Sun. Jun 26th, 2022

Brussels, 25 May 2022

The European Commission has decided today to appoint Laurence Moreau as Executive Director of the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA), which is the dedicated implementation structure of the European Research Council (ERC). It manages EU programmes on research and innovation.

The ERC’s mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence. The date of effect of this appointment will be determined later.

Laurence Moreau, a French national, has pursued a career of 30 years in the scientific field. She will draw on her long-standing experience in designing and implementing operational processes and on her many years of close involvement in shaping, developing and implementing EU policies and programmes in the area of research and innovation.

Laurence Moreau is also equipped with excellent management, negotiation and communication skills. She has been working in ERCEA since 2016 as Head of Department and prior to that as Head of Unit ‘Legal affairs and Internal Control’. Earlier in her career, she was Deputy Head of the units in charge of ‘Coal and Steel’ and ‘Materials’ in DG RTD.

Before joining the former Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection (DG SANCO) as a Food and Veterinary Office Auditor in 1999, she worked in the French Ministry of Agriculture as Head of the Veterinary Services and Deputy Director of Agriculture and Fishery Services. Laurence Moreau holds a PhD in Veterinary Medicine.