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European Mission Forum

European Mission Forum - EMiF

Within the trami project, two EMiF events took place. Reports of both event can be found here.

The 1st European Mission Forum on 25th of January connected all EU Mission stakeholders and actor groups:

  • governmental actors
  • civil society
  • business sector
  • research and innovation 

The event offered participants an opportunity to learn about other EU-Mission actors from outside their usual networks. EMiF’s agenda focusses on the EU Missions transformative policy approach: it provides a platform for information and interactive exchange to help all stakeholders at European, national and regional level to support the successful implementation of the EU Missions:

The EU Mission Approach: Overview over the governance structure, introduction of the Big Idea and TRAMI

  • Keynote from Kirsten Dunlop, Climate KIC
  • An introduction to the TRAMI project by Wolfgang Polt and the European Mission Network EMIN, Angela-Schindler Daniels
  • Julien Guerrier from the European Commission will outline the EU Missions policy approach.
  • Mission implementation success stories to illustrate hurdles and potential of this new approach: Dan Hill
Welcome and Introduction: Wolfgang Polt
Welcome and Introduction: Wolfgang Polt © FFG Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft
Transformative Policy Approaches leading to EU Mission Success: Kirstin Dunlop, EIT Climate-KIC
Transformative Policy Approaches leading to EU Mission Success: Kirsten Dunlop, EIT Climate-KIC © FFG Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft
Qestions and Answers Dunlop, Polt
Questions and Answers Dunlop, Polt © FFG Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft
Introducing the European Mission Network EMiN: Angela Schindler-Daniels, DLR-PT
Introducing the European Mission Network EMiN: Angela Schindler-Daniels, DLR-PT © FFG Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft
Q & A Schindler-Daniels, Dunlop, Polt
Questions and Answers Schindler-Daniels, Dunlop, Polt © FFG Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft
Julien Guerrier, European Comission
Julien Guerrier, European Comission © FFG Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft
Mission Case Study
Mission Case Study: Dan Hill, Melbourne School of Design © FFG Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft

Wolfgang Polt, Director of POLICIES, the Institute for Economic, Social and Innovation Research Ltd. Economist, Innovation and Policy Researcher and Advisor. Lecturer on Industrial and Policy at the University of Business and Economics in Vienna. Coordinator of the TRAMI project supporting OECD and national governments in conceptualizing and implementing mission-orient.



Kirsten's career spans academia, consulting, banking, insurance, strategy, design, innovation and leadership, across three continents. She joined Climate-KIC in February 2017 from an Australian financial services conglomerate, Suncorp. She is committed to shaping and placing innovation to catalyse profound systemic change. Her vision for Climate-KIC is to co-create a multi-sided marketplace for transformation and the generation of innovation options to achieve a zero-carbon economy and a climate resilient society. In her role at Suncorp, Kirsten founded and led a bespoke division focused on managing and responding to strategic risk through innovation, transforming core business and industry models from within. Prior to roles in Second Road, KPMG and Suncorp in Australia, Kirsten led the Generali Group Innovation Academy for Assicurazioni Generali in Italy, pioneering proprietary thinking in the areas of Strategic Risk management, strategic innovation, strategic leadership development and cultural change. Kirsten holds a Ph.D. in cultural history.

Angela Schindler-Daniels is head of the DLR-PT Representation in Brussels, her thematic focus lies on issues revolving around the EU Missions, Science Diplomacy, Strategic Foresight, the EU Green Deal and Regional Development. She is Work Package leader in the TRAMI project and responsible for setting up the European Mission Network (EMiN).

 Previously, Angela has worked for the European Liaison Office of German Research Organisations (KoWi) and head of its Bonn Office as well as serving as the coordinator of the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) Programme at the DLR Project Management Agency. As delegate, national expert and NCP herself, she coordinated the German SSH Programme and the EU funded NCP-Network, Net4Society.

 Prior to her involvement in EU research policy and management, Angela worked as an "Economic" and "Global Affairs" specialist with the US Embassy in Bonn, Germany. She holds a master’s degree in Political Science, American Literature and Business Administration.

Julien Guerrier has been working for more than 25 years at the European Commission, mainly on industrial and research policy, international trade negotiations and corporate management issues.
He is currently in charge of the Directorate developing the overall policy for the EU funding programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe.

