Chair of the 4EU+ Governing Board

Bernhard Eitel

Rector of Heidelberg University

Prof. Bernhard Eitel has been Rector of Heidelberg University since 2007. He was appointed Professor of Physical Geography at Heidelberg University in 2001, after holding a professorship at the University of Passau. Prof. Eitel received an honorary doctorate from Comenius University in Bratislava for his research in the field of Geomorphology and Geoarchaeology. Since November 2021, he has been Chair of the Governing Board of the 4EU+ European University Alliance, after previously serving as a board member since 2019. Furthermore, Prof. Eitel has been on the Board of Directors of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) since 2021. In 2011, he was awarded the “Ordre des Palmes Académiques” by the French Republic for significant contributions to the French higher education system. In recognition of his commitment to promoting German-Japanese exchange at the academic level, Prof. Eitel was honoured with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star by the Japanese government in April 2021. For his achievements in fostering academic relations between the universities of Heidelberg and Prague, Prof. Eitel received the Gold Medal of Charles University in November 2021.

4EU+ Central Office

Isabelle Kratz

4EU+ Secretary General

4EU+ Management Committee

Lenka Rovná

Charles University

Marc-Philippe Weller

Heidelberg University

Prof. PhDr. Lenka Rovná, CSc. is the Vice-Rector for European Affairs of Charles University and a Professor at its Department of European Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences. She is publishing and teaching in the field of European Politics and British History and Politics. She is a member of the Executive Board of Coimbra Group, member of Steering Committee and Academic Council of Europaeum, member of the Advisory Board for CERGU, Sweden, etc. Lenka Rovná was an Alternate to the Czech government representative to the Convention on the Future of Europe. She was awarded the title Chavaliere de l’Ordre National du Merite and Officier de l’Ordre du Merite by the French President.

Prof. Dr. Marc-Philippe Weller is the Vice-Rector for International Affairs at Heidelberg University and director of the Institute for Comparative Law, Conflict of Laws and International Business law. As Vice-Rector he is responsible for the international partnerships of the university (including 4EU+) as well as the university’s liaison offices abroad (Santiago de Chile, New York, Delhi, Kyoto). Prof. Weller studied law in Heidelberg and Montpellier. Following his first state examination, he completed his PhD at Heidelberg University and his post-doctoral dissertation (“Habilitation”) at the University of Cologne. Prof. Weller has taught at the universities of Munich, Mannheim and Freiburg and has completed multiple guest professorships around the world.

Sabine Bottin-Rousseau

Sorbonne University

Bente Merete Stallknecht

University of Copenhagen

Sabine Bottin-Rousseau is Professor of Physics at the Institut des NanoSciences de Paris at Sorbonne University. Since the start of 2022, she has been the Sorbonne University presidency’s representative for 4EU+ and the coordinator of the European University project. She is also Director of the Open and Distance Learning Department at the Faculty of Science and Engineering. She has conducted several successful projects focused on blended and distance learning, digital resources and online exams. On the physics research side, she was the principal investigator of the ANPHASES project (, 2014-2018), a Franco-German research project on the anisotropy of eutectic solidification interfaces. She is also participating in the TRANSPARENT ALLOYS project: ESA's multi-user instrument for the International Space Station.

Professor, Dr. Bente Merete Stallknecht is prorector for education and teaching and a member of the rectorate for the University of Copenhagen (UCPH). Her portfolio includes responsibilities for the UCPH strategies on: climate/ sustainability, diversity/ equality and career paths for scientific staff and digitalization of educations. She is a member of the Copenhagen Business

Council. Professor Stallknecht leads the research group Act4Life; working for the prevention of inactivity-related diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Affiliate professor at Deakin University, Australia. Member of the high-level Scientific Panel for Health, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, 2014-20. Head of Department of Biomedical Sciences, UCPH, 2015-2018.

Stéphane Berthet

University of Geneva

Antonella Baldi

University of Milan

Stéphane Berthet earned a doctorate in Astrophysics and Astronomy at the University of Geneva in 1991, and for 11 years contributed to shaping Switzerland’s research policies, particularly in the field of space. Through SERI, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, he was responsible for representing Switzerland at numerous international research institutions such as the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Southern Observatory (ESO), and Euratom. He returned to UNIGE in 2003 as Secretary General until he was named Vice-Rector as of 1 November 2018. He leads the international strategy of the institution, nurturing its close ties to IOs and NGOs based in Geneva and developing partnerships and exchanges with other institutions and universities in Switzerland and worldwide.  He also strenghtens the UNIGE academic exchange policy.

Antonella Baldi is Full Professor in Animal Nutrition at the University of Milan, where she serves as Vice-Rector for Internationalization since 2018. Her main interests in research are the role of animal nutrition and welfare in the production of high quality and healthy food of animal origin, in particular milk. She has been very involved in the activities of COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology). She has held the position of Vice-President of the Association for Science and Animal Production (ASPA) and has been member of the board of European Association of Animal Production. She is Editor of the Journal “Animal” in the section of Product Quality, Human Health and Well-being.

Sambor Grucza

University of Warsaw

Prof. Dr. Sambor Grucza is the Vice-Rector for Cooperation and Human Resources at the University of Warsaw. His research interests are metalinguistics, the theory of language and communication for specific purposes, glottodidactics, translatorics and eye tracking research. In years 2008–2012 and 2016–2020, he held the position of Dean of the Faculty of Applied Linguistics at the University of Warsaw. He is also Elector at the University of Warsaw. Prof. Grucza is President of the Polish Association of Applied Linguistics, Vice-President of the Polnischer Germanisten Verband, and Executive Board member of the Internationale Vereinigung für Germanistik – IVG. He is also a member of Polish Linguistics Society, and Modern Language Association of Poland.

4EU+ Local Offices

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