Ana Helman

A highly experienced professional, Ana possesses strong management and organisational skills, with experience in coordinating large-scale research programmes and expert committees in Europe.  
Ana currently manages activities related to Research Infrastructures at the ESF and coordinates the CatRIS project, building on the previous MERIL-2 project, both funded by the European Commission.  She is also involved in the Graphene Flagship, Europe’s biggest ever research initiative, as responsible for coordination and alignment between the Graphene Flagship Core Project and other graphene and related materials, research initiatives and programmes.  
She previously 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 a Science Assistant with the US National Science Foundation’s Europe-Eurasia Office at the US Embassy in Paris. In her earlier career as a researcher, she worked at Philips Research laboratories in Eindhoven (the Netherlands) 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 in Materials Science from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris) and a Bachelor in Materials Science from University of Padova (Italy).  

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