Brigitte Tiefenthaler is working as an Associate Consultant at the Vienna office after having been part of Technopolis since February 2007. The focus of her work has been on the governance and financing of research organisations and higher education institutions and the evaluation of R&D programmes and institutions. She has dealt extensively with gender issues in research and is experienced in supporting strategy development. A more recent focus of her work has been on citizen science.
Brigitte holds a Dipl.-Ing. in Materials Sciences from the University of Leoben. Before joining Technopolis Group she worked for nearly six years as an expert for the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development, which advises the Austrian Government on research, technology and innovation policy. She was involved in the development of strategies and recommendations in fields including science-industry collaboration, sustainable development, nanotechnology, and gender issues. She has extensive knowledge of the Austrian research and innovation system and policy. Prior to this Brigitte worked as a head of unit for industrial technologies at the Bureau for International Research and Technology Cooperation in Vienna (now part of FFG), and a project leader at the Institute for Polymer Technology at Joanneum Research where she performed research about the long-term properties of recycled polymers.
Brigitte is fluent in German and English and has a working knowledge of Italian.