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Rafal Duczmal

Organisation: The National Centre for Research and Development

Position: Head of Global Challenges Section

Rafal has a lifelong interest in Science and European Research. He earned a Masters degree of Science in Physics from the Faculty of Physics of the University of Warsaw. He started his career as a National Contact Point for different Research Programmes of the EU. He has represented Poland as a national expert for several years across several European governance bodies. In particular, Rafal represented Poland on the Governing Board of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and in the Horizon 2020 Programme Committee for Research Infrastructures.

Rafal has been involved in the EuroHPC initiative since its inception. In 2018, Rafal was appointed as Polish EuroHPC sherpa, advising experts in the Council of the EU to support the drafting of the Council Regulation establishing the new Joint Undertaking. He has been EuroHPC JU Governing Board representative for Poland since the first meeting in November 2018.

In parallel, Rafal is the current Head of the Global Challenges Section at the National Contact Point Department of the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR), the Polish executive agency supporting innovation. As such, he manages a team of National Contact Points in the framework of the Horizon Europe Programme, the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation.