Virginia Puzzolo hold a PhD in plant ecology and biology, and I started my career at the European Commission in 2004 as a researcher in the Joint Research Center (JRC). In 2006, she was first seconded to DG ‘Enterprise and Industry’, where Virginia actively contributed to the development of the European Union’s Earth Observation Program: Copernicus.
Then, in 2009, Virginia moved to the Research Executive Agency (REA) where she was responsible for the execution of part of the FP7 and Horizon2020 Research Framework Programmes. For 20 years, Virginia has been working in developing and implementing the EU Research and Innovation policies and since September 2020, she is the Head of Programme in the Circular Bio-Based Europe Joint Undertaking (previously BBI JU).

Virginia Puzzolo

Head of CBE JU Programme Unit


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Also speaking:

  • Elke Duwenig, Senior Biotechnology Expert Global Regulatory / Public & Government Affairs, Nutrition & Health, BASF SE
  • Michael Brandkamp, Managing Partner, European Circular Bioeconomy Fund
  • Seren Kell, Science and Technology Manager, The Good Food Institute Europe
  • Filippo Giancarlo Martinelli, Industrial Partnerships Development, Abolis Biotechnologies