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EUA Conference

Maastricht, 28 – 30 October 2004




Gerard Mols, Rector, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Professor Dr. Gerard P.M.F. Mols recently became Rector of Maastricht University. From 1979-2004, Professor Mols was an active criminal defence lawyer and his various positions of responsibility included President of the Dutch Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers (2000-2004), as well as Professor of Criminal Law (1988) and Dean of the Faculty of Law (1991-1993; 1997-2003) at Maastricht University. Professor Mols holds a PhD at the Faculty of Law of the University of Utrecht (1982) with a specialisation in criminal conspiracy.

Eric Froment, President,

European University Association
Eric Froment is a professor of Economics at the University Lumière-Lyon 2, France, and has been President of the European University Association since 2001. In this position, his work has been to ensure that universities in Europe speak with a single voice, that this voice is heard, and that the role of universities is recognised as fundamental in the field

of research as well as in the Bologna process. At the Université de Lyon 2, he was elected Dean of the Faculty of Economics (1973 – 1977), Vice-president of the university (1978- 1981), and finally President (1991-1996), as well as Treasurer of the CRE (1994-1998). He has worked for the French ministry of Higher Education, responsible for contract policy between the ministry and universities (1996-1998), and, before joining EUA, was Chief executive of the French National Conference of Presidents (1998-2001).

Eric Froment received a Master’s degree in Economics and Political Science from the Université de Lyon, and a Doctorate in Economics from the Université de la Sorbonne (1971). He was responsible for the launch of a European pilot project for the exchange of professors in the social sciences between the Université de Lyon 2, the Universidad de Barcelona, and the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt.

Mark Rutte, Secretary of State for Education, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, The Netherlands

Mark Rutte was born in The Hague on 14 February 1967.After completing his secondary education, he studied history at Leiden University, graduating in 1992.

He was subsequently employed by Unilever, where he was responsible for staff training and in charge of several reorganisations. In 1997 Mr Rutte became personnel manager of Van den Bergh Nederland, within Unilever. In 2000 he was appointed to the Corporate Human Resources

Group. In 2002 he became Director of human resources at the IGLOMora Group BV (a Unilever subsidiary).

He was national chair of the JOVD, the youth organisation of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) from 1988 to 1991, and a member of the VVD party executive from 1993 to 1997. From July 2002 Mr Rutte was State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment in the first Balkenende government and in May 2003 he was appointed to the same post in the second Balkenende government

In June 2004 Mr. Rutte became State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science.

Frans van Vught, Representative, Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU)

Prof.dr. Frans van Vught (1950) is Rector Magnificus of the University of Twente, The Netherlands. In addition he is a member of several national councils and bodies in the Netherlands, including the National Innovation Platform, the Social-Economic Council and the National Education Council.

Before accepting his position as Rector he was for more than 10 years the scientific director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies

(CHEPS). Prof. van Vught is a social scientist who studied at the University of Utrecht and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has held positions at universities in the US and The Netherlands. As a higher education specialist he has worked with governments, international organisations (European Commission, OECD, UNESCO, World Bank) and universities. He has published widely (30 books and over 250 articles in several languages) and is a board-member of several journals on higher education. He won several academic awards and holds an honorary doctorate of the University of Gent. He was co-founder of the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers, and has been involved in several other professional organisations. Since 1996 he has been a member University Grants Committee, Hong Kong.

Yehuda Elkana, Rector, Central European University, Hungary
Yehuda Elkana was born in Yugoslavia in 1934. After the Second World War and a year in concentration camps he immigrated to Israel in 1948. He studied physics, mathematics and history of science, also taking courses in biology, and received an MSc degree.

