Robert-Jan Smits#


Robert-Jan Smits
Email:robert-jan.smits 'at' ec.europa.eu
Membership Number:4636
Membership type:HONORARY
Main Country of Residence:BELGIUM
Section:ECONOMICS, BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT SCIENCES
Username:rsmits
Elected:2018
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Present and Previous Positions
  • Present: Open access & Innovation Special Envoy, European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission
  • July 2010 - March 2018 Director-General, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
  • April 2010 - June 2010 Deputy-Director General, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • 2005 - March 2010 Director, European Research Area, DG Research, European Commission
  • 2002 - 2005 Head of Unit, Strengthening cooperation in Research and the European Scientific Base, DG Research, European Commission
  • 1985 - 1989:Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands - International technology policy

Fields of Scholarship
  • European science and innovation policy

Honours and Awards
  • 2018 Honorary Medal from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • 2017 Excellence in Global Science award South Africa
  • 2017 Academy Medal from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 2016 Honorary degree Edinburgh University
  • 2016 Life-time achievement from EuroScience

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