Mattias Björnmalm appointed Deputy Secretary General

The Board of Directors appointed Mattias Björnmalm as Deputy Secretary General of CESAER on 7 December.
10th December 2021
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As Deputy Secretary General, Mattias will lead (i) advocacy of our association, (ii) the preparations for the CESAER Annual Meetings 2022 together with the Member host; (iii) and the upcoming amendment of our Internal Regulations following the recent amendment of our Articles of Association.

Mattias said of the appointment: “It is an honour and privilege to be appointed Deputy Secretary General. Our association is growing and we will continue to build upon recent achievements in key areas for our Members, such as sustainability, key technologies, research careers and the European Open Science Cloud. Pivotal for this is ensuring sustainable funding levels while advancing the European Education Area and the European Research Area.

Taking a look at the bigger picture, the past months have demonstrated the vital role of science and technology in contributing to tackling local and global challenges, reconfirmed the importance of research, education and innovation as global public goods, underlined that we need more Europe while highlighting that Europe is strongest when we work together across the whole continent and beyond, with partners both inside and outside the European Union.”

Mattias joined our association in 2019 from Imperial College London, and was until his new appointment Senior Advisor for Research & Innovation.

Short bio

Mattias Björnmalm, PhD, is an experienced scientist and policy professional. He works as Deputy Secretary General of CESAER. His other engagements include as an Honorary Research Fellow at the Bionics Institute, as an invited member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network and in the Marie Curie Alumni Association. Previously, he led the project qBionano at Imperial College London and was an editor in science & policy for the journal Angle.

In addition to his advocacy and policy experience, Mattias has an extensive scientific background in engineering, nanoscience & biomedicine, with dozens of publications in peer-reviewed journals.

In 2017, he was awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship from the European Union; during this process he was selected as one of Europe’s thirty most “highly promising researchers” out of the 8,916 funding proposals submitted.

In 2019, he was awarded an Imperial College London President’s Award: “recognised for outstanding achievements in policy engagement“.

Mattias is originally from Stockholm (Sweden) and following some years in Melbourne (Australia) and London (United Kingdom), he is currently based in Brussels (Belgium).

His contact details are available here.

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