Executive Board

  • Ludovic Thilly (Chair)

    Poitiers

    Ludovic Thilly is Full Professor at the University of Poitiers. Since 2012, he is Executive Vice-Rector in charge of European Networks. Member of the Executive Board of the Coimbra Group since 2015, he was elected Chair in June 2017 and re-elected in June 2020 for four years.

    Ludovic Thilly is a Physicist and works on the deformation mechanisms of (nano-)materials. He has co-authored 70+ publications in international peer-reviewed journals (incl. 4 book chapters) and given 50+ invited lectures at international conferences and institutions.

    Professor Thilly is Coordinator of the EC2U European University Alliance and coordinates the informal group of the 24 newly selected Alliances.

  • Cláudia Cavadas (Vice-Chair)

    Coimbra

    Cláudia Cavadas is Vice-Rector for Research, Director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Coimbra. Member of the Executive Board since 2019, she was elected Vice-Chair in June 2021.

    Cláudia Cavadas works on the field of aging and neuroendocrinology and is co-author of around 70 publications in international peer-reviewed journals. She was the elected President of the Portuguese Society of Pharmacology.

     

  • Beatrix Busse

    Köln

    Beatrix Busse (born 1973 in Haren) is Professor of English Linguistics and the Vice-Rector for Student Affairs and Teaching at the University of Cologne. From 2011 to 2019 she held the Chair of English Linguistics at Heidelberg University where she was appointed as Vice-Rector for Teaching and Student Affairs twice, from 2013 to 2019. Busse has a broad range of research interests that include stylistics, corpus linguistics, history of English and historical pragmatics, sociolinguistics, language in urban space with a focus on Brooklyn, New York, and transfer linguistics.

    Busse is part of the steering committee and the person responsible on behalf of the University of Cologne for EUniWell –the European University for Well-Being.

  • Daniel Donoghue

    Durham

    Daniel Donoghue is Professor in the Department of Geography, Co-director of Durham University Institute for Data Science at Durham University. He recently served as University Dean for Internationalisation and as Deputy Head of Faculty in the Faculty of Social Sciences & Health. He has published over 100 articles and books and pursued research in the field of deforestation and forest degradation, land use change and archaeology. In 2009 he shared the Talbert Abrams and the ERDAS awards for the best paper in remote sensing from ASPRS, and in 2012 was awarded the President’s Prize by the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society.

  • Dorota Malec

    Krakow

    Dorota Malec is the Jagiellonian University Vice-Rector for International Relations, a lawyer, professor of jurisprudence, and former Vice-Dean of the JU Faculty of Law and Administration (2008-2016) and JU Vice-Rector for University Development (2016-2020). She chairs the JU Department of Administrative History and Thought and JU Source Text Publishing Unit. She is a member of the International Affairs Committee of the Conference of Rectors in Poland, and former Disciplinary Spokesperson of the General Council of Higher Education. She teaches and publishes in legal history, history of administration, law codification and is the author and co-author of about 160 publications.

  • Coco Norén

    Uppsala

    Coco Norén is Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Uppsala University and Professor of French. She is the former Dean of the Faculty of Languages (2014-2020). After receiving her PhD in 1999, she was a Pro Futura Fellow at the Swedish Collegium of Advanced Studies (2002-2008) and an Academy Research Fellow at the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities (2008-2013). In 2015 she was elected a member of the Research Leads Group in the Matariki Network (2015-2020) and she chairs Uppsala University’s Steering Committee for ENLIGHT, a European University Alliance, since 2021. Her field of research is argumentation, text linguistics and polyphony in modern French, in particular European parliamentary discourse and spoken practices. She joined the Executive Board in June 2021.

  • Lenka Rovná

    Prague

    Lenka Rovná is a Jean Monnet Chair Ad Personam and three times the bearer of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in European Studies at Charles University. She served as a  Vice-Rector at  Charles University for European Affairs from 2014 – 2022. Currently she is a Rector’s Board Member and Rector’s Representative in 4EU+. Lenka Rovná is a Professor at the Department of European Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences. She is publishing and teaching in the field of European Politics and British History and Politics. She is a member of the Executive Board of Coimbra Group, member of the Academic Council of Europaeum, and a member of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions’ Advisory Group at the EC. In 2002-3 she served as an Alternate to the Czech Government’s Representative in the Convention preparing European Constitution, the basis for Lisbon Treaty.

