Euraxess Reflex


Project is part of the activities of the EURAXESS Network

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 643510.

Speakers and facilitators


Alexandra BITUŠÍKOVÁ is an Associate Professor at Matej Bel University (UMB) in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, and a Senior Adviser to the EUA Council for Doctoral Education in Brussels, Belgium. She is author of more than 100 publications on urban anthropology, diversity, gender, social and cultural change in Central Europe, and doctoral education in Europe. From 2003 to 2008 she worked at the European University Association (EUA) in Brussels where she was responsible for activities related to doctoral education reform and young researchers’ careers in Europe. She was fully engaged in the process of the establishment of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) in 2008. Since then she has been working at EUA-CDE as a senior adviser in the field of doctoral education while pursuing her academic career. Back in Slovakia, she has become the Slovak national delegate in the H2020 SC6 Programme Committee and the national delegate in the Helsinki Group on Gender Equality in Research and Innovation.


Mark DE VOS is a Senior International Mobility Consultant at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a Dutch anthropologist using his international working experience from Ghana, India and China to assist international researchers coming to Denmark. He is responsible for the University of Copenhagen’s Dual Career ~ Spouse Network, develops and holds cultural courses and works with several EURAXESS projects, such as the REFLEX project on researchers career development.  


Fabienne GAUTIER is the Head of the Unit 'Open Science and European Research Area (ERA) Policy' in the European Commission (DG Research and Innovation). The unit supports the development and implementation of the European Research Area policy, in partnership with Member States and stakeholders' organisations.  From 2008 to 2011 she was Deputy Head of the Administration and Finance Unit of the Directorate in charge of Science, Economy and Society. From 2003 to 2008 she was a project and a policy officer responsible for several projects for the 7th Framework Programme. She has a Master degree in Law (France), a certificate in European Law from the European Institute in Saarbrücken (Germany), and an Advanced Master in Information Technology and Communication Law from the University of Namur (Belgium).


Fredrik HARALDSEN received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Miami and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama before taking up the SASPRO/Marie Curie fellowship at the Slovak Academy of Sciences in July 2014. He works primarily on questions in philosophy of language and formal semantics and has published several articles on these topics. Currently, he is working on a book on proper names for Springer.


Sibylle HODEL GUTHRIE is a deputy head and senior research advisor of EU GrantsAccess and EURAXESS Zurich. MA in Sociology. Advising researchers for more than 15 years at ETH Zurich and University of Zurich. Her extensive project management and coaching skills have led her to become a trainer for Marie Curie fellows, ERC Grantees and other Postdocs at the two Universities in Zurich. Ms. Hodel is responsible for the EURAXESS dossier at ETH Zurich a member of the EURAXESS Network Management Working Group at the EC. She is a work package leader in REFLEX and the EURAXESS TOPIII project in H2020.


Sébastien HUBER is Senior Policy Officer at the Science Europe Office where he is in charge of Research Careers, and Gender and Diversity. Science Europe is the association of major European Research Funding Organisations and Research Performing Organisations in Europe. His responsibilities also include managing the Cross-border Collaboration files at Science Europe. Prior to joining Science Europe, Sébastien Huber was the manager of a European-African scientific cooperation programme funded by the French Foreign Affairs Ministry which focused on intensifying relations between research communities in those two regions and strengthening the capacities of researchers.  Sébastien Huber has also worked at the Brussels Office of CNRS, the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, where he was monitoring European research policies and co-ordinating with European research stakeholders.


Katarína KOŠŤÁLOVÁ is one of the founders and current Executive Director of SAIA, n. o. (the Slovak Academic Information Agency). Prior to joining SAIA full-time (1992) she served as the Head of the International Office of the College of Performing Arts (1982-1990) in Bratislava. In 1990-1991 she was the North American desk-officer at the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic. During these years she also coordinated the programme Education for Democracy, which has placed more than 1,500 volunteer teachers of English from the U.S.A., Canada and Great Britain throughout Slovakia. She has been instrumental in building EURAXESS Slovakia as part of the European initiative EURAXESS. Researchers in Motion. From 2014 she has been a national delegate to the Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing EU Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020 – Configuration ‘European Research Council (ERC), Future and Emerging Technologies (FET), and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)´, covering MSCA.


Alessandra LUCHETTI is an agronomist graduated at the University of Perugia, IT. Between 1988 and 1992 she was research fellow at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche and at the 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. She was mainly responsible for 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, as the Head of Sector for the Reintegration Grants and later on the Deputy Head of the Unit "Marie Curie Actions-Fellowships". In February 2011 she moved to the Directorate-General for Education and Culture as the Head of the unit "Research careers; Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions". In April 2015, she joined Research Executive Agency and she became the Head of Department for "Excellent Science".


Stein MORTENSHOLM works as an adviser on events and public affairs in the Communications Division at NTNU. His educational background is within media science and journalism. Mortensholm has gathered seventeen years of experience in the media and has been part of more than 1.000 live broadcasts on television and radio as a host, reporter, producer, news anchor and commentator. At NTNU he produces major seremonies, such as the enrolment ceremony with more than 8.000 people, both as an event and as a direct broadcast for television which media outlets are allowed to distribute. He also hosts seminars, conferences, and broadcasted shows within research communication (Researcher's Grand Prix). 


