PhD Katrien Maes is Deputy Secretary-General of LERU, the League of European Research Universities, which is a network of 23 renowned universities. LERU advocates the values of research universities across Europe and beyond. Katrien has worked in several roles for LERU since 2004, having co-authored or co-developed many LERU policy papers, for example recent ones about societal impact, interdisciplinarity, citizen science and others. As an expert in EU research, innovation and higher education policies, she serves in several advisory groups. Katrien Maes obtained a PhD in linguistics from and worked as an assistant professor at the University of Delaware (1992–2002), working on second language acquisition, pedagogy, syntax and Italian language.