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Jim Dratwa

Affiliated Researcher


Jim Dratwa’s research and publications address the interconnections between knowledge, values and action. He has served in several positions of great responsibility in that regard at the European Commission, as member of BEPA (the Bureau of European Policy Advisers to the President of the European Commission), at the EPSC (the European Political Strategy Centre), in the Directorate-General for Education and Culture and in the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation.

He holds degrees in physics, philosophy, politics and the life sciences. He obtained his Ph.D. in socio-economics of innovation from the Ecole des Mines de Paris, with Bruno Latour, and his Ph.D. in moral and political philosophy from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, with Isabelle Stengers, having benefited from the support of the Fulbright program, the Frank Boas Foundation, the Belgian American Educational Foundation and the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique.

He received the Fulbright Scholar Award, was Harvard Boas Fellow, Ramón y Cajal Scholar, and was pre- and post-doctoral Fellow at Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government, with the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and with the program on Science, Technology, and Society. He is Invited Professor of Science and Technology Studies, and Global Fellow, at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC, and has taught at the Ecole des Mines de Paris, Sciences Po Paris, Harvard University, and the universities of Brussels, where he is currently based.

For the last 10 years and more he has combined academic and policy-making activities, as reflective forms of engagement.

He chairs the European Commission’s inter-service group on Ethics and EU Policies. He is the Secretary-General of the EC International Dialogue on Ethics and Bioethics, the forum bringing together the National Ethics Councils from 97 countries (EU-G20 forum and African Union and beyond). He is the EC representative in the relevant organizations dealing with the ethical implications of science and new technologies (OECD, Council of Europe, UN agencies) and heads the office of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies.


Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels