Andrew Smith is a senior external relations o¬ cer at ELIXIR, he joined in 2011. Andy manages ELIXIR’s engagement with Member States, supporting new countries in joining. He also leads on ELIXIR’s engagement with the EU institutions and the ESFRI process in general. Andy is responsible for developing ELIXIR’s industry strategy and runs the ELIXIR Innovation SME support programme. Previously he worked in Brussels for the UK Research O¬ ce (UKRO), covering various research programme and policy fi elds, including FP7 National Contact Point helpdesks and supporting UK delegations to FP7 Programme Committees. Andy has previously held roles in regional government, focussing on EU Structural Funds, and on education programmes in Slovenia and the Czech Republic.