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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).
Florence Boivin
HR & Administration Manager
Belgium
I joined the Administration team at Ecsite this summer 2021, and I am currently HR and Administration Manager. I have extensive experience in these areas and in Finance, thanks to various collaboration with Brussels-based companies and International associations in sectors ranging from environment, science to health and human rights. In my spare time, I organise guided tours around architecture, and I also enjoy hiking.
Marie Couëdic
Marie Couëdic
Project Manager
Brussels
Belgium
As project leader, I'm mostly working on a project linked with the Ecsite Space group. I will also be working on the Ecsite Conference 2021. Previously Special projects assistant, I was in charge of Ecsite's advocacy activities regarding Horizon Europe, the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. 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).
Daphnie
Daphnie Daras
Membership and office Manager
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 Membership and Office Manager
Raquel da Cunha, Ecsite
Raquel da Cunha
Communications and Events Manager (on leave)
Brussels
Belgium
My first Ecsite Conference was in Trento, Italy, and I will never forget this first encounter with science engagement family - bright, warm, familiar and so much fun! I'm Ecsite's Communications and Events Manager since January 2020 but I have been in Ecsite’s communications team 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.
Wiktor Gajewski
Events Manager
Berlin
Germany
From explainer to events director – I did it all in my science centre career. Passionate about how science connects with other areas of culture. I am organizing #Ecsite2022 conference
Aleksandra Kowalska
Project Manager
Brussels
Belgium
Before joining the ECSITE team in 2020 I worked for over 8 years with the European projects and programmes aiming at building more inclusive, social and innovative Europe, in the public and social sectors. I hold two Master degrees, in History and Communication for Development. I am starting my journey of science engagement with the projects on open schooling (Schools as Living Labs, Make It Open), Sockets, RETHINK and the Space Group.
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 Manager
Brussels
Belgium
I am a project manager, currently working on 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.
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Alix Thuillier
Project Manager
Brussels
Belgium
I'm Alix, one of Ecsite's Project Managers. I support collaborative European projects in their communication and dissemination activities. I am currently working on SALL, Make it Open and socKETs. I also help Ecsite communications team. Prior to join Ecsite, I worked as a science communication and dissemination project manager for non-profit organizations in France and in Israel. I have a master degree in science communication from Grenoble University (France).
Anne Urger
Administrator
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.
Andrew Whittington-Davis
Andrew Whittington-Davis
Project Manager
I’m Andrew, one of Ecsite’s Project Manager's. My role here is to support Ecsite in delivering their commitments with funded projects across the European Union. I am currently working on four projects – SySTEM 2020, TechEthos, and GlobalSCAPE. 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.
Helen Wilks
Communications Manager
Brussels
Belgium
I joined Ecsite in January 2020 and I am now the Communications Manager for Ecsite. Before joining Ecsite, I worked in an International School in the Admissions department, helping and supporting new families with their move to Belgium and providing a point of contact for them. Before moving to Belgium, I worked in Animal Rescue, Retail Management and Communications. Prior to this I obtained my BA Honours degree in Modern European Languages (French, Italian and Spanish) at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and I now also speak Dutch. At Ecsite, I am the Editor of the Spokes quarterly magazine and monthly newsletter, and in charge of creating the Annual Reports.
Naiara Patti
Ecsite communication and events intern
Brussels
Belgium
I recently joined Ecsite as a communication and event intern for a few months. I am currently following a master degree in multilingual communication with a focus on international relations. Coming from a mixed family, the curiosity and the interest in discovering different cultures and languages is one of my main passions. I currently speak 5 languages, French, Italian, Spanish, English and Portuguese and I am still looking forward for more.