Scientific Committee

Scientific Committee

The members of the scientific committee will be in charge of developing the central concepts (EDP & ERP), editing the publications, organizing the summer schools and getting the EDP accredited at/through their institutions. For this purpose the scientific committee will meet regularly.


Anouk Jasmine Albien. Anouk Jasmine Albien is an early career researcher based at the Psychology Department at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research and aims to contribute to advancing the career-life course development of adolescents and young adults in disadvantaged or marginalised contexts (i.e. idiosyncratic samples) to create new career-life narratives that transcend poverty. She has a keen interest in contributing to emic career psychology to acknowledge cultural specificity, but also to include elements of career behavior that are associated with a universal career psychology (i.e. etic approach). Anouk has received several awards based on consistent academic excellence, of which the most noteworthy are the South African National Research Foundation’s Innovation Doctoral Scholarship Award, Early Career Fellow funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York as well as her selection to the Emerging Psychologists Programme at the International Congress of Psychology in Japan in 2016. Previously she has held many leadership roles, where she has anchored the counseling and psycho-educational outreach programmes for the Phelphepa Health Train and was appointed the co-ordinator of a career development project in the Kayamandi community for three consecutive years.  Anouk has been a contractual lecturer for the past several years in various higher education institutions. She has taught research methods, statistics, academic literacy as well as various other psychology modules (i.e. career psychology). Anouk acts as a reviewer for the South African Journal of Education and the International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance. Currently she is working as a research assistant in the Office of the Vice Rector of Stellenbosch University, in the division of Strategy and Internationalisation. Her PhD dissertation (entitled A mixed-methods analysis of black adolescents’ vocational identity status and career adaptability competencies in a South African township under supervision of Prof A.V. Naidoo) included the development of a narrative career intervention, with repeated-measures used to assess whether career adaptability scores had increased and subjective experiences were elicited using post-intervention interviews. The completion of this doctoral research project in May 2018 will mean the first successful completion of a mixed-methods career intervention in a sample of 582 Township youth. As a proud Alumni of the ECADOC programme, Anouk has a keen interest in sustaining the success of the ECADOC summer school. Her future aims are to foster further initiatives to facilitate international research collaborations and skill transfer in the field of career psychology and vocational guidance globally.

choen-scaliValérie Cohen-Scali. After having spent 10 years as researcher in the center of research on work and qualifications (Cereq) Valérie Cohen-Scali began to work as lecturer in the universities of Montpellier and Paris 13 in social psychology. Then, she became professor in Adult education at the University of Caen. Since 2012, Valérie Cohen-Scali works as Professor in career counseling and guidance psychology in the French Institute for the Study of Work and Career Counselling (INETOP) of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), Paris.  She is researcher in the Centre of Research on Work and Development of the Cnam and is associate researcher in the Centre de Recherche sur la Formation (Center of Research on Adult Education) of Cnam. In this Lab, she is co-director of the research group working on “Identity Construction and Professionalization”. She is cofounder member of the UNESCO Chair on “Life Long Guidance and Counseling” of the University of Wroclaw, Poland. Since 2009, she belongs to the Asia-Europe Meeting Life Long Learning Hub, particularly to the Network focusing on Workplace Learning. Since 2009, she is involved in the NICE (Network of Innovation in Counseling in Europe) Erasmus Project.  She is a co-director of the Scientific Journal “L’Orientation Scolaire et Professionnelle”. She participates as member of the European Society for Vocational Designing and Career Counseling (ESVDC). Her fields of research are: Young adults’ identity construction, transition and career redirections, professionalization of career counselors and trainers. Valerie Cohen-Scali has gathered her main recent works about young adults relation to work in a book “Travailler et étudier”, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France (2010), and has published many articles in different international journals. She currently teaches students in Master’s degree in Adult Training and in career counseling, as well as students in doctoral programs. She supervises doctoral students on different topics such as:  Identity and transition in some specific professional contexts, organizational socialization of apprentices, career counselors ’competences development.

drososNikos Drosos. Nikos Drosos (PhD) is a researcher in the Laboratory of Career Guidance and Counseling, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He is an instructor in the Master’s programs “Career Counselling & Guidance” of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens; “Career Guidance & Counselling” of the European University Cyprus; and “Special Education” of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. His main research interests include career assessment and psychometric tests, career counselling of socially vulnerable groups and career development.  He has been working for several years in the field of counselling and career guidance, having undertaken the supervision, development, implementation and assessment of many career counselling projects. He was in charge of the development of methodology and tools for career counselling for people with severe mental health illness (2012-2014), and for long-term unemployed people (2013-1015). These methodologies were implemented in career counselling centers under his supervision with impressive results. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Panhellenic Association for Psycho-social Rehabilitation & Work Integration (PEPSAEE), and of the Hellenic Association for Supported Employment (ELETYPE). He has numerous awards for his social activity, and for academic excellence. He is the co-creator (with Prof. Despoina Sidiropoulou-Dimakakou) of the “ARIADNE” career interests’ questionnaire that has facilitated the career choices of more than 13,000 students in Greece and Cyprus. He is a founding member of the NICE (Network for Innovation in Career Guidance and Counselling) Foundation, and a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Doctoral Programme in Career Guidance and Counselling (ECADOC).

