Acting Director, Innovation Union and European Research Area, Directorate General for Research & Innovation (DG RTD), European Commission
Peter Dröll is in charge of Innovation Policy Development in the European Commission's Research and Innovation Department. He oversees the implementation of the "Innovation Union", the European Innovation strategy he has co-authored while being in charge of innovation policy in the Commission's Enterprise and Industry Department. His previous positions in the European Commission include financial control of the Joint Research Centre, enforcement of EU environmental legislation, accession negotiations with Poland and coordination of the environment negotiations with all accession countries. He was a Cabinet member of Enlargement Commissioner Günter Verheugen and Head of Cabinet of the Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik. Peter is a lawyer by training with a doctorate degree in German constitutional law and European law. Before joining the European Commission in 1991, Peter worked as a lawyer in a German law firm.
Mr Dröll will speak on: Gender Dimension in Research and Innovation: the way to Excellence, Jobs and Growth in his Welcome on Day 2