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Face To Face With Transatlantic Research

 

The EU-US Task Force brings together distinguished researchers and leading figures from the world of biotechnology on both sides of the Atlantic to help make the most of European and US potential in this important field.

Below is a partial list (in alphabetical order) of the people who have contributed to the Task Force and its activities:

Recent US Government participants

  • Robert Todd Anderson, Acting Director, Biological Systems Science Division, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, US Department of Energy
  • Linda Chrisey, Program Officer, Biomolecular and Biosystems Division, Office of Naval Research
  • Machi F. Dilworth, Director, Office of International Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation
  • Anita Eisenstadt, Senior Foreign Affairs Officer, Office of Science and Technology Cooperation, US State Department
  • Elaine Z. Francis, National Program Director, Pesticides & Toxics Research Program, Office of Research and Development, US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Maria Y. Giovanni, Assistant Director for Microbial Genomics & Advanced Technology, Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, NIAID/NIH/DHHS
  • Theresa Good, Program Director, Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research & Innovation, National Science Foundation
  • Van S. Hubbard, Director, NIH Division of Nutrition Research Coordination, National Institutes of Health
  • Steven Kappes, Deputy Administrator, Animal Production and Protection, USDA-ARS
  • Sally L. McCammon, Science Advisor, Office of Science, Biotechnology Regulatory Services, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
  • Mark Mirando, National Program Leader, Animal Nutrition, Growth and Reproduction, Division of Animal Systems, US Department of Agriculture, NIFA
  • Sohi Rastegar, Director, Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research & Innovation, National Science Foundation
  • Jane Silverthorne, Acting Division Director, Division of Integrative Organismal Systems, National Science Foundation (US Executive Secretary)
  • M. Kay W. Simmons, Deputy Administrator, Crop Production and Protection, Office of National Programs, USDA, Agricultural Research Service
  • Jeff Silverstein, National Program Leader, Aquaculture Animal Production and Protection
  • Judith St John, Associate Administrator, Crop Production, Product Value and Safety, Agricultural Research Service, US Department of Agriculture (US Co-Chairperson)
  • David G. Thomassen, Chief Scientist, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, US Department of Energy
  • Juli M. Trtanj, Program Director, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Oceans and Human Health Initiative/NOS
  • Sharlene Weatherwax, Associate Director of Science for Biological and Environmental Research, US Department of Energy
  • William Zamer, Program Director, Physiological Structural Systems, Division of Integrative Organismal Systems, National Science Foundation

Recent European Commission participants

  • Alfredo Aguilar Romanillos, Head of Unit E2 - Biotechnologies; Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate; Research and Innovation DG
  • Elisabetta Balzi, Deputy Head of Unit E1 - Horizontal Aspects and Coordination; Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate; Research and Innovation DG
  • Indridi Benediktsson, Unit F1 - Horizontal Aspects; Health Directorate; Research and Innovation DG
  • Jean-Charles Cavitte, Unit E4 - Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Aquaculture; Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate; Research and Innovation DG
  • Isabelle De Froidmont, Unit E3 - Food, Health, Well-Being; Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate; Research and Innovation DG
  • Antonio Di Giulio, Head of Unit E1 - Biotechnologies; Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate; Research and Innovation DG
  • Maria Fernandez Gutierrez, Unit E2 - Biotechnologies; Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate; Research and Innovation DG
  • Garbiñe Guiu Etxeberria, Unit E2 - Biotechnologies; Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate; Research and Innovation DG (EC Executive Secretary)
  • Timothy Hall, Head of Unit E4 - Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Aquaculture; Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate; Research and Innovation DG
  • Gintare Kemekliene, Unit E1 - Horizontal Aspects and Coordination; Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate; Research and Innovation DG
  • Isabelle Leonard, Unit E2 - Biotechnologies; Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate; Research and Innovation DG EC (contact for the EC US Task Force website)
  • Errol Levy, Unit D1 - International Cooperation Policy; International Cooperation; Research and Innovation DG
  • Ciaran Mangan, Deputy Head of Unit E4 - Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Aquaculture; Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate; Research and Innovation DG
  • Lino Paula, Unit B6 - Ethics and Gender; European Research Area; Research and Innovation DG
  • Maive Rute, Director  - Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate, Research and Innovation DG  (EU Co-Chairperson)
  • Annette Schneegans, Unit E4 - Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Aquaculture; Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate; Research and Innovation DG
  • Aires Soares, Science councellor, EC Relex delegation to the US
  • Piero Venturi, Unit E2 - Biotechnologies; Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate; Research and Innovation DG
  • Barend Verachtert, Deputy Head of Unit E2 - Biotechnologies; Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate; Research and Innovation DG

