Minister for Higher Education and Research 


Secretary General, Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) 


Member of the European Parliament for Luxembourg’s Green Party


Denis Crowley, Head of Unit at the European Commission, holds degrees from University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin.  He has worked in the European Commission since 1997 after an earlier career in the Irish public service. His work in the Commission has been on social policy and more recently education and training, areas where freedom of movement has been an important issue.Within the Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture, he was up until very recently responsible for addressing citizens’ queries regarding the rights of cross-border students.
He is currently Head of Unit with responsibility for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions for researcher mobility; the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT); and for policy on innovation in education.


Nicklas Bergman has spent the last 20+ years working as an entrepreneur and investor with a focus on emerging technologies, currently through roughly 20 direct and indirect technology investments. He spends his days living and breathing high tech, searching for new oppotunities arising from the ever changing technological landscape. As a futurist and speaker, he tries to understand where we are heading, and if society will be able to handle the upcoming tech storm. He is about to publish a book on the topic, Surviving the Tech Storm: Strategy in Times of Technological Uncertainty. Nicklas Bergman is also Scandinavian advisor to the TechCast Technology Think Tank in Washington DC, and here he is working in a world-wide network of scientists, policy makers and business executives with the aim of understanding the impact of disruptive technologies. Further, as part of an emerging research project at Lund University in Sweden, Nicklas Bergman is focusing on humankind’s relationship to technology and technological development, and more specific on the business implications of multi-disciplinary and transformative emerging technologies in the coming 5 to 50 years.

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Beate Scholz has worked internationally as a strategy consultant, trainer, and coach since 2003. Until April 2008, she was a program director for research careers at the German Research Foundation. Her work focuses on research career development as well as on international research collaborations. She serves as a reviewer to several research organisations as well as expert to the European Commission and the OECD. She has been principal advisor to the European Science Foundation’s Career Tracking and Monitoring Platform, and is a member of a worldwide network conducting research on doctoral education. Since 2013, she acts as an invited expert of the Max Planck Presidential Commission for the Evaluation of the Max Planck Society’s Research Career Strategy.