new era, presidency conference

26-27 October 2021

Brdo Congress Center, Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia

new era, presidency conference

26-27 October 2021

Brdo Congress Centre, Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia

Speakers Day 2



Alexander GRABLOWITZ studied molecular biology and is working at the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since 2002. He started to work in the area of environmental research and later moved to the international directorate. He was involved in the international policy issues and since 2018 works in the unit for EU research and innovation policy. He has an extensive experience in EU research and innovation landscape, and he also worked as a national expert for the European Commission, notably on ERA related issues as well as on EU R&I partnerships.


Dr Kolar is Executive Director of CERIC-ERIC, a research infrastructure for characterization of materials and biomaterials. She has a broad range of expertise, ranging from policy development and implementation, research and innovation, to entrepreneurship. Among others, she was a chairman of the Board of Slovenian Technology Agency, a member of the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. She was a member of the High-Level Group of Innovators for a European Innovation Council and of the ERA Council Forum Austria. She is currently a Slovenian delegate of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and a member of its Executive Board. She is also chairing the Board of the Slovenian Research Agency. She has authored/co-authored several expert reports contracted by the European Commission. Trained as a chemist, she had published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and a European patent.

Breakout session 1/ TOPIC 1: ERA for research infrastructures



Carlo Rizzuto is Chair of the General Assembly of CERIC-ERIC (Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium). He has conducted research on Cryogenics and Material Sciences at the Universities of Genova, Lausanne, McGill, Imperial College, Santiago de Chile and Zagreb.
He has provided expert support in Governmental and EU Research Policy at CEPR Italy, CODEST and ESTA EU, and in Research Evaluation at CIVR Italy.
He has contributed to set up and/or managed various national and international research institutions including ESRF (Grenoble), XFEL (Hamburg), ELI-DC AISBL (Brussel), INFM (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica della Materia), Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste, European Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and European Research Facilities Association (ERF). He has been active in the fields of technology transfer and Venture Capital with ReteVentures Srl and Quantica SgR.


Anna Panagopoulou is Director of ‘European Research Area & Innovation’ at the Research and Innovation Directorate General of the European Commission. She is responsible together with her teams to co-create with Member States and stakeholders policies to shape a globally competitive European research and innovation system that is open, performant, cohesive and conducive to transformative innovation for a sustainable future. She has been working in the Commission in various policy and management roles for 24 years. She holds a master degree in electrical engineering and has a long professional experience in private and public sector.



Peter Križan is a doctor of physics, a professor at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Ljubljana, a researcher at the Jožef Stefan Institute, the technical coordinator of the Belle II experiment in Tsukuba, Japan, a visiting professor at the University of Nagoya. His research fields cover: B physics and two photon physics, measurement of CKM matrix elements, rare decays, D0 mixing, Threshold pion production development of new methods for imaging in medicine. He is interested in finding new phenomena in nature that we did not expect.



Francisco (Paco) Colomer (Valencia, 1966) is director of JIVE, the Joint Institute for VLBI, a European Research Infrastructure hosted by ASTRON/NWO in Dwingeloo (the Netherlands). Colomer earned his PhD in astrophysics by Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) on the study of masers in extended atmospheres of evolved stars, and is MBA on “Management of Research Infrastructures” by University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy). He is permanent staff of the National Astronomical Observatory in Spain. During his career, he has participated in more than 100 scientific papers, numerous conferences and workshops, international projects (also financed by the European Commission programs), and outreach activities. He is the current chair of the ERIC Forum.


Mr. Wenzel-Constabel is Head of Division "Infrastructures for Research" at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. He also acts as a German delegate to ESFRI and is a Member of the ESFRI Executive Board. In 2020 ESFRI Working Group on monitoring research infrastructures performance published a Report under the leadership of Mr. Peter Wenzel-Constabel. The ESFRI Working group developed a common approach to monitor research infrastructures performance based on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
Mr. Wenzel-Constabel has an extensive knowledge from the fields of research and technology as well as international cooperation, that he gained from the German Federal Ministry and from abroad, as a Science Counsellor at the German Embassy in Washington, USA.