In 1968, he completed his doctoral studies at Brandeis University with a thesis entitled "On the Emergence of the Energy Concept," published by

Harvard University Press., He taught at Harvard University for a year and from 1968 in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and also served as its Chairman. He has been a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (1973-74), a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford (1977-78) and from 1981 until 1991 he was Director of the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University. From 1968 to 1993 he was Director of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin 1988-89 and since 1987 he has been a permanent Fellow there. From 1992-1999 he was a Member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Collegium Budapest, and Deputy Chairman. Prof.Elkana is a corresponding member of the International Academy for the History of Science. He is co-founder and editor of Science in Context and author of several books and numerous articles. From 1995 to 1999 he was Professor for the Philosophy of Science at the ETH Zurich. In April 1997 he became a Member of the Scientific Board of the Collegium Helveticum. In 2001 he was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Yehuda Elkana has been President and Rector of the Central European University in Budapest since 1999.

Ad Huijser, Philips, Member of the Board of Management and Chief Technology Officer
Ad Huijser (Born 1946, Nationality Dutch) is the Executive Vice President of Royal Philips Electronics, Chief Technology Officer and member of the Board of Management and the GMC.

Dr. Huijser graduated in technical physics from Eindhoven Technical University and gained a doctorate in this subject from the University of Twente.

He joined Philips in 1970 and has held various positions in the research laboratories, before becoming manager of the Advanced Development and Manufacturing Center of Philips Semiconductors in 1989. In 1991 he was named Chief Technology Officer of the Consumer Electronics division and 2 years later he became managing director R&D of the divisions’ Television business group.

Dr. Huijser returned to the research laboratory in 1994 as Managing Director and Chairman of its management committee. In 1996, he became senior adviser and Director of Philips Multimedia Center in Palo Alto, California. In October 1998 he was appointed CEO of Philips Research.

He joined the GMC April 1, 1999, became chief technology officer of Royal Philips Electronics May 1, 2001 and was appointed a member of the Board of Management March 28, 2002.

Luc Weber, Former Rector Université de Genève, Switzerland

Luc Weber is Professor of Public Economics at the University of Geneva. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Lausanne.

Prof. Weber is currently a member of the Board of the European University Association (EUA), Brussels, as well as Chairman of the “Research Policy” Working Group and member of the Steering committee of the Institutional Evaluation Programme.

He is Vice-President of the Bureau of the Steering Committee for Higher Education and Research (CD-ESR) of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and Vice-President of the International Association of Universities (IAU), Paris. He is co-founder and since 1998 President of the Glion Colloquium. In 1991-1995 he was Rector (President) of the University of Geneva, and in 1992-1995 President of the Swiss Rectors’ Conference in Berne. Prior to this appointment he was Vice-Rector (Vice-President) of the University of Geneva and member of the “Swiss Council of Economic Advisers” to the Department of Trade and Commerce and the Swiss National Bank, Berne.

Raffaele Liberali, European Commission, DG Research, Director of Directorate D: The human factor, mobility and Marie Curie activities
Raffaele Liberali was born and educated in Rome, where he obtained a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering.

After various different experiences in industry, he joined the European Commission in 1978, where he first worked as Scientific officer in

Directorate-General Energy. He subsequently took up a position as Assistant to the Director-General for Credit and Investments and became Head of Unit for Studies and new financial techniques within the same Directorate-General in 1989.

He then spent 5 years as Head of Unit in Directorate-General Personnel and Administration. In 1996 he moved to Directorate-General Research as Director for Administrative and financial affairs.

Since 2001, he has been Director for The human factor, mobility and Marie Curie activities within Directorate-General Research. In this position, he is responsible for :

  • the implementation of training and mobility actions of the 5th and 6th framework programmes (Marie Curie fellowships, international fellowships, research training networks, Euroconferences) ;

  • the implementation of actions to facilitate the mobility of researchers and the development of their career (elimination of obstacles to mobility, development of careers for researchers at European level, etc.) ;

  • the preparation of the human resources activities of the 7th framework programme.

