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Erika Widegren

Chief Executive Officer

Erika is Chief Executive of Re-Imagine Europa (RIE). She has been working in the field of connecting science, society and policy for over a decade. She is fellow at PlusValue, a UK-based European company focusing on social innovation; she is board member of Citizen Communication Platform, a Swedish project to promote stronger communication with citizens; and member of the committee supporting the work of Luc Van den Brande, Special Adviser to President Jean- Claude Juncker, for the Report on the “Outreach towards Citizen” Strategy.

Until September 2016, she was Chairman of the Advisory Board of REIsearch, an innovative non-profit European platform co-funded by the European Commission to demonstrate how a simple technological tool, coupled to a broad network of leading media, research institutions, researchers, civil society organisations, and citizens, can help policy makers to make better use of all knowledge and experience – wherever it may come from – to make better decisions, based on evidence and experience, for the benefit of society as a whole.

From 2010 to 2015 she was the Executive Director of Atomium – European Institute for Science, Media and Democracy working on issues like Science in Society, Responsible Research and Innovation, Digital Science, Evidence-based Policy Making and Citizen Engagement.

She is a frequent speaker and moderator at European conferences on these topics including: Economic Ideas Forum 2017 (Brussels – November 2017), SAPEA International Science Conference on “Crossing Boundaries: new approaches to science for policy in Europe” (Tallinn – October 2017), Aesis Network conference to “Boosting Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities (Cardiff – September 2017), European Innovation Summit (European Parliament – November 2016), the 2nd INGSA Conference on “Science and Policy Making: towards a new dialogue” (European Commission – September 2016).