor at the University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius”, Skopje and participates in lecturing of biomolecular subjects for both undergraduate and graduate studies and specialisation in clinical laboratory genetics. She has coordinated the EU FP7 MACPROGEN project, which has strengthened national research capacities in the fields of genomics and proteomics.

She received her MD degree from the Medical Faculty in Skopje and Ph.D. from the Medical Faculty in Maastricht, the Netherlands. She has been studying different inherited diseases and has contributed to the translation of a number of molecular genetic tests to clinical practice in Macedonia. She has published more than 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals, several book chapters and has participated with more than 120 presentations on different scientific events.

She is one of the founders and current President of the Macedonian Society of Human Genetics. She is member of the Board of the European Society of Human Genetics and a Coordinator for Macedonia in the European Biotechnology Thematic Network Association. She has been participating in evaluation and selection procedures of scientific projects and papers at the national and EU level. She has been a member of the NATO CBP (chemistry/biology/physics) Advisory Panel, UNESCO-ROSTE Expert group for restructuring of research infrastructures in SEE and Scientific Council at the Ministry of Education and Science of R. Macedonia.

Prof Guy Poppy

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Prof Guy Poppy

Guy Poppy is Professor of Food Security at the University and Southampton. He is currently serving a part-time secondment as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK non-ministerial Government Department the Food Standards Agency. Prior to his secondment, he was the Director of Interdisciplinary strategy at Southampton where he led the establishment of several institutes (e.g. Life Sciences) and a number of strategic research groups focused on Grand Challenges (e.g. Energy, AMR, Sustainability). He served as the Head of Biological Sciences during the move into a new building and raised significant external funds to establish key facilities.

His main research interests relate to global food security. Although originally focussed on production and how to produce/protect food, he has more recently worked on the other key pillars such as stability and utilisation. His research portfolio has been funded from national, international research funds as well as the private sector where has worked with SME’s and multinational companies on a wide range of food related projects. Originally trained as an ecologist and having worked in plant biotechnology, he has a broad experience of the natural sciences more recently enhanced by working with the social sciences in projects in Africa, Asia and South America.

He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed papers including many in leading journals such as Nature and PNAS. He was a member of the UK’s REF2014 exercise and has also served on BBSRC, NERC, EU and other international grant awarding committees. In his current role as a CSA and a member of the UK Government’s circle of CSA’s, he has experience with UK science policy and science capability/infrastructure and high-decision making on research.

Prof Dov Prusky

Israel

Israel

Prof Dov Prusky

Prof Dov Prusky works as Full Professor since 1993 both at the Agricultural Research Organization (ARO, the main Agricultural Research Institute in Israel) and teaches at the Faculty of Agriculture of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

He has also performed several important roles at ARO: his role as Deputy Director of R&D and Head of Agricultural Institutes stand out.

Prof. Dov Prusky studied a B.Sc. in Agriculture and continued with his Ph.D. in plant-pathogen interactions in wheat at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel.

A total of 175 peer-review publications with more than 2400 non-self-citations justify his achievements. He is a member of Editorial Boards of five Journals including the Annual Review of Phytopathology, USA. In 2002, Prof. Prusky was elected ‘Scientist of the Year’ for the significant scientific achievements at ARO. Seven years later, he was elected “2009 Merensky Fellow” by the Hans Merensky Holdings LTD, South Africa. In 2012, he was awarded the ‘Life Achievements Award’ for best scientist at the ARO.

His research focuses on the basis of resistance and susceptibility of fruits and vegetables to postharvest disease as a universal model system for understanding the mechanism of pathogen attack and host spoilage of fruit and vegetables. Prof. Prusky is experienced in the evaluation procedures of research programmes at the International and National Research funds (Binational Agricultural Research US-Israel Fund, BARD; Israel Foundation of Sciences, IFS, and Ministry of Agriculture) and is currently involved in the development of Science & Technology Strategies for food storage and preservation. Moreover, he has significant experience in comprehension of foresight, decision making processes and impact analysis of projects in the Israeli agriculture.