Mary Ritter, Director Graduate School of Life Sciences and Medicine, Imperial College London, UK
Mary Ritter is Professor of Immunology and Director of the Graduate School of Life Sciences and Medicine (GSLSM), Imperial College London. She is the founding Director of the GSLSM at Imperial, and has been responsible for steering the Graduate School through from inception in 1999 to its current overarching role providing interdisciplinary research

activities, an extensive skills training programme and quality assurance for all the postgraduate students in the 3 departments of the Faculty of Life Sciences and the 10 divisions of the Faculty of Medicine. She also helped in the establishment of Imperial’s Graduate School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, launched in 2002. All of the ~4000 postgraduate students at Imperial College London now belong to one of these two graduate schools, with ~70% registered for a research degree and the remaining 30% attending a masters course. She initiated and is closely involved in both the design and delivery of the Graduate Schools’ postgraduate skills training programme. In addition, she has established new academic taught courses at both bachelor’s and master’s level and regularly teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students in her specialist area of immunology.

Mary Ritter’s research centres on the development of the immune system. This work is aimed at improving immune recovery following clinical bone marrow transplantation and to the possibility of arresting/ameliorating immune decline in the elderly. She has supervised the research of more than 40 PhD and Masters students, all of whom have successfully gained their degree. She is a member of the UK’s Higher Education Academy.

Renzo Rubele, President EURODOC, Italy
Renzo Rubele was born in Verona (Italy) in 1969. He received his degree (Laurea) in Physics, awarded magna cum laude by the University of Padova in 2000, with a thesis on mathematical and logical structures underlying Quantum Mechanics. He is currently enrolled in a doctoral programme in Physics at the University of Salerno, and his doctoral research is in the field of Condensed Matter Theory, about some theoretical models of strongly correlated electron systems. He became involved at the national and international level in the associative life of doctoral candidates since 2001. He has been Deputy Vice-President of

ADI (Italian Ph.D. Association) and National Coordinator of the WorkGroup ADI-LEX (legal issues on University and Research for young researchers). During 2003 he has been Vice-President of EURODOC, the European-wide Federation of national association of doctoral candidates and junior researchers, taking part in European events and helping in strengthening and enlarging the organisation. He was elected President during the Athens General Meeting held in March 2004. He has recently been appointed by Commissioner Busquin as member of a high-level Forum on University-based Research to help the Commission define an EU policy framework promoting the necessary changes and reforms for universities in the context of the European Research Area.

John Archer, Vice-Chancellor, Heriot-Watt University

Professor J S Archer is Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, a post he has held since 01 January 1997.

He is active as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute. Formerly he was the Deputy Rector of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London (1991-6), and also Professor of Petroleum Engineering.

He has been Convenor of Universities Scotland since 01 August 2004, and is also Convenor of the Universities UK Research Policy and Strategy Group, Chair of British Council’s Education Counselling Service , Chair of Education UK Scotland, and Chairman of the local enterprise company Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian. He is also a Member of Council, EPSRC, and a member of the European Universities Association Research Working Group.
He was awarded the CBE for service to higher education in 2002.
Professor JOHN STUART ARCHER, CBE, FREng, FRSE, FChemE, FCGI, FIC, BSc(Hons) and DSc (City), PhD and DIC (Imperial, London), MSPE (Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers), FInstE (Fellow, Institute of Energy)

Stephen Emmott, Group Director & Chief Scientist, External Research Office, Microsoft Research, Cambridge, U.K.
Stephen Emmott is Group Director of University Research Programmes at Microsoft. He is responsible for defining and implementing a new long-term strategic framework for collaboration between Microsoft, Academia and Government across all of Europe and across a broad range of key science and technology areas, and responsibility for a significant budget and team.
He graduated in Biological Science (Exp. Psych) with a First from the University of York in 1987 followed by a PhD in Computational Neuroscience from the University of Stirling. He was a scientist then principal scientist at BT Laboratories from 1987-1994 and then a senior

scientist at AT&T Bell Laboratories in the USA from 1995-97 where his research focused primarily on biological models of computing and intelligent systems. In 1997 he joined NCR to establish its Advanced Research Lab which he headed as Chief Scientist and Managing Director from 1997-2001. During this time he managed over 50million of funds, developed a highly acclaimed programme of research, led an interdisciplinary team of over 50 computer scientists, biologists, mathematicians, industrial designers, engineers and artists, created a significant IP portfolio and established an international academic-industry consortium.
From 2002-2003 he co-headed the joint UCL, Imperial College & London Institute initiative to establish the new Intelligent Media Institute He also has an appointment as Visiting Professor of Computer Science, University College London. Stephen Emmott is Group Director of University Programmes at Microsoft.

