Trieste will be the European City of Science in 2020
The EuroScience Open Forum 2020 will be hosted from 4 to 10 July 2020 in Trieste, Italy.
The FIT - Trieste International Foundation for Progress and Freedom will be in charge of the event. The Science and Innovation System of the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia (SIS FVG), connecting the most relevant scientific institutions of the region, is collaborating with FIT to build up the scientific program of the 2020 event.
The impressive number of national and regional authorities and partners sustaining the initiative were determinant in the Trieste nomination by the ESOF Supervisory Committee.
The city has seen the development of important international and national research institutes for research, technology transfer and the dissemination of science, bringing to Trieste a concentration of research workers among the highest in the world.
As a Central European city, Trieste will work to make ESOF2020 an opportunity for strengthening links with Central and Eastern European scientists, businesses, politicians and citizens.
EuroScience has no doubt that Trieste will add its name as another major European city to the European Cities of Science that have organised ESOF since 2004 in Stockholm.
The Champion of ESOF2020 is Professor Stefano Fantoni, President of FIT, a foundation whose mission is, on one side, the promotion of scientific collaborations leading to creating innovative ideas, products and processes, and, on the other, the diffusion of science and its pacific applications.
With its motto “Freedom for Science, Science for Freedom”, Trieste has introduced a new concept: to open up the largest Open Forum on Science in Europe outside the national borders of the hosting city.
In order to ensure a strong involvement of Central and Eastern European Countries and to engage the local community, FIT has created a local team (Trieste Encounters on Science and Innovation – TESI) to develop a proESOF programme: this is conceived as a set of activities to anticipate and accompany the development of ESOF 2020 Trieste. It represents an innovation in the usual EuroScience format and it includes a series of regional and international events that will be organised mainly in the Triveneto Region, in CEE countries and in the Balkans, with a strong engagement of local institutions, authorities and citizens.
To collect ideas and to support the development of initiatives which will enhance dissemination, education, networking and training from now until ESOF 2020, a call for proposals will be launched by the TESI Local Programme Committee quarterly.
The call envisages three distinct groups of initiatives to be collected:
- events before 2020, to be held preferentially in the North-East of Italy and Centra-Eastern European countries and Balkans;
- Science in the City Festival, embracing activities for the public engagement in science which will take place in the three weeks of the 2020 main event in Trieste;
- Draft proposals for the official call of ESOF 2020 Trieste that will be launched in January 2019. These proposals will receive advice and suggestions to better fulfill the official call requirements and enhance the network capacity of the applicants.
The proposals may be related to the following areas:
Science to Science: focused on current and future path-breaking science, it provides for keynote speeches and events, plenary sessions, workshops, roundtables and debates. It encompasses social sciences and humanities as well as physical and life sciences, engineering and medicine.
Science to Business: a unique platform in Europe to exchange ideas and good practices on research-driven business models, public private partnerships, the economic developments resulting from technological innovation, future careers and future “new jobs” opportunities.
Science to Policy: stakeholders, governments, scientists, industry and the public in the Triveneto region and in the South East European countries, will be asked to cooperate in a joint effort to ensure reliable, evidence-based policy-making for the benefit of the society as a whole. Possible discussion subjects include the ethical use of scientific knowledge in addressing the grand challenges of humankind, integrity of science, science diplomacy to build peace and cohesion.
Science to Citizens: it aims to create a scientific citizenship for all and to promote the idea of science as fundamental to problem-solving. All activities and events organized in this frame will inspire passion and a collaborative attitude in people, from the very young to the elderly, in order to build a sense of identity and ownership within the field of science.
Science to Communicators: aimed at building a solid network of science communicators active in different fields (from journalism to events organizing, from publishing to communication corporate) across Europe, with a special focus on the Triveneto region and the South East European countries.
The proposals passing successfully the evaluation are entitled to use the appropriate proESOF/ Science in the City brands and will receive, if needed, suggestions, advice and technical/organizational support from the TESI LPC (for example free locations, help for advertising and dissemination, etc.). Very limited financial support might be obtained for the mobility of Central Eastern countries’ contributors only.
