Vladimír Šucha, Prof. MD., Director General of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has been appointed to his position in July 2012. Prior to that, he spent 6 years as Director for Culture and Media in the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. Before joining the European Commission, he held various positions in the area of European and international affairs. Between 2005 and 2006, Mr Šucha was a Director of the Slovak Research and Development Agency, the national body responsible for funding research. He was as well the principal adviser for European affairs to the Minister of Education of the Slovak Republic (2004-2005). He worked at the Slovak Representation to the EU in Brussels as research, education and culture counsellor (2000-2004). In parallel, he has followed a long-term academic and research career, being a full professor in Slovakia and visiting professor/scientist at different academic institutions in many countries. The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the only service of the European Commission in charge of direct research and positions, having repositioned its activities on scientific support to the key EU policy priorities, in particular Horizon 2020 and the Innovation Union.