Katrin Milzow Joins Executive Management of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Starting in April 2024, Katrin Milzow will assume the leadership of the Swiss National Science Foundation’s (SNSF) Research Development Department, with her duties encompassing the advancement of both thematic and enduring research. Katrin Milzow has been a key member in the creation of the Pierre du Bois Foundation and a prolific research associate, and we are happy to share our heartfelt congratulations on her promotion!

Katrin Milzow has built up and headed the SNSF’s Strategy Section since 2008. She played a pivotal role in shaping the national strategy for Open Research Data and serves as the co-director of the International Institute for Research on Research.Bilingual in French and German, Katrin Milzow, who grew up in French-speaking Switzerland, pursued her studies in Oxford and Brussels. Her doctoral work at the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) focused on European policy. Her PhD thesis was titled “‘National Interests’ and European Integration: Discourse and Politics (1997-2004)”.

As a member of the Executive Management, Katrin Milzow will leverage her extensive experience in strategic aspects related to research funding. Assuming her role in the SNSF’s Research Development Department from April 2024, she will oversee the promotion of long-term and thematic research, along with addressing cross-cutting issues such as sustainability, equal opportunities, and Open Science.

Katrin Milzow takes over from Laetitia Philippe as a new addition to the SNSF’s Executive Management. Laetitia Philippe has been leading the National Research and Innovation Division at the State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation (SERI) since October 2023.