European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT)
Martin KERN is the Interim Director and Chief Operating Officer at the EIT since 1 August 2014. Prior to joining, he worked at the European Commission for 15 years in a variety of posts, mainly in the area of enlargement policy. Working for the EU, he held a variety of positions, the latest being Head of Operations at the EU Delegation to Serbia. He worked as country coordinator for financial assistance for the Turkey team in the European Commission’s DG Enlargement. He has Master degrees in Economics and English from the University of Heidelberg and in European Studies from the University of Reading.
Head of Communications and Stakeholder Relations
European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
Alice FISER is Head of Communications and Stakeholder Relations at the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. Before joining the EIT, Alice spearheaded the creation of Corporate Communications for the UN Duty Station in Bonn, Germany. Prior to this, she headed the UN University’s Communications Section in Bonn. Alice began her career in the Delegation of the European Commission in Prague. In this function, she was responsible for relations with civil society, academia and the Czech regions. She then worked for a Member of the European Parliament as an adviser in the fields of regional policy, justice and home affairs, and for the European Commission as a Press and Communications Officer in the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. Alice holds a PhD in Political Science from Augsburg University.
Head of Unit Communication
European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA)
Anthony LOCKETT is Head of Unit for Communication at the European Research Council Executive Agency. From artificial intelligence to exoplanets, he and his team aim to explain the relevance of complex EU-funded science in an accessible way to the media and to the public. He is a great believer in Einstein’s view that “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”. Tony has previously held communication roles in the European Commission’s DGs for Regional and Urban Policy, Human Resources, Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.
Press Advisor to the President of the European Research Council (ERCEA)
Madeleine DRIELSMA is Press and Communication Advisor to the President of the European Research Council (ERC), Brussels. She has been in charge of press relations at the ERC since it was launched by the EU as a bold, new initiative for top science. She has additional experience in European affairs through her work in consulting (Kreab, Brussels) and diplomacy (Dutch Foreign Ministry), as well as postgraduate studies and work at the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium).
European Commission, Directorate-General Research and Innovation
Head of the Scientific Advice Mechanism Unit (SAM)
Johannes Klumpers leads the Scientific Advice Mechanism Unit (SAM) in the European Commission since its establishment, 1 October 2015. The Unit supports the Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors who, as their name suggests, give science advice to the European Commissioners. The Unit also supports the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE), which also advises the Commissioners. Finally, the Unit develops policies on research integrity and assesses Horizon 2020 applications and projects according to their ethical and some legal characteristics. A German National, born in Geneva in 1964, he studied forestry and wood technology and obtained his PhD from the French Ecole Nationale du Génie Rural, des Eaux et Forêts (ENGREF). After several years of industrial research in Sweden, he joined the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research & Innovation in 1998 and has worked there on a variety of topics, from renewable raw materials and industrial processes to gender, science in society, finance and budget.
European Commission, Directorate-General Research and Innovation
Deputy Head of the Scientific Advice Mechanism Unit (SAM)
Jeremy BRAY is Deputy Head of Unit – European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM). The SAM Unit in EC DG RTD supports the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors and the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies, which provide independent, timely and high quality advice to the College of European Commissioners. The Unit also promotes the highest standards of Ethics and Integrity in the performance of Research and Innovation in the EU. He previously worked for the UK Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs. He holds degrees from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Durham University.
European Commission, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre
Head of the Knowledge for Thematic Coordination Unit (JRC)
Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology
Senior Expert in charge of the Science Technology & ARTS initiative in the Media Convergence and Social Media Unit (CONNECT)
Ralph DUM is senior expert at the European Commission. He holds a PHD (1992) in physics. RD worked in quantum physics in US at JILA/NIST, CO, at SUNY, Stonybrook, NY, at Oxford University, and at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, before joining EC in 2002. At EC, he has been in charge of developing research programmes -examples include quantum computing, complex systems, neuro-informatics, and scientific modelling and data for policy. He has recently initiated a programme called S+T+ARTS == STARTS, innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology, and the ARTS. STARTS includes artists in research projects as catalysts of innovation.
Head of the Scientific Foresight Unit (STOA)
European Parliamentary Research Service
Theodoros KARAPIPERIS is head of the Scientific Foresight Unit (STOA) encompassing the STOA Secretariat, the Scientific Foresight Service and the European Science-Media Hub. He worked in basic and applied research before joining the EP, first in the Press Service and the ITRE Secretariat, and, as Head of Unit, the Policy Department for Economic & Scientific Policy (DG IPOL) and STOA.
Member of the Media Services Unit.
European Parliament Directorate-General for Communication (DG COMM)
Antonio LEON is Press officer at European Parliament Media Services Unit, Directorate for Media, DGCOMM; former Spanish editor at Parliament’s Web Communications Unit; and previously Brussels-based correspondent for the Spanish business dailies Expansión and El Economista.