Johannes Klumpers leads the recently created Scientific Advice Mechanism Unit (SAM) in the European Commission.
The Unit supports the Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors who, as their name suggests, give science advice to the European Commissioners. The Group of Advisors– with support by the Unit- collaborates in this endeavour with five European Science Academy Networks.
The Unit also supports the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE), which also advises the Commissioners. Finally, the Unit develops policies on research integrity and assesses Horizon 2020 applications and projects according to their ethical and some legal characteristics.
A German National, born in Geneva in 1964, he studied forestry and wood technology and obtained his PhD from the French Ecole Nationale du Génie Rural, des Eaux et Forêts (ENGREF). After several years of industrial research in Sweden, he joined the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research & Innovation in 1998 and has worked there on a variety of topics, from renewable raw materials and industrial processes to gender, science in society, finance and budget. He has been in his current post since its establishment, 1 October 2015.