James Gavigan



Minister-Counselor, Head of the Research & Innovation Section, Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America

James has been Minister-Counsellor and Head of the Science, Technology and Education section at the European Union’s Delegation to the United States of America in Washington DC since September 2012. He is responsible for liaising between the EU and the U.S. on policy-driven cooperation in research and innovation. He also facilitates cooperation between U.S.-based EU Member State Science Counsellors, undertakes outreach and promotional activities as well as fulfilling regular Counsellor duties. From 2006 to 2012, James was Head of the European Commission’s European Research Area (ERA) Policy Unit. From 2003 to 2006, he worked on the European Commission’s Research Investment Action Plan and was acting Head of Unit in 2006. From 1995 to 2003 he worked at the European Commission’s Institute for Prospective Technological Studies in Seville, Spain. From 1990 to 1995, he was European Commission Scientific Project Officer for Advanced Materials R&D and small-firm R&D support schemes. From 1985 to 1990, he worked as a research physicist mainly in Ireland and France. James has a BAMod (1985) and a PhD in Physics (1988) from Trinity College Dublin (IRL), and a Master’s in Public Administration (2003) from the University of Warwick (UK). He speaks English, French, Spanish and some Irish and Italian. He was born on 19 Dec 1963 in the Yukon, has dual Irish and Canadian citizenship and is married with four sons.


Hervé Sabourin


Hervé Sabourin

French Supervisor of the Erasmus+ programme, Ex VP International, University of Poitiers, France

Hervé Sabourin has an Agrégation in Mathematics (1987), and a PhD in Mathematics (1994) and an Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (2005) from the University of Poitiers in France. He has been an European Expert for EACEA (Education Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency) since 2013. He is in charge of assessment and promotion of European Education programmes. Since 2012, he also has been the Director International Relations of Figure, a Network of 15 French Universities for Engineering. From 2010 to 2012, he was the Vice-President of the University of Poitiers, responsible of International Relations. From 2007 to 2010, he was the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Science of Poitiers, in charge of International Relations and Communication. From 2008 to 2012, he was a Board member of the University of Poitiers. Since 1995, he works as an Associate Professor of Mathematics.

During his career, Hervé developed various international activities:

  • Implementation and management of targeted partnerships with foreign Universities, in terms of education and research, with a special focus to : USA, Canada, Brazil, Colombia, Lebanon, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, China.
  • Development of Students and Staff incoming and outcoming mobilities
  • Management of 12 Joint degrees (Bachelor and Master)
  • Management of a national network of 35 French Higher education establishments dedicated to the refoundation of the Haiti University System after earthquake.
  • Organization of Summer schools (USA, Canada, China, Europe via Erasmus IP)
  • Specific involvement into European Education and Research programmes:  3 Erasmus-Mundus Master programmes in coordination (EU-ROMIME, EMAE, IMACS), 1 Tempus programme in coordination (OIPULES) (Lebanon, Egypt, Syria), 3 Erasmus-Mundus Action2 mobility programmes in partnership: SAPIENT(South Africa), AL-IDRISI (North Africa), ERANET(Russia), 2 Tempus Programmes in partnership (MOGEDOV, JOINSEE) and 1 INTERREG Research Programme in partnership (ELIARE SU-DOE).

His main research interests are the representations of Lie Groups and Lie Algebras, the reductive symmetric pairs in a complex Lie algebra, the Lie-Poisson Geometry of Nilpotent adjoint orbits in a semi-simple Lie algebra, the Toda lattices and the Integrable systems.





EURAXESS Links North America Regional Representative

Born in Slovakia, Viktoria Bodnarova graduated from the Metropolitan University in Prague, Czech Republic in 2008 having completed a Master’s degree in International Relations and European studies. Right after her studies she started to work at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic as a project manager and a national coordinator of the Czech EURAXESS Network.

During 5 years (2008-2013) of working there, her main responsibilities were setting up a national network, administering national as well as European projects, communicating with national authorities regarding international mobility and providing practical support to researchers and their family members moving to the Czech Republic. She was a national expert in the Working Group for Human Resources and Mobility, EURAXESS Network Management Working Group and for the questions of Long Term Permit for the Purpose of Scientific Research.

Viktoria has participated as a speaker in several European and non-European events dealing with international mobility, career development of researchers and entry conditions for third country national researchers. Since 2013 she is working as the EURAXESS Links Regional Representative for North America (USA and Canada), informing the community of European and non-European researchers based in North America (approx. 4000 members) about the funding and career opportunities the European Research Area has to offer and being their first contact point before their move to Europe.