Scientific Advisory Committee Members

Science Europe is advised by its Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) on key European research policy topics. This committee comprises of 30 high-profile active researchers from all over Europe who provide a unique first-hand insight on the implications of EU legislative and regulatory developments, and offer Science Europe scientifically independent advice.

Professor Ola Erstad, Head of the Department of Education at Oslo University, was elected as the new Chair of this cross-disciplinary sounding board in November 2016 for a 3-year term. Supporting him in his role are two Vice-Chairs, Susanne Siebentritt, Professor of Physics and Head of the Laboratory for Photovoltaics at the University of Luxembourg, and Professor Igor Emri, Director of the Center for Experimental Mechanics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Scientific Advisory Committee Members

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Antonia Bertolino
Research Director of the National Research Council, Italy

Antonia Bertolino is an internationally renowned researcher in Software Engineering and has co-authored over 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. She has worked on national and European research projects, and regularly evaluates other research projects and institutions. She is an Area Editor for the Elsevier Journal of Systems and Software and Associate Editor of both ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology and Springer Empirical Software Engineering.

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Kari Bø
Rector of the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo

Professor Bø is a physical therapist and an exercise scientist at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, in the Department of Sports Medicine. She is also a project leader at Akershus University Hospital in Lørenskog, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is a board member of ‘The Pelvic Floor Center’ at the same hospital. Her main research interest is pelvic floor function and dysfunction, exercise science, and women’s health.

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Elena Celledoni
Professor of Mathematics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway

Professor Celledoni received her master degree in mathematics from the University of Trieste in 1993, and her PhD in computational mathematics from the University of Padua, Italy, in 1997. She held post doc positions at the University of Cambridge, UK, at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley, California and at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Her research field is in numerical analysis and in particular the structure preserving algorithms for differential equations and geometric numerical integration.

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Mireille Chiroleu-Assouline
Professor at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France

Professor Chiroleu-Assouline is an associate professor at the École d’Économie de Paris, researcher at the Sorbonne Economic Centre, France and is also a member of the Commission for Accounts and Environmental Economics. Her main research interests and teaching focus on environmental economics, the specific aspects of environmental taxation and the double dividend, and social and corporate responsibilities for the environment. She is also Vice-President of the French Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

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Georgia Destouni
Professor of Hydrology and Head of Department of Physical Geography at Stockholm University, Sweden

Professor Destouni’s research focuses on hydrology and water resources and she investigates natural and human-driven changes on different scales and in various parts of the world. She heads the Department of Physical Geography at Stockholm University, and was the former Secretary General of The Swedish Research Council, Formas. She is fellow of the American Geophysical Union, Henry Darcy medalist of the European Geosciences Union, and member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

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Vice-Chair: Igor Emri
Director of Center for Experimental Mechanics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Professor Emri has developed an innovative theoretical-experimental approach, known as Knauss-Emri model, to study the non-linear behavior of time-dependent materials. With over 150 publications and 1000 citations in peer reviewed journals and books, he is one of the founders and Editor-in-Chief of the international Springer journal ‘Mechanics of Time Dependent Materials’. He is also a fellow grade member of the Society of Experimental Mechanics (USA), Russian Academy of Engineering, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, and the European Academy of Sciences among others.

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Chair: Ola Erstad
Professor and Head of Department of Education, Oslo University, Norway

Professor Erstad is an internationally leading researcher with a focus on digital literacy but firmly rooted in the wider social and cultural context of learning beyond the technological aspects. His areas of teaching expertise are learning, technology and education, children and youth in modern society. He is the leader of the research group TransAction at the Faculty of Education at the University of Oslo and part of the international initiative on ‘Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills’. He is also a board member of several international journals.

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Andrea Fekete
Associate Professor, Head of the Diabetes Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Semmelweis University

Dr. Fekete is a pediatrician with a special interest in diabetology and nephrology at Semmelweis University, Hungary. She is also a leader of the diabetes research group at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and a member of the Hungarian Ethical Committee that supervises human research projects. She has 15 years experience in basic science with more than 60 publications in leading nephrology journals. With her biotech start-up company, she actively takes part in several drug development and R&D projects.

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Simone Fischer-Hübner
Prof. Dr. habil., Full professor Department of Computer Science at Karlstad University, Sweden

Simone Fischer-Hübner has been a Professor at Karlstad University since June 2000. She obtained her PhD and Habilitation Degrees in Computer Science from Hamburg University and has been a guest Professor at both the Copenhagen Business School and Stockholm University. Her primary research interests include IT security and privacy. She is the scientific coordinator of the EU H2020 Marie Curie ITN Privacy&Us and has been the principle investigator of several other EU research projects, including the ongoing EU Horizon 2020 projects PRISMACLOUD and Credential.