As a representative of the Commission, he also headed the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation in Tokyo (2008-2011) and the European Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (2017-2020), which manages the COSME Programme for the competitiveness of SMEs, parts of HORIZON such as the pilot European Innovation Council, LIFE and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

Before joining the Commission, he was at the French Ministry of Public Works and participated in an exchange of officials with the Japanese administration, where he worked for one year.
Julien Guerrier graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées in France and holds an MBA.

Professor Dan Hill is a designer, urbanist, educator and experienced leader at the intersection of design, technology and cities. His previous leadership positions have produced innovative, influential teams and projects, ranging across built environment and architecture (two stints at Arup, Future Cities Catapult), education and research (Fabrica, AHO, UCL), government and social innovation (SITRA, Vinnova), and media (BBC, Domus, Monocle). He was one of the Mayor of London’s inaugural Design Advocates, and a Trustee of Participatory City Foundation, and is a founding member of the UN HABITAT Council for Urban Initiatives. Dan’s projects take a holistic approach to multidisciplinary research and design combined with an acute reading of everyday technologies and social infrastructures. Dan has lived and worked in UK, Australia, Finland, Italy, and Sweden, and developed and delivered city strategy and urban development projects for city governments in Amsterdam, Melbourne, Stockholm, Manchester, Sydney and London, as well as for Alphabet and Lendlease. He has devised and delivered place-based approaches to Swedish and Finnish national innovation strategies. Dan has particular expertise in designing social and cultural infrastructures, in urban contexts such as Melbourne Innovation District, Manchester’s Northern Quarter, Google’s global campuses, and the University of Melbourne campus, and on buildings such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, British Library, UAE Museum of the Future, State Library of Queensland, ACMI, Collingwood Yards, and central library strategies for Melbourne and Sheffield. Dan has held roles as Professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Visiting Professor of Practice at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, Visiting Professor at Design Academy Eindhoven, and Adjunct Professor at RMIT University. He has taught studios and courses at other colleges all over the world. Amidst much published work, in academic journals, books and media, Dan authored the influential book “Dark Matter & Trojan Horses: A Strategic Design Vocabulary” for Strelka Press in 2012 and has been writing about design, technology, cities and culture for over 20 years.

Download Dan Hills book "Designing missions" about mission-oriented innovation - a handbook from Vinnova here.

Parallel Sessions

Making Missions Work: Focus on Mission Implementation

Parallel sessions featuring speakers from the R&I community, government and the policy arena as well as entrepreneurs will discuss the topics of Citizens Engagement, Policy Implementation and the transformation of the Research and Innovation sectors in depth, and will include case studies to showcase mission examples.

Science & Business EU Missions’ Vital Role in Scaling Business to Success: Yousef Yousef, LG Sonic
Science & Business EU Missions’ Vital Role in Scaling Business to Success: Yousef Yousef, LG Sonic © FFG Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft
Purpose and Perspectives - European Missions Across Policy Areas and Levels

This workshop session aims at revisiting the status quo of EU Mission implementation as seen from the perspective of governmental actors at European, national and regional levels. In particular, it will discuss the understanding of the purpose of EU missions, and whether the different governmental actors from various policy fields and levels have converging expectations when addressing EU missions from their respective angles, the main challenges faced by governmental actors when implementing EU missions at national and regional level, first experiences with promising approaches for addressing these (and other) challenges. The session is aimed predominantly at Policy-makers and practitioners from public administration from all policy levels involved in missions, and also from sectoral or cross-cutting policy fields well beyond the remit of R&I policy. This is because the accomplishment (of blockage) of missions hinges upon the contributions of all these policy fields and levels.

Moderator: Matthias Weber, AIT
Panel: Christian Naczinsky, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research | Johan Schot, Utrecht University | Philippe Larrue, OECD | Tatiana Fernández Sirera, Regional Government of Catalonia

Purpose and Perspectives – European Missions Across Policy Areas and Levels
Purpose and Perspectives – European Missions Across Policy Areas and Levels © FFG Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft

Matthias Weber has been working for more than twenty years as researcher and policy advisor on matters of research, technology and innovation policy, foresight, and the governance of socio-technical transitions. He has a background in process engineering (Dipl.-Ing.), political sciences (M.A.) and economics (Ph.D.).

