Milena ŽIC FUCHS: born in 1954 in Zagreb, Croatia.
From 1958 to 1969 lived in London, New York,and Sydney. In 1977 graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb having
majored in English language and literature, and Ethnology. In 1982 received M.A. in Linguistics
(Semantics) and in 1989 Ph.D. in Linguistics (Cognitive Linguistics).
From 1978 teaches various courses in Linguistics in the English Department, and at present holds
position of Full Professor.
Milena Žic Fuchs was the first scholar to introduce Cognitive Linguistics into Croatian linguistic
circles. Her book entitled Knowledge of Language and Knowledge of the World (1991) was the
first book in Cognitive Linguistics written in Croatian and is one of the most quoted books in
Croatian linguistics. In 2007 she authored a dictionary of acronyms together with Stjepan Babić
(20000 items), and her latest book Cognitive Linguistics and Language Structures: the English
Present Perfect came out in 2009, for which she received the Croatian National Award for
Science for 2011. In 2010 Milena Žic Fuchs was elected as a full member of the Croatian Academy
of Sciences and Arts.
From 1999 to 2000 she was Minister of Research and Technology in the Croatian government. She has also held the position of Chair and has been a member of numerous national bodies
connected to research and higher education. In 2005 Milena Žic Fuchs became a member of the
Standing Committee for the Humanities of the European Science Foundation. In 2006 she was
elected member of the Core Group, and subsequently in 2009 she became the Chair of the
Standing Committee for the Humanities of the European Science Foundation (2009 – 2012). From
2008 she has been a member of the ERC Panel “The Human Mind and its Complexity”, and in
2014 she chaired the same panel. She is also a member of numerous Science Advisory Boards, as well as other European level bodies.
Milena Žic Fuchs has also acted as an expert for the European Commission - as member of High-Level EC Expert Group for ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures). From 2012 she has been a member of the Science Advisory Board of CLARIN – ERIC (Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure – European Research Infrastructure Consortium).
At present she chairs the Scientific Review Group for the Humanities of the ESF.