Martina Hartl is Deputy Head of Unit for International Research Cooperation and Science Diplomacy in the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research.
With a background in Sociology, her 20+ years career in the Ministry started in the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, where she has soon been involved in EU activities, serving as the Austrian delegate in the respective Programme Committees in FP6 and FP7. From 2009 to 2013 she worked in the EC DG RTD in Brussels as Seconded National Expert in the fields of Social Sciences and Humanities as well as “Sharing excellence and widening participation“.
After returning to Vienna, she joined the Unit for International Research Cooperation and Science Diplomacy focusing on bilateral and multilateral collaboration outside the EU as well as regional initiatives with neighboring countries (e.g. EUSDR, EUSALP and Western Balkans). Since 2014 she is a Member of the Strategic Forum for International STI Cooperation (SFIC) and since October 2019 she is the Chair of the Forum. Since 2019 she also serves as the Austrian delegate for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme within Horizon 2020 and now Horizon Europe.