Dr Jenny Renaut

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Dr Jenny Renaut

Dr Jenny Renaut has been responsible for the Integrative Biology Platform of the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) since January 2015.

Previously, she was responsible for the Plant Proteomics Platform (2006-2013) and more recently of the Proteomics and Metabolomics Platform leader in the Public Research Centre – Gabriel Lippmann, Belvaux (LU). She has been Principal Investigator of several nationally funded, bilateral projects (INTER programme with German Research Foundation DFG), and an ESF-funded project (MOMEVIP).

Dr Renaut has received her Ph.D. degree from the Catholic University of Leuven in 2003, in the field of Plant Science. Her fields of expertise are focused on technological aspects of proteomics and metabolomics studies, in plant science (e.g. in response to stress, development) but also in animal, human or microbial matrices for disease or toxicological studies (e.g. in nanoscience and with pollutants) and characterization of proteins by mass spectrometry. Dr Renaut has co-authored more than 100 papers and several couple of book chapters that have been widely cited (more than 2100 citations according to Scopus, with an h-index of 23). From 2007 to 2011, Dr Renaut was the Chair of the COST Action FA0603 ‘Plant Proteomics in Europe’ and has been involved in several other COST Actions.

Dr Renaut has been member of evaluation committees for projects in France (ANR, IBISA), in Israel (BARD), in Germany (DFG) and in the Netherlands (NOW), and is appointed as associate editor of BMC Plant Biology and PeerJ or member of the editorial board of Journal of Proteomics.

Dr Kenneth Ruud

Norway

Norway

Dr Kenneth Ruud

Dr Kenneth Ruud is pro-Rector of research at UiT the Arctic University of Norway.

Since 2002, he has been a Professor of theoretical chemistry. During the period 2007-2013 he was Director of the Centre for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, one of the 21 Norwegian Centres of Excellence.

He received his Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry in 1998 from the University of Oslo, and was a postdoc at the San Diego Supercomputer Centre before moving to Tromsø in 2001. His research interests include the development and application of quantum-chemical methods for investigating molecular properties, including interactions of molecules with electromagnetic light, nonlinear optical properties, chiroptical spectroscopies, relativistic effects and multiscale modelling. He also has a strong interest in high-performance computing and parallelisation.

He has published more than 260 papers that have been cited more than 8200 times. His h-index is 50. He is an elected member of the Norwegian and Finnish Academies of Science and Letters. He received an ERC Starting Grant in 2011. He has an extensive experience with research evaluation and policy, having been a member of the board of the division of Science of the Research Council of Norway 2007-2015, and a member of the Physical and Engineering Standing Committee of the European Science Foundation 2007-2013. He was member of an international panel evaluating research in Portugal 2014-2015 and he chaired the evaluation of Finnish chemistry research 2010. Has also been involved in the the scientific steering and access committee of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) since 2010.

Dr Emmanuel Stratakis

Greece

Greece

Dr Emmanuel Stratakis

Dr Emmanuel Stratakis is Research Director at the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) of the Foundation for Research and Technology—Hellas (FORTH).

Dr Emmanuel Stratakis received his PhD in 2001 from the Physics Department, University of Crete (UoC). After graduating, he joined as a visiting Researcher the IESL-FORTH working on the ultrafast laser engineering of materials and as an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Technology of the UoC. In 2006 he was appointed as a visiting Researcher at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of California, Berkeley. In 2007 he was elected Researcher at IESL-FORTH, where he is leading the “Ultrafast Laser Micro- and Nano- processing” group. His research interests are in the fields of ultrafast laser interactions with materials for (a) biomimetic micro- and nano- structuring (b) nanomaterials synthesis, modification and functionalization for organic electronics and (c) biomaterials processing for tissue engineering. He has over 120 SCI publications, 4,100 citations and he has coordinated many National and EU grants. Dr Stratakis has extensive participation on evaluation procedures and reviews of research projects at national and European level. Since 2015, he directs the European Nanoscience Facility of FORTH, part of the NFFA-Europe EU Infrastructure, where he is a member of the GA. He is a National Expert the Horizon 2020 committee configurations on Nanotechnologies, Advanced materials, Biotechnology, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing.

