Fraunhofer EU Office Brussels

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Facilitating excellent opportunities in the European R&I arena

The Fraunhofer EU Office in Brussels connects Fraunhofer management and researchers to the European research and innovation landscape. Our mission is to support the Fraunhofer Executive Board and the institutes on EU research topics, to proactively bring those topics to the awareness of Fraunhofer and to provide orientation through our EU expertise. Furthermore, we represent Fraunhofer positions in the context of European research and innovation policy and initiate strategic research collaborations through our excellent, European and Fraunhofer network.

We thus provide a unique platform for communication and collaboration with European institutions and other partner organizations in Brussels to showcase the significance of applied research and innovation.


Our strategic positioning activities include:

  • Advocacy of Fraunhofer interests at EU level
  • Participation in expert groups and other EU committees
  • Liaison activities with European partners (e.g. EARTO)
  • Preparation of meetings of Fraunhofer Executive Board members with EU commissioners and members of the European Parliament
  • Monitoring and analysis of European research politics

Fraunhofer Gender Equality Plan

The promotion of equal opportunities in research and innovation is an important objective for the EU Commission, which the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft supports with a commitment signed by the Executive Board.

The "Gender Equality Plan" is accessible to all Fraunhofer employees on the intranet. It provides an overview of the status quo, goals and measures for the promotion of equal opportunities at Fraunhofer. 

Services for Fraunhofer Institutes include:

  • »Door opener« to the European commission and the European Parliament, contact point, meeting preparation
  • Information about European research funding programs and specific advice for individual institutes
  • Publication of a monthly newsletter on European research funding and European research politics
  • Coordination of events and project meetings on the premises of Fraunhofer Brussels

Contact Persons

Cathérine Steelant

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Cathérine Steelant

Deputy Head of Office and Senior Policy Advisor | European Research Policy

Phone +32 2 50642-46

Katrin  Mögele

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Katrin Mögele

Senior Policy Advisor | Environment and Energy

Mobile +49 151 41486451

Axel Pols

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Dr. Axel Pols

Senior Policy Advisor | ICT and Digitalisation

Phone +32 2 50642-47

Mobile +49 160 948 090 54

Tina Stefanova

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Tina Stefanova

Senior Policy Advisor | Research and Industrial Policy

Phone +32 2 50642-41

Jo Hannah  Zacharias

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Jo Hannah Zacharias

Project Manager Political Communication

Phone +32 2 50642-44

Johanna Leissner

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Dr. Johanna Leissner

Scientific Representative of Fraunhofer Institutes IAP, IBP, ICT, IGB, IMW and ISC | Cultural Heritage and Sustainability Network

Phone +32 2 50642-43

Elisabeth Paul

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Elisabeth Paul

Assistant to Chief Representative for the European Union

Zentrale der Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
Hansastraße 27c
80686 München

Phone +49 89 1205-1911

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Office and event manager