  • Elmer Sterken

    Groningen

    Elmer Sterken is a Professor of Monetary Economics at Groningen University. He is the former Interim Director at the Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut in Rome (2019-2020) and Rector Magnificus at the University of Groningen (2011-2019). Previously, Prof. Sterken has been the Director of the Dutch Network of Graduate Studies in Business Economics, Board Member of the Energy Delta Institute, and of the Dutch Association of Universities. His Ph.D. in Economics and Master in Econometrics (cum laude) are the basis of his research, focused on monetary policy and transmission, business cycle fluctuations, corporate investment and sports statistics.

  • Luca Verzichelli (Treasurer)

    Siena

    Luca Verzichelli is a professor of Political Science at the University of Siena. PhD in Political Science (University of Florence) and studies in Heidelberg, Colchester and Columbia University. He is the former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and is currently the Delegate of the Rector for International Studies. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Consortium for Political Research (2012-2018). He is the author/editor of 17 books and has published 35 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 63 chapters in edited books.

    Member of the Executive Board since 2017, he serves as elected Treasurer since June 2018.

  • Efrem Yildiz Sadak

    Salamanca

    Efrem Yildiz Sadak is Vice-Rector for International Relations of the University of Salamanca, a Full Professor at the Faculty of Philology, Department of Hebrew and Aramaic Studies, specialised in Aramaic history, language and literature. He is a committee member of several scientific journals, the (co-)author of books and articles in journals on Aramaic language, literature, history and culture of the Aramaic-speaking peoples. Prof. Yildiz has been Vice-Dean of International Relations and Institutional Erasmus Coordinator (2004-2011) at the Faculty of Philology and is a member of the Commission of the Degree in Hebrew and Aramaic Studies.


Rectors’ Advisory Group

  • Milena Králíčková (Honorary President)

    Prague

    Milena Králíčková has been the Rector of Charles University in Prague since February 2022.

    Professor Králíčková focuses on the study of early embryogenesis, differentiation and regeneration in relation to other cellular processes. She graduated in 1996 in General Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen, before completing in 2002 doctoral studies in Anatomy, Histology and Embryology at the Institute of Histology and Embryology. During her PhD studies, she received a Fulbright scholarship and spent the academic year 1998/1999 at Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital. She also obtained a first degree certificate in gynaecology and obstetrics and started working at the Gynaecology and Obstetrics Clinic of the University Hospital in Pilsen.

    For several years she combined clinical practice, teaching and research. She was appointed as Head of the Department of Histology and Embryology of the Faculty of Medicine of the Charles University in 2011 and Professor of Histology and Embryology in 2016. From 2014 to 2022 she served as Vice-Rector for Education at Charles University.

  • Daniela Mapelli

    Padova

    Daniela Mapelli has been the Rector of the University of Padua since October 2021. She graduated in Experimental Psychology from the University of Padua before obtaining her PhD in the same discipline from the University of Trieste. She spent two years (1993 to 1995) at Carnegie Mellon University in the Department of Psychology’s Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. Between 1997 and 2003 she held post-doc positions in the Department of General Psychology and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Medicine of the University of Padua.

    In 2003, she became a university researcher. In 2010, she became an Associate Professor and in 2016, she obtained a Full Professorship position at the University of Padua where she teaches Neuropsychology and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. She has held several management positions at the University of Padua, including Vice-Rector of Teaching (2015-2021) and President of the University Presidium for Quality and Teaching Accreditations (2015-2021). She is a member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, the Herbert Simon Society, the Italian Association of Psychology, and the Italian Society of Neuropsychology.

  • Axel Freimuth

    Köln

    Axel Freimuth has been the Rector of the University of Cologne since April 2005.

    After his doctorate and subsequent postdoctoral lecture qualification (Habilitation) in physics in Cologne, he became professor at the University of Karlsruhe in 1996.

