In order to guarantee the continuous assessment of project quality and evaluation of its results, an Advisory Board will be set up. The board consists of three  high level academic experts on European integration process.

Johan Schot is Professor of Comparative Global History at the UtrechtUniversityCentre for Global Challenges (UUGLOBE). He is Director of the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC) and the Deep Transitions research project. He was previously Director of the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex Business School in the UK from 2014 to 2018. Johan Schot is an academic entrepreneurthat buildsbridgesbetween science and practice by applying a transdisciplinary research approach. He isworkingjointly with actors from different academic disciplines, policy-makers, governments, civil society, NGOs, the media and business worldto address the biggest challenges of our timessuch as climate change andsocial inequality.He is the author of influential publications including Transitions Towards Sustainable Development. New Directions in The Study of Long TermTransformative Change (Grin, Rotmans & Schot) andThree frames for innovation policy: R&D, systems of innovation and transformative change(Schot & Steinmueller, 2018).Currently, his research oscillates around a number of key themes. Firstly, he is fronting, along with colleagues at SPRU, the development of Transformative Innovation Policy (TIP). This centres around examining how governments, and other actors, create policies that enable innovation to transform our current systemsof provision and address issues associated with our ‘world in transition’, including climate degradation, inequality, security and mass migration. He is the founder of the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC).TIPC is a group of science, technology and innovation researchers, policymakers and funding agencies working together to give substance to a new framing for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy –Transformative Innovation Policy (TIP). TIP aims to address global societal challenges, as encapsulated in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.This area also includes an exploration of the ‘world in transition’ expressed through the notion of ‘Second Deep Transition’ –the second significant area of research. The Deep Transitions project, which Professor Schot heads, is a £1.5 million research programme, supported by investment bank Baillie Gifford, to identify how long-term societal change occurs. Further research areas of interest for Professor Schot are -examining the vital role users play in evolving technologies to a dominant position in society; the International Panel on Social Progress, (IPSS – where Schot examines the role of science and technology in developing a new agenda on social progress for the 21st century; and examining how the EU’s ‘Europe’ came to be, by identifying the issues which highlight the possible reasons for its current obstacles and difficulties. This is encapsulated in his book Making Europe:Writing the Rules for Europe. Professor Schot is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) elected for his achievements in interdisciplinary work. In 2002 he was awarded a VICI grant by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). In2014, he won the distinguished Freeman Award 2014 for the Making Europebookseries. In 2015,he was awarded the Leonardo da Vinci Medal for his outstanding contributions tohistory of technologyfield. To stay up to date on latest developments, events and publications, subscribe to Professor Schot’snewsletterand follow @Johan_Schoton Twitter.

Ivan Krastev (links) und Gabriel Tzafka (rechts)

Ivan Krastev (1965, Lukovit/Bulgaria) is chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia, and Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna (IWM). From May to December 2019 he has been awarded a Mercator Senior Fellowship. Beyond that, is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the global advisory board of Open Society Foundations, New York, and a member of the advisory council of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) and the European Cultural Foundation (ECF). He is also associate editor of Europe’s World and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Democracy and Transit – Europäische Revue. From 2004 to 2006 Ivan Krastev has been the executive director of the International Commission on the Balkans chaired by the former Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato. He was the editor-in-chief of the Bulgarian Edition of Foreign Policy and was a member of the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London (2005-2011).  He has held fellowships at St. Antony’s College (Oxford); the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars (Washington, D.C.); the Collegium Budapest; the Wissenschaftskolleg (Berlin); the Institute of Federalism at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland); and the Remarque Institute at New York University.


His books in English include “After Europe” (UPenn Press, 2017), “Democracy Disrupted. The Global Politics on Protest” (UPenn Press, May 2014), “In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don’t Trust Our Leaders”, (TED Books, 2013); “The Anti-American Century”, co-edited with Alan McPherson, (CEU Press, 2007) and “Shifting Obsessions: Three Essays on the Politics of Anticorruption” (CEU Press, 2004). He is a co-author with Stephen Holmes of a book “The Light that Failed” on East European politics.

Abel Polese is a Senior Research Fellow with DCU Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction. He has been a Marie Curie Fellow at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany (2006-2008) and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (2008-2011). In 2012-2013 he worked as a policy analyst for the European Commission (DG Research). He has been a visiting professor to several universities in America (Harvard, Toronto, Manizales), Europe (Paris, Budapest, Dubrovnik, Moscow, Cagliari, Vilnius, Rijeka, Kyiv), Asia (Tezpur, JNU in Delhi, Konkpook in Daegu, Renmin in Beijing).

So far, Abel has been awarded funding for over nearly €16 million and his project “Sustainable Development in Cultural Diversity” received the Global Education Award by the Council of Europe in 2011. He has also prepared studies and reports for, inter alia, the UNDP, the Irish Department of Justice, WAGGGS, Erasmus National Offices.

He is the author of “the Scopus diaries and the (il)logics of academic survival”, which is a reflection on how to navigate academic careers, and regularly writes blog posts on the challenging of academia. Abel is co-editor of Studies of Transition States and Societies, a scopus-indexed open access journal and is active in debates and initiatives on open science and science excellence with the Global Young Academy, one of the main organisations dealing with science policies across five continents.