Master in Political Science, University of Vienna, Doctoral degree in Political Science, University of Vienna, Master of Business Administration, University of Salzburg. 2000 – 2001 Science Attaché at the Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU since 2002 Head of Department for EU and OECD Research Policy at the Austrian Ministry of Science, Research and Economy. Current assignments Co-Chair of ERAC (European Research and Innovation Area Committee). Austrian representative to CSTP (Committee for Science and Technology Policy) of the OECD.


Johan Schot is Professor of Global History and Sustainability Transitions at the Utrecht University Centre for Global Challenges. He is the founder and Academic Director of the Deep Transitions research project and the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC) as well as former Director of the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex Business School. Professor Schot’s interests orientate around impact-driven interdisciplinary research that strives to accelerate long-term system change and a just transition towards sustainability. Schot is a network-builder that brings together interdisciplinary research teams, policy-makers, investors, governments, NGOs, the media and the corporate world. In his most recent project, Deep Transitions Futures, Schot initiated a unique collaboration between historians, sustainability transitions scholars, futurists and a cohort of 16 public and private investors from around the world. In November 2022, as a result of their 2-year co-creation process, the group published a Transformative Investment Philosophy proposing new principles, tools and metrics for financing long-term system change and a deep transition towards sustainability.

He also regularly leads or contributes to OECD Innovation Policy Reviews (Malaysia, Sweden, Kazakhstan, Norway, Portugal, Kuwait, Korea). He joined OECD in 2011 as internal evaluator. He has led and implemented several evaluations of OECD committees and horizontal initiatives and contributed to revise the organisation’s methodology and process. Prior to joining OECD, he was Director of the French office of Technopolis Group, a leading consulting and evaluation company in the area of research, innovation and economic development policy. After his PhD in economics, Philippe led research positions at the University of Bordeaux, INSEAD Business School (Fontainebleau) and Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI, Tokyo).

Economist and PhD in European Integration and International Relations. She works at the Catalan Governmentas Head of economic strategy, coordinating Catalonia's smart specialisation strategy and promotingtransformative innovation policies. She collaborates with TIPC, Eu-SPRI, the European Commission, OECD andother initiatives at European level.

The Path to a Mission Oriented Research and Innovation System

The session will discuss key elements of Mission implementation and how to make EU Missions a success: what has to change, what is different compared to ‘traditional’ approaches, on what and how do we need to advance our R&I systems. The session will talk about Experimentation, New forms of research, New Instruments, Portolio approach and Public Engagement. The session will reflect on these key elements, share good practice and discuss critical aspects with the panellists from different stakeholder groups:

Moderator: Margit Noll, FFG
Panel: Yousef Yousef, LG Sonic | Cristina Robledano Norena, Porticus | Eveline van Leeuwen, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions | Helmut Habersack, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences

The Path to a Mission Oriented Research and Innovation System
The Path to a Mission Oriented Research and Innovation System © FFG Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft

Margit Noll is Chair of the Management Board of JPI Urban Europe, a transnational research and innovation programme on sustainable urbanisation, 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 portfolio management, stakeholder involvement and international outreach. Margit has 20 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.

Yousef Yousef is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of LG Sonic, whose mission is to eliminate the use of chemicals in the water treatment industry by offering environmentally friendly solutions. Yousef is an innovator with an out-of-the box vision on water-quality management, big data-driven technologies and environmental monitoring. He is the winner of several water innovation and entrepreneurial awards such as Aquatech Innovation Award and Shell LiveWIRE. Yousef holds two patents on ultrasound technology combined with big data and membranes. He is also Chairman of the Dutch entrepreneurs’ community Green Growers, which invests in the development of circular products and sustainable technologies.

Cristina Robledano (Madrid, 1977) is a Grant Manager at Porticus and since 2021 she co-leads the Portic Transition Programme. Cristina works alongside global and local partners in Europe and Asia, but also clo urban partners in the city of Madrid, where she is based.

