NEST Secretariat

 The NEST Secretariat  monitors the progress of the different NEST Projects, supports the Management Board in the Monitoring and Evaluation process and provides the interface between the NEST Projects and the Management Board.

The NEA staff comprising the NEST Secretariat are: 


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Dr. Antonella di Trapani

Antonella di Trapani is leading the Nuclear Education, Skills and Technology (NEST) Framework Secretarit and nuclear knowledge management activities at the NEA. Before joining the OECD NEA in July 2018, she was Team Leader for Science Policy Advice within the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism. Prior to that, she has held several positions as Programme Manager and Head of International Cooperation, at the G20 Wheat Initiative, European Commission European Research Council and European Science Foundation, managing large scale collaborative projects, capacity building networks and the largest grants in Europe. In addition,  she also worked for the private sector as  Research Scientist in Johnson Matthey Technology Centre. 
She was awarded two EC Marie Curie Fellowships to carry out her PhD and PostDoc, and she was Chair of the Marie Curie Fellows Association, the largest Fellows’ network in Europe. She also founded and chaired the Women in Science Working Group. She is also co-founder and former Vice-Chair of the Gender in Science for Mobile Scientists of the Marie Curie Alumni Association.

She is an Italian national and holds a MSc in Chemistry from the University of Palermo (Italy) during which she was awarded an  Erasmus Fellowship at University College London (UK), a PhD in Chemistry and a PostGraduate Diploma in Quality Improvement from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), a MSc in Science Communication and Journalism from University of Ferrara (Italy), and a PostGraduate Diploma in International Development from London School of Economics and Social Sciences (UK).


Dr. Markus Beilmann, responsible for the HYMERES project and Research Reactors project

Markus Beilmann works since May 2017 for the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency in the Division of Nuclear Safety Technology and Regulation as administrator to support Joint Projects. He is responsible for projects addressing different areas of safety research and supports the members during the entire lifespan of the project. In this context he supports the HYMERES-2 project that co-operates very closely with the NEST initiative. Originally, he studied radio-chemistry and conducted his doctorate studies at JRC-Karlsruhe in Germany. Before joining the NEA, he worked as technical expert on reactor safety research at the project management agency of the Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) gGmbH, in Germany where he supported domestic as well as international reactor safety research projects.

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Dr. Martin Brandauer, responsible for the RWM i-graphite project , Advanced Robotics for Decommissioning project and BEAST project

Martin Brandauer joined the Division of Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning (RWMD) in August 2019 as a decommissioning expert. He is currently responsible for both committees within the division, namely the Committee on Decommissioning of Nuclear Installations and Legacy Management (CDLM) and the Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC). He has a diploma in mechanical engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and did his doctoral thesis about radioactive waste treatment at the University of Stuttgart. Before joining the NEA, he was working at KIT as a programme manager within the “Nuclear Waste Management, Safety and Radiation Research (NUSAFE)” Programme of the German Helmholtz Association (HGF) as well as nuclear decommissioning expert dealing with many R&D projects in the field.

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Dr. Jacqueline Garnier Laplace, responsible for the MANTRAS project

Jacqueline Garnier-Laplace joined the Division of Radiological Protection and Human Aspects of Nuclear Safety at the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) in May 2019. She serves as the Scientific Secretary for the Working Party on Nuclear Emergency Matters (WPNEM) and for a number of expert groups under the Committee on Radiological Protection and Public Health (CRPPH).

Previously, she was the Deputy Director in charge of Research for Radiological Protection at the “Pole Santé-Environnement” of the French Institute for radiological protection and nuclear safety (IRSN). During her 28-year career in the field of radiological protection, she has held various manager positions  e.g., Deputy Director of the Environment (2015-2017), Head of Division on Research and Expertise on Environmental Risks (2007-20015).

She is a member of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) and is acting as the scientific secretary of Committee 1 on “Effects of ionising radiation” for the present term 2017-2021. She has (co)-authored ca. 100 peer-reviewed papers mainly dealing with various radiological protection scientific  issues.

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Ms. Lorella Pecorale, administrative assistant

Lorella Pecorale is responsible for administrative/technical support for the Nuclear Education, Skills and Technology (NEST) Project. She joined the OECD in 2008 and worked for the Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD) and Legal Directorate before coming to the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) in 2010. Before joining the OECD, Lorella worked as administrative assistant in the French office of the Italian Central Bank in Paris. Before arriving to France, she worked as French and English teacher at high school in Italy. She has a masters’ degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the “Università degli Studi Gabriele D’Annunzio” in Italy.


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