Andris Andrusaitis is Acting Executive Director of BONUS EEIG. He leads implementation of the coordination and support action BANOS CSA “Towards the joint Baltic Sea and the North Sea research and innovation programme” preparing a framework for launching the joint Baltic Sea and the North Sea research and innovation programme. In 2008-2018 Andrusaitis served as the BONUS Programme Manager, being responsible for the scientific coordination including development of the strategic research agenda, organisation of the programme’s workshops and conferences, monitoring of the projects, and organising programme’s scientific reporting to the EU and national funders. During 2003-2007, he worked as the Assistant Coordinator of the Baltic Sea Regional Project funded by the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility and implemented jointly by HELCOM and ICES. In 2006-2009 Andris coordinated Latvian national research programme on impact of climate change on aquatic systems (KALME). Andrusaitis was an associate professor and the head of Department of Hydrobiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Latvia and director of Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology. He holds PhD in aquatic ecology.
Mateusz Bonecki, Ph.D. - Chief Innovation Officer, DAC SA. Executive and consultant in R&D&I project, portfolio and strategy management. Since 2013 with DAC SA, where he is responsible for R&D programme management, international cooperation, and product and technology road-mapping in mobility, logistics, and industry 4.0 domain. In last ten years Mateusz has been involved in the development of ICT innovation ecosystems, including consulting for the biggest Polish ICT cluster “Interizon” and preparation of Regional Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialization (RIS3) in Pomerania, addressing “smart everything” technologies. Most recently, he is one of the initiators of 3HUB Pomeranian Digital Innovation Hub, which has been awarded in “Smart Factories in new EU countries” programme for EU-13 emerging hubs. Since 2017 Mateusz is a member of the Steering Board of ARTEMIS Industry Association. He also acts as Country Coordinator for Poland in Productive4.0, one of the largest EU-funded projects for industry 4.0.
Prof. Andrzej Borodziński, Department of Electrode Processes, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences is a co-author of 35 scientific papers published in international journals with H-index = 17 and citations around 1418. Holds PhD in Chemistry from the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS, Warsaw, Chemistry and DSc in Chemical Technology from Technical University in Szczecin. Author of a number of implementations to industry, such as palladium catalysts in „Blachownia” Kędzierzyn Chemical Works, Institute of Fertilisers in Puławy and on the second shelf of industrial reactor in Petrochemical and Refinery Works in Płock. Laureate of several scientific awards e.g. Award of Scientific Secretary of the Polish Academy of Sciences in 1978 and 1989, and the then Minister of Industry in 1990.
Zita Duchovskiene - a biologist by background Zita Duchovskiene joined the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of Lithuania after leading the Science and Innovation unit at the Ministry of Agriculture of Lithuania. Before this she worked at the Institute of Horticulture of Lithuania and did her PhD in flowering induction of biennial plants.
Salome Khachiauri – The Head of the Department of Innovation & Commercialization at Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA) that is a governmental agency for fostering innovation and technology in Georgia. Salome is experienced IP and commercialization manager with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration. Skilled in innovation policy and ecosystem, startups, managing grant and investment programs for innovative companies and startups, etc. Salome manages technology transfer program for commercialization of the applied research created within the universities and research institutions. Salome holds Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree focused in Intellectual Property Rights Law from Lund University in Sweden. Salome previously has been working in the field of environment and sustainable development.
Małgorzata Lewandowska-Szumiel, PhD, FBSE, is the Professor at the Medical University of Warsaw - the Founding Director of the Laboratory for Cell Research and Application and a Head of the Tissue Engineering Team at the Department of Histology and Embryology. Her research is focused on: tissue engineering, adult stem cells, biomaterials and scaffolds to control cell behavior prior-to-implantation. She was graduated from the Warsaw University of Technology in Materials Science and Engineering (M.Sc., Eng.), she earned her PhD and habilitation degrees in Medical Sciences and holds a Titular Professorship in Medicine. As a translational scientist, she is directing many interdisciplinary collaboration programs which involve materials scientists, biologists and clinicians. She published numerous scientific articles (awarded by the Polish Academy of Sciences) and invented several patents concerning original systems for cell culture and tissue engineering. She was engaged as an expert for the EU negotiations on the Regulation on advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMP). The Laboratory, which she governs, holds GMP certificate and authorization to produce cell-containing products for the clinical trials and application. She was a member of the Board for Polish-Norwegian Research Programme in 2007-2011 and a Chair for the Programme Committee in 2012-2017.