Dr Talis Tisenkopfs

Latvia

Latvia

Dr Talis Tisenkopfs

Dr soc., Prof Talis Tisenkopfs is the Director of the Baltic Studies Centre in Riga and professor of sociology and director of PhD programme at University of Latvia.

His research focuses on innovation processes in agriculture and food systems, food security, food supply chains, and post-socialist transformation of agriculture and rural areas. Member of the COST Scientific Committee (2015–2019), vice-president of the European Society for Rural Sociology (2015-2017) and former independent expert on agricultural knowledge and innovation systems at European Commission, Directorate E: Biotechnologies, Agriculture, Food (2010-2011). Former editor-in-chief of Latvia Human Development Reports, published by UNDP. The Latvian team leader of 23 EU Framework and Horizon 2020 projects including AgriLink, ROBUST, PLAID, SALSA, SUFISA, TRANSMANGO and other. Member of the Expert Committee in Humanities and Social Sciences of the Latvian Council of Science (2013–2018). Supervisor of PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and Marie Sklodowska-Curie early career researcher within PUREFOOD (2010-2014) and SUSPLACE (2015-2019) training programmes.

Author and co-author of numerous international scientific journal publications. The Latvian Academy of Sciences Award in sociology (2011); the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Award for excellence in quality of analysis and policy impact of the Latvia Human Development Report (1999).

Experience with H2020 research and innovation projects, comparative policy analysis and multi-stakeholder collaboration in research and innovation.

Prof Paula Videira

Portugal

Portugal

Prof Paula Videira

Paula Videira is Assistant Professor at the Department of Life Sciences, from Faculty of Sciences and Technology, NOVA Universty of Lisbon. She is the head of the Glycoimmunology research group.

She is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, NOVA Universty of Lisbon. She is the head of the Glycoimmunology research group and director and co-founder of the Congenital disorders of Glycosylation (CDG) & allies-PPAIN, an international network of professionals and patient associations dedicated to CDG and allies as cancer. She is part of the Scientific council of Biology PhD program and honorary scientific consultant for biopharmaceutical companies.

The research interests are to identify glycan-based therapeutic targets and to develop novel immunotherapies. Her group identified glycan signatures in immune and cancer cells and, recently, they contributed to develop technologies to improve dendritic cell-based anti-cancer vaccines and generated novel antibodies.

She received a PhD in Biotechnology by the Technical University of Lisbon and was awarded as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Institutes of Medicine. Awards also included EMBO- European Molecular Biology Organization, the Institute Advanced Study from University of Bologna in Italy, Santander&UNL and Bluepharma&UC Prize.

She was leader of multidisciplinary research teams at over six national and international consortiums, and presently workpackage leader and member of the executive and supervisory board of the GlyCoCan Marie Curie Program (676421).

She is supervising several Post Docs, PhD and Master students and she is authoring more than 60 international peer-review publications and two patents. She is also regularly involved as expert evaluator of several national and international comissions and institutions including Horizon 2020 Health Calls, Marie Curie Programs, COST Actions, Fulbright Commission. Reviewer of scientific journals including the editorial board of JCMT an WJCU.

Prof Rita Žukauskienė

Lithuania

Lithuania

Prof Rita Žukauskienė

Prof Rita Žukauskienė is a full professor of in the Institute of Psychology at Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania

She is a developmental scientist with long-standing research interests in the development of behavioral and emotional problems in children and adolescents. However, during the last few years her work focuses on positive youth development in adolescence as a developmental period with unique opportunities for early intervention in relation to opening possibilities for growth and flourishing during this period. Her research is interdisciplinary and bridges between basic developmental research (emphasizing mechanisms of positive youth development) and the translation of this work into social policy relevance. She has published extensively on child and adolescent development, behavioral/emotional health in adolescents, adolescent positive youth development, identity processes in adolescence and emerging adulthood, peer-relationships and parenting, but also on migration and domestic violence.

