Andrea Noske was appointed Head of Division at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in September 2015. Her main responsibilities include project funding as well as science and technology policy in relation to a bio-based economy. She had previously completed a four-year post as Head of the Science and Technology section at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Andrea Noske started her career at Forschungszentrum Jülich as a Desk Officer at Project Management Jülich. In 1991, she joined the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in its “Laser Research and Technology” division. In 1996, she was appointed Desk Officer for Scientific Cooperation with Israel in the division “Bilateral Cooperation with Western Europe, Mediterranean Countries and Africa”. In 1998, she served as Deputy Personal Assistant to Federal Minister Jürgen Rüttgers. In the following year, she assumed the position of Director for Infrastructure Management and Academic Personnel at Jacobs University in Bremen during its period of founding, staying there until the end of 2003.
After returning to the BMBF, she organized the “Year of Science 2005”. From 2006 to January 2010, she was Head of Division “Cabinet; Parliament” followed by Head of Division “Basic Policy Issues; Internationalization Strategy”. At that time she was also Head of the German Delegation at the OECD Science and Technology Policy Committee and also at the OECD Education Policy Committee.
Andrea Noske holds an MSc degree (Diplom-Ingenieur) in Metallurgical Sciences from RWTH Aachen University, Germany.