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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).
Greta Alliaj
Associate Project Manager
I’m Greta and I joined Ecsite’s team in May 2022 as an Associate Project Manager. Prior to that I gained professional experience in EU project management and communication at the European Parliament in Strasbourg and in several NGOs in Brussels. I hold a BA in Intercultural and Linguistic Mediation and a MA in Conference Interpreting from the University of Bologna and an advanced MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe in Natolin.
Clara Boissenin
Project manager
As Project Manager at Ecsite, I coordinate our contribution to various EU-funded projects, working alongside several Ecsite members. In particular, I am involved in the SocKETs and GlobalSCAPE projects. Prior to joining Ecsite in October 2022, I developed skills in stakeholder & citizen engagement as well as moderation and communication by working on various Horizon 2020 projects around topics including circular economy, rural & urban development, critical raw materials, bioeconomy, biodiversity restoration... I also provided my expertise to multiple EU institutions, supporting their engagement activities.
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.
Stephanos Cherouvis
Senior Project Manager
Brussels
Belgium
I have a PhD in Philosophy of Science and a long interest and experience in smart practices, in supporting teachers, researchers and policy makers to become change agents and in community building in education across Europe, mostly in the context of large-scale European projects.
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).
Raquel da Cunha, Ecsite
Raquel da Cunha
Strategic Project Manager
Brussels
Belgium
(not updated just yet) 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
Roxanne Gillon
Membership & Communications Assistant
Brussels
Belgium
I joined Ecsite in February 2022 as Communications & Events Intern. I am now working as Membership & Communications Assistant, mainly working on the #Ecsite2023 Business Bistro and assisting with Ecsite's memberships. I hold a degree in Biology from Sorbonne University and in Science Communications from Grenoble Alpes University. I nourish a deep love for NHM and I regularly write popular science articles on various platforms. You can exchange with me in English, French or Italian.
Nicola Hamilton
Senior Communications Manager
Brussels
Belgium
Nick Murray
Communications Assistant
Brussels
Belgium
I recently joined Ecsite as a communications intern after moving to Brussels from Glasgow where I studied a master's in Political Communication. In my free time I like to play trivia games, attempt cryptic crosswords and run while listening to podcasts about politics, science, economics and history.
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.
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.
Nino Tsurtsumia
Events & Administration Trainee
Brussels
Belgium
I joined Ecsite in January 2023 as an Events & Administration trainee for the Annual Conference in Malta. Previously, I graduated from Master's Program of EU International Relations and Diplomacy at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. Before completing my second Master's Degree in Bruges, I worked as a Public Relations Manager in the publishing field in my home country of Georgia. I hold a BA in Social Sciences and a MA (hons) in Applied Foreign Languages and International Negotiations. I am passionate about events management and communications.