Jo Ritzen, President, Board of the University of Maastricht
Jozef Ritzen, (nationality Dutch national) is President of Maastricht University.

Before his appointment in February 2003, Mr. Ritzen was Vice President of the World Bank’s Development Economics Department, a position he held since August 1999. In July 2001, he became Vice President of the World Bank's Human Development Network, which advises the institution and its client countries on innovative approaches to improving health, education and social protection. Mr. Ritzen joined the Bank as Special Adviser to the Human Development Network in September 1998.

Previously he was Minister of Education, Culture, and Science of The Netherlands (one of the longest-serving Ministers of Education in the

world) and during his term in office enacted a series of major reforms in the Dutch education system. Mr. Ritzen has also made significant contributions to agencies such as UNESCO and OECD, especially in the field of education and social cohesion. Prior to his appointment as Minister in 1989, Mr. Ritzen held academic appointments at Nijmegen University and Erasmus University in The Netherlands, and the University of California-Berkeley and the Robert M. LaFollette Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States.

Mr. Ritzen obtained a master's degree in physical engineering in 1970 from the University of Technology in Delft, and a PhD in economics in 1977 from Erasmus University in Rotterdam. His dissertation on education, economic growth, and income distribution earned him the Winkler Prins prize.

Georg Winckler, Rector Universität Wien, President, Austrian Rectors' Conference, Austria
Georg Winckler, Vice-President of the European University Association.

Georg Winckler has been Rector of the University of Vienna since 1999, President of the Austrian Rectors’ Conference since 2000 and Vice-President of the European University Association since 2001.

At present, he is mainly occupied with the implementation of the new Austrian Universities Act which came into force in 2002. The full legal independence of the Austrian universities will create new opportunities to actively change the framework of research and higher education.

Prof. Winckler studied economics at the University of Princeton and at the University of Vienna. He has been a (full) professor of economics at the Unversity of Vienna since 1978, specialising in monetary and applied Economics. He has also served as a visiting professor at Georgetown University, Université Fribourg, University of Bratislava and worked as a visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund, Washington D.C. Since June 2004 Georg Winckler has been a member of EURAB (European Research Advisory Board).


Discussion Group 1: Research training: one goal – different routes?

Jean Chambaz, Coordonateur du college des ecoles doctorales de l'Universite Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), France
Jean Chambaz, MD, PhD, is professor of cell biology at the Faculty of Medicine of University Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) in Paris.

He heads an INSERM-UPMC research unit in the field of metabolism and intestinal differentiation.

He is also director of the doctoral school "Physiology and Pathophysiology" and coordinates the college of doctoral schools of UPMC which has 2500 students enrolled.

Harry W.M. Steinbusch, Director European Graduate School of Neuroscience (EURON), a Marie Curie Training Site, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Harry W.M. Steinbusch is Professor in Cellular Neuroscience and Director of the European Graduate School of Neuroscience in Maastricht.

He received his PhD from the Catholic University in Nijmegen. He has worked at the Free University in Amsterdam, John Hopkins University in Baltimore, University of Lund, Dalhousie University in Halifax and Maastricht University.

He is director of Maastricht Institute Brain&Behavior, chairman of the Steering Committee on Network of European Neuroscience Schools and Scientific Director of the International Alzheimer Foundation (NL, Belgium, Germany and France). He has published 277 articles in journals and books.

Heather Eggins, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
Professor Heather Eggins is Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde and Editor of Higher Education Quarterly. She has also recently been appointed Visiting Professor to the Institute for Access Studies, Staffordshire University. Her career has spanned teaching, research, academic administration and editing with posts at several universities in the UK, the University of Colorado, Boulder, the Council for National Academic Awards (UK) and, most recently, Director of the Society for Research into Higher Education, an NGO of UNESCO.

