The EIBIR Team

We are a professional team with significant experience in the field of biomedical imaging research funding, leveraging our deep knowledge of the European Commission requirements and European research landscape for your benefit.

Peter Baierl

Managing Director

Peter Baierl began his education in retail clerkship and textile commerce, before joining the Vienna Academy of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, an institution for medical congress organisation. During his employment there he was introduced to the former European Congress of Radiology, which was then looking to settle in a city.

Together with Professor Josef Lissner and others, Peter helped bring the congress, and the association behind it, permanently to Vienna. In 1992, Peter was appointed to take over the executive management duties, and is now the Executive Director of the European Society of Radiology (ESR). In 2006, Peter also became the Managing Director of EIBIR.

Monika Hierath

Executive Manager

Monika Hierath has more than a decade of experience in coordinating and managing international projects and recruiting organisations for consortia of excellence (FP6, FP7, Horizon 2020, COST, EC tender projects). She is in charge of running the EIBIR team, working closely with the EIBIR Scientific Director and all bodies of the organisation at strategic and operational levels.

She has contributed to the establishment of EIBIR and coordinated a pan-European data collection effort of biomedical imaging research expertise. Among the numerous projects coordinated and managed under her supervision, she has coordinated the project management team of the FP7 ENCITE project with 29 beneficiaries and a budget of €12 million, the H2020 MEDIRAD project with 33 beneficiaries and a budget of €10 million, and she has been the co-leader of the communication and dissemination work package of the Euro-BioImaging preparatory phase project, an ESFRI roadmap project on imaging research infrastructure. In addition she has had a supervisory or leading role within the EIBIR team in all projects of EIBIR.

Apart from her role within EIBIR, Monika Hierath heads the European Society of Radiology (ESR) department of European and International Affairs since 2007, acts as an international relations advisor to the International Society of Radiology (ISR) and manager of the International Society for Strategic Studies in Radiology (IS3R), which has allowed her to build a considerable network of contacts to political stakeholders, related professional organisations, patient organisations, as well as medical industry at the European and international level.

Given her role, she also acts as a liaison to the leadership of the European Society of Radiology.

Email Monika, or phone 43-1-533-4064-20

Peter Gordebeke

Project Manager

Peter graduated with a Master’s degree in Medical Biology from Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands. He has experience in small-RNA research in academic settings and spent time in the pharmaceutical industry establishing new molecular testing methods and validation of critical equipment.

In June 2014, Peter joined the EIBIR team as a Project Manager. Since joining EIBIR, Peter has been involved in the management of dissemination and exploitation of the MITIGATE project, and leads the project management and dissemination efforts of the SOLUS and CoSTREAM projects. Additionally, he supports the SPECIFIC and MIPA clinical studies.

Peter has set up and manages the EIBIR Electronic Data Capture platform for collection and management of clinical study data.

Email Peter or phone +43-1-533-4064-323

Katharina Krischak

Project Manager

Katharina holds Master’s degrees in English, German Philology, and Celtic Studies from the University of Vienna. Prior to joining the EIBIR team in August 2014, she gained experience working at the European Commission in Brussels and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

Katharina has over 9 years of experience in managing and disseminating the results of EU-funded projects, including Horizon Europe, Horizon 2020 and COST actions. She is currently involved in the coordination of the ODELIA (An Open Consortium for Decentralized Medical Artificial Intelligence) project and acts as project and dissemination manager of the ENDOMIX (Understanding how endocrine disruptors and chemical mixtures of concern target the immune system to trigger or perpetuate disease) project. In additin, she serves as work package leader for dissemination in the CHAIMELEON (Accelerating the lab to market transition of AI tools for cancer management) project and is involved in the cooridination of the HyperProbe (Transforming brain surgery by advancing functional-guided neuronavigational imaging) project.

Email Katharina, or phone +43-1-533-4064-13

Ulrike Mayerhofer-Schirmer

Project Manager

Ulrike Mayerhofer-Schirmer graduated with a Master’s degree in Health Management from the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems, Austria. She worked at the Medical University of Vienna in the field of EU project management and at the European Society of Radiology’s European & international affairs department, where she coordinated the EuroSafe Imaging initiative and managed various European Commission tender projects.

Ulrike joined the EIBIR team in June 2017 as a Project Manager and is involved in the coordination and management of SINFONIA and AI-POD.

Email Ulrike.

Nathan Peld

Project Assistant

Nathan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nuclear, plasma and radiological engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in international relations from Syracuse University in the United States.

He previously worked as a project assistant and manager in the Research Reactor and Physics Sections of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, developing projects to improve collaboration, financial sustainability, research technique proficiency, and access to education and training at nuclear and energy research facilities around the world.

In July 2021, Nathan joined the EIBIR team as a project assistant. He is currently involved in the coordination and management of the SINFONIA project, a research project developing tools for comprehensive risk appraisal for detrimental effects of radiation exposure.

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Eszter Balazs

Junior Project Manager

Eszter joined the EIBIR team in November 2022 as a Junior Project Manager.  She has experience in international tender coordination, project management, communication activities and EU affairs.

She graduated with a master’s degree in Global Political Economy from the University of Bristol and finished her undergraduate studies in Economics and Politics at the University of Exeter.

She is currently involved with the coordination and management of HyperProbe, RadioVal and EUCAIM.

Email Eszter or phone +43-1-533-4064-531.

Coline Mathonier

Junior Project Manager

Coline joined the EIBIR team in February 2023 as a Junior Project Manager. She has experience in international tender coordination, project management for development and EU affairs.

She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the BBA INSEEC and she graduated with a master’s degree in international relations and geopolitics from the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs as well as a master’s degree in public administration and diplomacy from the Institute of Preparation for General Administration (IPAG).

Coline is currently involved in the coordination and management of the SOLACE project and the i-Violin project.

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Valentina Belmar Erilkin

Junior Project Manager

Valentina joined EIBIR in February 2023 as Junior Project Manager. She has experience in translation, international relations, diplomacy, project management and communication activities. She previously work with the G-77 Vienna Chapter at the United Nations Headquarter in Vienna.

She has a diploma in Translation and Interpreting from Universidad de Concepción and she graduated with a Master’s Joint Degree in Global Studies – A European Perspective from the University of Leipzig and the University of Vienna.

Valentina supports in the management and dissemination of EUCAIM and Med-IPUT.

Email Valentina.