Speaker bios

Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (Minister of Education and Research, Norway)

As Minister of Education and Research, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen is responsible for implementing both the government’s policies in the educational sector and the government policy on research. He holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Oslo and has been Member of Parliament since 2009. Before assuming the role of Minister of Education and Research in 2013, he was leader of the Young Conservatives and worked as a freelance journalist and political editor.

Ole Petter Ottersen (Rector of University of Oslo)

Professor Ole Petter Ottersen has been the University of Oslo’s elected rector since 2009. He was appointed professor of medicine at the University of Oslo in 1992 and has been head of the Department of Anatomy, Research Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, and head of one of Norway’s Centres of Excellence. Ottersen has for many years been engaged in international institutional evaluations and was panel leader (Advanced Grants) in the European research Council (ERC) from the start to 2012. He is Chair of a newly established European university network (the Guild of Research Intensive Universities) which aims to provide its members with a strong voice in the further development of the EU’s Framework Program.

Ewelina Pabjańczyk- Wlazło (Eurodoc President)

Ewelina is a social activist supporting women in science, a science popularizer – one of the founders of Boost Biotech Poland promoting life science sector, certified project manager and a doctoral candidate at Lodz University of Technology (Poland), also working as PR Officer in Autex Research Journal. She is a participant of few international projects among others in Germany, Japan, Sweden, Spain and France. She pursues her doctoral thesis in the area of biomaterials, dealing with polymer and composite biomaterials based on hyaluronic acid. She graduated from Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering at LUT (BSc, Poland) and International Business Management at L’INSEEC Alpes-Savoie (Master, France). Ewelina Pabjańczyk is experienced in self-governance of doctoral candidates at national and local level, with particular interests put on gender equality and business – academia collaboration.

Vegard Stenhjem Hagen (SiN President)

Vegard comes from the industrious valley of Odda. Having a keen interest in technology and science it was a natural step for him to move to Trondheim to study physics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Here he quickly fell in love with the student life and organised himself in student organisations. After having finished an M.Sc. in physics he wanted more and started to look for an academic position. This resulted in becoming a PhD candidate in the field of geophysics, looking at how waves propagate through the subsurface and figuring out what these waves can tell us and how reliable their truths are. Shortly after having started his PhD, Vegard found out about DION (The Doctoral Interest Organisation at NTNU) which again showed him Stipendiatorganisasjonene i Norge (SiN). Vegard is now in his second year as the president of SiN where he enjoys toiling towards improving the working conditions for your researchers in Norway and abroad.

In his free time Vegard has been observed to fiddle with small electronics and obsess over fountain pens if not answering e-mails, reading a book or actually working.

Alexander Jensenius (The Young Academy of Norway)

Alexander Refsum Jensenius is an associate professor of music technology at the Department of Musicology, University of Oslo. His research focuses on why music makes us move, which he explores through empirical studies using motion sensing technologies. He also uses the knowledge and tools from his analytic work in the creation of new music, playing various keyboard instruments and new interfaces for musical expression. Alexander studied at the University of Oslo and Chalmers University of Technology and has been a visiting researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, McGill University and KTH, Stockholm. He is a member of The Young Academy of Norway.

Pandelis Perakakis (Mind, Brain and Behaviour Research Centre (CIMCYC)

Pandelis Perakakis has a PhD in clinical psychophysiology and is a postdoctoral fellow at the Mind, Brain and Behaviour Research Centre at the University of Granada in Spain. His current research focuses on the effect of interoceptive sensibility in cognitive processing. He is an active advocate of open science since 2005 and has been particularly involved in the investigation of alternative research evaluation models. In 2012, he founded Open Scholar CIC, an international, non-profit organisation of volunteer research scholars whose mission is to develop tools enabling journal-independent peer review and to promote new ethics in scientific collaboration. He is the coordinator of the “Open Peer Review Module for Open Access Repositories” project, funded by OpenAIRE, and a member of the COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories) working group on Next Generation Repositories.

