Since April 2008, Dr. Pauli is the Deputy Director-General on Innovation and ERA (European Research Area) of DG Research (from 1 Jan. 2011 DG Research and Innovation) of the European Commission. In 2007-2008 she was the Deputy Director-General of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. Before joining the Commission services
Dr. Pauli was the Vice President of the Academy of Finland (2001-2007), responsible for matters concerning science policy and research funding as well as international cooperation.
During the years 1996-2000 she worked as Secretary General of the Research Council for Environment and Natural Resources, having also responsibility for the development and implementation of the Finnish Centre of Excellence Programmes. Before, she has worked for the Finnish Ministry of Environment, the Water and Environment Research Institute, the Nessling Foundation, universities and a consulting company.
Currently Dr. Pauli is a member of the High level group on Joint Programming, European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and the Chair of European Research Area Committee (ERAC). She is the EC representative to the High Level Group of COST-ESF (the European COoperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research COST-European Science Foundation ESF).
Dr. Pauli has been involved in various ERA-NET projects, chairing, for example, the Network Steering Committee of ‘BONUS for the Baltic Sea Science – Network of Funding Agencies’. She has also been a member of the OECD Global Science Forum and held memberships of several Nordic and European committees and councils e.g. Vice-Chair of the Nordic Research Board (NordForsk).
Dr. Pauli has been a member of the Management Board of the European Chemicals Agency, as well as the Chair of the Governing Board of the Science and Technology Center in Ukraine (STCU) and the EU representative of the Governing Board of the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) in Moscow. In addition, she has worked in numerous national committees dealing with science and technology policy, as well as science and society.