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PRACE Research Infrastructure appoints managing director

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Dr Maria Ramalho has been appointed as managing director of PRACE Research Infrastructure, and will be based in an office in Brussels, Belgium. Dr Ramalho, is an expert in the field of telecommunication networks and a skilled project coordinator.

'We are very pleased to welcome Dr Ramalho as PRACE's managing director. Her experience in both public and private sectors will bring plausible benefits to the enhancement of the PRACE Research Infrastructure,' said Professor Achim Bachem, chair of the PRACE Council.

Since gaining professional experience as a researcher early in her career, Dr Ramalho has held different positions, in the industrial and academic sectors as well as at the European Commission. For six years (2004-2010), she was in charge of the administration of projects of the 6th (FP6) and 7th (FP7) Framework Programmes. As scientific officer, she participated in policy actions related to ICT-based research infrastructures, in particular those listed in the roadmap of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures. In 2010, she was the editor of the Vision document for Supercomputing in Europe in 2020, as part of her professional duties at Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, one of the partners of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing alliance in Germany.

'As PRACE managing director, my first objective is to strengthen the team who will coordinate and extend the high-quality services that the PRACE Research Infrastructure provides in Europe,' said Maria Ramalho.