Virtual Coffee Chat with a Science Diplomat webinar: Austria interview

    20/08/2020 - 14:00
    United States, (Virtual)
    20/08/2020 - 14:50
    EURAXESS North America


Video recording:



EURAXESS North America is pleased to present its second webinar in the Virtual Coffee Chat with a Science Diplomat webinar series, and the first country-level interview.


Want to learn about Austria's efforts to engage and support its researcher diaspora, connect policy and research to diplomacy, and build bridges with North America? Join us virtually for a casual conversation with Simone Poetscher that will last about as long as your cup of coffee. Simone is the Director of Programs and Operations at the Office of Science and Technology Austria (OSTA) at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC.


The webinar will take place on Thursday, August 20th, 2020 at 11:00 AM PDT / 2:00 PM EDT / 8:00 PM CEST. Convert to your local time zone here.


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About the series:

In the Virtual Coffee Chat with a Science Diplomat webinar series, the conversations feature a science official based in the U.S. or Canada, who will highlight their experience in North America, the country's research landscape and opportunities, their career path, and more. The brief chat will flow freely with the aim of having an open discussion on the varying roles and perspectives of science diplomats, and we will share viewer questions so that you can be a part of the conversation.


Each webinar in the series will be between 30 and 45 minutes total, making it a true coffee chat you can squeeze into your busy schedule. Click the button above to register and share any questions you may have for the interviewee.


Speaker biography:

Simone Poetscher


Simone Poetscher brings to the Office of Science and Technology Austria at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC, more than 14 years of experience in international science, technology, and innovation. In her role as Director of Programs and Operations, she focuses primarily on interdisciplinary program management, development and implementation of strategic initiatives, organizational restructuring, business operations, as well as management of board and stakeholder relationships.


For more than a decade, Simone has led the expansion of the Research and Innovation Network Austria (RINA), a network of over 3,300 Austrian researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs in North America. As a board member, committee chair, and volunteer, she has also shared her expertise with various non-profit organizations including Atlas Corps and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


Before joining OSTA in 2006, Simone supported the Austrian Press and Information Service during Austria’s EU Presidency and held project management positions in private industry, at university institutions, and in public service.