Michele has been working in policy analysis and development and project management in the areas of culture and education, human rights and democracy for several international organisations (Council of Europe, UNESCO, European Union). He is currently policy analyst at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. He has been collaborating with universities and research institutes – such as the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and the University of Technology of Sydney - on research projects on international law of cultural heritage, the relationships between culture and human rights and the role of culture in international relations. He is currently PhD candidate at the University of Geneva with a thesis on the intersections between cultural heritage and human rights. Michele has also been working with several NGOs active in the field of cultural cooperation and he is of the founders of HAPE Collective, a platform of djs and musicians that promotes barriers-breaking musical encounters.
Alan Belward works at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Italy where he is Acting Director and head of the Food Security Unit in the Directorate for Sustainable Resources. Alan has served on numerous inter- national science panels including the Global Climate Ob- serving System, the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2 Mission Advisory Group and the NASA and USGS’ Landsat Science Team. He has a BSc in Plant Biology from New- castle University, as well as MPhil and PhD degrees from Cranfield University’s School of Agriculture Food and Environment and is a Fellow of the UK’s Royal Society of Biology.
Anna Berti Suman
Anna Berti Suman is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at the European Commission Joint Research Centre. She is principal researcher of the project „Sensing for Justice“ aimed at studying the potential of civic monitoring as a source of evidence for environmental litigation and as a tool to foster environmental mediation. SensJus also explores intersections of art and scientific inquiry. Beyond research, Anna is also a passionate environmental lawyer, being Qualified Barrister under the Bar of Rome and following cases at ‘Systasis - Study Centre for the Prevention and Management of Environmental Conflicts’, Milan. Anna obtained her PhD from the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society, The Netherlands, which included fieldwork in Fukushima, Japan, on civic monitoring of nuclear radiations. Anna has work and research experience in health law and technology (UK), in environmental litigation (in the Ecuadorean Amazon Rainforest) and water law (working on water conflicts in Chile).
Hello! My name is Danijela Brkovic and I am currently working at the European Commission, DG of International Partnerships focusing on sustainable development and policy in partnership with the United Nations and the World Bank as part of my degree requirements. I am originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada where I am finis- hing my degrees in Political Science with a concentration in European Studies and Social Justice Studies. I also have a diploma in Public Relations, which I hope to one-day use towards informing people about responsible and sustainable technologies and policies for our shared future. Having the opportunity to exchange ideas and create new narratives to help spread the message of the EU Green Deal is something the world needs more of. It is a great pleasure to be spending my summer in Europe and here in Italy for the next week with all of you. I am happy to be a part of this shared learning experience and excited to see what it may bring.
I am Caterina. I have joined the Water and Marine Re- sources unit at JRC Ispra past July. In the water quality laboratory, I support the citizens engagement project “The gems of water”, which belongs to the work of the Social Engagement Platform of the World Water Quality Alliance. The project aims at linking an advanced method of water quality monitoring to citizens of local communities around the world. Trained as Environmental Engineer and researcher in water treatment at the University of Tokyo, I went on to study a Master at the University for Peace in Costa Rica, where I focused on the complex relationship bet- ween sustainable development, natural resources and peace. Working on “The gems of water” project, I really found the path I want to walk in the future: I am convinced that interdisciplinarity is essential if we want to solve the issues we are facing today!
Michele Ceddia (aka Graziano)
Graziano Ceddia is a social scientist with a background in applied environmental economics and political economy. He has been working on a range of topics at the inter- face between social and environmental sciences, with a strong focus on agricultural expansion and deforestation in the Global South. Between 2016 and 2021 he has been leading a research project funded by the European Re- search Council (ERC) studying the impact of governance structures and indigenous peoples land rights on deforestation in the Chaco Salteño (Argentina). He has worked at different universities across Europe. He is currently working as a scientific research officer at the European Commis- sion‘sJointResearchCentreonissuesrelatedtothesocial and environmental impact of agriculture, with a special focus on the role of agroecology.