Prof_Laura_NotaLaura Nota. She is professor of Career construction and career counseling and Psychological Counseling for the Inclusion of Social Disadvantage at the Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology, University of Padova. She is the Director of the Larios Laboratory and of the University Centre for Research and Services on Disability, Rehabilitation and Inclusion, at University of Padova, and of the post-graduate Master Course in ‘Life Design and Career Counseling’. She is President of ESVDC (European Society for Vocational Designing and Career Counseling) and SIO (Italian Sciety of Vocational Designing and Career Counseling); she is member of the Executive Board of Division 16 (Counseling Psychology Division) in the International Association of Applied Psychology; member of the Executive Board of the European Society for Vocational Designing and Career Counseling and of the European Society in Family Relation. She is co-editor of The International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, member of the editorial board of The Italian Journal of Vocational Psychology, The Journal of Career Development, and member of the consulting committee of The Journal of Happiness Studies. She is member of the Life Design International Research Group, of the Career Adaptability International Collaborative Group. She is member of the Sterring Committee in the European project University Network for Innovation in Guidance – Lifelong Learning Programme (2009-2012/2013-2015). She is member of the Special Task Group ‘Globalization’ of Division 17 – American Psychological Association (from 2011- present). As regards vocational psychology and career counseling, research efforts are directed toward the study of variables and processes in life design models, setting up of instruments, planning of interventions programs and their verification. She is the author of many international and national articles and more than ten books and editor, with Jerome Rossier, of the Handbook of the Life Design paradigm: From practice to theory, from theory to practice (Hogrefe).


Jérôme Rossier. He studied psychology at the University of Lausanne, at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He obtained a PhD in psychology at the University of Lausanne. After work experiences at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, at the National Institute of Health, United-States, at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, he is currently full professor of vocational and counseling psychology at the Institute of Psychology of the University of Lausanne. He is also editor of the International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance and member of several editorial boards of scientific journals such as the Journal of Vocational Behavior or theJournal of Research in Personality. His teaching areas and research interests include counseling, personality, psychological assessment, and cross-cultural psychology. He published over one hundred articles and book chapters mainly about cross-cultural, personality, and vocational counseling issues. He is with several European and North American colleagues a co-author of the life design career-counseling paradigm. He also participated actively to many international research projects, such as the personality across culture research or the international career adaptability project.



Rie Thomsen. Associate professor at Guidance research unit, School of Education, Aarhus University. Her research revolves around lifelong career guidance practices and policies with a special interest on the role of communities and in organizational, leadership and management aspects of career guidance provision. Furthermore she has a strong interest in creating an inspiring environment for interdisciplinary research in Lifelong Learning and Lifelong Guidance. Rie Thomsen is an experienced partner of several international research projects. NICE, VALA and ECADOC. She has long term working relations with Institute of Employment Research at Warwick University. In 2012 she published the book Career Guidance in Communities. And in 2013 she was awarded with the national guidance award for her research. Her goals for the future are to lead researchers nationally and internationally in developing prosperous research on management, leadership and organisation in the field of career guidance.


Peter C. Weber. He studied in a first degree Youth Care (1992- 1995) and after three years of practise Adult Education, Sociology and Economy at University of Bremen and University of Leiden/NL (1998-2003). Since 2004 he is researcher and lecturer at the Heidelberg University, Institute for educational science in the work group adult education/further education and counselling.His main work-issues are aside the development and maintenance of different study programs (career counselling and organizational development) research projects (national and international) e.g. on competence & quality in the field of adult learning and counselling. He received his doctor’s degree at Heidelberg University (PhD) on the topic of Quality development in Guidance & Counselling. Link:

Former Members of the Scientific Committee

katsarovJohannes Katsarov. Johannes is an ethics training scholar and acts as the Coordinator of the NICE Foundation (since 2017). From 2009-2016, he coordinated the Network for Innovation in Career Guidance and Counselling in Europe (NICE) together with Christiane Schiersmann and Peter Weber from the Heidelberg University ( In this role, Johannes co-edited both NICE Handbooks and the NICE Newsletter. From 2012 to 2015, he coordinated the development of European Competence Standards for the Academic Training of Career Practitioners (together with Kestutis Pukelis, Jukka Lerkkanen and Jacques Pouyaud). In his role as the coordination of the NICE Network, he launched the initiative to found the ECADOC Programme together with Laura Nota, supported by the European Society for Vocational Designing and Career Counseling (ESVDC), the Steering Committee of NICE, and numerous colleagues from across Europe. From 2013 to 2017, he acted as the Program Manager of ECADOC and as the coordinator of the EU-funded project, which enabled the program. Johannes currently works at the Center for Ethics of the University of Zurich, where he is working on a PhD in Ethics as part of the project“Moral Sensitivity” (led by Markus Christen and Carmen Tanner). His research focuses on the training of moral sensitivity in professionals, including through the use of video games. He is currently involved in the design and testing of two “Serious Moral Games” (for financial managers and physicians). As the Coordinator of the NICE Foundation, Johannes efforts are focused on realizing annual networking conferences and enabling meaningful projects for innovation in the training of career practitioners across Europe. He remains committed to ECADOC in his new role.

mulveyRachel Mulvey. She is Associate Dean of Psychology at the University of East London. A chartered psychologist and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, fellow and past president of the Institute of Career Guidance, legacy fellow of the Career Development Institute and a board member of the International Association of Educational and Vocational Guidance.  A principal fellow of the Higher Education Academy, she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2013. Having trained as a careers adviser, she worked as practitioner and manager in careers services and further education, before moving into academia, lecturing on (and later running) postgraduate courses for career guidance practitioners and managers.  She has co-edited a handbook on innovation in the training of career professionals, which draws on the NICE  network of led by the University of Heidelberg. Rachel has advised government departments on national policy for career guidance, and was Vice Chair of the parliamentary task force on the career guidance profession, which drew on her expertise in public policy and the management and training of the career workforce. Her current research includes employability learning and teaching alongside the development and transfer of employability skillset and mindset.  Co-author of Brilliant Graduate Career Handbook (Pearson, 2013), her research on graduate employability was put to good use in devising the transferable employability skills scale (TESS). More than 36,000 young people have taken this psychometric test online within BBCLabUK.

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