Robert McGreevy was Director of the ISIS facility at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK from 2012-2021. ISIS is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. Its suite of neutron and muon instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale. ISIS supports a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists for research into subjects ranging from clean energy and the environment, pharmaceuticals and health care, through to nanotechnology and materials engineering, catalysis and polymers, and on to fundamental studies of materials. He is author of over 180 research papers in the fields of neutron scattering and computer modelling and has given over 200 invited talks, seminars etc.


Allen Weeks was appointed as the new Director General of the ELI Delivery Consortium, effective 24 July 2018.
In his new role, Weeks is given responsibility for managing the transition from ELI DC to ELI ERIC (European Research Infrastructure Consortium), which is expected legally in place in the first half of 2019.
Allen Weeks began working with research facilities in 2005 where he got involved in the construction project of the Free-Electron Laser ‘FERMI’ at Elettra in Trieste, Italy. He was then Director of Business Development at Instrumentation Technologies, a leading company making instrumentation for the world’s most state-of-the-art accelerators.



Karina Angelieva is a former Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Bulgaria. During the Bulgarian Presidency in the first half of 2018 she chaired the Council’s Research Working Party and led the discussions on the future of EU Research and Innovation. Angelieva has a long-term experience in international and EU research programme initiatives having been directly responsible for the National Strategy on Research Development and the National Research Infrastructure Roadmap. Karina was involved in the coordination, preparation and management of different projects and initiatives related to the development and deployment of new applications and services in the field of R&I, research infrastructure, technology transfer, career development and mobility of researchers, etc. Karina Angelieva has an academic background in Contemporary History and European Integration. Ms. Angelieva is a founder of the Club of Young Scientists in Bulgaria.

Breakout session 2 - TOPIC 2: ERA for prospective research careers



Prof. Dr. Gregor Anderluh has been director of the National Institute of Chemistry in Ljubljana, Slovenia, since 2015. Previously, he was head of the Institute's Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Nanobiotechnology. He is also a full professor at the University of Ljubljana, where he headed the Department of Biology at the Biotechnical Faculty. His main research interests include protein interactions with cell membranes in bacterial pathogenesis, plant-pathogen interactions, and the human immune system. He is an associate member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and a member of Academia Europaea and EMBO.

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 and managing and setting up these European Union agencies from scratch. Dr De Bruin has also authored several books on servant-leadership, digital television, online consumer trust and computer security. He holds a Law and Computer Science, an M.Sc. in Technology Management and a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering.


Matjaž Humar obtained his PhD at Jožef Stefan Institute in 2012. From 2013 till 2016 he was a research fellow at Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Currently he is the head of bio-integrated photonics group at Jožef Stefan Institute and assistant professor at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana. He is a two times MSCA fellow and currently holds the prestigious ERC Starting Grant and Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) grant. Humar is the co-inventor of the first 3D laser as well as the first laser embedded in a live human cell.



Ana Butković is the Head of Department for Preparation, Monitoring and Implementation of Scientific and Technological Programmes at the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia where she is employed since 2019. She is primarily engaged in coordination of the national support system for the Horizon Europe but also in creation of policies in the context of European research area and actively participates in ERA related expert groups. She holds a PhD in Philosophy and from 2010-2018 had worked at the University of Zagreb as research assistant and later on as postdoctoral fellow.


Luísa Henriques is currently senior policy analyst and advisor to the Board of FCT the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. She was until recently the coordinator for Research and Space at the Portuguese Permanent Representation to the EU for the Portuguese Presidency 2021 and the chair of the Research Working Party and of the Joint Research and Atomic Questions and co-chair of the Space Working Party. She holds a PhD degree in Socio-Economics for Innovation from Écoles des Mines de Paris (Mines ParisTech) and in Economics from the Technical University of Lisbon. She is an experienced policy analyst and manager, with several managerial positions at the Foundation for Science and Technology. She was delegate to the Committee of Science and Technology Policy (CSTP) and to the Technology Innovation Policies (TIP) of the OECD.



Tomaž Boh has been employed at Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia since 2009. Between 2009-2015 he was Head of the Science Policy Unit and later assumed the position of State Secretary (2015-2018), in charge of science, higher education and information society. Mr. Boh has devoted his life to science and research policy, working as a young researcher at the University of Ljubljana, where he also conducted an assistant role in several study programs.
Currently, he is Director-General at Science Directorate.

