Steering Committee

ESOF 2016 Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is supervising the overall preparations for the ESOF conference and is responsible for making strategic decisions and the management and monitoring the delivery of ESOF 2016.

Dame Nancy Rothwell

The University of Manchester

Dame Nancy Rothwell is the ESOF 2016 Champion and Chair of the ESOF 2016 Steering Committee. She is President of the University of Manchester and Professor of Physiology in the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University.

Muriel Attané

European Association of Research & Technology Organisations

Muriel Attané has been EARTO Secretary General since July 2013. Before joining EARTO, she was Secretary General of EARPA.

Enric Banda

Catalan Research & Innovation Foundation

Professor Enric Banda is the Director of Science, Research and Environment at the La Caixa Foundation in Barcelona.

Klaus Bock

European Research Council

Professor Klaus Bock is a Member of the ERC (European Research Council, Scientific Council). He was the Champion of ESOF 2014 in Copenhagen.

Sir Philip Campbell


Sir Philip Campbell is the Editor-in-Chief of Nature and of Nature-branded publications.

Gail Cardew

The Royal institution

Dr Gail Cardew is Director of Science and Education at the Royal Institution, Chair of the ESOF Supervisory Board and former Vice President of EuroScience.

Luke Georghiou

The University of Manchester

Luke Georghiou is Vice-President for Research and Innovation at the University of Manchester and Professor of Science and Technology Policy and Management in the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at Manchester Business School. 

Dame Anne Glover

Robert Bosch Academy & University of Aberdeen 

Dame Anne Glover is the Vice-Principal External Affairs & and Dean for Europe at the University of Aberdeen and is currently on sabbatical at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin. 

Poul Holm

Trinity College Dublin

Poul Holm is Professor of Humanities at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and Director of the Irish Digital Arts and Humanities Structured PhD Programme.

Lauritz Holm-Nielsen

Aarhus University

Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen is the Executive Director of Sino-Danish Center as well as Special Advisor to the Senior Management at Aarhus University (AU). 

Jackie Hunter

Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council

Professor Jackie Hunter is Chief Executive of the BBSRC and has over 30 years of experience in the bioscience research sector, in academia and industry.

Thomas Jørgensen

European University Association

Dr. Thomas Jørgensen is head of the unit responsible for the EUA Council for Doctoral Education and has interests in doctoral programmes and researcher careers & training.

Jürgen Maier

Siemens UK

Jürgen Maier is Chief Executive of Siemens plc, UK and Non-Executive Board member at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Carl Johan Sundberg

Karolinska Institutet

Carl Johan Sundberg is Professor of Molecular & Applied Exercise Physiology at the Department of Physiology & Pharmacology in the Karolinska Institutet.

Peter Tindemans


Peter Tindemans is Secretary General of EuroScience and co-chair of the ESOF 2016 Steering Committee.

Ingrid Wünning Tschol

Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation

Dr. Ingrid Wünning Tschol is Senior Vice-President for Health and Science of the Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation.

Milena Žic Fuchs

University of Zagreb

Milena Žic Fuchs is Professor of Linguistics in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zagreb.

Maciej Zylicz

Foundation for Polish SCIENCE

Maciej Zylicz is Head of Molecular Biology at the International Institute of Molecular & Cell Biology and President of the Foundation for Polish Science.