ESOF2020 Steering Committee members
The Steering Committee supervises the overall preparations for the ESOF conference. The ESOF champion is head of the Steering Committee.
Stefano Fantoni (Italy)
ESOF2020 champion, chair of the Steering Committee
Born in Taranto (Italy) in 1945, Stefano Fantoni obtained a degree in Physics from the University of Pisa and a Ph.D. in Physics from Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (Italy). Since 1992, he has been Professor of the Theory of Nuclear Interactions at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste (Italy) where he was responsible for launching a master’s degree in Science Communication at the School in 1994. In addition, since 2004 he has been the Director of SISSA. Fantoni has also been a visiting scientist at the Niels Bohr Institute (Denmark), the Department of Physics, Koln (Germany) and visiting Professor at the Department of Physics, University of Illinois and the Jefferson Laboratory, Virginia (USA). His research areas include nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics and low temperature physics. Fantoni has authored and co-authored over 200 papers published in international journals and conference proceedings. These papers have more than 1,500 citations from more than 600 other scientific articles in international literature over the past 10 years.
EuroScience Secretary General - ex officio (Peter Tindemans)
Vice chair of the Steering Committee
STI Policies, Theoretical Physics
Peter Tindemans is well-known for his contributions to science, technology and innovation policy in the Netherlands, Europe and globally. He was responsible for Dutch research and science policy from 1991-1999; chaired the establishment of the pan-European Research and Education Networking infrastructure from 1986 till 1991 and the OECD MegaScience Forum from 1992-1999. As an independent consultant since 1999, he keeps very engaged in developing European policies for science, technology and innovation in general, working with ministers and former EUROHORCS; in regional innovation efforts and in European policies for Research Infrastructures, e.g. as chairman of the European Neutron Spallation Source now built in Lund. He is working with the World Bank and UNESCO in Africa, Latin-America, the Middle-East and Asia. A founding member of EuroScience, he sat many years on its Governing Board. He convened the Science Policy Group and was as chair and member involved in ESOF Governance an Supervisory Committees. He is a director of the Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen.
Gail Cardew (United Kingdom)
Chair of ESOF Supervisory Committee, professor of science, culture and society at the Royal Institution
Science and Culture, Informal Science Learning, Public Engagement with Science, Science and Media Communications
Professor Gail Cardew is Director of Science and Education at the Royal Institution, where she is responsible for the strategic development of the Royal Institution’s charitable activities. She has been involved with ESOF from the very beginning, either on the Steering Committee or Programme Committee. She also chairs the body that governs the strategic direction of ESOF and selects the host cities – the ESOF Supervisory Board. She holds various international posts in science, policy and education, including a Board Member of EuroScience.
Noble Banadda (Uganda)
Professor and chair, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Noble Banadda is a professor and the Chair of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Makerere University (Uganda). Noble holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering (2006) of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). In 2007, Noble won the Cochran Fellowship to do postdoctoral studies in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). In August 2012, Noble was appointed a full professor at the age of 37 years. He is the youngest fellow of Uganda National Academy of Sciences and the President of the Uganda National Young Academy. In September 2014, Noble was honoured young Scientist at the Annual meeting of New Champions, World Economic Forum, Tianjin, Peoples’ Republic of China. Since 2017, Noble is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Agricultural and biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA as well as being a member of the Malabo Montpellier Panel of International Experts. Noble is ranked among the top 60 researchers in the world in the research domain of waste management.
