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The Ecsite Team

Executive Director
Catherine Franche
Executive Director
Brussels
Belgium
I am the Executive Director of Ecsite. Under my leadership, the Ecsite Conference has grown to become the largest science engagement event in Europe and Ecsite has firmly established itself as a trend setting platform and as a key stakeholder on the European stage. Before I joined Ecsite in 2006, I was working for the Office de Coopération et d’Information Muséographiques (OCIM, France) as a Training coordinator. From 1992 to 1994, I was Professional development coordinator and then Executive director of the Société des Musées Québécois. I have also worked in architecture and art museums in Canada and managed cultural events such as jazz festivals. I hold an MBA in cultural management from HEC Montréal (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales).
Julie Becker, Ecsite
Julie Becker
Communications and Events Manager
Brussels
Belgium
I am Ecsite's Communications and Events Manager. Among others this make me the Editor of the Spokes magazine and a member of the Ecsite Conference Programme Committee. Before joining Ecsite in 2014, I was an exhibition developer for ten years: first on the museum side (Natural History Museum London and Royal Museum for Central Africa Belgium), then on the agency side. I'm interested in storytelling and public engagement across all media and I'm a big advocate of our field's role in shaping more open-minded and more sustainable societies. I hold a Museum Studies MA from Leicester University (UK).
Marie Couëdic
Marie Couëdic
Special Projects Assistant
Brussels
Belgium
As Special Projects Assistant, I'm mostly working on Ecsite's advocacy regarding Horizon Europe, the next European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. I'm also part of the Communications team, contributing to the Spokes magazine. I first joined Ecsite as a Communications intern as part of my Masters' degree in Scientific Culture & Communication (University Grenoble Alpes, France). I also hold a Research Masters' degree in Plant Biology & Chemistry from the University of Poitiers (France).
Raquel da Cunha, Ecsite
Raquel da Cunha
Events and Communications Officer & Project Manager
Brussels
Belgium
I have been Ecsite’s Events and Communications Officer since March 2015. Before Ecsite, I was a doctoral researcher in Neurobiology and I founded and organised Patients Meet Scientists, a platform to bring researchers and patients together. At Ecsite, I also manage a EU-funded project: Nano2All, an initiative to help establish the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) policy and governance on nanotechnologies.
Daphnie
Daphnie Daras
Administrative and Communications Assistant
I first joined Ecsite as a Communications Intern during my studies in Multilingual Communication and International Relations at ULB. Once I graduated, I had the opportunity to work at Ecsite as a Project Assistant. For 1.5 years I worked on three EU-funded projects: HEIRRI, ERC=Science², and EU-Citizen.Science. After this enriching project management experience, I am now Ecsite's Administrative and Communications Assistant.
Carmen Fenollosa
Carmen Fenollosa
Senior Project Manager
Brussels
Belgium
I am a senior Project Manager at Ecsite where I manage a number of project including ERC=Science2, FIT4FOOD and RETHINK. I also work in SISCODE and GRACE. Before joining Ecsite, I spent most of my professional career working in the cultural and creative industries field. More specifically I was the Managing Director of the Spanish Network of Independent Record Labels and the Independent Music Awards. I have a degree in Economics and hold a Master in Cultural institutions management.
Cristina
Cristina Paca
Project Manager
As a Project Manager, I deliver Ecsite's commitments in EU-funded transnational projects. Currently, I am working with several members of our network in the projects NANO2ALL, FIT4FOOD2030 and spaceEU, while also providing support to the Ecsite thematic group on Space. Before joining Ecsite in March 2017, I was involved in a host of cultural initiatives, from organising student exchanges, to debating and public speaking, to working in library services. I hold a BA in Politics, Psychology and Sociology from the University of Cambridge (UK) and studied European and East Asian affairs in Belgium and Japan.
Lucie Steigleder
Lucie Steigleder
Project Assistant
Brussels
Belgium
I am a project assistant, currently assisting with two EU-funded projects: EU.Citizen-Science and SISCODE, after having been Administrative and Communications Assistant for one year. I joined Ecsite as a Communications Intern during my studies in Scientific Communication at the Université de Strasbourg (France). Before that, I had the chance to study bird behaviour in Australia for my MSc in Ecophysiology and Ethology from the same university.
Anne Urger
Administrator (currently on leave)
Brussels
Belgium
I am Ecsite's Administrator. Before I joined Ecsite in 2012, I was one of the partners at a graphic design agency. I'm a historian by training.
Jaime Valle
Communications and Events Intern
Mariette Wennmacher
Administrative Manager
Brussels
Belgium
As Administrative Manager at Ecsite, I take care of our memberships, Office Management and registrations for the Ecsite Conference. Before joining Ecsite in 2013, I was Information and Office Manager at the DaimlerChrysler Corporate Office in Brussels for 19 years and Secretary General of the European Metal Union for 5 years. I am an Alderwoman in my town's municipal council. Socially engaged, I love sharing my passion for knitting and hooking by organising workshops for charity purposes and am an ambassador at a hospital for the "hooked octopuses" project for premature babies. I speak seven languages: Luxemburgish, German, French, Dutch, English, Italian and Russian and am a graduated translator in French-Italian-Russian.
Andrew Whittington-Davis
Andrew Whittington-Davis
Project and Communications Assistant
I’m Andrew, one of Ecsite’s Project and Communications Assistant. My role here is to support Ecsite in delivering their commitments with funded projects across the European Union. I am currently assisting with three projects – SISCODE, SySTEM 2020 and GRACE. Prior to moving to Brussels I completed an MSc in Science, Media and Communication at Cardiff University (UK), whilst working as a medical researcher and a science communicator at Techniquest Science Centre. My interests lie in bringing people closer to science, especially through the medium of film.
Maria Zolotonosa
Maria Zоlоtоnоsа
Senior Project Manager
Brussels
Belgium
I am a Senior Project Manager at Ecsite. I look after our EU-funded projects from proposal development to project coordination. Currently, I am involved in the SySTEM 2020 project which is looking at the field of out-of-school learning in Europe. Previously, I was coordinating the Ecsite-led Sparks project, which involved the management of a Europe-wide touring exhibition on citizen science. Before relocating to Brussels, I was working at an arts consultancy in the UK where I was in charge of writing grant applications and implementing various UK lottery-funded heritage and education projects. I hold an MA in European Cultural Policy and Management from the University of Warwick.