Organisational Team

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Patrizia Jankovic

Head of Unit for Human Resources, BMBWF

Programme delegate within Horizon 2020 for the European Research Council, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and Future Emerging Technologies

Patrizia Jankovic was born in Vienna and is a graduate from the University of Vienna (Humanities). After working at the Austrian Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium, she was a public relations officer and project manager for educational courses, language projects and projects in the field of adult education at the SOCRATES National Agency in Vienna. In 2005 she started to work at the Federal Ministry of Education and was in charge of adult education, National Qualification Framework and Lifelong Learning Policies with regard to general education. Currently she is head of unit for Human Resources – international at the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research and programme delegate within Horizon 2020 for the European Research Council, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and Future Emerging Technologies.

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Barbara Brettner

Advisor, Centre for International Cooperation & Mobility (ICM)

Barbara Brettner was born 1978 in Vienna. After graduating from school she studied Economics at the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna. After leaving university she started with her first full time job at Siemens VDO in Vienna in the department of Central Eastern Europe Exports. During stays abroad (England, France, Spain, Italy and Finland) in order to improve her language skills she also got to know different cultures and working styles. 

In 2009 she started as Assistant to the CEO at the OeAD-GmbH. In March 2017 she worked for the Center of International Cooperation and Mobility and from April that year she was asked to assist the Ministry for Education, Science and Research in order to prepare Conferences related to the Austrian Presidency of Council of the European Union.

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Julia Auer

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Ege Demirsoy

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Petra Grula

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Sophie Hofbauer

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Sandra Rassam

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Anja Salzer

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Sebastian Seisl

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Elisabeth Steigberger

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Manuela Wasserrab

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Elvira Zak

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Felix Zottl

Moderator and General Rapporteur

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Thomas Farnell

Institute for the development of Education - Croatia


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Lucas Zinner

Head of the Research Services and Career Development Department, University of Vienna

General Rapporteur
at MSCA 2018 Conference

Lucas Zinner is Head of the Research Services and Career Development Department at the University of Vienna.

Since more than 20 years he is working in research or research related institutions. After conduction research in Mathematics and after working in the Austrian Science Foundation (FWF) for two years he returned to the University of Vienna in 2004 where he contributed to the establishment of a central unit in charge of Research Services and Technology Transfer. Since 2007 he has been also focusing on the reform of doctoral education and have been involved in the re-organization process in Europe and at the University of Vienna.

In particular, he was in charge of setting up the university-wide Centre for Doctoral Studies. He is involved in many international projects related to the Research – Education – Innovation triangle and has experiences in various other international projects and funding schemes such as TEMPUS, LLP, ERASMUS+  or COFUND. He was coordinator of the EU funded LLP Project PRIDE dealing with the professionalization of staff supporting doctoral education at higher education institutions. He is also actively participating at many international conferences and was invited speaker, e.g. at the University Business Forum 2013 in Brussels or the 2013 Meeting of the Council of Deans and Directors of Graduate Research (DDOGS), Universities Australia, at EUA-CDE in 2015, at PraxisUnico in 2016 or at the LEAD Conference in Shanghai in 2017. Lucas Zinner is recognized as expert in doctoral education and was delegated by the Austrian Ministry to the ERA Working Group on Innovative Doctoral Training of the European Commission. To combine theory and practice, he is also facilitating workshops for PhD supervisors in Europe and Africa and acting in advisory bodies in this context. In 2017, he has founded the PRIDE Network Association for Professionals in Doctoral Education and currently serves as Chairman of the Board.