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Barbara Rhode CV

Head of the Science and Technology Section
European Union – Delegation of the European Union to Japan


Holds a Ph. D. in Political Sciences (Kath. University Nijmegen,  NL) and a University degree in Social Science (Hamburg University, DE).

As Minister Counsellor Barbara Rhode heads the Section of Science and Technology at the EU Delegation in Tokyo, Japan.

At EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, she was Head of Unit for: “Multilateral Co-operation Activities” in DG RTD and guided the EU policies on Ex-Soviet Union scientists of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their redirection to civilian tasks, in collaboration with the US, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russia and the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

In 2000 as Head of Unit on “Ethics in Science”, she negotiated rules to cope with ethical issues in international research projects, i.e. human embryonic stem cells, clinical trials, animals, data protection etc. Barbara Rhode represented the EC in UN and Council of Europe (CoE) bodies.

Between 1995 and 2000 she was responsible for the EU Accession negotiations for RTD with Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and for relations with Switzerland and the countries of the Caucasus.

She joined the EU in 1994.

Still in Cold War she was seconded by the German Federal Ministry for Science and Technology to the ISSC - UNESCO 'Vienna Centre', an East-West Research Institute in Vienna, AT. She coordinated multi-national research projects on environmental policies and initiated the CoE 'Convention on Environmental Penal Law'.

She started her career at the Max-Planck-Institute for International and Comparative Private Law in Hamburg, DE.

Lecturer at various Universities, author, co-author and editor of a number of books, many articles, co-author of a documentary film for cinema, short-version for TV, contributions to broadcast emissions and print media.



Updated 2010.10.25