Discussion Group 2: Research training throughout university curricula

Fred Mulder, Rector, Open University Netherlands
Fred Mulder is Rector of the Open University of the Netherlands (OUNL), a university dedicated to open and distance learning, offering accredited bachelor and master programmes as well as a large variety of flexible education tracks including single courses. OUNL has built up a strong record in R&D in education and learning and is a well-respected frontrunner in educational innovations through e-learning, competency-based learning and collaborative learning.
Fred Mulder is a professor in informatics education. He holds a bachelor degree in chemical engineering, an engineer’s degree in applied mathematics and a

PhD in theoretical chemistry. He has worked in Canada (University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario; 1979-1980) and in the USA (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia; 1997-1998).

Izabela M. Sosnowska, Institute of Experimental Physics, Warsaw University, Poland
Izabela Sosnowska is professor of physics at Warsaw University. Her special field of interest is materials science with particular emphasis on research methods using neutrons, X-rays and synchrotron radiation. She conducted her research in Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, Canada and Japan. In 2000 she has been elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics of UK and received the title of Chartered Physicist. Currently Professor Sosnowska is active in international academic relations encouraging young researchers to advance their knowledge and ability to co-operate with European universities.

Christina Ullenius, Rector, Karlstad University, President, Association of Swedish Higher Education, Sweden

Christina Ullenius is Rector at Karlstad University, Sweden, and President of the Swedish Association of Higher Education. She is an engineer by training and has a long research and teaching career in organic chemistry. Before moving to Karlstad she was vice president at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. She has also spent periods of research in the US. Among her previous commitments is president of the board of the Swedish Research Council for Engineering Sciences. She is also a member of the Royal Swedish Academy for Engineering Sciences.

Discussion Group 3: Transdisciplinary and trans-sectoral collaboration

in research training

Andrew Dearing, Secretary General, European Industrial, Research Management Association (EIRMA)
Dr Andrew Dearing is Secretary General of the European Industrial Research Management Association, an industrial association that aims to strengthen firms' competitiveness through well-managed, well-organised research and development. He has held positions in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including responsibility within Royal Dutch/Shell for planning longer-

term R&D, external relations in science and technology, and strategy and scenario planning.

In 1998, he was seconded to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development as Programme Director for Innovation and Technology. He was a founding member of the UNEP Committees establishing the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. He acts as expert advisor to the European Commission and governments on innovation and industrial research policy, and is Vice-Chair of the Technology Committee of the OECD's industry advisory body.

Karsten Vandrup, Manager, Strategic Planning Research and Technology Access, Nokia Corporation, Finland
As part of the Nokia Mobile Phones technology unit, Karsten Vandrup is responsible for Research Strategy and Research Collaboration policy. Ensuring that the right competences and skills are in place at the right time to serve ever-emerging marketplaces like mobile communication is a crucial part

of Nokia's strategy. 35% of Nokia's workforce - or more than 20,000 people - are in R&D globally. Prior to his current position, Karsten Vandrup was part of the Research and Education Policy Department at the Nokia Head Office in Espoo, Finland. As a part of this department, Vandrup was a member of the Career-Space Consortium, and directly involved in the Curriculum Development workgroup and the report "Curriculum Development Guidelines - designing tomorrow's education". Internally in Nokia, Vandrup is a member of the Nokia Global University Relations Steering Group.

Besides his work at Nokia, Vandrup is a member of the Board of governors at "Crossroads Copenhagen", the Advisory Board for the "Center for Tele-Information" at the Technical University of Denmark, and the Board of Directors at Research Center COM - Denmark. He is a member of the International Advisory Board at Baltic Cyber City, Vidzeme University College, Latvia and advisor in ITTE (Institutions for Technology Transfer from Science to Enterprises) issues at the European Commission, DG Enterprise. Vandrup has been acting as an expert on ICT skills in the evaluation of Technical education for the Danish Ministry of Education, and is co-writer of the National Danish IT-Research Strategy for the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Vandrup has been a member of the Research and Education Committee of the Confederation of Danish Industries, DI, and the Education Committee of ITEK, the Danish ICT Association.

