As Adviser to the Director General, Pieter is responsible for the evaluation of the JRC activities under the research framework programmes.
He also advises the Director General on the promotion of a culture of excellence and scientific integrity in the JRC. Recent evaluation work concerned a series of documented JRC Impact Analyses.
In 2000, Pieter held the pen for the first joint European Space Strategy endorsed by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the EU Council. Back in 1992, he launched the first Commission study on Global Navigation Satellite Systems and played an important role in the early evolution of Europe’s most ambitious space project of the last two decades, GALILEO. Before joining the Commission in 1989, he spent one year in industry and held scientific and management positions at the ESA and at the Space Research Organisation Netherlands. He started his a career in 1982 with a doctorate in Nuclear Physics at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (NL).
He is author and co-author of more than 50 peer-reviewed papers. In 2010 Pieter was elected member of the French Air and Space Academy.