External Advisory Board

The External Advisory Board (EAB)
provides unbiased external judgment on the efficiency and effectiveness of the Programme and, if any shortcoming emerges, suggests adequate corrective actions or mitigating measures to the EB. The EAB comprises internationally recognized scientists as well as independent experts on doctoral training supervision, Career development and Research project evaluation. The EAB members include:

3 internationally recognized scientists, 1 for each scientific domain:

Prof. Jeremy Bradshaw, University of Bath, UK (LS)

Jeremy Bradshaw has an MA in Zoology and a DPhil in Biophysics, both from the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, where he chaired the Biomedical Sciences Committee. Beginning with his own doctorate, Jeremy’s whole career has been devoted to doctoral education. For a quarter of his career, he has carrier institutional-level responsibility for doctoral education, first as Assistant Principal Research Development at The University of Edinburgh, then as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Doctoral and International) at the University of Bath. Now semi-retired, Jeremy is a Consultant in Higher Education, advising universities around the World on various aspects of doctoral education. He is also a magistrate and a school governor.

Prof. Jurriaan Huskens, University of Twente, Netherlands (PE)

Jurriaan Huskens (1968) obtained his PhD at the Delft University of Technology with Herman van Bekkum in 1994. Since 2005, he is full professor “Molecular Nanofabrication” at the University of Twente. He received the Gold Medal 2007 of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society, and a Fellowship of the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, UK (2019). Present research interests: multivalency, (bio)sensing, supramolecular chemistry at interfaces, nanofabrication, and green chemistry.

Prof. Leonor Pena Chocarro, CSIC – Spanish National Research Council, Spain (SH);

Leonor Peña-Chocarro is Research professor at the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid. Her research focuses on the origins of agriculture and the role of plants in past subsistence through archaeobotany. She is currently investigating plant foods in medieval Iberia, analyzing seeds and fruits from different cultural contexts (Christian, Islamic and Jewish) within the framework of an ERC Advanced Grant, MEDAPP (Medieval Appetites: food plants in multicultural Iberia) that she coordinates.

1 representative of the non-academic sector:

Dr. Carla Marchioro, VP, Scientific Director – Evotec

Carla Marchioro, who holds a Laurea in Chemistry (Hons.) as well as a Nuclear Chemistry Advanced Master in Nuclear Chemistry from the University of Padua, is an Organic Chemist by training with more than 35 years of experience in several areas of R&D in the Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemistry sectors such as Structural Techniques, Analytical Sciences, Informatics, Drug Discovery, Process Research and Development and Manufacturing. Carla is now working at Evotec as VP, Scientific Director to ensure scientific leadership to drug discovery scientists (primarily within UK, France and Italy) comprised of experts in refining and applying in silico tools and cutting-edge computational approaches to creative molecular design, synthesis and analysis to expedite the delivery of higher quality drug candidates.

1 expert on evaluation, education and training:

Dr. Dragana Avramov, Scientific Coordinator – Network of Experts working on the Social dimension of Education and Training (NESET)

Dragana Avramov is Director of Population and Social Policy Consultants (PSPC), Brussels, scientific coordinator of the European Commission Network of Experts on Social Dimension of Education and training (NESET), and Vice-President of the Union of International Associations (UIA). Publications include over 70 scientific articles and 15 books including the co-authored forward-looking “Global Europe 2050” published by EC, and “Evolution Science and Ethics in the Third Millennium”, published by Springer.

1 expert of Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) and C&C:

(Foto) Dr. Luis Rovira Pato, Director of Institution of Research Centers of Catalonia – CERCA

Lluís Rovira (1968) is Director of CERCA, Institution devoted to coordinate the research activity of the R&D Institutes promoted by the Catalan government. He is PhD on Biology by the University of Barcelona, 1998. One of his main concerns now is the 3rd evaluation of each of the 42 CERCA institutes in Catalonia, through international panels, which will finish at the end of 2024. He is at the same time HRS4R assessor for the European Commission since 2015 and trainer for new assessors.

1 expert of Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) and C&C:

Dr. Luis Rovira Pato, Director of Institution of Research Centers of Catalonia – CERCA

Lluís Rovira (1968) is Director of CERCA, Institution devoted to coordinate the research activity of the R&D Institutes promoted by the Catalan government. He is PhD on Biology by the University of Barcelona, 1998. One of his main concerns now is the 3rd evaluation of each of the 42 CERCA institutes in Catalonia, through international panels, which will finish at the end of 2024. He is at the same time HRS4R assessor for the European Commission since 2015 and trainer for new assessors.