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Stijn Vermoote

Copernicus Department, Copernicus Contract Management Section

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Stijn Vermoote is the Head of Copernicus Contract Management Section at ECMWF.  He holds a MSc degree in Environmental Engineering (University of Leuven, 1994-1999) and a MSc degree in Management Sciences (University of Namur, 1999-2001).  He has over 17 years of experience in project management, business development and EU funding cycle management in both the private and public sector.

Stijn worked for 7 years at the European Commission within the Climate and Environmental Risks and Space research programmes and contributed to the preparation and implementation of the GMES / Copernicus Programme since 2010.  

Stijn joined ECMWF in 2015 where he leads the contractual management activities for all outsourced Copernicus Climate Change and Copernicus Atmosphere Composition activities. 


Professional interests: 
  • Climate Change / Air Quality / Earth Observation Services
  • EU Policy and Funding Schemes
  • Business Development
  • Research and Innovation


Career background: 
2015 - now     ECMWF/Copernicus Department  Head of Copernicus Contract Management Section
  • Management and execution of the full contract management life cycle on external contracts placed by ECMWF in the context of Copernicus;
  • Guide and supervise staff members of the Copernicus Contract Management Section;
  • Guarantee a proper budget execution of the Copernicus programme on all third party activities;
  • Contribute to the planning and reporting cycle of ECMWF vis-à-vis the European Commission.
2010 - 2015    European Commission/REA   Research Programme Officer - Space Research
  • Call coordination:  Overall coordinator of launch of calls for proposals and the evaluation process of FP7 and H2020 Space Calls;
  • Grants Management:  Technical and financial implementation of projects in the domain of Copernicus on Atmospheric Composition and Climate Change, Earth Observation downstream service applications and GMES and Africa;
  • Liaison:  Principle point of contact for implementation aspects of projects funded in the field of Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring and Copernicus Climate Change within the European Commission and with the EEA and ESA;
  • Administration:  Providing inputs to the development of procedures, workflows and (IT-) tools and revision of modus operandi.
2008 – 2010       European Commission/DG RTD   Research Programme Officer - Climate Change and Environmental Risks
  • Grants and Tenders Management:  launch of calls for proposals and tendering of procurements; moderator evaluation process; negotiation of technical and financial aspects;  technical and financial follow-up of project implementation;  
  • Research policy: Elaboration of FP7 Work Programmes; definition of research priorities within the scientific community; scientific and statistical input for briefings, papers or other policy documents;
  • External Communication:  Presentations and co-chairing at EU organised conferences.
2004 – 2008   ARCADIS Belgium NV    International Business Development Project Manager
  • Business Development:  Business development in the field of environmental policy and impact assessment studies for the European Commission, EBRD, World Bank and projects launched within national bilateral funding schemes;
  • Project Management: Project manager and collaborator in the field of air quality, environmental economics, environmental infrastructure investment studies and European environmental policy studies funded by the European Commission and World Bank.
2002 – 2004   VITO NV     Researcher Risk Analysis and Environmental Damage Costs
  • Research: Scientific expert in FP5 research projects in the domain of impact assessment of air pollution and calculation of environmental damage costs.

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Contact Details:
stijn . vermooteecmwf . int
Tel. +44 (0) 118 94992665