Careers Committee

ESOF 2018 Careers Committee members

The Careers Committee is responsible for the overall Careers programme preparation, the selection of speakers as well as for the launch of calls for sessions and the evaluation of proposals.

Pere Puigdomènech (Spain)

Research Professor, CSIC. Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics, CSIC-IRTA-UAB-UB. Bellaterra. Barcelona.
Chair of the Careers Committee

Genomics, ethics, education


Graduated in Physics (1970), and PhD. in Biology (1975). As a postdoctoral he visited the Biophysics Unit Portsmouth Polytechnic, UK, Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Genetik, Berlin. In 2013 was a visiting member of the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge and Trinity College. He has published 150 scientific articles in refereed journals and books. He has published more than 500 articles on science in popular and scientific journals, three books on popular science and two novels. He is Member of EMBO, Institut d’Estudis Catalans, Reial Acadèmia de Ciències i Arts de Barcelona and member of the Ethics Committee of INRA-CIRAD-IFREMER (France) and of the Permanent Working Group on Ethics of ALLEA (All European Academies).

His main present research area is Plant Molecular Biology and Genomics.

Isabella Susa (Italy)

Communication manager at the Research Administrative Area of Politecnico di Torino.
Vice-Chair of the Careers Committee


Communication, education


Isabella Susa is Communication manager at the  Research Administrative Area of Politecnico di Torino.  After receiving a Ph.D. and working as researcher in Applied Mathematics, she moved to Science Communication and Public Engagement, joining the Inforsciences group at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium).  She has contributed to the foundation of Agorà Scienza in Torino (Italy) and has been its scientific coordinator from 2006 to 2016.  In 2010 she has been Careers Programme and Satellite Events coordinator for ESOF2010 in Torino. In 2015, she has joined Politecnico di Torino to support research dissemination and scientist’s training in Communication, Public Engagement and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). She is project evaluator for the European Commission (H2020, Swafs-Science with and for Society WP) and she coordinates a national group of Research administrators reflecting on RRI practices.

Martin Andler (France)

Vice-President of EuroScience, Professor at the Université de Versailles St Quentin, Vice-Chair of the ESOF 2018 Programme Committee

Mathematics, History of Mathematics


Martin Andler is Professor of Mathematics at the Université de Versailles St Quentin. Before that he was affiliated with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université Paris-Diderot and Ecole Normale Supérieure. He has had visiting positions at Rutgers University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Insitute for Advanced Study.  His fields of research are mathematics (representation theory of Lie groups) and history of science (mathematics in the XIXth and XXth century). Apart from his strictly academic involvement, he is interested in science communication, science policy and more generally science and society issues. He is very involved in promoting mathematics for young people, as president of the Animath association. He is the convenor of the working group on Higher Education and Research of the Terra Nova thinktank, and a Vice-President of EuroScience since 2013. He was a vice-chair of the ESOF 2016 Programme Committee.

Alaa I. Ibrahim (Egypt)

Associate Professor at the American University in Cairo



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Muhammadou Kah (Gambia / Azerbaijan)

Vice Rector For Technologies & Innovation & Founding Dean, School of IT & Engineering (SITE) at Baku, Azerbaijan

Computer Sciences, Information Technology


Prof. Muhammadou M.O. Kah just completed a six-year term as the Third Vice Chancellor/President of The University of The Gambia (UTG) (2009-2015), where he also held the position of Professor of Information Technology & Communications and Overseer of the Teachers College. He was the 1st Gambian born to lead the University. In his 20-plus years in higher education, Kah has held teaching and leadership positions in the U.S. and abroad. His first full-time academic position was as director of institutional research and strategic planning at Bloomfield College, New Jersey. He would go on to cement his career in academia at Howard, George Washington, Rutgers Universities. In addition, he also served internationally at the American University of Sharjah(AUS) as Department Chairman, American University of Nigeria(AUN) and ADA University(ADA), Baku, Azerbaijan, developing and teaching courses in information technology, computer science and information systems.

Prior to becoming UTG’s President (Vice Chancellor) in 2009, Prof. Kah spent 4 years in Nigeria as the Founding Dean of the School of Information Technology and Communications at the American University of Nigeria (AUN) where he doubled for a year as Interim Dean of the School of Business & Entrepreneurship. While at AUN, He founded African Center for ICT Innovations and Training, also doubled at Interim CIO and served as a Board of Trustee member.

Prof. Kah was also engaged by ADA University in Baku, Azerbaijan (2015-2017) as the Vice Rector for Technology & Innovations and The Founding Dean of the School of Information Technology & Engineering, immediately after successfully completing his tenure as The University of The Gambia’s Vice Chancellor/President. He was recently named as Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost & Professor of Information Technology & Computing at The American University of Nigeria. Muhammadou was honored to be a regular contributor of the Africa Module in the Advance Leadership (ALP) Program of the Cambridge Judge Business School and was appointed an honorary Fellow in 2016-2017 of the Judge Business School and the Digital Innovation Center, University of Cambridge.

He is passionate about advancing the human condition by strengthening computing, engineering, science, innovation and IT education and Higher Education. He serves in many Boards in the Banking (Zenith Bank-The Gambia) and Higher Education Sectors in The Gambia and Nigeria. He also serves as a member of the Malabo Montpellier Panel and the EuroScience Forum 2018, amongst others.

Prof. Kah completed his BS, MS. and Ph.D. at the Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, one of the top Engineering and Technology Management universities in the USA. Prof. Kah also holds a Masters of Science in Finance (Financial Engineering) from The George Washington University, Washington, DC. In addition, he completed the Advance Leadership (ALP) Program of the Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and a Postgraduate Diploma (DipSI) in Strategy and Innovation from the Said Business School, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.