I have a background in biochemistry, biological sciences and medicine. I am based in Belgium but have lived, studied and did my PhD studies in Spain. My main interests are: the development of new antitumor drugs, the characterisation of new genes and proteins involved in some human diseases and the support and investment on Research and Development.
Why I joined FutureLab Europe? Initially the Real Maestranza de Caballería of Ronda gave me the opportunity to spend one week in Brussels meeting opinion leaders and experts, and interesting young people linked to the FutureLab Europe Programme; this experience encouraged me to have an active role as an European citizen and I considered that FutureLab was the best way to take part in shaping the future direction of Europe.
Why do I think that Europe needs active citizens? Because the current socio-political and economic situation in Europe require solutions come from innovative, creative and pro-active young people.
Melissa joined FutureLab Europe in 2012. Since then, she has been involved in the following activities:
- Forum on Education and Entrepreneurship
- Europe@debate in Brussels: Europe’s lost generation? Young Europeans’ perspectives on the crisis
- Second FutureLab Europe Annual Forum in Brussels