My name is Jan Marco Müller and I work for the European Commission. I am a European citizen born in Germany in 1971. Following my studies of Geography, Media Sciences and Spanish I received a PhD in Geography from the University of Marburg (Germany). The doctoral thesis, funded with a grant from the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation, was about the impact of market liberalisation on the transport system of Colombia, a country which I have travelled extensively.
From 2000-2004 I served as Assistant to the Scientific Director of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig (Germany), which is one of Europe’s leading environmental research centres, with 1000 staff. During this time I played a key role in the foundation of the Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER), the network of Europe’s largest environmental research centres, to which I served as Secretary in the first three years. The PEER members combine almost half a billion Euro in budget and some 5000 people.
In 2004 I joined the European Commission as Research Programme and Communications Manager of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability located in lovely Ispra (Italy), which is one of the seven Institutes constituting the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s in-house science service (and a PEER member).
In 2007 I left the Commission to work as Head of Business Development & Public Relations at the Headquarters of another PEER member, the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) in Wallingford (Oxfordshire). Being part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), CEH is the UK’s centre of excellence for integrated research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere.
In 2009 I returned to the Commission, serving until January 2012 as Assistant to the Director-General of the Joint Research Centre, based at the JRC Headquarters in Brussels. JRC has 3000 staff spread over 5 countries and is without doubt one of the most fascinating research organisations worldwide.
Following a brief stay in the Interinstitutional Relations Unit of DG Research and Innovation, I joined the former Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) in March 2012 to support the recently appointed Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission Professor Dame Anne Glover. Managing her office has been the most rewarding job I have done in my career, very demanding, but also very inspiring. Following the closure of the office by the incoming Commission, I joined in February 2015 the Joint Research Centre again, now as a Policy Officer for International Relations.
I have fulfilled many scientific assignments, including having served four years on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Board of the French national environmental research centre IRSTEA (formerly known as CEMAGREF) and as an Assistant Professor for Urban Geography at the National University of Colombia in Bogotá. Since May 2012 I am a Policy Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) of the University of Cambridge. Currently I am doing a fellowship at the Center for Science & Technology Policy Research of the University of Colorado in Boulder, working with one of the leading scholars in the field of science advice to policy-making, Roger Pielke, jr.
Please note that this blog is personal. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the official position of the European Commission.