She began her career in the building sector working for several architecture firms before deciding to dire philanthropy, back in 2011. Through her work at Porticus, she has managed projects

addressing several of the varied challenges faced by cities today: homelessness, unemployment, poverty human trafficking, early child education, youngsters education, vocational training, and pastoral and spir children and young people. Establishing partnerships for the dissemination and institutionalization of se methodology has been an important part of her work. In the last years she has focused on Porticus initia Fair Transition by ensuring that urban policy and practice plays a key role in it. Cristina holds a Degree in Architecture and a Master Degree on Efficient Buildings and Energy and Environmental Rehabilitation. Eveline van Leeuwen, expert in urban economics, is Scientific Director at Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute). In addition to her role at AMS Institute, Eveline is Chair of Urban Economics at Wageningen University & Research. Furthermore, she is Vice President of the European Regional Science Association (ERSA), a member of the OECD Expert Advisory Committee on Rural Innovation and a member of the International Advisory Board (IAB) of the Amsterdam Economic Board. In various other committees she advices both national and regional policymakers. Eveline van Leeuwen graduated in Land Use Planning (MSc) at the Wageningen University in 2002 and obtained a PhD in Spatial Economics at VU Amsterdam on the topic of ‘Urban-Rural Interactions’ in 2008. From 2001 to 2017, in various positions at VU University Amsterdam, Eveline developed herself as an expert in the field of Spatial Economics. Within the fields of research and education, the topics that particularly spark her interest are the relations between city and countryside, interactions in space and time, differences between people and regions, and broad prosperity focused on themes such as circularity, energy transition and regional food systems.

Engaging Citizens - Meet and Monitor the Missions

Citizen engagement is a key element for the EU Missions. Missions have the potential to mobilize EU citizens around common goals and to offer meaningful opportunities to participate in change. EU Missions are intended also capture the insight that opening science and innovation to civil society advances human knowledge and accelerates the transformation of societal communities towards more sustainable and resilient practices. The questions our panel and audience will engage with are: What does civil society expect from the Missions? What can civil society contribute to the missions? What should be the role of civil society? What are the advantages and disadvantages of citizen participation in public policies?

Moderator: Cecilia Cabello Valdes, FECYT
Panel: Enrico Balli, ECSA| Aureo Díaz, Spanish Federation of Technology Centers (FEDIT) | Vanesa Abón, AECC Foundation (Cancer Science Foundation) | Xosé Ramil, Climate Foundations | Lucía Otero, Spanish Foundation of Rheumatology (FER)

Engaging Citizens – Meet and Monitor the Missions
Engaging Citizens – Meet and Monitor the Missions © FFG Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft

Cecilia Cabello holds a master’s degree in Science, Society and Technology Studies from the Madrid Autonomous University (Spain) and a Bachelor’s of Science from Michigan State University (USA). She has professional experience as coordinator and manager in various S&T policy units, with expertise in R&I policy and STI indicators.

Xosé Ramil is journalist specialized in climate change, Xosé is the coordinator of #FundacionesporelClima (Foundations for Climate), an initiative of the Spanish Association of Foundations to foster a movement for change by mobilizing the foundations sector to address climate change as a cross-cutting, societal issue.



Enrico is Project Officer of ECSA, the European Citizen Science Association, of which he was Vice-Chair until 2022. Before joining ECSA he was Chief Communications Officer of EPOS ERIC and Chief Executive Officer of Sissa MediaLab.

He has served on the Boards of several European Innovation Networks (UNILHC, NETADIS, GATIS) and was Board Director of EUSEA, the European Science Engagement Association, from 2016 to 2020.

Vanesa Abón studied biology in the Complutense University of Madrid and then she obtained her PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the KU Leuven University in Belgium. In 2019 she joined the Scientific Foundation of the Spanish Association Against Cancer as a Project Manager, the largest cancer research charity in Spain. Among other functions, Vanesa is head of the patient advocacy initiative to engage patients in cancer research.

Aureo Diaz-Carrasco is the Executive Director of the Spanish Federation of Technology Centers (FEDIT). Since 2008, he is working in R&D&I public policies, promoting the activities of the Spanish Technology Centers, and fostering the cooperation with other research and innovation stakeholders. He is also member of the Executive Board of EARTO (the European Association of RTOs) where he works to promote the role and participation of the RTOs in the different European R&D Programmes.

Lucia Otero works at the Research Unit of the Spanish Foundation of Rheumatology. In her role as scientific coordinator, she is responsible for several nationwide registries that allow to assess the disease management and pharmacoepidemiology among patients with rheumatic inflammatory diseases.

3 Parallel Sessions on EU Mission Implementation: Summary
3 Parallel Sessions on EU Mission Implementation: Summary © FFG Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft

The Road Ahead: Thematic EU Missions and Projects

Moving from the focus of stakeholders to the thematic areas, the event will close with an introduction to the thematic EU Mission Boards and a panel discussion featuring representatives from the thematic Missions and leading projects in the area, pointing the way forward to a successful implementation of the 5 EU Missions.

