Nicolas Walter

Nicolas Walter is Corporate Science Officer in charge of supervising and developing ESF scientific operations, including overlooking the implementation of external contracts and developing the ESF grant evaluation partnerships.

Nicolas joined the European Science Foundation in 2002. Through his 17 years in the organisation, he has been serving ESF and its expert boards and committees and has been involved in many science policy initiatives in the domains of European marine, space, polar and materials science. He has also initiated and managed over 12 projects and studies financed by the European Commission and the European Space Agency. In 2009 he started developing the ESF grant evaluation services.

Over the past years, Nicolas has been instrumental in the development of the executive offices of the Europlanet Society, the recently created European platform for planetary scientists, and of the European Astrobiology Institute, the first institutional grouping of research organisations interested in astrobiology, soon to be hosted by ESF.

Nicolas is currently the Executive Scientific Secretary of the ESF’s European Space Sciences Committee, ESSC, that represents the space science community in Europe. In this role, Nicolas has coordinated the ESSC activities and the production of high-level independent scientific advice to key stakeholders, including ministerial delegations, space agencies and the European Commission.

Before joining the ESF, Nicolas served as Project Engineer at the French space agency (CNES) in Kourou, French Guyana. He holds a Master of Space Studies from the International Space University and a bachelor’s degree in business management and innovation from the University of Strasbourg.