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.

Mr Kris De Jonghe

Since 2007, Mr De Jonghe is group leader at the Plant Sciences Unit of the Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO; Belgium), where he is responsible for the laboratory of virology and phloem bacteria (phytoplasma and ‘Ca. Liberibacter’), also the National Reference Laboratory. He holds a PhD in Applied Biological Sciences from the University of Ghent, and has ample experience in international cooperation, including participation and/or coordination of many projects (Flemish Interuniversity Cooperation, EPPO, Era-net projects, H2020, COST).

Ms Elspeth Steel

Elspeth Steel holds a PhD in Molecular Plant Pathology from the University of Leeds, and a Bachelor in Virology. Since 2006 she has been involved in the management of collaborative research projects and the coordination of several programmes at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. In particular, she managed the Euphresco ERA-Net project from 2006 until 2014.

Ms Rodriguez Elena

Ms Rodriguez holds a PhD in Food Science and Technology by the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, and a Master in Field Epidemiology. Previous experience includes participation in international surveillance networks (EU and WHO level) and working groups, as Spain’s representative and contact point. She has taken part in the editorial board of Eurosurveillance (European Journal of Surveillance). Since 2016 she works at the Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA) and she has been involved in the management of several international initiatives such as CSA AUTHENT-NET, ERA-NETs SuSAn, SusCrop, CO cofund, SusFood2, EJP One Health, ATF, etc.

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

Silke Steinmöller holds a PhD in agricultural sciences from Humboldt University Berlin and works as scientist at Julius Kühn-Institute in Germany in the Institute for national and international plant health since 2003. Her main scientific responsibilities have focussed on quarantine pests for potato, especially potato wart disease, and sanitation of potato waste, but also pest risk analysis, implementation of monitorings and assistance to the German plant protection services for questions related to import/export of plants and plant products.

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.