Anna Plater-Zyberk, PhD - Head of International Relations, Polish Academy of Sciences. Since February 2017 Anna has been coordinating international relations of the Polish Academy of Sciences. As the head of the unit she is responsible for recommendations on international policy, coordination of bilateral and multilateral cooperation of the Academy, as well as overseeing the activities of the PAS representation centers abroad. Currently, PAS has over 70 bilateral agreements and participates in over 60 international organisations or networks. PAS Centers abroad are located in 6 countries. In the years 2011-2016, prior to joining the Polish Academy of Sciences, Anna has been coordinating international cooperation of the National Science Center (NCN) – Polish governmental funding agency set up to fund basic research. Since the establishment of the Center Anna was responsible for developing its international portfolio, signing its first cooperation agreements and implementing Center’s first bilateral and multilateral calls for proposals. In the years 2007-2011, prior to her career in research management, Anna has been working in the industry sector.
Ivan Rakonjac graduated from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, later completed post-graduate (Master) studies in the field of industrial systems engineering at L’École Centrale Paris, along with courses in industrial innovation at the University of Bologna. Holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Belgrade. He has more than ten years of experience in the manufacturing sector, in the development and application of new products, quality control and production management. He managed numerous projects from the field of energy efficiency of public and urban lighting, as well as the environmental impact of lighting, comfort and safety of work areas and open public spaces. Rakonjac started his lecturing career at the College of Project Management in Belgrade. He is assistant professor at the Faculty of Project and Innovation Management, University EDUCONS. Since 2015, he is Managing Director of the Innovation Fund.
Katarzyna Walczyk-Matuszyk – Deputy Director in the National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the EU. She holds a post of the Coordinator of the NCP_WIDE.NET project (financed under Horizon 2020). Katarzyna is a member of the Strategic Committee and Programme Committee for SMEs and Access 2 Risk Finance at the European Commission. On a daily basis supports Centres of Excellence, research institutions, innovative SMEs, start-ups and large companies in obtaining funds for the development of research and innovation projects under Horizon 2020 and complementary funding. Her fields of specialization are innovation, cooperation industry-academia, synergies between EU financial sources and international cooperation. She has a long-lasting experience in management and implementation of the European projects financed under Framework Programmes (7th Framework Programme, Horizon 2020), Structural Funds and Norway Funds. One of the co-author of Polish Teaming 2 successful projects. Member of the Advisory Board in the ERA-LEARN 2020 project, member of several committees related to structural funds and complementary funding. Since 2015 President of the Association of the Top 500 Innovators, alumnus of the Top 500 Innovators Programme at Stanford Univeristy, Palo Alto, California.
“International cooperation - a powerful mechanism to enhance the competitiveness of domestic research sector”, 24 October, Warsaw
We are pleased to bring to your attention the first announcement of the NCBR conference: “International cooperation - a powerful mechanism to enhance the competitiveness of domestic research sector”.
Held on 24 October 2019 in Warsaw, the event will be a platform to exchange experience on research priorities viewed as the basis to initiate international cooperation. We will also aim to identify best ways of how to engage entrepreneurs in R&D projects, and highlight the achievements of R&D performing business and academia in international research projects. Panellists and speakers invited include representatives of the European Commission, SRI International, State of Nevada, V4 countries, research funding agencies in Europe and beyond, and, last but not least, project beneficiaries. The event will also be an indirect summary of NCBR international activities since its inception.
Maarja Adojaan - with background in molecular biology, Dr Adojaan has been active in research policy and strategic planning since 2011. She has worked on various positions in the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research and twice as national expert in the European Commission - in the European Research Council EA and in the DG RTD. Currently she is working as the Head of International Research Cooperation Department in Estonian Research Council and is responsible for designing and implementing various internationalization related activities and support measures. She is National Coordinator of Estonia’s H2020 NCPs, member of the EOSC Sustainability WG, member of ERA LEARN Advisory Board and COST CSO.
Dr Birgit Ditgens, head of unit "Cooperation with European Countries - Bilateral and Regional Cooperation". Dr. Birgit Ditgens holds a degree in chemistry and a PhD in engineering. Through her work at the University of Bonn, several project management agencies and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, she has many years of experience in European and international cooperation. Since 2009 she has been working for the project executing agency at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and is responsible, among other things, for bilateral cooperation with Israel, Turkey and multilateral cooperation with Africa and the Middle East. From 2013 to 2015, she was seconded to the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as a temporary staff member. There she was responsible for cooperation with Poland, Israel and various countries in Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe. From 2018 to 2019 she was head of the coordination group "North Africa, Middle East, Turkey". Since August 2019, she has been Head of the unit "Cooperation with European Countries - Bilateral and Regional Cooperation".
