Career Pathways and Testimonies : Excellence in Context


Bodo Richter, Deputy Head of Unit – Innovation in education; European Institute of Innovation and Technology and Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions
Bodo Richter joined the European Commission in 1997. He has worked in the Directorates-General for Employment and Social Affairs as well as Education and Culture in the areas of training, communication, innovation, higher education and international organisations. Prior to taking his current assignment as deputy head of unit, Bodo was in charge of international education and training policy development with industrialised countries, in particular the EU-U.S. and EU-Canada co-operation agreements as well as the co-operation programmes with Australia and New Zealand. Currently, his main task is to drive the political strategy of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) as well as related aspects in the fields of mobility, training and career development of researchers, and to supervise the Research Executive Agency for all aspects related to the implementation of the MSCA and their legacy.
He studied at the University of Mannheim (Germany) and at the University of Waterloo (ON, Canada), specialising in French, Italian and German languages and literatures. Prior to joining the European Commission, Bodo worked for the German Ministry of Education on EU programmes in the fields of education, training, science and research and was a high school teacher and university research assistant in France, Canada and Germany.


Anjana Buckow is programme officer at the German Research Foundation (DFG) where she is in charge of research careers issues. This involves the participation in developing the DFG programme portfolio for young researchers, the provision of target group specific information as well as collaboration with stakeholders on the national and international level in improving the conditions for research careers.
She studied History, English Linguistics and French Literature at Marburg, London and Poitiers, and got her doctoral degree in Contemporary History from the Martin Luther University at Halle/S. Prior to joining the DFG head office in 2003, she had worked in marketing and communication.


Carole Chapin, currently completing her PhD in Comparative Literature, is the Vice-President of Eurodoc, the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers, since April 2015. An active member of the French national association of junior researchers, she has been involved for several years in Eurodoc, as the previous gender equality working group coordinator.

Eurodoc is an international federation of 32 national associations of early-stage-researchers, which objectives are : to represent doctoral candidates and junior researchers at the European level in matters of education, research, and professional development of their careers; to advance the quality of doctoral programmes and the standards of research activity in Europe; to promote the circulation of information on issues regarding junior researchers (take part in debates and assist the elaboration on policies); to establish and promote cooperation between national associations within Europe.


Siobhan Phillips is head of the European Science Foundation Evaluation Service and is a registered psychologist and evaluation practitioner. She has over twenty years policy research and evaluation experience and has produced reports that were published by the OECD, EU and several Irish government ministries. Her recent science/research evaluation experience includes international evaluations of the Hungarian Research Fund (OTKA) and of the Lithuanian Research Council. She is the primary author and methodological advisor of an international study of doctorate holders Career Tracking of Doctorate Holders – Investing in the future: are we supporting the right choices? This study generated articles in Science Careers, The Times Higher Educational Supplement and the London School of Economics Impact Blog 


Nina Unkovic, born in Split (Croatia), speaks four languages fluently (English, Italian, German and Slovenian with a written knowledge of Serbian Cyrillic).  Diploma in conservation of monuments and art history specializing in theory and methodology of conservation practice from the beginning of the 20th century until the end of the Second World War in the territory of ex-Yugoslavia. Eight years of experience as a conservator and three years as a lecturer. PhD at the faculty of philosophy, postgraduate studies in culturology, University of Zagreb with the theme ‘The conservation action Ljubo Karaman in Dalmatia from 1919 to 1941’. From 2013-2017 NEWFELPRO Marie Curie Fellow, Host Institution: Faculty of arts, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and return host institution: Faculty of humanities and social sciences, University of Split (Croatia). 
Published 24 papers in international magazines, pending on two papers, writing a book ‘History of Slovenian conservation from 1913-1941’ and a member of two committees for international conferences.  Recipient of nine scholarships (for Graduate and Postgraduate studies) and three Getty Travel Scholarships. Member of Slovenian Art History Association and ICOMOS Slovenia