Dr Monica Dietl has been the Director of the COST Office, provided by the ESF, since April 2011. She was appointed Director of the COST Association in June 2014. Before joining COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), Monica Dietl was twice representative and Director of the Brussels Office of the French National Research Centre (CNRS). Prior to that she was responsible for European and industrial partnerships in the CNRS life sciences department. Previously she worked as Policy Officer at the European Commission's Directorate General for Research, where she was in charge of drafting the FP7 'Ideas' Specific Programme and had contributed to the setting up of the European Research Council (ERC).
Dr Dietl is a biologist specialised in neuroscience. She joined the CNRS in 1990 as researcher. Her research experience includes the Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris VI, France; Neurology Department at the Lainz Hospital in Vienna, Austria, the pharmaceutical company Sandoz in Basel, Switzerland, and the Inserm Institute of Neurosciences at the Collège de France in Paris, France, where she had, among others, collaborated with the pharma firma Rhone Poulenc Santé.