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Margit Noll is Chair of the Management Board of JPI Urban Europe since 2015. She has been involved in the development of the JPI Urban Europe from the beginning in 2009 and is in charge of the strategic development and the implementation of the programme, comprising international outreach, establishment of strategic partnerships and of a stakeholder involvement. Margit has 15 years’ experience in research management and strategy development. Until 2016 she was also responsible for Corporate Strategy at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. She has a PhD in physics and a MBA in general management. Margit is employed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG
Arjan van Binsbergen is member of the JPI Urban Europe Management Board since 2013 and responsible for the Joint Calls. He has been involved in JPI Urban Europe from the beginning in 2009, first as representative for the Netherlands’ funding agency Dinalog, later as chairman of the Funding Agencies Working Group (FAWG).
Arjan has some 15 year experience in supporting interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary programmes. He was managing director of the Netherlands Research School for Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics (TRAIL), (part time) international project coordinator for the Dutch Institute of Advance Logistics (Dinalog), member of the management teams of the Netherlands BSIK research programmes on ‘Transition to Sustainable Mobility’ (TRANSUMO) and ‘Next Generation Infrastructures’ (NGI), and the Academic Centre TransPort (ACTP). His was advisor for strategic transport and mobility plans of the Netherlands Ministry of Transport and various transport conferences.
Arjan studied Civil Engineering (MSc, 1992) and received his PhD (2001, Delft University of Technology) on the topic of freight distribution in urban areas. He is employed by the Delft University of Technology and from there seconded to NWO, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. At the TU Delft he is associated professor and executive secretary of the Transport Institute.
Colette Bos joined the JPI Urban Europe Management board in 2015 ever since she joined NWO, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. Colette is responsible for new instruments and framework conditions that allow for better co-creative research and for non-linear innovation models. Her PhD thesis at Utrecht University investigated the articulation of large societal goals (such as sustainability) in science and how these societal goals are used for legitimacy in science. At NWO she also coordinates the Dutch National Research Agenda program office, which aims for a close collaboration between science, society and industry.
Katarina Schylberg is a member of JPI Urban Europe management since 2015 leading the communication and dissemination activities with a particular focus on organizing events and dissemination of results from research projects and JPI UE activities. Katarina is employed at IQS (The Swedish Centre for Innovation and Quality in the Built Environment) since September 2012 and has been involved in JPI Urban Europe since 2013. She has twenty years of experience of working in the field of urban sustainable development, from private and public sector, most recently as a special advisor at the Swedish Delegation for Sustainable Cities (2008-2012) appointed by the Swedish government. Katarina holds a MA in Landscape Architecture from the Swedish Agricultural University and a research licentiate degree in Architecture and Infrastructure from Luleå University of Technology.
Jonas Bylund is part of the JPI Urban Europe Management Board since 2013. His main responsibility is science-policy communication and to develop urban research and innovation funding calls with affiliated funding agencies as well as strategic other initiatives. Since 2013 he is also employed at IQS, the Swedish Centre for Innovation and Quality in the Built Environment. He is trained in human geography and social anthropology, with a specific research focus on the knowledge practices in planning and environmental sciences. His PhD thesis Planning, Projects, Practice (2006) investigated a national investment programme concerning new environmental technologies in the case of Stockholm urban development and was an attempt to translate actor-network theory into planning studies. He is an experienced lecturer in urban and regional planning, with a particular focus on epistemology and ontology in the social sciences. He is also a consultant with Urbanalys.
Gilda Massa is member of JPI Urban Europe Management Board from 2016 as responsible of Alignment Activities. Gilda is an Engineer ( Management Engineer ) and she worked for the International Labour Organization as coordinator of activity for international cooperation of Campania Region and senior expert for strategical analysis of National and Regional Programmes with the aim of strengthen opportunity and synergies. Since 2006 she is a researcher in ENEA, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, and is in charge of projects of interoperability and optimization of industrial networks.
Anne Ruas is member of JPI Urban European Management Board since 2017 as Coordinator of UERA, the JPI UE research alliance of JPI Urban Europe. Anne is an Engineer Geographer, specialist in Geomatics. She was trained at the French National Mapping Agency (IGN) where she made research and lead a research laboratory for 11 years. She managed several research projects including one on urban sprawl simulation, (GeOpenSim), one on relationships between the evolution of population and equipment (GeoPeuple) and recently one on urban climate (RepExtrem). She is currently animating research at the French research institute for Transport, Development and Network (IFSTTAR) on sustainable cities and she is the coordinator of the Sense-city climatic chamber to perform experiences on small district to improve knowledge on sensors, models and material for cities.
Romi Sasse studied geo-ecology with a special focus on meteorology and climate science. Her PhD thesis addressed the question of how the hydrological cycle responds to changing weather conditions and land surface characteristics. Romi continued to investigate future climate variability and extreme events as Postdoc. Moreover, she was responsible for coordination and communication activities in national research initiatives. After two years in a consultancy agency dealing with water and wastewater management, Romi started to work at the Project Management Jülich in June 2016 where she supports national applicants in preparing proposal for Horizon 2020 funding. In addition, Romi is in charge of programme management activities within the JPI Urban Europe.
Johannes Riegler started working with the JPI Urban Europe Management Board in 2012. As an assistant to the Chair of the Management Board, his work spans from strategic issues, stakeholder involvement process development and implementation to the preparing and facilitating JPI Urban Europe related events and activities. Furthermore, he is involved in the H2020 funded URBAN-EU-CHINA project where he ensures the exchange and communication between JPI Urban Europe and the project. Johannes holds a B.Sc. in Geography and Regional Science as well as a MA in the UNICA 4cities Urban Studies programme. He conducted his studies in Brussels, Vienna, Copenhagen, Madrid, Budapest and Klagenfurt. Johannes is employed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG.
Magnus Brink is Communication Officer at IQS with a main focus on Urban Europe. Before joining IQS he gained international experience at the Embassy of Sweden in Berlin as Communication officer and Graphic Designer, among other for exhibitions about architecture and innovation. He joined the Stockholm University Library subsequently broadening his field as a Business consultant at the Swedish-German Chamber of Commerce in Stockholm. Magnus holds degrees in Human Geography and Journalism from Lund University.
Frieda Crooy is project leader at Platform31. She has been working for JPI Urban Europe since March 2014. Originally a teacher in secondary school, Frieda switched to communication. She has over 25 years of experience in corporate, internal and external communication with specific expertise in social housing and related work fields. She was the communication manager in several international knowledge exchange projects. Next to the Management Board Secretariat work, Frieda is involved in the communication and dissemination work of JPI Urban Europe.
Nadia Petkova is programme officer at Platform31. She has been working for JPI Urban Europe since March 2015. Next to the Management Board Secretariat work, Nadia is involved in the communication and dissemination work of JPI Urban Europe. Nadia holds a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies and a Master’s degree in European and International Law.