Vandrup, who originally was a professional musician playing the double bass, has a degree in Electronic Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark. He was born in Denmark and is a Danish citizen, although he is living with his wife Carina and daughters Marie Louise and Sofie Emilie in Espoo, Finland.

Nicholas Rees, Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Limerick, Ireland
Nicholas Rees holds a BA Hons. degree in American Studies (Politics) from the University of Kent, and an MA (Political Science) and PhD (International Studies) from the University of South Carolina, USA. He was formerly Director of the Center for European Studies and Head of the Department of Government and Society, holds the Jean Monnet Professorship in European Institutions and International Relations and is currently Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Limerick.

His teaching and research interests include European integration, EU institutions and multi-level governance; international relations and European security, the United Nations and UN peace keeping and Irish foreign policy.

He is co-author of The Poor Relation: Irish Foreign Policy Towards the Third World and has recently completed a new co-authored book with Terry O’Neill on the United Nations Peacekeeping in the Post-Cold War Era (Frank Cass, forthcoming 2004).

He is former Secretary and President of the Political Studies Association Ireland, a past Chair of the Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies, a member of the Institute of European Affairs and a member of the Committee on the Study of International Affairs, Royal Irish Academy.

Discussion Group 4: Career development
– institutional human resources policies and strategies, examples of best practice

Janet Metcalfe, GRAD Programme, United Kingdom
An independent educational consultant specialising in training and development for postgraduate research students. Currently responsible for the UK GRAD programme, which through a network of regional university-based Hubs, provides universities with access to resources, advice and networks to support the integration of transferable skills development into research degree programmes for all doctoral students. UK GRAD also provides researchers with access to training courses and a web-based gateway ( to other sources of support and advice.

Also leader of the UK Funding Councils’ project to improve the quality of postgraduate research training by producing good practice guidelines for the training, supervision and development of research students. A member of the independent evaluation team for the New RouteTM PhD, a UK initiative to provide international PhD students with an integrated PhD consisting of taught modules and practical experience alongside advanced research.

Siobhan Harkin, Marie Curie National Contact Point Office, Central Universities Research Office, Conference of Heads of Irish Universities
Siobhan Harkin is the Research Officer in the Conference of Heads of Irish Universities, providing policy analysis on research and academic issues. She is the National Contact Point for the Human Resources and Mobility (Marie Curie) Programme for Ireland and is involved in a number of EC initiatives focussing on mobility issues for researchers. She was previously a NCP in Framework 5 in the Quality of Life Programme and was specifically involved in assisting life science SMEs to participate in the Framework Programmes.

She has been involved in the commercialisation and funding of high-tech academic research in both the biological sciences and ICT disciplines and has worked with Media Lab Europe, the European research partner of the MIT Media Lab, as well as with Irish Government agencies.

Siobhan's background is in biological sciences and she obtained her BSc(Hons) in Applied & Human Biology from Aston University in 1993. She specialised in toxicology, carrying out research in Sanofi Winthrop Pharmaceuticals UK, and went on to carry out her postgraduate research at the Medical Research Council's Centre for Mechanisms of Human Toxicity, Leicester, UK.

Geneviève Laviolette, Université Denis Diderot, Paris VII, France
Geneviève Laviolette studied Economic Sciences and currently teaches Economy at the University Paris 7-Denis Diderot. She works extensively in European graduate and post graduate employment mobility in Europe. In 1992, she created and still manages the University Careers Service. She is a former member of the University Management Committee and the Scientific Council and co-author of the Association Bernard Gregory guide “From PHD to Employment” (Sept 2003).

Discussion Group 5: Structured mobility as an integral part of research training

Dagmar Meyer, Chair of the Marie Curie Fellowship Association
Dagmar M. Meyer is currently the Chair of the Marie Curie Fellowship Association (MCFA), a pan-European organisation uniting more than 3,000 researchers from a diverse range of scientific discliplines and professional backgrounds. She studied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Heidelberg and obtained a Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics from Cambridge University. The work for her doctoral dissertation on a problem in Algebraic Topology was conducted mostly at the Autonomous University of

Barcelona and the Max-Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn. In 1998 she was awarded the title of Dr. rer.nat by the University of Heidelberg. After her PhD she spent two and a half years at the University of Paris 13, first with a fellowship from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then with a Community funded Marie Curie fellowship. In 2001 she returned to her native Germany where she currently holds a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Göttingen. Since her time in Paris she has been actively involved in the MCFA, first as one of the French national co-ordinators, then at European level holding various positions within the Administrative Board. In May 2003 she was elected Chair of the Association.