Fabienne Gautier (Head of Unit ‘ERA policy and reform’, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission)

Fabienne Gautier was nominated Head of Unit of the European Research Area (ERA) Policy and Reform Unit in the European Commission (DG Research and Innovation) in June 2014. From September 2012 she was Acting Head of the Unit, and before that was Deputy Head of Unit since April 2011. She supports the coordination and development of an ERA policy Framework as part of the Innovation Union Flagship Initiative of the EU’s Europe 2020 Strategy.
From 2008 to 2011 she was Deputy Head of the Administration and Finance Unit of the Directorate in charge of Science, Economy and Society. Besides the overall planning and monitoring tasks of the Unit, she supervised the negotiation and follow up of the Directorate’s grants and public procurements, developing concrete actions to reduce the time to grant.
From 2006 to 2008 she worked as a policy and legal officer in charge of the implementation of Article 185 of the Treaty for the 7th Framework Programme in the Directorate in charge of the Coordination of National Research Programmes. From the identification of the potential candidates, to the preparation and adoption of the first proposals in co-decision, she actively contributed to the realisation of the Commission’s Work Programme on this strategic issue.
From 2003 to 2006 she was a project officer responsible for several ERA-NET projects for the 7th Framework Programme and contributed to the definition of the legal framework of ERA-NET and ERA-NET Plus activities.
From 1995 to 2003, she worked as legal officer in the Legal Unit of the Directorate General for Research and contributed to the drafting of the regulatory decisions and contracts related to the Framework Programmes.
She has a Master degree in Law (France), a certificate in European Law from the European Institute in Saarbrücken (Germany) and Advanced Master in Law of Information and Communication Technologies from the University of Namur (Belgium).

Jan Palmowski (Secretary General of The Guild)

Jan Palmowski has been Secretary-General of the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities since its creation on 1 June 2016. He started his career at the University of Oxford before moving to King’s College London, where he taught on European politics and EU integration in the Department of European and International Studies. He won a major grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (2001-4), and won a King’s College London Teaching Excellence Award in 2007. He became a Professor of Contemporary History in 2009, having published articles and monographs on the history and politics of Germany.
Jan became Head of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities (2008-12) at King’s College London before moving to the University of Warwick as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and Academic Vice-President. His international engagements have included membership of the German Science Council’s Strategy Commission (2013-16), and the Excellence Commission’s joint expert group (from 2016).

Katrien Maes (Chief Policy Officer at LERU)

Dr. Katrien Maes is Chief Policy Officer of the League of European Research Universities. She has been with LERU since 2004 and is currently responsible for policy development across all areas of LERU’s research and higher education related activities, from research funding, management and assessment, to research careers, doctoral training, professional development and gender issues. She is an expert in EU research policies and programmes.
Originally from Belgium, Katrien lived and worked in the US from 1986 until 2002, first as a doctoral student in linguistics, then as an Assistant Professor of Italian language pedagogy at the University of Delaware. During that time her research interests focused on syntax, second language acquisition and computer-assisted language learning. Her teaching subjects ranged from Italian language and linguistics to foreign language acquisition and pedagogy for young and adult second language learners.

Maja Mise (Marie-Curie Alumni Association)

Dr. Maja Mise is an archaeologist with PhD in Classical Archaeology (University of Zagreb 2010). Her field of research is ancient pottery workshops on the Adriatic and mid-Mediterranean region. She have published several papers about the Greek and Hellenistic pottery from different archaeological sites in Dalmatia, southern Croatia. Recently, with Marie Curie grant at Department of Geosciences at University of Fribourg in Switzerland (2014-2017) she was able to expand my research with analytical analysis on ceramics from the East Adriatic region. In her work she is combining archaeological analysis with different analytical analysis drawn from different fields of Natural Sciences in order to reconstruct the past human activities such as pottery manufacture and trade.

Bonnie Wolff-Boenisch (Head of Research Affairs, Science Europe)

Dr Bonnie Wolff-Boenisch leads the Research Affairs Unit of Science Europe, a Brussels-based organisation, representing at present 47 Research Funding Organisations and Research Institutes from 27 countries. She provides strategic leadership to the Scientific Advisory Committee who provide scientifically independent advice to Science Europe on key European research policy topics and on the implications of EU legislative and regulatory developments.

