Governing Board

The Governing Board is the decision-making body of the Network. It is composed of one representative from each member organisation, each having one vote for decision-making purposes. The list of Euphresco members can be found here.

Network Management Group

The Network Management Group is the decision-implementing body of the Network and it is composed of the following organisations: French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (FR), Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism (AT), National Institute for Agricultural and Veterinarian Research (PT), Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (BE), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (GB), National Institute for Agricultural Research and Food Technology (ES), National Plant Protection Organization, Netherlands Food and Consumer Products Safety Authority (NL), and The Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (DE):


Ms Anthoine Géraldine (Deputy Chair of the Network Management Group)

Currently deputy Head of the Plant Health Laboratory at the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (France), Ms Anthoine is a PhD-engineer specialised in the coordination of diagnostic methods development and analysis. Member of the Technical Panel on Diagnostic Protocols for the IPPC, she is the topic leader for nematology protocols. She is also the representative for the French National Plant Protection Organisation in EPPO panels.

Ministry of the Flemish Community, Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO)

Ms Blümel Sylvia (Chair of the Network Management Group)

Since 2012 Ms Blümel is Head of the ‘Plant health in orchards, vineyards and special crops’ department at the Institute for Sustainable Plant Production of the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (Austria). With a PhD in plant protection and a Habilitation (Venia docendi) in agricultural plant protection, Ms Blümel is experienced in international cooperation; she is an expert for the EU, EPPO, OECD, IOBC-WPRS and she has participated in a number of international ERA-NET and research projects.

Ms Cruz Maria Leonor

Ms Cruz holds a PhD microbiology from the University Lisbon, Portugal. She is phytobacteriologist since 1994 and is responsible since 2009 for the Phytobacteriology Laboratory of the National Institute for Agricultural and Veterinary Research (Portugal), the National Reference Laboratory for Plant Health. She is an expert for the EPPO, and she has participated in a number of national and international research projects. Other professional activities include the supervision of PhD students and lecturing at university and training courses.

Ms Maes Martine

Ms Maes holds a PhD from the University of Ghent. Currently she is scientific director at the Plant-Crop Protection Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (Belgium) where she is responsible for a team of 55 specialists in bacteriology, mycology, entomology/acarology, nematology and virology. As National Reference Laboratory for plant health, her laboratory is in charge of the official diagnostics tests and has been accredited ISO17025 for specific tests in the five disciplines.

Ms Phillipson Belinda

Belinda Phillipson is a Science Advisor for plant and bee health in the UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). She is a natural scientist and plans, commissions and manages delivery of research projects to ensure that the approaches are scientifically sound and the outputs support policy. Belinda gained her PhD in plant cell biology from research carried out at the Carlsberg Research Laboratory in Copenhagen, Denmark. She then followed an academic research career with positions in a number of places before joining the Central Science Laboratory (a UK government agency) in 2002. She has provided advice on a number of areas including quarantine containment of plant pathogens, genetic modification of plant pests and pathogens, bee health and pollinators.

Ms Rodriguez Elena

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Mr Schenk Martijn

Martijn Schenk holds a PhD in Plant Breeding from Wageningen University and worked for several years as a researcher at Wageningen University, the University of Cologne and a private company on topics related to either phytopathology or microbiology. Since 2015 he is research coordinator at the National Plant Protection Organization (Netherlands Food and Consumer Products Safety Authority) in the Netherlands.

Ms Steinmöller Silke

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The Euphresco network is coordinated by Mr Baldissera Giovani. Mr Giovani holds a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biophysics and worked for a number of years as a researcher in world leading universities, governmental agencies and private companies. Since 2008 he has been interested in research funding, international research cooperation and transnational public-public partnership.