Twitter: @ GrazianoCeddia
Dr. Sandra Coecke, senior scientist at EC JRC has a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics-based education from the Free University of Brussels followed by PhD degree at the Free University of Brussels, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy. She has been managing and leading scientific teams since the 90’ies first in pharmaceutical industry and later joining the EC JRC. She has more than 30 years‘ experience in alternative toxicity met- hods. In 1994 she was already awarded the International Prize from the Foundation for the Substitution of Animal Experimentation and in 2020 was the recipient of the Björn Ekwall Memorial Award (BEMA) for the development and validation of new in vitro cell- and tissue-based methods based on good in vitro method practices. She has established and managed the European Union Network of Laboratories for the Validation of Alternative Methods (EU- NETVAL), which includes 35 high quality laboratories across Europe. At the EC JRC she currently acts as a multi-stakeholder horizontal team leader for Farm to Fork (Feed & Food) models and methods for One Health. She published over 100 peer scientific publications and book chapters and lectured around the globe and published recently a major EC JRC study exploring how by using new innovati- ve technologies based on human biology cell and tissue and mathematics-based methods better understand the Covid19 disease.
Frank Dentener works since 30 years in the field climate change, agriculture and atmospheric pollution. Frank is senior expert and group leader at the European Com- mission’s Joint Research Centre. He completed a Ph.D. in Physics with Nobel prize-laureate Paul Crutzen at Utrecht University. He is member of the scientific advisory board of the JPI FACCE, and co-chair of WMO’s Scientific Advisory Group on near-real-time applications, member of the WMO Model Measurement Fusion initiative, and he has served on a variety of international commissions. He has (co-) authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and 4 IPCC reports, Hirsch factor 96, and is a Clarivatehighlycitedscientistsince2015.Frankheldassistant professorships at Wageningen and Utrecht University, the Nettherlands, PrivatDozent at the ETH in Switserland, and currently affiliated with the Politechnical University of Torino. He supervised and examined ca. 10 Ph.D. and Habilitation candidates. Frank is an expert in atmospheric chemistry-land interactions, including ozone impacts on agricultural production systems, and climate change and mitigation and adaptation.
Andrea Diaz Rincon
Andrea Diaz is a researcher in the fields of transport and energy economics. With her double background in electrical engineering (National University of Colombia, 2003) and a PhD in economics (KU Leuven, 2015), she has worked at the intersection of both areas in different private and public institutions. In her current position at the JRC, she is entering into a new dimension studying energy systems through the lenses of complex system analysis.
Grégoire Dubois is a Belgian zoologist and a radiobiologist (Free University of Brussels) with a PhD in geostatistics (University of Lausanne). He has been working for more than 20 years for the European Commission‘s in house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC). The first half of his career was about monitoring radioactivity in the environment, before working on biodiversity conservation, with a focus on developing countries. He currently leads at JRC the portfolio of activities dealing with biodiversity and eco- system services and more recently the new Knowledge Centre for Biodiversity (KCBD) of the European Commis- sion launched in October 2019. He also regularly supports the European Union in its work with the Convention on Bio- logical Diversity and IPBES. Grégoire is also a member of the IPBES task force on data and knowledge.
When not working, you will find him laying somewhere in the mud under heavy photographic equipment in search of various critters.
Twitter: @ GregoireDubois
Policy leader and entrepreneur working at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence, law and public policy. Most recently, I led on the development of Ireland‘s National Strategy for AI and served as Head of Delegation to the Council of Europe Ad-Hoc Committee on AI. Other areas of expertise/interest include: international human rights and equalities; responsible and inclusive innovation; digital economy & society; ‘connected’ and creative cities; business&humanrights;publichealth;SDGs;roleofreligion in society. I offer a global perspective with experience of shaping and influencing agendas within international organisations, Government, civil society and the private sector.
I am excited by the potential to effect positive change through participatory politics and the democratisation of technology - let‘s use our collective intelligence to create a code that cares!
I am committed to connecting communities of interest and purpose in order to catalyse impact. I want to do meaningful things that matter for our common humanity. How can we create a human chain, expand the space for an ethical imagination and bring people together in circles of shared solidarity?