Breakout session 3: ERA for Open Science



Boštjan Zalar is the director of Jožef Stefan Institute, the largest public research institute in Slovenia. He holds a Ph.D. degree in physical sciences from the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics. His main research tool is nuclear magnetic resonance, applied to solid and soft materials, among them disordered ferroelectrics and liquid crystal elastomers. In addition to studying atomic-level processes and dynamics, leading to spontaneous order, he is also involved in developing automated signal acquisition equipment.
He is also a full professor at the J. Stefan International Postgraduate School in Ljubljana.


Cabello Valdez

Cecilia Cabello Valdez is Director of Operations at FECYT (Spanish Foundation for S&T). She has a degree in Food Science & Technology (Michigan State University) and a Master's in Science, Technology and Society (University Autonomous Madrid). Since 2002 she has developed her professional career at FECYT managing and supervising departments in the areas of science outreach and communication, R&D indicators, scientific information management, open science, researchers’ career and mobility, science diplomacy and support to the internationalization of science. She is a member of the OECD-NESTI Bureau and currently is the Chair ERAC Standing Working Group for Human Resources and Mobility.


Kostas works at the European Commission, leading the unit in charge of Open Science in the DG for Research & Innovation. Prior to this he held various management positions related to STI policy and R&D funding programmes, including international relations, research infrastructures, cyber-physical systems, future and emerging technologies and big research data. In the academic year 2017-2018 he was a Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Before joining the Commission in 1992 Kostas worked in the chemical industry in the USA and Belgium, lectured at the University and carried out research. He holds a PhD in engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an Advanced Professional Certificate in investment management from Drexel University.



Marc Vanholsbeeck has a PhD in information and communication studies. He is the director of the directorate of scientific research of the Ministry of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (aka French Community of Belgium). He is particularly involved in matters that relate to social sciences and humanities (SSH) research policies, research impact and Open Science, being the current chair of the European Research Area Standing Working Group on Open Science and Innovation. Besides, he pursues a second career at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), teaching and researching research methodologies in communication studies, research evaluation, argumentation and debate as well as (open) science communication.

Breakout session 4 – TOPIC 4: ERA for economy



Mojmir Mrak is a full professor and a Jean Monnet Chair holder at the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana. He has also been a regular a visiting professor at the universities in Vienna (Austria), Dijon (France) and Podgorica (Montenegro). His main research fields include national and EU public finances, EU accession as well as international capital flows. Mojmir Mrak is author, coauthor and editor of numerous books published by international publishers and respective international journals. Over the last two decades, Mojmir Mrak has served as a consultant to numerous international organizations as well as to governments of several SEE countries.



Dr. Wille is an expert in industrial policy, innovation and SMEs with a background in business finance.
He holds a PhD in European institutional law and worked with EU financial instruments in a German development bank before joining the Commission.
Dr. Wille coordinated the Commission’s policies for industry, SMEs and for research and innovation at the Secretariat-General until 2019, including the Commission’s input to the Competitiveness Council. As team leader for Slovenia, he contributed to the development of the European Semester enabling structural reforms.
He is currently Deputy Head of the Unit “Industrial Research, Innovation and Investment Agendas” in DG R&I.


Urša Jerše has been Assistant Secretary General for Knowledge transfer at the University of Ljubljana since April 2018. Prior to that (2009 – 2017), she worked at a public research institute in Slovenia, where she encountered the transfer of knowledge from public research institutions to the business sector and gained extensive experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in law and is specialised for procedures of acquiring and protecting employment-related inventions, R&D contract negotiation, and concluding license contracts.



Chloe Lianos is a member of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU's Research Team, based at the Ministry for Education, Science and Sport. Throughout her career she has focussed on the transfer of research into practical applications – as the UK Energy Storage Innovation Lead, the Postgraduate Strategic Lead at Entrepreneur First, as an innovator receiving funding and support through the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Climate-KIC programme, and as a researcher in Green Chemistry for Energy and the Environment.