Annamaria Silvana de Rosa, Coordinator of the European PhD on Social Representations and Communication, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy
Annamaria Silvana de Rosa, PhD in Psychology, is full time Professor

of Psychology of Attitudes and Social Representations, Communication

and new media at the Faculty of Psychology 2 'La Sapienza' University

of Rome.

Co-ordinator of the European Ph.D on Social Representations and Communication involving a network of 13 European Universities in 8 EU countries, she has also been responsible since 1993 for a series of projects approved by the European Commission, Ministries (under Vinci French-Italian program) and the network of universities for the implementation and diffusion of the first European doctoral programme which awards a mutually recognised “European doctoral diploma” issued under the joint signatures of the network universities’ Rectors.
She was the coordinator of Advanced Curriculum Development, which was identified as an example of ‘best practice’ in Higher Education (CDA-D) by the European Commission for Education and Culture. From 2000 Dr de Rosa has been the co-ordinator of the Marie Curie Multipartner Training Site on Social Representations and Communication involving 8 European Universities, and of the programme aimed at the internationalisation of the Higher Education: “Innovative Action for developing the doctoral programmes”. From 2002 she has also been the co-ordinator of the VINCI programme. In 2004 she was appointed coordinator of the Action 6 “Network of the networks” of the EUA Doctoral Programmes Project and of the SoReCom Thematic network of excellence approved by EC– Education and Culture .
She has organised a ten International Summer Schools on Social Representations and Communication, held in many European countries and is now responsible for the new series of twelve European PhD International Lab Meetings approved by the European Commission. For many years she has been the Rector’s Delegate for the Socrates Programme, for the UNICA network and an invited member of the Board of Directors of a trans-European network of universities specialised in open distance education and training. She has also worked in Canada and the U.S.

Lluisa Romanillos Redondo, Head of the Academic Staff Mobility Office of the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

Luisa Romanillos Redondo holds a law degree inform the University of Barcelona (1992). After several years of working as a lawyer, she joined the UPC administrative staff in 1997 where she has worked in several different departments.

In 2003 she was appointed to set up a new project, the Academic Staff Mobility Office. The Office has the main aim to provide legal and administrative support to incoming and outgoing researchers and is integrated into the Institutional and International Relations Service where several international projects are undertaken. An assessment has been after the first 18 months of the Office and the history the results are ready for dissemination.

Discussion Group 6: Stop the brain drain: how to achieve sustainable career perspectives for researchers in all countries (including new EU member states)

Andrzej Ceynowa, Rector, University of Gdansk, Poland

Louise Ackers, Director, Centre for the Study of Law in Europe, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Professor Ackers is Director of the Centre for the Study of Law and Policy in Europe at the University of Leeds, UK.

Her current and recent work focuses on the ‘human capital’ dimensions of science policy in the European Union. In particular, work has considered two related dimensions of ‘balanced growth’ namely the progression of women in science careers (and issues of work-life balance) and the regional/distributional aspects of scientific mobility (issues of brain drain and technology transfer in an enlarged EU). Details of these projects can be found on the Centre web-pages at

Jaak Aaviksoo, Rector, University of Tartu, Chairman Estonian Rectors’ Conference
Jaak Aaviksoo has been Rector at the University of Tartu since 1998 and Chairman of the Board of the Estonian Rectors' Conference since 2004. He was Minister of Education of Estonia 1995-1997, and prior to that appointment, Vice Rector of the University of Tartu. He is a physicist, Professor of optics and spectroscopy at the University of Tartu. He has been a visiting professor and scholar in Russia, Germany, France, Japan.

He is a member of Estonian Academy of Sciences, Academic Council of the President of Estonia and the Board of the European University Association.


