ESFRI is pleased to announce the election of Jana Kolar as the Forum’s next chair. Jana’s Term of Office will commence in January 2022 with a two years duration. After an in-depth analysis of her application and a comprehensive interview by the selection committee, it was concluded that Jana can be recommended to the Forum as the next ESFRI chair.
Dr. Jana Kolar is executive director of CERIC-ERIC. She has a broad range of expertise, ranging from policy development and implementation, research and innovation, to entrepreneurship. Among others, she was Director-General of Science in Technology at the Ministry in Slovenia, chairman of the Board of Slovenian Technology Agency and Slovenia’s Research Agency, a member of the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and a member of the High-Level Group of Innovators for a European Innovation Council, that advised the Commission on how to strengthen support for breakthrough, market-creating innovation. She was also a member of the ERA Council Forum Austria - a high-level expert body advising the Austrian Minister responsible for Science and Research and is currently supporting Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU.