Nils studied Comparative Literature and Cognitive Linguistics in Berlin and Berkeley and went on to Oxford for postgraduate studies in American Literature. He also holds an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London. He has worked at the Science Policy Centre at the Royal Society, London, and for the Union of German Academies of Science in Berlin. His main interests include the comparative study of science and innovation policy in Europe and the US.
Nils joined the Youth Future Project team as a consultant in 2009.