Anne Cambon-Thomsen (France)
Emeritus research director at CNRS, Université fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées, ESOF 2018 champion
Biology, Bioethics, Medicine, Genetics, Public Health
Anne Cambon-Thomsen, MD, immunogeneticist, specialised in human biology and health ethics, is Emeritus Research Director at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in a joint Unit on epidemiology and public health of the National Institute of health and medical research (Inserm) and University of Toulouse, France. She worked on human genetic variation in populations and diseases, transplantation immunogenetics, then societal and policy aspects of genomics and biotechnologies. She entered Inserm in 1976, completed a post-doctorate in Denmark 81-82 and became research director at CNRS in 88. She directed two research units (85-97) in Toulouse, then led an interdisciplinary team on societal aspects of biotechnology for health and a platform of societal dialogue (1998-2016). With experience in national and European ethics bodies and projects on ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of research, she co-directed the Common Service ELSI of BBMRI-ERIC, the European infrastructure on biobanking and biomolecular resources 2015-17. She is member of the European Group on Ethics of Science and New Technologies (EGE) and the ESOF 2018 Champion.
Fernando Ferroni (Italy)
President of INFN, the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics
Full Professor of Physics at the University of Rome Sapienza and President of the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) since 2011. Member of the Governing Board of Science Europe. He has focused his scientific studies on experimental particle physics, starting his research at CERN Laboratory where he investigated the nucleon structure functions from neutrino scattering and participated at the L3 experiment at the LEP accelerator. In the early nineties he joined the BABAR collaboration as a visiting scientist at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre (SLAC). Inside the collaboration he covered relevant responsibility roles such as executive board member, technical board member, physics coordinator and system manager of the muon detector. Since 2004 he is exploring the neutrinoless double beta decay with an experiment at the Gran Sasso Laboratories called CUORE and with an innovative project (Lucifer) on the same subject. He is the author of several hundred articles in scientific journals, he has served as member in numerous international scientific boards and chaired many committees in the field of high energy physics.
Aidan Gilligan (Belgium)
Founder & CEO, SciCom – Making Sense of Science
Science communication, Health, Energy, Policy-Making
Aidan Gilligan (Irish) is Founder and CEO of SciCom, a Brussels-based science diplomacy agency with Associates in Cape Town, Copenhagen, Geneva, London and Paris, striving to make greater sense of science-policy-making for public, private and cause-related groups.
An EU affairs and legal expert, Aidan spent four years as Director of Communications at the College of Europe and ten years at the heart of the European Union’s in-house science services. He was also seconded to the Office of the Irish Chief Science Adviser.
Aidan is an elected member of the EuroScience Governing Board 2015 – 2018 and has been an active member of the International Media & Marketing Committees for the Dublin, Copenhagen, Manchester and Toulouse ESOFs, Vice-Chairing the past two.
Current science diplomacy roles include, amongst others, International Adviser to the Japan Science & Technology Agency (JST); Co-creator and Adviser to the Science Forum South Africa (SFSA); International Adviser to the Latin American & Caribbean Open Forum (CILAC); International Media Partner for The World Science Forum 2015 Budapest & 2017 Jordan; Regional Contributor, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Regional Assessment for Europe; and a Planning Group Member of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA).
Nicole Grobert (United Kingdom)
Professor of Nanomaterials at the Department of Materials in the University of Oxford
Nicole Grobert's research group focuses on the synthesis, processing, and characterisation of novel carbon and non-carbon based nanomaterials, including nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanorods, graphene and other 2D nanomaterials. Moreover, multifunctional hierarchical nanostructures are also developed and investigated for their implementation in the health-care sectors and for their use in energy applications.
Professor Grobert is a Royal Society Industry Fellow at Williams Advanced Engineering, a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford and a visiting professor at the Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre at Toyo University, Japan.
Nicole Grobert is a vocal defender of best practices and efficient leadership, experience obtained over almost 20 years as a frontline researcher and representative of young researchers in Europe, having previously been the Chair of the Young Academy of Europe and a founder member. She has been awarded three Royal Society Research Fellowships and has held has also held four ERC Grants. Moreover, she has been selected as an outstanding young scientist by the Royal Society in 2005, the STS Forum in 2008, and the World Economic Forum in 2013.
Massimo Inguscio (Italy)
President of the Italian National Research Council
Born in 1950 in Lecce, he graduated and obtained a PhD in Physics at Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, where he was assistant professor, associated professor and full professor. He has been full Professor of Matter Physics since 1986 at the University Federico II of Naples and since 1991 at the School of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences of the University of Florence.