Guillermo García-Sánchez is a Scientist at the SpanishNational Research Council (CSIC) at the Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas (ICMAT) in the Applied Mathematics department, where he works for the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Group. His work addresses the development of novel dynamical systems tools and computational techniques for providing new insights into geophysical flows and met/ ocean modelling. Currently, He is working on the real-time application of these ideas to address critical environ- mental challenges like marine litter pollution and oil spills. He is also co-founder of the startup Digital Earth Solutions, which aims to keep clean the oceans through mathematical modelization.
Giacomo works on forests and climate change, in the interface between science and policy. He leads scientific analyses to understand how much CO2 is emitted or ab- sorbed by forests, works with countries to prepare green- house gas inventories for the United Nations, and supports EU policymakers in designing forest strategies to fight cli- mate change. He is an author of various reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and follows the negotiations under the Paris Agreement.
Irene Guerrero Fernández
I am a Spanish PhD Ecologist with focus on Farmland Bio- diversity. My research career has developed on the inter- action of human activity and biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. This relation is central, as the functioning of agro-ecosystems, their capacity to provide, depends very much on their ecological integrity. As crucial to communities, this interaction between food production and nature is very much shaped by policy. Thus, inevitably I have be- come increasingly involved in supporting policy-making. I have worked most of my time in Academia, teaching ecology and plant biology in university programmes of agricultural science. Yet, my path towards agricultural policy has led me to my current position as a project officer in the D5 unit of the JRC here in Ispra.
Lucía Iglesias Blanco
Lucía Iglesias, Forestry Engineer inspired and specialised in protected areas management by working in National Parks Network in Spain for 15 years, moved to Brussels in 2019, to work on the implementation of nature conservation policy (Habitats and Birds Directives). She is also involved in promoting the EU Natura 2000 network or protected areas and its achievements through the Natura 2000 Award scheme, or the use of the Natura 2000 logo in goods and services. However, the challenges related to the implementation of the nature conservation directives at national level are occupying most of the daily work. When she is not working, she likes illustration and photography, and she enjoys dancing, playing and listening to music.
Julian Keimer is a researcher and knowledge manager at the European Commission Joint Research Centre. He co- authored the recent report „Values and identities - a policymaker‘s guide“ summarising how personal values and identities influence our political beliefs and perception. Within the same project Julian develops tools for policy- makers to understand values better and take them into account when designing policy. His second major work strand is improving competence of policymakers to work with scientific and other evidence. Beyond his work, Julian likes to go running, bouldering, debating, and out for dinner. He is a philosopher, political scientist, and physicist by training, which allowed him to work in photovoltaics, comparative political science, counter-terrorism and citizen engagement before joining his current team.
Policy Analyst – Foresight.
An economist by training and civil servant by vocation – Maciek is by nature curious. He joined the EU policy lab in 2016 attracted by the opportunity to work on innovative approaches to formulating public policies (being a co- author of a few regulations) and strategic foresight (being slightly short-sighted). Before that, since 2006, he was tirelessly reforming the Common Agricultural Policy. Even before, he was a part of the Polish Institute of International Affairs, supporting Poland’s accession and first years in the European Union.
Amanda Jane Ozin-Hofsaess
Amanda Jane OZIN-HOFSAESS is a mobile Microbiologist and Molecular Geneticist. Following a long scientific career, she became a Senior Expert for the European Centre of Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) where she used scientific, strategic and coordination skills to boost public health microbiology capacities in the EU to be ready for health threats whether bird flu, ebola or now with the CO- VID19 pandemic. Currently, she is a Research Programme Administrator at the European Research Executive Agency (REA) using a mix of scientific, creative, communication, interpersonal and project management skills to reach programmatic goals of the Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). Amanda Jane promotes the use of Art-Science Competitions to attract the interest of young people to play with their sense of curiosity, creativity and the drive to innovate.