Professor Josef Koubek, Vice-Rector, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague
Josef Koubek is the former (1995-2001) Rector of the Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague (ICTP), a leading research-oriented Czech University. Now he is the Vice-Rector for Development at ICTP.

After his University studies (MSc. in Chemical Engineering - 1971 and PhD. in Catalysis - 1975) he started his professional career in the CHEMOPETROL company (former Czechoslovakia). In 1981 he entered the academic arena as the Assistant-Professor teaching and carrying out research in Organic

Technology at ICTP. His research interest was mainly devoted to adsorption and catalysis, stationary and nonstationary kinetics of catalyzed reactions, and development of industrial syntheses of commodity amines and ketones.

In 1990 he was elected a Vice-Rector for Foreign Affairs and 1995 the Rector of the ICTP. Parallel to his academic activities Josef Koubek entered the industrial sector in 1995 as the member responsible for research in the Board of Directors of the UNIPETROL holding compâny, the biggest Czech refinery and petrochemical industrial Group. In 1999, he was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of UNIPETROL.

From 1999, Josef Koubek participated actively in the Bologna Process (events in Bologna, Salamanca, Prague and Graz). From 1999 he has been the member of the EUA (and the former CEURC) Research Working Group. Josef Koubek has been elected the Fellow (FEng.) of the Engineering Academy of the Czech Republic (EA CR) and from 2002 he has been the Vice-President for Research in the Academy.

From 2000, he has been the Director of the Research Centre for the Complex Treatment of Crude Oil , a mixed Industry–University Research Centre of Excellence devoted to transfer of research results into the industrial practice.

In 2002, he was awarded by the French Government the title “Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques pour services rendus a la culture française“.

Margret Wintermantel, President, Saarland University

Vice-President, German Rectors‘ Conference, Germany

Margaret Wintermantel is President of Saarland University, Germany, and Vice-President of the German Rectors‘ Conference. After her studies in psychology and media studies at the universities at Mainz and Heidelberg and further periods of research in Ann Arbor und Berkeley, she was appointed university professor of social psychology at Saarland University. There she served as Vice-President for Study and Teaching before she was elected as University

President in 2000. She is a member of the University Council at Constance University and of the Austrian Science Council. As Vice-President of the German Rectors‘ Conference she is responsible for Research and Young Academics and Scientists.

Andrzej Ceynowa, Rector, University of Gdansk, Poland

Janet Metcalfe, Director, GRAD Programme, United Kingdom

See biographies in Working Groups section

Jaroslava Svobodová, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, Charles University, Prague, Czech-Republic

Born in Prague in 1949, Doc. RNDr. Jaroslava Svobodová, CSc., graduated in biology from Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague.

She is currently Assistant Professor in microbiology at the Faculty of Science, Charles University.
From 1997-2000 she served as Vice-Dean for study affairs at the Faculty of Science and since 2000 she has been Vice-Rector for study affairs at Charles University in Prague.

Maria Rimini-Döring, Corporate Research, Information and System Technologies, Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany

Maria Rimini-Döring (Italy) is currently Project Manager at Bosch Corporate Research where she also supervises PhD and diploma students in her field (Human-Machine Interaction).

After graduating from high school in Oregon, USA and Italy she studied Electronics Engineering at the University of Pavia as a member of the Collegio Ghislieri and graduated with honors. She won several scholarships (e.g. CERN

- Geneva, DAAD - Mainz and Stuttgart, Accademia di Scienze e Lettere - Milan) before undertaking her doctoral studies in Experimental Physics at the University of Stuttgart, graduating 1991. She started her professional carreer as a R&D Trainee at Robert Bosch GmbH and at Bosch Telecom in Germany. 

Coming from an academic background, she also has been involved since 1999 in educational and curricula issues, organising school contacts, mentoring external diploma and doctoral students and giving talks at the University in Stuttgart on "Women in Engineering and Science" for female high school students. She was invited to speak at events in Mantova ("Integrated Curricula"), Brussels ("Tuning"), Marseille and Maastricht (EUA, 2004).

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