Charlotte Teresa Weber (Tromsø Doctoral Students (TODOS))

Charlotte is currently a Ph.D. fellow of the EU H2020 funded SAF21 program. She has a degree in biology from Germany and her M.Sc. in marine conservation was an Erasmus Mundus Master program which gave her the opportunity to study in Portugal, Ireland, and Norway.
Her Ph.D. work revolves around models and simulation, which are often used to support fisheries management. In particular, she is studying what and in how far social aspects are included into fisheries models with the aim to assess how more social science could be integrated. Making fisheries science more integrative by including different scientific disciplines into assessment approaches is her overall goal. Her research interests also include how fisheries science can be made more relevant for policy makers and stakeholders.
Charlotte was involved in TODOS (Tromso Doctoral Students of the University of Tromsø) as the Board Chair in 2016 and is also interested in improving doctoral training and Ph.D. welfare around Europe through her involvement in the EURODOC working group for Ph.D. training.

Gareth O’Neill (PhD candidates Network of the Netherlands (PNN))

Gareth O’Neill is a PhD candidate and lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics in the Netherlands. His PhD research focuses on the expression of emotions and experiences in the Irish language. Gareth is a member of the PhD Candidates Network of the Netherlands (PNN) and is coordinator of the WG Mobility at Eurodoc. He has been actively involved in promoting and shaping policy on Open Science in the Netherlands and is a member of the WG Education & Skills under Open Science at the European Commission. You can contact Gareth via gareth.oneill@hetpnn.nl or www.linkedin.com/in/gtoneill.

Filomena Parada (Portuguese Association of grant-holding researchers (ABIC))

Filomena Parada is a member of ABIC (Portuguese Association of Grant-Holding Researchers) and has been active in Eurodoc since 2008. She was Eurodoc Vice-President (2014-2015), Member of the Advisory Board (2015-2016), and Working Group Coordinator (Policy Research Working Group; 2013-2014). Currently, she is engaged in Eurodoc day-to-day activities and is a member of several of its Working Groups. Between 2013 and 2015, Filomena represented Eurodoc as a regular contributor to the Science Europe Working Group on Research Careers. Throughout the years, she also represented Eurodoc on numerous events and was involved in the organization of several of Eurodoc activities (e.g., Eurodoc conference). Her collaboration with Eurodoc started when she became a member of the meantime extinct Surveys Working Group.
Filomena Parada co-authored the Eurodoc Survey I report and the book chapter Quality of doctoral training and employability of doctorate holders: The views of doctoral candidates and junior researchers. As Eurodoc representative at the Science Europe Working Group on Research Careers, Filomena contributed to the report on Postdoctoral Funding Schemes in Europe. Her/Eurodoc contribution consisted of a literature review addressing challenges to employment faced by postdoctoral researchers in Europe.
Filomena Parada has a PhD in Psychology by the University of Porto (Portugal). In June, she will start a MSCA Standard European Individual Fellowship at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland). Currently, Filomena Parada works as a self-funded early career researcher at the Centre for Psychology at University of Porto. Between 2009 and 2015, she was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Coimbra and spent some time working as a Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia (Canada).
Filomena Parada two main areas of research are meaning-making processes, and youth transitions and positive youth development. Contextual action theory, career counselling and development, lifelong learning and research careers are among her topics of specialization as a researcher.

Anna Tschaut (The Interdisciplinary Network for PhD Candidates and Early Stage Researchers in Germany (THESIS))

Anna received her master’s degree in Psychology and Geography from the Freie Universität Berlin (DE). In 2015, she obtained her doctorate in work and organizational psychology from the University of Trier (DE).
From 2008 to 2013, Anna has been research associate, research coordinator, and diversity and equal opportunities commissioner at the University of Applied Sciences & Arts Northwestern Switzerland (CH), followed by a position as project coordinator at the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (DE) until summer 2015. Since then, she is working as research manager at the University of Bremen (DE).
Having been Eurodoc delegate for the German Eurodoc member THESIS e.V. since 2011, Anna currently also holds the position of president at THESIS.