Michaela MUSILOVÁ is an astrobiologist with a research focus on life in extreme environments (extremophiles). She holds a PhD degree from the University of Bristol, UK and an MSc degree from both University College London, UK and the California Institute of Technology, USA (completed with First Class Honours and a Dean of Science commendation). Michaela is also a graduate from the International Space University's Space Studies Program (ISU SSP), 2015. Michaela’s space research experience includes working at the: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; on NASA’s and the UK Space Agency’s MoonLite project; at the University of London Observatory; and being an analogue astronaut at the Mars Desert Research Station, USA. She is currently the vice-chair of the Slovak Organisation for Space Activities (SOSA), a visiting lecturer for ISU SSP 2016 and the senior research advisor for Mission Control Space Services Inc..


Ádám MOLNÁR is a Head of the Academic Networking Department of BZN, EU project manager since 2005. He has been actively involved in the activities of EURAXESS since 2008. He contributed to the set-up of the Hungarian EURAXESS network, currently consisting of 14 institutions. He was project manager/work package leader of the FP7 projects E*Care, EURAXESS TOP and EURAXESS TOPII. In E*Care, he prepared the country report on the barriers mobile researchers face when entering or leaving Hungary. He has regularly represented Hungary on the European level, in EURAXESS BHO meetings and working groups, since 2008. Currently he is the coordinator of the Horizon 2020 project EURAXESS TOP III, and is actively involved in REFLEX and EURAXIND.


Ewelina PABJAŃCZYK-WLAZŁO is a social activist supporting women in science, a science popularizer - one of the founders of Boost Biotech Poland promoting life science sector, certified project manager and a doctoral candidate at Lodz University of Technology (Poland), also working as PR Officer in Autex Research Journal. She pursues her doctoral thesis in the area of biomaterials, dealing with polymer and composite biomaterials based on hyaluronic acid. She graduated from Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering at LUT (Poland) and International Business Management at L’INSEEC Alpes-Savoie (France). Experienced in self-governance of doctoral candidates at national and international level, with particular interests put on gender equality and business - academia collaboration, she currently holds a function of the President of European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers - an international federation of 32 national organisations of early stage researchers from Europe.


Olga PARDO ESHER works as internal consultant, coach and trainer at ETH Zurich.  She focuses on  teambuilding and facilitating change at the level of research group, institute and department, career counseling for academics, leadership development for academics, project management for research, coaching and conflict management. She has a PhD in Applied Psychology (University of Zurich) and MsC in Psychology, Business Administration and English Linguistics (University of Zurich). She received further training in systemic organizational counselling and coaching

Bregt SAENEN works as Policy & Project Officer in the Institutional Development Unit of the European University Association, focusing on the development and coordination of the Council for Doctoral Education. Prior to joining EUA, Bregt worked for a number of Brussels-based policy organisations, including DG EMPL of the European Commission and the EU offices of SOLIDAR and the International Labour Organization. He also worked as a Doctoral Researcher at the Centre for EU Studies of Ghent University and spent time as a Visiting Researcher at the Center for Global Affairs of New York University. Bregt holds a PhD degree in EU Studies from Ghent University, as well as an MS degree in EU Studies and MA and BA degrees in History from the same university.


Ján TKÁČ received his Ph.D. degree in biotechnology in 2000 from Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia, and D.Sc. degree in analytical chemistry in 2011 from Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava, Slovakia. He has done a few postdoctoral stays at Linkoping University, Sweden (2001−2003), Lund University, Sweden (2003−2006), and Oxford University, UK (2006−2008). Currently, he is a Head of Department of Glycobiotechnology and Head of the scientific council at the Institute of Chemistry, Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava, Slovakia. His research activities cover use of nanotechnology in the construction of various devices for applications in the field of glyconomics and diagnostics of a variety of diseases, including prostate cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and systemic sclerosis. A team led by Dr. Tkáč is examining the "sweet cover" on the surface of the cell that communicates with other cells, as well as bacteria and viruses. In this way, they are able to detect many diseases at an early stage.  He was the recipient of an Individual Marie-Curie Fellowship (2003−2006), and currently he is the holder of an ERC Starting Grant (2013−2017). He was awarded as The Slovak Scientist of the year 2015.


Kathrine VANGEN works as International Senior Adviser at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Kathrine has established NTNU EURAXESS  Service Center a long standing Centre. She also worked for the Research Council of Norway (RCN) BHO for Norway for a while. Kathrine has her background from HR and Organizational Development for The Norwegian Directorate of Labor where she also worked with career development. Kathrine has European level experience through various positions and organizations within Higher Education, some as director and board member. She has been a member of the Networking Management Working Group of the EURAXESS /EC since 2010 and been actively involved and contributing to in conferences and workshops, both on national and international level within the field of researcher’s mobility and the later years including researchers career though REFELX and TOP III. Kathrine has been living abroad for several years and has an educational background in the fields of Political Science and Economics.

Lukáš ZENDULKA graduated from the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia and Université Pierre Mendès-France in Grenoble, France, in the field of trade and marketing. During his university studies, he worked in the field of promotion of Science and Technology, with the connection to the R&D related Information Systems running in Slovak Republic. Since finishing his studies, he has been building his professional career at the Division of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic, when he continued at first to work with the Information Systems on R&D. Currently, Lukáš is in charge of the management of ESFRI infrastructures in Slovakia, and the agenda of Human Resources development in R&D. He has been involved in the work of ERA Steering Group on the Human Resources and Mobility (ERA SGHRM) and its Working Group on Education and Skills.

Last modified: 2016-10-27