Dr Katrien Maes

OrganisationKatrien Maes

League of European Research Universities (LERU)

Job title

Chief Policy Officer


Katrien Maes is chief policy officer at the League of European Research Universities. LERU is an association of twenty-three European universities renowned for, and devoted to, world class research coupled with high quality teaching. LERU promotes the role and values of research universities in the knowledge society across Europe and beyond. Its purpose is to advocate these values, influence policy in Europe and to promote good practice through members’ exchange of experience.

Katrien has been with LERU since 2004 and is responsible for policy development across all areas of LERU’s research and higher education related activities, from research funding, management and assessment, to research careers, doctoral training, professional development, gender issues, research integrity, and more. Recent LERU papers published with her involvement have treated such topics as societal impact, interdisciplinarity and citizen science. She is an expert in EU research and higher education matters related to ERA, open science, H2020, Erasmus+, and more, and has served on many EU expert groups and committees.

Originally from Belgium, Katrien lived and worked in the US from 1986 until 2002, first as a doctoral student in linguistics, then as an assistant professor of Italian language and foreign language pedagogy at the University of Delaware. During that time her research interests focused on syntax, second language acquisition and computer-assisted language learning. Her teaching subjects ranged from Italian language and linguistics to foreign language acquisition and pedagogy for young and adult second language learners.