Michaela Th. Mayrhofer



Michaela Th. Mayrhofer

Title of Presentation

“About the Common Service ELSI”


Date and place

Session F2


Speaker Biography

Michaela Th. Mayrhofer is a political scientist and historian by training. She was educated in Vienna, Louvain-la-Neuve, Essex and Paris. In 2010, she has earned her PhD from both the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and the University of Vienna, which was shortlisted by the Austrian Society for Political Science for the ‘best thesis 2010′ young scientist award. Furthermore, she is Research Fellow at the IFZ and Member of the Editorial Board of the Austrian Journal of Political Science (ÖZP).
Prior to her appointment to Senior Project Manager of BBMRI-ERIC and Chief Policy Officer to the Common Service ELSI, she was researcher in several national and international research projects focusing on the politics of biotechnology and the life sciences. Her academic career led her to various positions and stays at the Centre de Recherche Médecine, Sciences, Santé et Société, the University of Vienna, the Institute of Technology and Society Studies at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt/Vienna/Graz, the Technical University of Vienna, the Fondation Brocher and the Medical University of Graz. She was involved in the coordination of the BBMRI Preparatory Phase and is experienced in the management of national and international research projects.



The proper consideration of ethical, legal and social issues (ELSI) is key to any biobanking activity and is essential for BBMRI-ERIC. Its Common Service ELSI aims to facilitate and support cross-border exchanges of human biological resources and data attached for research uses, collaborations and sharing of knowledge, experiences and best practices among Member States. This must be done in full respect of the Charter of the Fundamental Rights of the EU, with the aim of promoting excellence in international biobank-based research. The Common Service ELSI can rely on the knowledge and expertise of its more than 20 ELSI experts in the respective Member States. This presentation highlights the key achievements and focus areas since its start of operation in February 2015.