    In 1998, he accepted the Chair for Experimental Solid-State Physics at the University of Cologne. From 1999 to 2000, he was managing director of the Institute of Physics II, and from 2000 to 2002, head of the Department of Physics. Following a research stay in 2002 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, he was Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences from 2003 to 2005. Since 2007, Professor Freimuth has served as chair of the advisory board of the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (Cologne) and as a member of the advisory boards of the Max Planck Institutes for the Study of Societies (Cologne), Radio Astronomy (Bonn), Biology of Ageing (Cologne) and Metabolism Research (Cologne).

    From 2008 to 2010, Professor Freimuth chaired the Rectors’ Conference of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (LRK).    In February 2018, Professor Freimuth was awarded an honorary doctorate from Tbilisi State University.

  • Pilar Aranda Ramírez

    Granada

    Dr Pilar Aranda Ramírez is a full professor of Physiology at the University of Granada. She has been Rector of the University of Granada since June 2015 and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Health Sciences Technology Park of Granada. She was the Vice-President of the Spanish Rectors’ Conference from November 2017 to May 2019.

  • Jukka Kola

    Turku

    Jukka Kola is the Rector of the University of Turku and the Chairman of the national Forum for International Affairs in Higher Education and Research of Finland. He previously held the posts of Rector (2013-2018), Vice-Rector (2010-2013) and Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry (2004-2009) at the University of Helsinki where he started his career as Professor in the 1990s. His academic field is Agricultural Economics and Policy.

    Jukka Kola has also served as a trustee in several international associations, including the Executive Committees and the Board of Directors of e.g. the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE), the International Food and Agribusiness Association (IFAMA), for which he still acts as a Counsellor, and the League of the European Research Universities (LERU) where he was a member of the Board of Directors and the Rectors’ Assembly.

  • Luc Sels

    Leuven

    Luc Sels is the Rector of KU Leuven and a member of the Rectors’ Assembly of the League of European Research Universities, the Board of Directors of Venice International University (VIU), the Board of the Flemish Inter-University Council (VLIR) and the Board of Directors of Vlerick Business School. Luc Sels is a professor at and former Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business. His primary substantive research interests centre around projections of labour market indicators, active ageing and (corporate) demography, talent management and workforce differentiation, and has been published in leading scholarly journals. He is actively involved in labour market policy research and advice and represents the Federal Minister of Employment on the Belgian High Council for Employment as director of the Centre of Expertise in Labour Market Monitoring.

  • Toomas Asser

    Tartu

    Toomas Asser is the Rector of the University of Tartu since 2018, Professor of Neurosurgery and member of  Estonian Academy of Sciences. He studied Medicine in Tartu State University and completed his PhD in medicine in Moscow N. Burdenko Institute of Neurosurgery. In 1979 he began his career in Tartu State University in Neurosurgery and Neurology Clinic. In 1988 he stayed 1 year in Tohoku University in Japan as a research fellow. In 1995 he was elected a professor of neurosurgery at the University of Tartu and later served as a Head of Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery (1996–2018) and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine  (2000–2009).

    Asser is a member of the National Research & Development Council since 2018; member of Training Committee (2003–2018) and Vice President (2011–2015) of European Association of Neurosurgical Societies ; member (1990–) and President (2006–2009, 2014–2018) of Baltic Neurosurgical Association; member of Estonian Society of Neurologists and Neurosurgeons (1989 −) and member of the Estonian Movement Disorders Society.


Administrative & Financial Committee

  • Markus Gelhoet (Chair)

    Göttingen

    Markus Gelhoet heads the Department of Finances and Control at the University of Göttingen. Since 2014, he is member of the Administrative and Financial Committee. He act as Chair since 2017.

    Markus Gelhoet graduated in Business Administration with a focus on Information Systems. After his PhD in 2009, he joined the University of Göttingen and served in different positions in financial and research administration.


Working Groups

Coordination by EB members Support from policy officer at CG Office

Coimbra Group Office

See the composition of the Office here

General Assemblies History

Statutes (French only)

Foundation Charter 1987