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EPSO Internship Expert Alumni

The EPSO ‘Internship Agreement’ allows each EPSO Institutional Member to offer an Internship Expert to EPSO for a stay of at least 6 months.

This page details our recent Internship Experts who have worked at the EPSO Office in Brussels.  Look at the EPSO call for internship experts from institutional members and contact us if your institution wishes to benefit from this opportunity.

Dennis – Internship Expert - September 2015 to June 2016

Dennis Eriksson was the Internship Expert at EPSO from September 2015 to May 2016. His tasks included (in order of priority) 1) initiate and implement a new EP workshop series following last year’s initiative on plant breeding2) support EPSO Working Groups as well as drive academia’s input towards EC consultations; 3) increase participation of Swedish scientists in EPSO’s work; 4) assist in drafting EPSO part for H2020 proposals/contracts; and 5) fact collection on the plant sector in Europe.

Dennis has been Education Coordinator for PlantLink since February 2014, mainly working with scientific workshops, international collaborations (CPSCELLS), industrial PhD student mentorships, and website management. He studied biology at Lund University before completing a PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) on the topic of domestication of a novel oilseed crop, Lepidium campestre. He then worked as a postdoc at Copenhagen University, mainly dealing with nitrogen use efficiency in cereals. He is fluent in Swedish, English and Spanish.


Marina – Internship Expert - March to August 2014

Marina Korn was the Internship Expert at EPSO from March to August 2014. Her tasks included contacting the EPSO Institutional Members to help double the number of the Supporting Scientists; Drafting the EPSO part in project proposals to Horizon 2020 support actions; Support the science policy work – specifically on horticulture.

Marina is Scientific co-ordinator at Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops Grossbeeren and Erfurt/ Germany (IGZ).   She studied horticulture at the Humboldt-University in Berlin before completing a PhD at the Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology (MPIMP) in Potsdam-Golm on “Heterosis in cold tolerance of A.thaliana crosses” (2004-2008).  She then worked as a postdoc at the MPIMP in the Gene Function working group, and a second postdoc at the IGZ in Plant Health Department.  She is fluent in German and English.


Heike – Internship Expert - October 2014 to March 2015

Heike Slusarcyk was the Internship Expert at EPSO from October 2014 to March 2015. Her tasks included contacting the EPSO Institutional Members to enhance the number of Supporting Scientists and to update the information on the members; Support the science policy work in bioeconomy related topics, i.e. driving the academia’s input towards the launch of the Plant ETP’s Action Plans; Draft the EPSO part in project proposals or contracts to Horizon 2020 and support the tasks of the EPSO Office in the EPSO Working Groups.

Heike has been the Scientific Coordinator of the Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC) and Head of the BioSC Office at Forschungszentrum Juelich since it was founded in 2010. Before she headed the Unit for “Strategic Networks and Initiatives” within the Department of Corporate Strategy at the Forschungszentrum Juelich with a focus on strategy development and the implementation of concepts for scientific initiatives and networks. Since 2007 she is dealing with research, education and science policy topics related to the bio-based economy in Germany and on European and international level. She works with different stakeholders from research and science policy to promote the concept of the Bioeconomy in NRW and beyond. Heike holds a Ph.D. in Biology and is a molecular biologist with a background in biotechnology, enzyme technology and plant biology.

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