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Marian Gomez-Fatou
Research Professor at the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology, Spanish National Research Council

Professor Gomez-Fatou obtained her BSc in Chemistry and PhD in Physical Chemistry from Complutense University of Madrid and she joined the Spanish National Research Council as a permanent member of staff in 1986. She has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications and she has been co-editor of a book related with the application of scattering and diffraction techniques to materials and life science, and co-authored 17 different book chapter. She was the Deputy Vice-president for European Affairs at CSIC from 2008–2012.

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Leif Groop
Senior Professor at Lund University and Distinguished Professor at Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland

Leif Groop received his MD at the University of Berne, Switzerland and PhD from the University of Helsinki, Finland. After a PostDoc period at Yale University he devoted his research to exploring the heterogeneity and pathogenic events leading to type 2 diabetes initiating the Botnia Study, one of the world’s largest family studies on type 2 diabetes. He is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Science and has received several international awards including the Claude Bernard, Anders Jahre, Fernströms, Söderberg and Äyräpää awards.

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Joyeeta Gupta
Professor of Environment and Development in the Global South at the Institute for Social Science Research of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Professor Gupta is the editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed Springer journal ‘International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics (IF 2.0)’ and is on the editorial board of several other journals such as ‘Carbon and Law Review’, ‘International Journal on Sustainable Development’, and ‘Environmental Science and Policy’. She was and continues to be lead author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.

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Mats Gyllenberg
Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of Helsinki

Professor Gyllenberg main research interest is biomathematics, in particular structured population dynamics with applications to ecology and evolution. He is a Professor and Head of Department at the University of Helsinki and also a member of the Biomathematics Research Group. Having published more than 200 scientific papers and three books, he is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Mathematical Biology and Differential Equations & Applications, and editor of the Journal of Biological Dynamics and the International journal of biomathematics.

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Søren Harnow Klausen
Professor of Philosophy, Department for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark

Søren Harnow Klausen holds a PhD from the University of Tübingen and is professor of philosophy at the Department for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark and leader of the research program Knowledge and Values. His main research interests are the philosophy of science and the humanities, social epistemology, philosophy of mind, value theory, well being and creativity and innovation. He has previously served as vice-chair of the Danish Research Council for the Humanities.

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Jens Jørgen Gaardhøje
Head of Subatomic Physics Division and Director of the Danish National Center for CERN Research.

Professor Jørgen Gaardhøje is an experimental high-energy nuclear and particle physicist based at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen. Over the course of his career he has studied nuclear reactions at accelerator facilities around the world and is currently studying the Quark Gluon Plasma using the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. He has previously held leadership positions at Brookhaven National Laboratory, served on the Danish Research Council for Natural Science, and was the President of the Science Commission of the Danish UNESCO National Commission.

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Marc Leman
Professor in systematic musicology and director of IPEM, Ghent University, Belgium

Professor Marc Leman is a research Professor and pioneer in the cognitive science of music. His interdisciplinary lab is a lively meeting place for researchers working on expressive interactions with music using embodiment, action science, and new technologies as a point of departure. He has published more than 350 articles and several books on these topics. He is the 2015 laureate of the five-yearly FWO ‘Ernest-John Solvay’ Excellence Award for Humanities.

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Ana María Mancho
Applied Mathematician at the Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas of the Spanish National Research Council

Ana María Mancho’s research goals are the advancement of theory of novel dynamical systems tools and the development of computational techniques for describing geophysical flows. She is also interested on the application of these tools to societal challenges such as sustainability and the environment. To this end she collaborates with leading groups from the fields of mathematics and earth sciences departments in universities all over the world.

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Gerlinde Mautner
Professor and Vice-President (Humanities and Social Sciences) of the Austrian Science Fund

Gerlinde Mautner is Professor of English Business Communication at Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Honorary Visiting Professor at Cass Business School, City University London, and the Vice-President for Humanities and the Social Sciences of the Austrian Science Fund, FWF. She pursues research interests located at the interface of language, society, business and the law. Her work also focuses on methodological questions, exploring the opportunities and challenges of interdisciplinary cooperation.

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Andres Metspalu
Director of the Estonian Genome Center at the University of Tartu, Estonia

Professor Metspalu’s main scientific interests are human genomics, genetics of complex diseases, and population-based bio banks and their applications in translational research. He has published more than 300 papers and chapters in international peer-review journals and books. From 1996 to 2008 he was the founder and head of the Molecular Diagnostic Center of the Tartu University Hospital. He is the former president of the European Society of the Human Genetics and in 2010 was elected to the Estonian Academy of Sciences.

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Bart De Moor
Professor Dr. Full professor electrical engineering ESAT-STADIUS, KU Leuven, Belgium

Dr. De Moor fields of interest are numerical (multi-)linear algebra, systems and control theory, and datamining in eHealth and bioinformatics. He has been the promoter of more than 80 PhD students and received several scientific awards. Previously, he was Head of Cabinet for several Science Policy Ministers in Flanders and Belgium, was Vice-Rector of International Policy at KU Leuven and head of its Industrial Research Fund. He is active as chairman or board member of several (inter-)national funding agencies and has co-founded 7 successful spinoff companies.

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Paul Nightingale
Professor of Strategy and Deputy Director of the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, UK

Paul Nightingale is Deputy Director of the Science Policy Research Unit (SRPU) and Professor of Strategy at the University of Sussex. He was previously an industrial chemist and has a PhD in technology policy. His main areas of research are technology strategy, science policy, biosecurity, policy and innovation in infrastructure, and the financial and biopharmaceutical sectors. He is the UK editor of ‘Research Policy’ and was editor of ‘Industrial and Corporate Change’ for many years. He currently sits on the UK’s Economic and Social Science Research Council’s (ESRC) Research Committee.

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Ana Paiva
Full Professor, Instituto Superior Técnico University of Lisbon and Group Leader at INESC-ID, Lisbon

Professor Paiva’s main research goals are the creation of complex systems using an agent-based approach, with a special focus on social and robotic agents. She is recognised for her contributions in the areas of virtual agents, multi-agent systems and social robotics. For the past 20 years she has been involved in the organisation of over 20 international events and has coordinated the participation of INESC-ID and IST in 18 different European research projects. She has edited six books and published more than 200 papers in scientific journals, conferences and other publications.

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Andrew Prescott
Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Glasgow, UK

Andrew Prescott is Professor of Digital Humanities in the English Language and Linguistics Department at the University of Glasgow and AHRC Theme Leader Fellow for Digital Transformations. He is a medieval historian with a particular interest in the history of manuscripts and archives. He was part of the team which helped create ‘Electronic Beowulf’, edited by Kevin S. Kiernan, a pioneering digital edition. His publications include Towards the Digital Library (1998) and The Benedictional of St Æthelwold: a Masterpiece of Anglo-Saxon Art (2002).

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Thomas Risse
Professor of International Politics at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany

Thomas Risse holds a PhD from the University of Frankfurt and is Professor of International Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin. He is the co-ordinator of the Research Center ‘Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood’ and co-director of the Research College ‘Transformative Power of Europe’, both funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). He has taught at the European University Institute, the University of Konstanz, and at various US universities including Cornell, Harvard, Stanford, and Yale.

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Eduardo Augusto dos Santos Rosa
Full Professor at the Department of Agronomy at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal

Professor Rosa has over 35 years’ experience in research and is currently Director of the International PhD Programme AgriChains. He has published more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings and has co-ordinated or been involved in more than 50 national and international projects. He is a member of the Scientific Council for the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT) and is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the ‘Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture’.

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Giovanni Sartor
Professor in Legal Theory & Informatics at the University of Bologna & the European University Institute of Florence

Professor Sartor obtained his PhD at the European University Institute (Florence) and has worked previously at the Court of Justice of the European Union (Luxembourg), as a researcher at the Italian National Council of Research (ITTIG, Florence) and held the chair in Jurisprudence at Queen’s University of Belfast. He has published widely in legal philosophy, computational logic, legislation technique, and computer law. He is co-director of the Artificial Intelligence and Law Journal and co-editor of the Ratio Juris Journal.

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Vice-Chair: Susanne Siebentritt
Physics Professor and Head of the laboratory for photovoltaics at the University of Luxembourg

Professor Siebentritt’s research interest is two-fold: the development of new thin film solar cells and the semiconductor physics of the materials used in these cells. She is the author of more than 140 peer-reviewed publications, with more than 2100 independent citations. In 2014 she received the FNR Outstanding Publication Award, together with three other co-authors. She is also a regular topical organiser at the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference.

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Mark Stitt
Director, Department 2 Metabolic Networks, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Germany

Mark Stitt studied at Cambridge University, UK, completing his PhD in 1978. He was a postdoc from 1978 to 1980 at the LMU Munich and from 1980 to 1986 worked in the Department of Plant Biochemistry at Göttingen University. He has since worked as Associate Professor for Plant Biochemistry at Bayreuth University, Full Professor and Director of the Botany Institute at Heidelberg University, and was Director at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam-Golm.

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Ina Tegen
Head of the Modelling Department of the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, University of Leipzig, Germany

Professor Tegen’s research focuses on the atmospheric transport and effects of atmospheric aerosols. She investigates the atmospheric controls and effects of the particles by means of computer models, ranging from small-scale regional to global model studies. In particular, she has a strong interest in understanding the different aspects of mineral dust aerosol. She heads the department ‘Modelling of Atmospheric Processes’ at the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research and is Professor of Meteorology at the University of Leipzig, Germany.

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Marianne C. Verhaar
Professor of Experimental Nephrology at the University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands

Alongside her work at the University Medical Center Utrecht Professor Verhaar also heads a research group in Experimental Nephrology. In 2015 she was appointed Chair of the Utrecht Research Program Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells. She has received several prestigious grants from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, the Dutch Heart Foundation and the Dutch Kidney Foundation and participates in several large (inter)national consortia. She is also principal investigator of the randomized, placebo-controlled Juventas trial.



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