Andrew Smith, Senior External Relations Officer, ELIXIR, joined ELIXIR in 2011. Andy manages ELIXIR’s engagement with existing and prospective Member States. He also leads on ELIXIR’s engagement with the EU and the ESFRI process in general and is responsible for developing ELIXIR’s industry strategy, including managing ELIXIR’s Innovation and SME programme.
He has also supported the ESFRI Implementation Group as a domain expert and manages ELIXIR’s press, communications and social media activities. Previously he worked in Brussels for the UK Research Office (UKRO), covering various research programme and policy fields, including FP7 National Contact Point helpdesks and supporting UK delegations to FP7 Programme Committees. Prior to this he has held roles in regional government, focusing on EU Structural Funds, and on education programmes in Slovenia and the Czech Republic.