Influential representative of the international scientific community and co-founder of the European Laboratory for Non Linear Spectroscopy (LENS) in Florence, which he lead from 1998 to 2004, Prof. Inguscio is a member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.
Jana Kolar (Italy)
Executive Director of the CERIC (Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium) and member of the ERA Council Forum Austria
Dr. Jana Kolar has a broad range of expertise, ranging from policy development and implementation, research and innovation to entrepreneurship. Among others, she had been Director General of Science in Technology at the Ministry in Slovenia, chairman of the board of Slovenian Technology Agency and member of the board of Slovenian Research Agency. She is currently member of the board of the European Institute of Technology and Innovation (EIT), member of the ERA Council Forum Austria, a high-level expert body advising the Austrian Minister responsible for Science and Research, and member of Horizon 2020 advisory group on Innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises.
She has authored/co-authored several expert reports contracted by the European Commission.
Trained as a chemist, she has published more than 60 peer reviewed papers and a European patent. In 2004, Dr. Kolar established a company which develops market products and services for characterisation of materials, mainly in the field of cultural heritage.
Éva Kondorosi (Hungary)
Eva Kondorosi was born in Budapest, graduated (Biology) and received her PhD (Genetics) at the L. Eötvös University in Budapest. Eva Kondorosi was the founding director of the BAYGEN Institute (2007-2012) which is now part of the Biological Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Szeged where she directs the Symbiosis and Functional Genomics Unit. She has also been a founding member of the Institut des Sciences Végétales CNRS in Gif-sur-Yvette, France as one of the first research directors and group leaders. She is Full Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), and member of the following institutions or bodies: Academia Europaea (also member of its Board of Trustees), the European Molecular Biology Organization, the Board of Directors of the International Society for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (until 2016), the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the French Academy of Agriculture and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Secretary-General of the United Nations (2013-).
Fiorella Kostoris Padoa Schioppa (Italy)
Retired from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, currently at the LUISS University in Rome
Macroeconomics, Public Finance, European Economic Policy
Fiorella Kostoris Padoa Schioppa is a full Professor of Economics, retired from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. She is currently at the LUISS University in Rome. In the past she has also taught in various countries, including at the College of Europe of Bruges, at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques in Paris and at Columbia University in N.Y. She has been Visiting Scholar in various academic institutions, including MIT and CORE (Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve), and Fellow at Nuffield College (Oxford).
She has also been serving various European and Italian public institutions, outside academia. Among others, she has been President for 10 years of a Research Institute (ISAE) working for the Italian Government and Parliament in public finance and economic policy. She is currently serving in the Board of Directors of the third largest bank in Italy and the oldest in the world, Monte dei Paschi di Siena.
She has extensively published in various languages (including Chinese) on topics concerning: Macroeconomics, Labour, Public Finance, European Economic Policy, Social Mobility, Poverty, Education, Gender Equality, Regional Economics, Cultural Heritage, Mutual Recognition.
Dr. Ernst Lutz (Denmark)
Group Executive Vice President, Business Development, Grundfos Holding A/S
Education: Master of Business Administration, Zurich, Switzerland in 2004. Ph.D. Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia, USA, in 1994. Dipl. Ing. Mechanical Engineering, Zurich, Switzerland, in 1990.
Appointed Group Executive Vice President in 2016 with responsibility for Business Development.
Before joining Grundfos, Ernst Lutz served as CEO for EIT RawMaterials (2015-2016) and prior to that as CTO for Sulzer (2011-2015).
Prior he worked as Director Technology & Innovation Management Asia for RioTinto Alcan (2008-2011) and occupied various other technology and strategy leadership related roles within Alcan Engineered Products (2000-2008).
