Sofie Vanthournout

Sofie has been the director of Sense about Science EU since May 2016. She is based in Brussels and focuses on EU policy. She was trained as a botanist and has a background in molecular biology research. Between 2008 and 2016 she managed the international relations of the Royal Belgian Academies. In 2010, she launched a Brussels office for the European Academies Science Advisory Council, an organisation that gives independent scientific advice for EU policy. Sofie headed this office for 6 years, supporting EASAC in connecting to the European Institutions and other stakeholders. In 2014, she temporarily joined the team of Anne Glover, then chief scientific adviser of the European commission. It was then that she became passionate about public dialogue and where she became convinced that Brussels is in urgent need of a Sense about Science EU.