Former Strategic Development Lead
Strategic Development Lead of IPPOG
Scientific Collaborator at University of Bern, Switzerland
CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
Barbora Bruant Gulejova
Barbora holds a MS degree in Plasma Physics and a MS degree in Management from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. After having obtained her PhD in Thermonuclear Fusion from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, she worked at the International Atomic Energy Agency as a Scientific Editor and, later, for an NGO in Geneva specialized in sustainable energy. She started at CERN in 2014 as Head of Community Activities of HEPTech (High Energy Physics Technology Transfer Network) and later joined an Education, Communication and Outreach Group in CERN’s International Relations Sector.
Barbora has been instrumental in developing the IPPOG Collaboration since 2015 when she joined IPPOG as a Scientific Secretary. She rewrote the IPPOG’s draft constitution, organised meetings, wrote reports, edited newsletters, drafted legal documents and helped IPPOG co-chairs to set the high standards of the newly-born collaboration. She is behind initiatives like the network of high school teachers “IPPOG Friends”, the campaign “Girls, do physics!”, the programme “Creating Ambassadors for Society” and the competition “Particles for You”.
In 2018 she became IPPOG’s Strategic Development Lead and, as a member of the core team and guardian of IPPOG’s collective memory, she continues shaping the collaboration’s evolution, expanding its remit and visibility. In her role of chief web developer, she works on IPPOG’s new visual identity and digital portfolio. She has a leading role in several of IPPOG’s working groups aiming at producing tailor-made materials for the new IPPOG resource database. She believes in IPPOG’s potential as a bridge builder between science and society.
Barbora is an enthusiastic science ambassador with a global vision. Passionate about communicating the importance and positive impact of physics, science & STEM on society and sustainability, she is building partnerships and synergies internationally and in her motherland. Over the last 5 years she has developed a new concept of Economic Collaboration between the Slovak Republic and CERN and in 2018-2019 she fulfilled the functions of “Industry Liaison Officer”, “Knowledge Transfer Liaison Officer”, “Teachers and Students Forum Representative” of Slovakia at CERN and was a member of CERN’s Finance Committee. Since 2016 she has been a CERN Staff Association delegate, first representing CERN Fellows and now all members of associated personnel - users.