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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).
Marie Couëdic
Marie Couëdic
Project leader
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).
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Raquel da Cunha
Communications and Events Manager
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.
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
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.
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.
Ines Montalvao
Ines Montalvao
Conference Experience Coordinator
Helsinki
Finland
In March 2021, I joined the Ecsite team as Conference Experience Coordinator, a challenge that I am very happy to engage in, with the goal of creating a meaningful and memorable experience for all attendees of the online conference this year. I am based in Helsinki since the beginning of 2017 where I have been working at Heureka, the Finnish science centre in Concept & Experience design and before that, I was part of the exhibitions team at the Pavilion of Knowledge - Ciência Viva, in Portugal. With a background in biology and a passion for art, I combine both, explore cross-disciplinary approaches, storytelling, illustration and innovative ways to create meaningful experiences. All this comes from an enthusiastic and dreamy way of being. I am a member of Ninho Kulttuurikeskus Ry, the International Society of Female Professionals (ISFP) and the Finnish Bioart Society. I am also one of the co-founders of MANDARINA Collective.
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 & Events Officer
Brussels
Belgium
I joined Ecsite in January 2020 as Communications and Events Officer. 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 Editor of the Spokes monthly magazine and I am involved in the Ecsite Annual Report.
Morgane Taillandier
Communication intern
France
My name is Morgane and I joined the Communications team at Ecsite at the beginning of March 2021 as an intern. I am currently in my second year of master in scientific communication at the University of Grenoble (France), and will be part of Ecsite's communication team for 5 months. Before my master, I studied biology at the University of Nantes, where I am from.