Umut Ege works for The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) since 2007 which is the leading agency for management, funding, and conduct of research in Turkey. A senior expert and program coordinator with a history of working in different departments in the field of coordinating research, development and innovation projects at TUBITAK. Has experienced in grant programs for researchers in Turkey and has knowledge of Turkish science and innovation ecosystem. Since January 2018, is the national contact point of TUBITAK for bilateral relations with Poland in science and technology projects. Conducted the third joint call for proposals with NCBR in 2018. As a member of Directorate for International Cooperation Department, Bilateral and Multilateral Relations Division, he is working as the Project Officer of TUBITAK for EUREKA Network Projects. A graduate of Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences, Public Finance department and got a Master degree from Hacettepe University in Finance.
Hong-wei Yen - Dr. Yen currently serves as the Director of Science and Technology Division, TECO, Prague, Czech Republic. Before this position, he was the Dean of International Office and a Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering Department, Tunghai University, Taiwan. He participated in several international cooperation projects, especially with the institutes in Southeast countries. He was also Director of Taiwan Education Center in Jakarta, Indonesia from 2016 to 2018. He earned the doctoral degree of Biosystems Engineering, Clemson University, USA in 2005.
Dr. Dmitrijs Stepanovs, deputy state secretary, director of Department of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia. Dr. chem. Dmitrijs Stepanovs has a research background in crystal chemistry, X-ray analysis and crystallography. He is currently the head of the department in charge of higher education and research policy, overseeing over 60 higher education and research institutions in Latvia. He has a keen interest in research and innovation policy, including planning and impact evaluation, global and regional developments, including the smart specialization strategy which aims to strengthen the innovation capacity of the Latvian economy. Dr. Stepanovs is also an Assistant Professor at the Riga Technical University and was formerly a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford. He has previously been affiliated with the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Center for Advanced Studies, Research and Development in Sardinia, and Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis where he has published most of his research.
Masaki Sato is Manager, Department of International Affairs since April, 2019. During his tenure at JST since 2001, he has worked in the Scientific and Technological Information Division. Then, he moved to Moscow, Russia in 2004 to work at International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) as Senior Technology Coordination Manager until the end of 2007. Then he returned to JST in 2008 and worked in STI division until 2015. Then he worked at JST Singapore Office as the director from September, 2015 to March, 2019. Prior to joining JST, he worked at NEC Telecom System Ltd. where he was mostly in charge of integrated circuit design for telecommunication equipment. His most important achievement at the time is described in the paper “A Jitter and Data Duty Distortion Tolerated PLL Circuit for 156-Mbps Burst-Mode Transmission”, 1998 Symposia on VLSI technology and Circuits, sponsoring by the IEEE Electron Devices Society and Solid-State Circuits Society, and the Japan Society of Applied Physics. He holds a master’s degree of Electric Engineering from Kogakuin University on 2002, and shortly studied in University of Hawaii on 1995 by the scholarship from NEC.
Roland Stephen, Ph.D., has more than 20 years of leadership and project management experience in policy analysis, strategic planning, and program design and evaluation. His work employs mixed methods to address complex questions in the areas of technology-based innovation and technology-intensive skills. Recent projects include a complex evaluation of a U.S. government program that supports energy audits, and a U.S. government program that supports innovation and entrepreneurship. His international work supports governments and large enterprises who want to invest wisely in applied research programs and institutions. He provides guidance on the design, management and measurement of advance research. Prior to joining SRI, Dr. Stephen lead several programs at the Institute for Emerging Issues, at North Carolina State University, where he was an associate professor in the School of Public and International Affairs. Dr. Stephen holds a Ph.D. in international and comparative political economy from UCLA, and a B.A. in history and economics from the University of Cambridge (UK).
Ivana Trkulja, International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (ICROFS), Aarhus University, Denmark, Programme Coordinator, ERA-NET CORE Organic. Ivana coordinates European transnational research network in organic food and farming systems under the ERA-NET CORE Organic. She has more than fifteen years of professional experience in project management and academic research. After completion of Ph.D. in Political Theory (LUISS University ‘Guido Carli’ of Roma) she participated in the international research projects as a part of her post-doctoral research. Ivana has worked as an independent expert for the European Commission on evaluation of research proposals and prior to joining ICROFS in 2016 she was engaged with project management in international organic sector.
Justyna Woźniakowska - Head of the International Cooperation Department at the National Science Centre. From 2011 until 2015 deputy director of the Centre. Before this appointment, for eight years head of the International Office at the Tischner European Univeristy in Krakow. Trainee at the European Commission (DG EAC) in 2004, participant of the International Visitor Leadership Programme (funded by US State Department) dedicated to higher education in the US (2008). Graduated in sociology (MA, Jagiellonian University 2000), European studies (MA, University of Exeter, 2001), Nationalism Studies (MA, Central European University, 2002) and Management in Public Administration (post-graduate certificate, Cracow University of Economics, 2012).