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Governing Board

The Governing Board comprises representatives of the 24 countries currently participating in this JPI. Each member ofthe JPI may have a maximum of 2 representatives in the Governing Board.

The Governing Board comprises representatives of the 25 countries currently participating in this JPI. Each member ofthe JPI may have a maximum of 2 representatives in the Governing Board.

Since December 1st 2016, Hartmut Stalb (Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft, Germany) is the Chair of the FACCE-JPI Governing Board. Two Vice-Chairs are Gudrun Langthaler (Norway) and Maurice Héral (France).


Hartmut Stalb
Dr. Hartmut Stalb took over the role of the FACCE-JPI Chair in December 2016. Previously, he held a FACCE-JPI Vice Chair position since 2015. 

Hartmut Stalb is currently the Head of Division for Research and Innovation within the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, BMEL (Germany). He is an agricultural economist by training and obtained his doctoral degree at the University of Kiel (Germany) and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK).

From 1994 to 1997, he worked with the European Commission as a national expert. At present, Hartmut Stalb also represents the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR).


Gudrun Langthaler
As of January 2017, Gudrun Langthaler has taken on the role of vice chair in the JPI after having been a member of the Governing Board since 2013.

She works for the national RTD-funding organisation, the Research Council of Norway, and represents Norway in the Horizon 2020 Programme Committee on Societal Challenge 2, which includes food security, agriculture and the bioeconomy. She also is the Norwegian member of the Steering Group of the European Standing Committee on Agricultural Research.

In the period from 2007 to 2010 she was based in Brussels to lead the Research Council's Brussels office.

Gudrun Langthaler trained in Marine Biology and holds a PhD from the University of Vienna. A post-doc fellowship brought her to Norway where she conducted research at the University of Oslo. A 10- year's employment period in a multinational company followed where she worked with marketing in the diagnostics' field. In 2000 she joined the Research Council to work with EUs Framework Programmes.


Maurice Héral
Head of Environment, Ecology and Biological Resources Department, Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)
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Maurice Héral is Department Officer in ANR (French National Research Agency) in charge of Environment and Biological Resources since 2011 for national calls on biodiversity, agriculture, forestry, aquaculture and fisheries and impact of global changes. Water management, Eco-technology, and food processing are developed in partnership with private industry.

He was previously General Scientific director during 10 years at IFREMER, the French Institute of Research for the Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer) where he managed 2000 scientists.

Maurice Héral wrote more than 270 publications in scientific journals and public reports and supervised the realisation of 15 PhD thesis.

He created the network of the Directors ‘European Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Organisation’ EFARO and French delegate member or chair of many international Organisations. As Scientists he coordinated 5 EU contracts on carrying capacity and coastal zone management.

He is now very active to produce calls at the European level in the ERANETs representing French Research and Innovation Ministry through ANR on biodiversity, marine research, and sustainable agriculture in Marinera (Coordinator), Marifish, Biodiversa, Seas-Era, COFASP, SURPLUS, SUSAN, ERAGAZ….He actively participates to the Joint Programming Initiative on marine Oceans , chair of the JPI WATER and now vice-chair of the JPI FACCE.

He is particularly involved in cooperation with the Mediterranean countries and African countries in ERANETs ARIMNET, SEASERA, ERAMED, LEAP Agri (Coordinator) and in the article 185 PRIMA on food security and water management.