Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation
Wolfgang Burtscher has been Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation since 2009 and has meanwhile been responsible for a wide range of policy development and implementation issues pertaining to both the EU research and innovation framework programmes and broader EU research and innovation policy. From 2000 to 2009, Mr Burtscher was Director in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture. Before joining the European Commission in 2000, Mr Burtscher was representative of the Länder at the Austrian Permanent Representation to the EU. From 1992 to 1996, Mr Burtscher was Director of European Affairs in the Vorarlberg administration. Previously, from 1990 to 1992, he was a legal advisor at the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Geneva, at the time of negotiations on the European Economic Area (EEA). From 1983 to 1990, he was a lecturer in International and European Law at the University of Innsbruck. Mr Burtscher holds a doctorate in law and also has a qualification from the Institut Européen des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Nice.