Selected US and European scientific contributors

  • Rudolf Amann , professor, Max Planck Institute of Marine Microbiology, Germany
  • Vincent Amanor-Boadu, director, Value Added Business Development Program, Kansas State University, USA
  • Barbara Baker, senior researcher, Plant Gene Expression Center, United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS)
  • Richard Braun, Task Group on Public Perceptions of Biotechnology, European Federation of Biotechnology
  • Suzanne de Cheveigne, research officer, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRA), France
  • Mark Chong, Department of Communication, Cornell University, USA
  • David Cleveland, associate professor, Environmental Studies Department, University of California at Santa Barbara, USA
  • Victor de Lorenzo , Professor, Centro Nacional de Biotecnologia, CSIC, Spain
  • Sharon Dunwoody, professor, Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin, USA
  • James L. Edwards, director, GBIF, Copenhagen
  • Edna Einsiedel, professor of communication studies, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Bradley Fenwick, professor, Virginia Technical University, Blacksburg, VA, USA
  • Amanda Galvez, Department of Food and Biotechnology, National Autonomous University of Mexico
  • George Gaskell, director, the Methodology Institute, London School of Economics, UK
  • Bernhard Gil, University of Munich, Germany
  • Juergen Hampel, Technology Assessment Centre, Baden Wurtemberg, Germany
  • Jack Huttner, Genencor International Inc., USA
  • Hans Kast, CEO of BASF Plant Science, BASF, Germany
  • Katherine Krolikowski, Department of Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley, USA
  • Colja Laane, corporate science manager life science, DSM, the Netherlands
  • Laura F Landweber, associate professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, USA
  • Michael Mehta, associate professor of sociology, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Julia Moore, Woodrow Wilson International Center, Princeton, NJ of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, USA
  • William Stafford Noble, assistant professor, Department of Computer Science, Columbia Genome Center, Columbia University, USA
  • Susanna Priest, associate professor and director of research, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Texas A&M University, USA
  • Natasha Raikhel, Department of Botany and Plant Sciences
    and the Center for Plant Cell Biology, University of California Riverside, USA. Editor-in-Chief of the journal Plant Physiology
  • Susan Sechler, special adviser for biotechnology policy, Rockefeller Foundation, USA
  • Michael Siegrist, senior researcher, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Larry Smarr, director, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, USA
  • David L Suarez, lead scientist, Veterinary Medical Officer, Agricultural Research Service, Department of Agriculture, USA
  • Toby Ten Eyck, the National Food Safety and Toxicology Center (NFSTC), Michigan State University, USA
  • Paul Thompson, Chair in Food, Agricultural & Community Ethics,
    Michigan State University, USA
  • Helge Torgersen, Institute of Technology Assessment, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
  • Anne K Vidaver, Professor, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Chris Warkup , chief executive, Genesis-Faraday Partnership in Farm Animal Genetics and Genomics; director, Genomia Seed-Fund, UK
  • Marc Zabeau, scientific advisor, Department of Plant Systems Biology, Ghent University, Belgium. Chair of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO)

Working groups and co-ordinators

Bio-based products and bio-fuels working group

  • Alfredo Aguilar, Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate, Research DG
  • Maria Fernandez, Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate, Research DG
  • Kay Simmons, Agricultural Research Service, US Department of Agriculture
  • Judith St John, Agricultural Research Service, US Department of Agriculture
  • David Thomas, US Department of Energy
  • Piero Venturi, Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate, Research DG

Environmental Biotechnology working group

  • Danuta Cichocka, Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate, Research DG
  • John Claxton, Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate, Research DG
  • Anna Palmisano, US Department of Energy

Marine genomics working group

  • Garbine Guiu, Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate, Research DG
  • Jane Silverthorne, National Science Foundation, US
  • Juli Trtanj, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US

Plant Biotechnology working group

  • Anette Schneegans, Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate, Research DG
  • Jane Silverthorne, National Science Foundation, US

Farm animal genomics working group

  • Jean-Charles Cavitte, Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate, Research DG
  • Jeff Silverstein, US Department of Agriculture