Alejandro Buschiazzo is a Biologist (Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina), obtained his PhD in Chemistry in 1999 at the Institute Leloir (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Arg). His early biochemistry background was then oriented towards Structural Biology during his postdoc (2000-2003) and then tenured researcher position (2003) at the Dept of Structural Biology & Chemistry in the Pasteur Institute (Paris).
Since 2006 Alejandro holds a double appointment in Paris and as a Group Leader at the Institut Pasteur Montevideo (IPM - Uruguay), where he heads the Laboratory of Molecular & Structural Microbiology. His science is focused on molecular mechanisms of protein function, particularly related to pathogenicity regulation in bacteria.
He is also head of the IPM Protein Crystallography Facility, an open-access research infrastructure that has been instrumental to solving >150 structures of proteins and biological macromolecules since 2007, mostly from South American academic users. From this position he was one of the founding nodes of the Structural Biology network CeBEM (Structural Biology Center in Mercosur), a network that has been active since 2008 to disseminate Structural Biology approaches, organize advanced workshops and improve the utilization of existing Research Infrastructure in South America.
Francisco (Paco) Colomer is director of the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE), a European Research Infrastructure that serves as the central organization of the European VLBI Network, a collaboration of more than 20 radio telescopes distributed around the world. Colomer earned his PhD in astrophysics from Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) and is an MBA in “Management of Research Infrastructures” by the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy). He is the permanent staff of the National Astronomical Observatory in Spain. During his career, he has participated in more than 100 scientific papers, numerous conferences and workshops, international projects and outreach activities. He is the current chair of the ERIC Forum, which comprises 23 European Research Infrastructure Consortia grouped in 5 clusters, to discuss the strategies, best practices and efficiently interact with the European Commission and other stakeholders.
Nicolas Dromel is head of the large research infrastructures department at the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI) since September 2019, and advisor to the Director General for Research and Innovation. His department coordinates, in liaison with the Research and Innovation Strategy Directorate, the French strategy in the field of research infrastructures and international scientific organizations. Nicolas holds a PhD in economics (2007), and started his career as researcher with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and Professor at the Paris School of Economics. He has held visiting positions with the University of California, Los Angeles, and New York University Abu Dhabi.
David Edvardsson is the Director General for the Research Policy Unit at the Ministry of Education and Research. His main field of work is research policy in general. David is the chairman of the Board of Auditors for the Nobel Foundation. Previously, David was employed as a Research Officer at the unit for Research Infrastructure at the Swedish Research Council. He has been the Swedish delegate to ESO (European Southern Observatory) Council, ESO representative in the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) Council, Swedish delegate in FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research) Council and member of the financial oversight group of the IceCube neutrino observatory.
Andrew Harrison studied chemistry at Oxford University (BA 1982, Doctorate 1986), took up a PDRA at McMaster University in Canada in 1988 then joined the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh in 1993, becoming Professor of Solid State Chemistry there in 1999. His research group worked primarily on magnetic materials, studied at central facilities for neutrons and synchrotron X-rays. In 2006 he joined the directorate of the Institut Laue Langevin in Grenoble, the European centre for neutron science, going on to become Director General there in 2011. In 2014 he moved back to the UK to his current position as CEO of Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron facility. Andrew has chaired EIROForum, is currently chair of ERF AISBL - the organisation of European Research Infrastructures of pan-European interest that are not in EIROForum – and has been a UK delegate for the ESFRI Council of the European Commission from 2015.
As a member of the Senior Executive Service in the U.S. government, Mr. Hawkins heads the National Science Foundation’s Large Facilities Office (LFO). LFO is responsible for the development and implementation of all policies and procedures related to agency-wide oversight for the design, construction, and operation of major multi-user research facilities. These facilities include telescopes, particle detectors, mobile research platforms and distributed observatories and cost in excess of $100 million. In addition, LFO is NSF's primary resource for project management good practice and facilitates the sharing of lessons learned from previous projects. Mr. Hawkins has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine, and a master’s degree in International Policy and Practice from the George Washington University.
Jan Hrušák is senior research fellow (c. 100 scientific papers, 3300 citations) and scientific advisor on European Science policy at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Member of the ministerial board for large research infrastructures and Special envoy for research infra-structures at the Ministry of Education, youth and sport of the Czech Republic (MEYS). He completed studies in physical chemistry and received PhD (Dr.rer.nat) in 1987 at the Technical University Leuna-Merseburg (Germany). Before joining in 1996 the J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, where he is working since, he has been active in several countries in Europe (Uni Toulouse, TU Berlin), and he spend one year as visiting professor at the Institute of Molecular Science at Okazaki (Japan). Jan Hrušák served two terms in the executive body of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and he has been appointed for two years Director general for research at the Ministry of Education, youth and sport of the Czech Republic (MEYS). He is longstanding member of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures - ESFRI (former chair) and the Czech delegate to ERAC. He was also appointed to the EOSC Executive board.
