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.

Seamus Hegarty

Seamus Hegarty is a senior HR manager at CERN whose career development has taken him from a Physics degree to publications to HR work via an MBA. He has been involved in the M(S)C Actions at CERN since 2007 and has seen the end of FP6, all of FP7 and now the start of H2020. In addition to COFUND, CERN has been coordinator of ITNs, RTNs, individual fellowships and RISE.

Olivier Bouin

Olivier Bouin holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris), a Master in Political Science (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris) and a Master in International Economics (University of Paris).

Olivier Bouin was lecturer in economics at the University of Paris, researcher at the French Research Center in Social Sciences in Prague, and Senior Researcher for the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD, Paris). He has held positions as director of the French cultural and scientific services in Rome and Boston.

Alessandra LUCHETTI

Alessandra LUCHETTI is an agronomist graduated at the University of Perugia (Italy) with a specialisation in arboriculture. Between 1988 and 1992 she was research fellow at the CNR, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (National Research Council) at the Olive Oil Research Institute (Istituto per la Ricerca in Olivicoltura). In 1994 she joined the European Commission as project officer at the agro-industrial research unit of Directorate-General for Research where she was mainly responsible of research fields related to food raw material improvements and food consumer acceptance and needs. In 2001 she moved to the Directorate responsible for the implementation of the Human Resources and Mobility programme and was appointed successively Head of Sector for the Reintegration Grants and Deputy Head of the Unit “Marie Curie Actions-Fellowships”. In February 2011 she moved to the Directorate-General for Education and Culture where she became Head of the unit “Research careers; Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions”. In April 2015, she joined Research Executive Agency as a Head of Department for “Excellent Science”.

Helke Hillebrand

Dr. Helke Hillebrand studied Biology and Chemistry at Ruhr-University in Bochum, Germany. Following a year at the Institute Pasteur, where she worked on her diploma thesis, she returned to Ruhr-University to complete her Ph.D. in molecular plant physiology. She worked in multiple positions at BASF Plant Science starting out as a Senior Scientist and Group Leader before taking up positions of increasing responsibility in technology management. She then held the position of Spokeswoman for Investor Relations with BASF before moving to EMBL in 2008 in the position of Dean of Graduate Studies for the EMBL International Ph.D. programme. She was promoted in 2011 to become responsible for all internal training at EMBL (Ph.D. and Postdoctoral programmes) as the Academic Co-ordinator within EMBL’s International Centre for Advanced Training (EICAT). She frequently participates on external advisory boards and review panels for pre-and postdoctoral training initiatives across Europe.