Researcher biography

She is an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Centre for Policy Futures at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, AU, and has an extensive network in international research, research funding and science-policy contexts.

 

Julia has over ten years of leadership and management experience in national and international academic institutions and international organisations. An adept research manager and science policy maker, Julia has held senior positions in national research institutes and European organisations, such as COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) and the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation.

 

In 2017, Julia managed the G20 Think Tank Summit "Global Solutions" that took place in Berlin, Germany, and gathered the world's most renowned think tanks to provide policy advice to the G20 leaders. Under her supervision, the "Young Global Changers" programme was developed, bringing outstanding young professionals, think tankers, researchers and journalists to the Summit to engage with Nobel Laureates, distinguished academics, business representatives and national and international policy makers.

 

Julia thoroughly enjoys working with scientists, policy-makers and stakeholders from all over the world. In the course of her career, she has developed new policy strategies for fostering interdisciplinary research to help solve the current and future challenges of our societies, has advocated the importance of supporting research in the social sciences and humanities on a global scale, has re-positioned research institutes in the European and international research landscape, has advised scientists and institutes on European research policies, and steered organisational change. She has also devised and put in place innovative funding schemes and international cooperation programmes, such as the "WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship Programme".

 

Julia holds a Masters degree in Social Sciences from European University Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder, Germany), a Certificat d’Etudes Politiques from Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Lille, France), a Doctorate of Philosophy from European University Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder, Germany) and an Executive Master of Public Management from the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin, Germany). She is an experienced academic lecturer, e.g. at the Hertie School of Governance, and regular speaker and moderator at national and international conferences. Julia is fluent in German, English and French and has some knowledge of Italian and Russian.