Bernd Reichert

Insights: Science policy

University studies and PhD in physical chemistry and quantum physics at the Humboldt University of Berlin. After Post-Doc studies at the Technical Universities of Berlin and Munich, he joined the European Commission, Directorate General for Research, in 1992. There he has held several assignments as programme officer in the areas chemistry, biotechnology, nanotechnology as well as science and society, until he became Head of Administration of the directorate "Industrial Technologies" in 2003. From 2007 until the end of 2013 he was heading the unit "Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises" in the Commission's Research and Innovation Directorate General. Until the end of 2018 he was responsible for setting-up the activities "Horizon 2020: Small and Medium-Sized Companies", in particular the implementation of the SME Instrument under the EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme Horizon 2020, within the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-Sized Companies (EASME).

Eurocrat in spite of oneself, or; love yourself and it doesn’t matter who you marry.


A short outline of my path into the European institutions and why I stayed there for over 25 years. 

In this talk, Bernd Reichert will talk about the work within the European Union and the prospects of young scientists within the field of science policy.