Prof. Andres Metspalu M.D., PhD (Estonia)
Director of the Estonian Genome Center, Institute of Genomics, University of Tartu
Biotechnology, human genetics and genomics, biobanking, personalised medicine
Andres Metspalu, MD 1976, PhD 1979, postdoc at Colombia University and Yale University in 1981-1982. His main scientific interests are human genomics, genetics of complex diseases and population based biopanks and application of the precision medicine in health care, H-index: 80. 1993-1994 at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, as a visiting faculty and 2000 at IARC, Lyon, France as a recipient of the International Visiting Senior Scientist Award, in 2012 sabbatical at University of Lausanne. From 1996 to 2008 A. Metspalu was also the head and founder of the Molecular Diagnostic Center of the Tartu University Hospital. Metspalu is the past (2006) president of the European Society of the Human Genetics (ESHG). He is one of the founders and directors of the P3G Consortium of Biobanks (Montreal) and BBMRI-ERIC. 2010 he elected to the Estonian Academy of Sciences. He has supervised over 20 Ph.D. theses. He is serving in several national and international committees (Science of Europe), chair of the SC of ESOF2018, editorial boards and has received among other awards and honors the Order of the Estonian Red Cross 3rd Class and L’Ordre des Palmes Academiques from the Republic of France. From 2010 he was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa from Vilnius University.
Rongping Mu (China)
Director-General and Professor of the Institute of Policy and Management (IPM), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Science and technology strategy, policy, management and evaluation
Mr. Mu Rongping, received his B.S. and M.S. from University of Science and Technology of China, Ph.D from Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. Dr. Mu is professor of CAS Institute of Science and Development (formal CAS Institute of Policy and Management, CASIPM), director of CAS Center for Innovation and Development, editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Science Research Management, president of the China High-tech Industry Promotion Society and the Chinese Association for Science of Science and S&T Policy Research. He was director-general of CASIPM (2004-2014). Dr. Mu has published more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and several books concerning Technology Transfer, Technology Foresight, and Innovation Development, and Industrial Competitiveness.
Romain Murenzi (Italy)
Executive Director of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) – for the advancement of science in developing countries
Science diplomacy, science, innovation, technology, physics and mathematics
Murenzi serves as Executive Director of TWAS. The Academy administers more than 500 doctoral/postdoctoral fellowships per year, from over 90 DCs, with currently 1,100 students on site, offers research grants and other programmes. He also oversees the administration of OWSD (owsd.net), IAP, (interacademies.net) and of GenderInSITE (genderinsite.net),
He initially joined TWAS in 2011 for five years. He then moved to UNESCO, Paris, directing the Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building. In 2017 he was transferred back to TWAS.
He served as Rwanda's Minister of Education, S&T and Scientific Research (2001-2006), and as Minister in the President's Office in Charge of S&T, and Scientific Research, with responsibilities including ICT (2006 - 2009).
He also served as Chair of the UN Secretary General High Level Panel on Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries and as a part of the UN 10-Member Group to support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism.
Sergio Paoletti (Italy)
President of the Area Science Park, Trieste
Sergio Paoletti graduated cum laude in Chemistry at the University of Trieste in 1972. He was appointed Full Professor of Biochemistry at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Sassari in 1994 and from 1995 at that of Trieste. He was a member of the Board (2006-2009), Vice-Rector (September 2009- May 2013) and acted as Rector of the University of Trieste (May-July 2013).
He has been member of the Board of Directors of the Italian University Consortium for Biotechnology, CIB. He has been dean of the BSc in Biotechnology and MSc in Medical Biotechnology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Trieste.
He has been an expert of the EU Commission (Algal Polysaccharides). He has been former member of the Scientific Council of PortoConte Ricerche SCRL (Sassari) and of the Consortium for Molecular Biomedicine (CBM), Trieste. He has been director of the Life Learning Center in Trieste, LLC, advanced teaching laboratory in the field of life sciences.
He has been general secretary of the International Council of Human Duties (Chairman: Prof. Rita Levi Montalcini).
