Ana Helman

Dr. Ana Helman is a Science Officer with ESF Science Connect. A highly experienced professional, Ana possesses strong management and organizational skills, with experience in coordinating international research programmes and expert committees.

Following her leadership of Work Package 16 under FP7, Ana is currently leading a work package of the Graphene Flagship, Europe’s biggest ever research initiative, funded by the EU.  She is responsible for co-ordination and alignment between the Graphene Flagship Core Project and other graphene and related materials, research initiatives and programmes.  She also manages the MERIL portal and database, mapping research infrastructure in Europe under the MERIL-2 project, which is funded by the European Commission.

Ana has participated in peer review and evaluation missions for a range of initiatives including the Train to Move (T2M) mobility fellowship programme for postdoctoral researchers, operated by University of Turin and supported by the European Commission, and by the banking foundation Compagnia di San Paolo.  

Previously, she has managed the ESF’s portfolio of programmes in the field of physics, nanosciences and materials including European collaborative Research Programmes (EUROCORES), Research Networking Programmes, Forwards Looks and the Expert Committee on Materials Sciences and Engineering (MatSEEC).

Prior to taking up her current role (2014), she was Science Assistant with the US National Science Foundation’s Europe-Eurasia Office at the US Embassy in Paris, and had also previously worked with the European Science Foundation as Science Officer from 2008 to 2012. In her earlier career as a researcher, she worked at Philips Research and the University of Strasbourg, and has been an expert evaluator for the European Commission (DG Research).

Ana holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Paris Sud (Orsay, France), a Master’s Degree in Materials Science from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Science from University of Padova (Italy).  She is fluent in English, French, Italian and Croatian, and has basic knowledge and understanding of German and Dutch.