Twitter: @amanda_ozin @REA_research @MSCActions
Antonio Puertas Gallardo
I am working at the European Commission since 2003 as IT Project Assistant, I have engineering studies as main back-ground, and today I am mostly interested on the subjects of Health and inequalities like universal access to health- care systems. Today I am working with Machine Learning algorithms and their impact on Medicine, like the incoming automated medicine services, the future of the Microbiome research and the “AI doctors”.
I will also host at the JRC Science summit 2022 an event called “Consciousness: The dawn of Machine awareness” so I am truly interested on what is going to happen when machines will be aware. AI is making very fast achievements on this field.I have also some expertise on Natural Language Processing (NLP) tools and automated speech recognition (ASR) systems. I have been working the last 8 years with a group of molecular biologists at the JRC analysing genomic data, in the last 2 years my research mainly focused on the SARS-CoV-2 genome new variants prediction.
Elahe is a designer at the EU Policy lab. She uses design tools and methods to help scientists and policy makers tackle complex systemic issues in a more creative and collaborative way. Before joining the EU commission, Elahe was the creative lead at the Open Innovation Centre of the University of Bologna. She designed international programs that brought together the academia and the industry. She led multidisciplinary and cross-generational teams and applied design to develop new ideas in various sectors such as pharma, food, automotive and entertainment. She was also a design educator and coach for student programs at the Design Factory Global Network and the Challenge Based Innovation at CERN IdeaSquare. She is passionate about speculative design but her interest is in Design in all its forms and functions. She believes in the visual, tangible, optimistic and proactive spirit of design to give a better form to the future.
Nikolaos (Niko) Stilianakis is a mathematical epidemiologist at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biomathematics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. His research interests are infectious disease epidemiology, modelling immune system-pathogen interactions, and environmental health. With the artists Maria Rebecca Ballestra and Tomasz (Prasqual) Praszczalek he participated in the exhibitions of the Resonances III Festival (DATAMI) in 2019, a Science and Art programme of the JRC. In 2019 he was also invited speaker in the 4th Festival for the Earth in Monte Carlo curated by artist Maria Rebecca Ballestra under the auspices of the HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco.
I work in the New European Bauhaus team – in Brussels - as communication and event coordinator. Currently in charge of the NEB Festival (9-12 June). As night falls, I work on my artistic projects. My educational background is in inter- national relations and fine arts.
Mateusz Tokarski is a policy analyst at the Competence Centre on Participatory and Deliberative Democracy, working on citizen engagement projects addressing environmentalissues.Hehasbackgroundinmediastudies,semiotics and philosophy. He did his PhD on ethical aspects of biodiversity conflicts, with a particular focus on meanings people attach to discomforting encounters with wildlife.
I deal with deeper understanding the role of forests and forest management for climate change mitigation. The way we manage our forests is crucial for maintaining the carbon trapped in trees, roots, soil, deadwood, litter and wood products. The atmosphere sees these carbon losses and we feel better. Science produces evidence but is often not enough. People need to feel as part of the story and help maintain forests and the whole biosphere healthy, biodiverse and resilient. Arts can therefore mutually interact with science to directly permeate the people consciousness and help forests fight climate change.
Emma is a PhD student affiliated with both the Joint Re- search Center (JRC), Bioeconomy & Land Resource Unit, and Radboud University, at the institute for Biological and Environmental Sciences (RIBES). She holds a MSc in chemistry and a BSc in Chemistry and Liberal Arts & Sciences. Her research focusses on a sustainable bio-economy and the environmental footprints of new bio-based materials for the chemical industry. She has been publishing poetry in different literary magazines and had been selected for the writing residency DeBuren for young writing talent of The Netherlands and Belgium last summer. Currently she is part of the Dutch Young Feminist Ambassadors network and co-founded the platform Groenhuiswerk (groenhuiswerk.nl). Before starting the PhD project, she was involved in movements addressing different societal issues, such as being a board member of FNV Vrouw (Dutch National Union for Women), core-member of Comité 21 Maart (anti-racism coalition) and Fossil Free Feminist (small grass root collective).