Sergej Možina, Slovenian science attaché at the EU

Sergej Možina, a political scientist by academic background, has extensive experience in national and EU research and innovation policy-making. As Slovenian science attaché at the Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels, he helped shape the EU research and innovation policy and negotiated among others the last two EU framework programmes, Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe, and other legislative frameworks, such as the ERIC Regulation, EIT or European Partnerships legislative acts and others.

He chaired the Research Working Party in the Council of the EU during the Slovenian Presidency in 2021, which chose gender equality in research and innovation as one of the highest political priorities – a fact reflected both among the main European Research Area (ERA) values, principles and priorities in the Pact for R&I and in the first ERA Policy Agenda 2022-2024, all adopted at the time. At the beginning of 2022, the Member States elected him as their co-chair of the ERA Forum.