Maria Cristina Pedicchio (Italy)
Full Professor of Mathematics - University of Trieste
President of OGS: National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics - Italy
Research and Innovation Management, mathematics
Full Professor of Algebra at the University of Trieste, Italy, Maria Cristina Pedicchio has great experience in managing of public and private research institutions.
She is President of the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (from 2011) a research institution of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research. She has been (2004-2012) President of the Cluster in Biomedicine (CBM), a public-private institution that manages the Technology District in Molecular Biomedicine and President (2002-2006) of the AREA Science Park of Trieste, the leading Science and Technology Park in Italy. She had and still has several collaborations within the European Commission (Member of the Strategic Forum for International S&T Cooperation, member of ERAB - European Research Area Board).
Main sectors of interest: research and innovation policy, international cooperation, training, international mobility, science diplomacy and public private partnerships. Commander, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.
EuroScience President - ex officio (Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen)
Chairman, The Danish Fund for Nature, Copenhagen and Rector Emeritus, Aarhus University
Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen was the Rector of Aarhus University from 2005-2013, is High Level Advisor to the Senior Management Group at Aarhus University (AU), he is Chairman of the Danish National Fund for Nature, member of the Governing Board of Gothenburg University, Sweden, is member of the International Advisory Board for Campus Internacional, Santander, Spain, and for Universidad Autonoma de Nueva Leon, Monterrey, Mexico.
Holm-Nielsen has worked 12 years in Washington D.C. at the World Bank. He was Vice President of the European University Association (EUA), Chairman of the Nordic University Association, Vice Chairman of Universities Denmark, Board Member of the Danish National Research Foundation, Chairman for the Nordic Academy for Advanced Study, Rector of the Danish Research Academy, Chairman of the Danish Natural Science Research Council and the Danish Council for Development Research.
Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen was member of the Danish Prime Minister's Growth Forum and member of the Africa Commission and Vice-Chairman of the Danish Research Commission.
Jan van den Biesen (Netherlands)
Director/owner EUROPOLARIS; former Vice President Public R&D Programs of Philips Research
Research & innovation policy, physics
Educated as a physicist at Leiden University, Jan van den Biesen joint Philips in 1983 to work on semiconductor research. Three years later, he was seconded for one year to Hitachi’s Central Research Laboratory in Tokyo.
From 1990 to 1992 he was responsible for liaising with Dutch public authorities on Philips’ participation in national R&D programs. In that period, he also complemented his education with a joint Executive MBA from University of Rochester, NY, and Erasmus University Rotterdam. As of 1997 he coordinated Philips’ participation in publicly funded programs for collaborative R&D. A Vice President of Philips Research since 2000, he became Head of Public R&D Programs in 2007.
From April 2008 to February 2012 he was advising the European Commission as a member of the European Research Area Board (ERAB), and from May 2016 to January 2018 as a member of the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP). He is a member of the Governing Board of the ECSEL Joint Undertaking. After his retirement from Philips he established himself in May 2017 as an independent adviser under the business name EUROPOLARIS – European Policy Advice and Research & Innovation Strategies.
Ingrid Wünning Tschol (Germany)
Senior Vice President Strategy of the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH
Dr Ingrid Wünning Tschol is the Senior Vice-President Strategy at the Robert Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart, Germany. 1985 PhD Biology, University Tübingen Germany. 1985 -1990, postdoctoral research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and State University of New York in Stony Brook, USA. Further stations in her career were: Head of Molecular Biology, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft in Bonn/Germany, Head of Medical Section, European Science Foundation in Strasbourg/France. She is or was member of numerous national and international committees, amongst them as Vice Chair of the European Research Area Board (ERAB), advising the European Commissioner for Research from 2008 to 2011. More recent committee activities include membership in the Advisory Board, Max-Planck Institute, Magdeburg, ESOF Supervisory Board, Board of Trustees, Falling Walls Conference, the Universitätsrat Ulm or Advisory Board, Uppsala Health Summit, Co-Initiator and Steering Committee Next Einstein Forum, Africa and member of the Board of Trustees of AATF, Nairobi.