Gihan Kamel is the SESAME (Synchrotron Light forExperimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) Infrared Beamline Principal Scientist/Team Supervisor, on leave from the Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt, where she is a lecturer inbiophysics. Dr Kamel obtained her Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Rome, La Sapienza, Italy, and held a researcher position at the Italian INFN’s Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati from 2014 to 2015. Earlier, in 2007, she was awarded the international Par Own fellowship at the Italian National Research Council’s Institute of Crystallography. In 2015, she decided to return to the Middle East to take up the position of the Infrared Beamline Scientist at SESAME, up to date, she is the only woman scientist at the facility. Her main responsibilities involved the beamline construction, and currently she is responsible for optimizing the beamline operation and development, and assisting the beamline’s users from the Middle East and neighboring regions, as well as, from Europe with engagement indifferent national and international projects oncultural heritage, bioarchaeology, life sciences, and biomedicine. Dr Kamel is also involved in the preparatory phases for the establishment of the African Light Source (AfLS). She also organizes workshops and schools at the nationaland international levels to build awareness and highlight special topics linking science to industry and society. She is particularly noted for her lectures on science for peace and science diplomacy, as well as, women in science. She is regularly invited to top-class science-related events worldwide [AAAS, ESOF, WorldScience Forum, World Economic Forum, etc.] and was acknowledged at the International Women’s Day 2017 by the President of the Italian Republic for her engagement as the only woman scientist at SESAME. She is also featured in several interviews and portraits in national and international media channels. In 2020, she was indicated 2020 Laureate of Eureka Prize of the French organization amcsti (The professional network of scientific, technical and industrial cultures).
Apostolia Karamali is the head of the Research and Innovation Actors and Research Careers unit at the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission. The unit designs and implements policy for the higher education sector, research organisations, researchers, research and technology infrastructures. The unit operates in the context of the new European Research Area (ERA) and in synergy with the European Education Area (EEA), employment, social and industrial policy. In particular, the unit supports the establishment of a European framework for research careers in the European labour market; offers services to researchers and institutions; promotes the development of a sustainable European ecosystem of research and technology infrastructures; maintains an observatory and promotes knowledge creation, circulation and use.
Dr Kolar is the chair of ESFRI and the Executive Director of CERIC-ERIC, a research infrastructure for characterisation of materials and biomaterials, established by the EC’s implementing decision. She has a broad range of expertise, ranging from policy development and implementation, research and innovation, to entrepreneurship. Among others, she was Director-General of Science in Technology at a ministry in Slovenia, chairman of the Board of Slovenian Technology Agency, a member of the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. She was a member of the High-Level Group of Innovators for a European Innovation Council, that advised the Commission on how to strengthen support for breakthrough, market-creating innovation and of the ERA Council Forum Austria - a high-level expert body advising the Austrian Minister responsible for Science and Research, for which she was awarded a Golden badge of honour for services to the Republic of Austria. She is currently a Slovenian delegate of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), a member of its Executive Board, and a chair-elect. She is also chairing the Board of the Slovenian Research Agency. She has authored/co-authored several expert reports contracted by the European Commission. Trained as a chemist, she had published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and a European patent.
Mr Lukáš LEVÁK joined the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of Czechia in 2009, after completing studies (Latin America Studies) at the Charles University. Before he was appointed the Director of Department for R&D (2014), he had been in charge of development of bilateral cooperation of Czechia in R&D, and participation of Czechia in the Joint Technology Initiatives ARTEMIS and ENIAC under the 7th EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Since 2014, Mr Lukáš LEVÁK has been the Director of Department for R&D, which consists of the Unit for Research Infrastructures and the Unit for European Research Area. His duties and responsibilities, therefore, comprise in particular policy-making and public funding of research infrastructures (including membership of Czechia in international R&D organisations and ERIC consortia), and formulation and implementation of strategy for international collaboration of Czechia in R&D within the framework of the European Research Area (including agenda of the EU Competitiveness Council of Research Ministers). As of 2014, Mr Lukáš LEVÁK is the delegate of Czechia to ERAC (European Research Area and Innovation Committee), and also serves as the Czech delegate to ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures) as of 2019.
Karel Luyben is Rector Magnificus Emeritus of the Delft University of Technology as of 2018. He was Rector Magnificus of the Delft University of Technology from 2010 till 2018. Before that he served as Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences for almost 12 years. In 1983 he was appointed full professor in Biochemical Engineering at the Delft University of Technology, and from there has gained experience in research, starting a SME, research leadership and leading European organisations like the European Federation of Biotechnology, CESAER and now the European Open Science Cloud Association.Presently he is primarily active in the domain of Open Science. He is National Coordinator for Open Science in the Netherlands; Chairman of the Board of the Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences; involved with the Open Science Taskforces of CESAER and EUA and since December 2019 he is President of the European Open Science Cloud Association (EOSC-A).Throughout his career, he has provided and continues to provide consultation services to research organisations, industries and governments in the areas of Technology and Strategy & Policy.
