Birgit de Boissezon, since 2001 Head of Unit in the European Commission, currently for 'Sustainable Management of Natural Resources', DG Research & Innovation. This Unit defines, implements, and monitors, supported by the EU Research and Innovation (R&I) programme Horizon 2020, EU R&I objectives and priorities on systemic nature-based solutions and innovative cultural heritage based services which provide economic, social and environmental benefits to cities and territories. It promotes cities and citizens as actors of innovation and labs of co-design and co-creation. It contributes to Commission priorities and to international policy frameworks through the development and promotion of integrated and innovative solutions for re-naturing and re-generating cities, climate change resilience, combined energy and resource efficiency, disaster risk reduction, and biodiversity and ecosystems restoration.
Previous assignments in the Commission related to research strategy and policy, planning, implementation and evaluation of EU research framework programmes.
Research counsellor at the Danish Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels, negotiating EU research and education programmes (3 years). Danish Ministry of Research in charge of EU research programme coordination at national level and of dissemination and use of S/T results (6 years). Head of the Information and Documentation Centre at the French dairy branch organisation CNIEL/CIDIL in Paris (6 years). Degree (MSc+1) in biology from the University of Copenhagen followed by a grant from the Danish Research Council.