The European Commission announces top experts to shape Horizon Europe missions:
EU Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas has now announced the experts who, as members of the "Mission Boards", will play a decisive role in shaping the five major European research and innovation missions. The missions are part of Horizon Europe, the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2021-2027). Among the experts announced are four from Austria.
Today, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas announced the names of the experts who have been selected as members* of the mission boards to work on five major European research and innovation missions. The missions will be part of Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation programme (2021-2027). This follows the announcement of the Chairs of the mission boards made at the Informal Council for Research Ministers in Helsinki, Finland.
Each mission board consists of 15 experts, including the chair. They will identify the first possible specific missions on cancer, climate change, healthy oceans, climate-neutral cities and healthy soil and food by the end of 2019. In addition, for each mission an assembly will be established, gathering a larger number of high-level experts. The assemblies provide an additional pool of ideas, knowledge and expertise that will be actively called upon to contribute to the success of the five missions.
Four experts from Austria actively participate in the EU missions. The members of the "Mission Boards" from Austria are:
Alfred Grand (VERMIGRAND Naturprodukte GmbH) - Mission Board for Soil Health and Food
Ruth Ladenstein (St. Anna Children's Hospital) - Mission Board for Cancer
Martin Russ (AustriaTech - Gesellschaft des Bundes für technologiepolitische Maßnahmen GmbH) - Mission Board for Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities
Maria Vassilakou (former Deputy Mayor of Vienna) - Mission Board for Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities
Over 2100 individuals from across the EU and beyond applied to become member of a mission board. The selection process ensured that the boards are composed of creative and highly motivated experts from a wide range of backgrounds, including academics, innovators, civil society, industry, finance and end-users.