She has been elected as a President of the European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA), as an Executive Council member of The International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD). She is an Editor-in Chief of the journal Social Inquiry into Well- Being, and serves as Editorial Board member of a number of journals, including European Journal of Psychology, Journal of Emerging Adulthood, etc.

She was as a member of the Board of Social Sciences and Humanities of Lithuanian Research Council (2013-2016). From 2015 she is  Head of the Board of Social Sciences in the  Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA ). Previously, she was the Lithuanian representative within the COST Domain “Individuals, Society, Culture and Health” (2010- 2014).

She has served as an expert in a number of  EU funded programs, including Marie Skłodowska -Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF), H2020-BES-2014 (Border security and external security), H2020-YOUNG-SOCIETY-2014_RTD, also as of national foundations, including the Academy of Finland,  Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO),  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and others.

Prof Magdalena Cara

Albania

Albania

Prof. Dr Magdalena Cara 

Magdalena Cara is a professor (since 2015) and she is working at Agriculture University of Tirana (since 2006).

Magdalena Cara had studied 5 years at the Chemistry Department and then she graduated in University of Tirana, at Natural Sciences Faculty in 1988. At the same Faculty she finished Scientific Master (2002 – 2004) and PhD studies (2005-2007).

After her graduation she worked as a Chemical Engineer at a Superphosphate Factory, at Chemistry Department at the Ministry of Mineral and Energy Resources in Tirana and then from 1992 she has worked at the Plant Protection Institute in Durrës.

For many years, she was focused on scientific research for pesticides, toxicology and ecotoxicology, harmful impacts on health and environment as well as polluting chemicals of water and whole environment. She has also worked in toxigenic and mycotoxins fungi field as well as their detection with instrumental methods and other plant pathogens including the ELISA, DTBIA, PCR, Reverse – Transcriptase PCR and Real-time LAMP tests.

She has published more than 30 articles in international journals including APS and has participated in more than 50 scientific conferences.

She has published 9 books with ISBN in Albanian language as textbooks and guides in Mycotoxins and Pesticides fields. She has participated and coordinate international and national projects as; TEMPUS, IPA, SEE-ERA.NET, INTERREG, DAAD, ERASMUS PLUS ICM, EUPHRESCO, etc., bilateral with Italy, Slovenia, etc., and the national projects. She is certified as environmental expert since 2005 and has been part of the group that develops expertise in environment field.

Her teaching activity from 2008 is related to Plant Protection Products, Sustainable Use of Pesticides, Ecotoxicology and Pesticide Impact, Mycotoxins, Instrumental Methods in Plant Pathology, Research Methods, etc. She has supervised master and doctoral theses in the field of pesticide’s use and pesticide’s residues, POPs pesticides, mycotoxin detection methods and toxigenic fungus.

Prof Gabriele Anderst-Kotsis

Austria

Austria

Prof Gabriele Anderst-Kotsis

Gabriele Anderst-Kotsis is a full professor in computer science and head of the Department of Telecooperation at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. She is member at large of the ACM, board member of the Austrian Computer Society and President of the ASEA-Uninet Network.

Her scientific contributions include seminal work in the field of workload characterisation for parallel and distributed systems and in performance management of computer systems with a specific focus on mobile and ubiquitous computing environments. She has successfully led several research projects, such as the EU funded networks of Excellence CRUISE and EuroNGI/EuroFGI.

Anderst-Kotsis is co-author of over 150 scientific publications. Her scientific work has been recognized from thee very beginning of her career, in 1995 she received the prestigious Heinz-Zemanek Award for her dissertation work. In 2014, Anderst-Kotsis has been recognized as ACM Distinguished Scientist for her scientific contributions.