Dr Narita is responsible for ASEAN science diplomacy, managing regional cooperation and policy development in science, technology and innovation, focusing broadly on developing human resource capacity and promoting networks, centres of excellence and research and development. Before working at the ASEAN Secretariat, she was the expert coordinator of the National Innovation Committee of the Republic of Indonesia, an independent body that reported directly to the President and was in charge of oversight, steering and coordination of national innovation. In the Council, she assisted the formulation of Innovation 1-747, Indonesia’s Innovation Strategic Initiatives. Before being transferred to the Committee, she worked at Indonesia’s Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) as the Chief Engineer at the Pharmaceutical Technology Center and the Special Staff to the Chairman of BPPT.
As a researcher, graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA, she holds two patents on Hepatitis-B and dengue recombinant proteins within a national consortium of vaccines and medicine led by WHO-acknowledged company, PT Bio Farma. She has also been working on antibiotic resistance in human-impacted environments as a visiting researcher at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She is the Ambassador for Indonesia of the International Society of Microbial Ecology. Vanny received awards as World Economic Forum Young Scientist New Champion, ASEAN-US AAAS Science and Technology Fellow, Inter Academic Panel-UNESCO Fellow of World Science Forum, Tempo Magazine 45-Women without Boundaries and Global Young Academy Member.
I am the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa, responsible for national research infrastructure platforms. This involves strategic oversight and leadership for research infrastructure provision across the national research enterprise, central to which are the national research facilities. The national research facilities cover the areas of nuclear physics, radio astronomy, optical/infra-red astronomy and biodiversity/environmental sciences. My 30 years of professional experience has been in management of research support and research capacity development programmes at the NRF and at the South African Medical Research Council); in biodiversity and agricultural biotechnology research at the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity and the Agricultural Research Council, respectively); as well as in academia as a Lecturer in Biochemistry, Microbiology & Molecular Biology at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, South Africa. I am also a certified by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions as an Attractions Leader and have completed Executive Development Programmes at University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School.
Claire Samson is a Canadian professional engineer with an undergraduate degree in engineering physics from Laval University, a M.Sc. in geological sciences from McGill University and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Toronto.
From 1991 to 1992, Claire was a Research Associate at Cambridge University, and from 1993 to 1999, she worked for the Shell Oil group in the Netherlands. Upon relocating to Canada in 2000, she joined Neptec Design Group, a company specializing in vision systems for space applications. In 2003, she was appointed as Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Carleton University, where she served as departmental Chair and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs. From 2018 to 2019, Claire was Dean of Research at École de technologie supérieure in Montréal. In addition to her academic leadership activities, Claire continued to be active in research in the fields of laser imaging of earth materials, unmanned aircraft systems, and planetary geology.
In 2020, Claire was appointed Vice-President, Programs and Planning, of the Canada Foundation for Innovation. In this role, Claire oversees the planning and general management of all the CFI’s program areas, including program development, delivery, budget setting, and knowledge management.
Francesco Sette’s scientific interest and training is on the study of the fundamental properties of condensed matter and on their experimental determination. Aiming to relate material behaviour to the material atomic structure and dynamics, and to its chemical bonding, using synchrotron X-rays, he carried out experimental studies on materials as semiconductors, transition metal oxides and highly correlated systems, as well on states of matter as surfaces, interfaces, molecular systems, and liquids. These studies, measuring local electronic and magnetic properties with X-ray scattering and spectroscopy techniques, investigate the connection among local interatomic structures and macroscopic properties as magnetism, superconductivity, giant magneto-resistance, phase transformations, etc. To implement innovative research, Sette has engaged himself in the development of new and first-of-a-kind synchrotron-based X-ray techniques enabling new investigations. His principal scientific contributions are in the determination of the orbital and spin parts of magnetic moments of a specific atomic species in magnetic materials, and the measurement and identification of structural relaxation effects of hyper-sound propagation in disordered materials and liquids.
Since 2001, becoming Director of Research first and then Director General of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), his interest and career activities progressively turned towards science programmes development, implementation and management. Francesco Sette is considered a pioneer in synchrotron radiation research and technology, an area to which he has devoted the whole of his professional career. Francesco Sette is author of more than 300 publications in scientific journals, among which more than 60 on high-impact journals (Physical Review Letters, Nature, Science). He has received several prestigious recognitions and awards for his work, and participated in many international science programme review committees and search and interview panels.
Frédéric Sgard is project administrator at the Global Science Forum of the OECD, where he manages selected Forum activities. He has been involved in many of the Forum’s projects on research infrastructures. His current portfolio includes work on “mobilising science in the time of crisis” and a new project on “Very Large International Research infrastructures”. Frédéric Sgard acts as an independent expert for various European research infrastructure projects. Prior to joining the OECD, he worked as a senior scientist in a pharmaceutical company until the end of 2002, on the discovery of new pharmacological targets. Trained as a molecular biologist, he studied Molecular Genetics at the University of Paris-Saclay (France), and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Reading, UK, in 1994.