Dr. Erik Werner is a chemist by training (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz; diploma 1997) and completed a PhD thesis in protein crystallography at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC), Berlin-Buch and the Free University Berlin in 2002. During this time he gained a broad scientific background covering the fields of chemistry, experimental physics, biochemistry and biophysical chemistry, including first hand practical experience. Together with the involvement in modern research fields such as genomics and system biology through EU projects, there is a general understanding of research and researchers that is invaluable for the successful management of research related activities and projects.

Between 2002 and 2006 Dr. Werner was involved in the proposal preparation with a focus on FP6 projects, since 2004 as group leader for extramural funding in the financial department of the MDC. During this time, the FP6 Integrated Project EURATools was supported from the first day as one of approximately 40 to 50 projects. Dr. Werner moved to London to take over the project management of EURATools at the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre. He was awarded a postgraduate certificate in management from the University Northampton (Sunley Business School) after completing the MRC Introductory Diploma in Management course in 2009.

Several years of experience with proposal and research project support and involvement in expert networks cover most aspects relevant to the management and administration of research projects and organisation of consortia. On top of that, general management education covers areas of expertise useful in a commercial environment.

Dr. Werner is currently the chairperson of the European Community Project Managers' Association (ECPMA, www.ecpma.eu), a network of now more than 400 FP project managers in the UK and continental Europe. ECPMA exists to exchange information and share experiences of coordinating and managing European Framework (FP) projects and uses a CMS-based website as main communication tool, developed by Dr. Werner and supported by RNSL.