She has always been dedicated to contributing research management and to the larger scientific community. She was appointed in 2007 and reelected in 2011 as Vice Rector for Research at Johannes Kepler University Linz. At a national level, she is a member of the Austrian Computer Society and was one of the cofounding chairs of the Society’s working group for professors in computer science. From 2003 to 2007 she was president of the Austrian Computer Society. At an international level, she was a founding member of the ACM Europe Council. She has been evaluator of proposals and expert reviewer in FP6, FP7 and H2020 as well as in numerous national funding programmes. She was and is serving as an academic expert and strategic advisor in e.g. the Science and Research Council of the Province of Salzburg (2007-2010), the Upper Austrian Council for Research and Technology (2010-2015) or the Internet Offensive Österreich (since 2017).

Prof Niels Ødum

Denmark

Denmark

Dr Laszlo Hiripi

Dr Laszlo Hiripi is a Senior Researcher working at NAIK-Agricultural Research Institute (Godollo,Hungary). 

Previously he was the head of the Department of Animal Biotechnology at NAIK-ABI (Godollo, Hungary 2014-2018). From 2005 Laszlo has been a PI in the same institute. As a postdoctoral fellow he worked at the School of Biomedical Sciences-University Ulster (UK). Laszlo graduated in Ecology from Attila Jozsef University Szeged and obtained his Ph.D. from Szent Istvan University Godollo in Animal Husbandry Sciences.

His research focuses on the development and application of modern animal biotechnology using transgenic and genome editing methods. His research group has several collaborative studies to produce precise animal models of human diseases.

Laszlo Hiripi has published more than 50 peer reviewed scientific journal and conference papers with more than 1000 citations. He holds two international and a national patents. He has evaluated research proposals for the Hungarian and Slovakian Research Council. He has also participated in three COST Actions and organized an ECOST training school which was the first European training school for genome editing in 2015.

Dr Laszlo Hiripi

Hungary

Hungary

Dr Laszlo Hiripi

Dr Laszlo Hiripi is a Senior Researcher working at NAIK-Agricultural Research Institute (Godollo,Hungary). 

Previously he was the head of the Department of Animal Biotechnology at NAIK-ABI (Godollo, Hungary 2014-2018). From 2005 Laszlo has been a PI in the same institute. As a postdoctoral fellow he worked at the School of Biomedical Sciences-University Ulster (UK). Laszlo graduated in Ecology from Attila Jozsef University Szeged and obtained his Ph.D. from Szent Istvan University Godollo in Animal Husbandry Sciences.

His research focuses on the development and application of modern animal biotechnology using transgenic and genome editing methods. His research group has several collaborative studies to produce precise animal models of human diseases.

Laszlo Hiripi has published more than 50 peer reviewed scientific journal and conference papers with more than 1000 citations. He holds two international and a national patents. He has evaluated research proposals for the Hungarian and Slovakian Research Council. He has also participated in three COST Actions and organized an ECOST training school which was the first European training school for genome editing in 2015.

Prof Svetlana Codreanu

Republic of Moldova

Republic of Moldova

Dr Svetlana Codreanu

Director of the Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology, Republic of Moldova. 

Dr Svetlana Codreanu is the Director of the Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology in Chisinau Republic of Moldova, former director of the National Collection of Non-Pathogenic Microorganisms, co-founder of Moldovan Society for Microbiology and FEMS Delegate.

She studied Biology and obtained her PhD degree in Microbiology from the Moldova State University. Her current scientific research focuses on Applied Phycology and Biotechnology.

Official Representative of the Republic of Moldova nominated to the HORIZON 2020 Research Infrastructure Programme Committee (2014-2018) and  national expert to Horizon 2020 Programme Committee Configurations “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials” and “Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research, and the bioeconomy” (since 2018).

She is regularly involved as evaluator of scientific projects and research infrastructures, reviewer of scientific journals and abstract selections in conferences and PhD defences.

Dr Codreanu is author and co-author of over 100 scientific publications and 17 patents. She received numerous awards, including the WIPO Award and Gold Medal.

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