Introducing the EU Mission Boards
Introducing the EU Mission Boards © FFG Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft
Panel Session: Thematic Missions Projects
Panel Session: Thematic Missions Projects © FFG Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft

Alberto Francesco Anfossi, Degree and PhD in Theoretical Physics. After earning a Master's Degree in Economics he worked supporting research groups in attracting and managing competitive funds at EU level. He also worked for the Italian National Agency for Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes and as Innovation Manager.

Alberto has gained many years of experience in the non-profit sector, in particular in the fair trade movement. He joined Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation in 2013 and was appointed Secretary General on 27 July 2018. He is board member of Collegio Carlo Alberto, REAM sgr, Fondo Repubblica Digitale I.S., Ithaca srl, European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities, Philea Nominations and Governance Committee, and recently he has been appointed to the Board of the European Commission's Mission Climate-Neutral Smart Cities.

Christine Chomienne is Professor Emeritus in Cell Biology & Hematology at the Université de Paris Cité, Inserm Research Unit 1131, in France.

 At the European Commission she has recently been appointed as vice-chair of the new Horizon Europe Cancer Mission Board (2022-2025) where she previously held the position of Vice-Chair (2019-2021).

 She was Director of Research and Innovation at the French National Cancer Institute (INCa) and Director of the Cancer Institute of France Research Organisations (Inserm & AVIESAN). She is past president of the European Hematology Association. She was head of the Cell Biology Department at the Hôpital Saint Louis, Paris and Director of the University Inserm Research Laboratory at the Institut Universitaire d’Hématologie for the last 25 years and consultant in myeloproliferative neoplasms. Dr. Chomienne is author of more than 270 peer-reviewed publications and has received several scientific (Academia of Science) and French governmental awards (Chevalier and Officier de la Legion d’Honneur) and the Jean Bernard Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Hematology Association.

Alice Vadrot is Associate Professor for International Relations and the Environment at the Department of Political Science of the University of Vienna and Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) of the University of Cambridge. She is the PI of the ERC Starting Grant project MARIPOLDATA (2018-2023) investigating science-policy interrelations in marine biodiversity governance and since 2019 member of the board of the Austrian Biodiversity Council and the Young Academy of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.


Niels Halberg, M.Sc. Agronomy, PhD Ecological Economics
Director, Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture, (DCA), Aarhus University (AU)

Overall responsible for coordination and organisation of science based policy advice to Ministry of Food and Agriculture. +25 years of research into organic agriculture, agroecology, environmental assessment of farming and food systems, LCA, in DK, Europe and abroad.

Chair of Board of Program Managers in EJP Soil, coordinator of Soil Mission support projects (NAti00ns and Prepsoil). 

Elena SIMION, Internati onal Projects Expert at UEFISCDI, Romania, has a master’s degree in internati onamanagement and an MBA in Technology Management. For the past ten years, she has been working as aand implementati on expert in internati onal projects. Her experience covers initi ati ves funded under HorHorizon 2020, FP7, Interreg Europe, Danube Transnati onal Programme and ERA-NETs such as Smart EneSmart Grids Plus, acti ng as a delegate for UEFISCDI to the Joint Programming Initi ati ve Urban Europe Maand to the Driving Urban Transiti ons Partnership Management Board. Elena is part of a development teain the design of policy recommendati ons, innovati on funding instruments and new policy development pCurrently, she is the coordinator of the Horizon Europe CSA CapaCITIES - "Building Capaciti es for the ClimSmart Citi es Mission", leading a consorti um of more than 60 partners and associated partners from Eurotwo years.


Richard Smithers is Ricardo Energy Environment’s Technical Director and International Lead on Climate Adaptation. He is Project Director for building the Implementation Platform for the EU Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change. He has worked in the environmental sector for almost 40 years and led or provided expert input to projects regarding all aspects of the climate adaptation planning cycle at national, subnational and city scales in the EU and for more than 40 countries globally. For the European Commission, he led analytical reports informing the impact assessment for the new EU Adaptation Strategy, support for the evaluation of the first EU Adaptation Strategy (including finalisation of the Adaptation Preparedness Scoreboard), and support for development of implementing acts for the Energy Union Governance Regulation regarding adaptation reporting.