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Adrian J. TIPLADY

Adrian J. TIPLADY

South African Radio Astronomy Observatory
Deputy Managing Director: Strategy & Partnerships

Dr Adrian Tiplady obtained his PhD in radio astronomy, and since 2005 has played a leading role in Africa’s successful bid to co-host the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, and later establishment of the SKA Observatory inter-governmental organisation. He has an extremely diverse range of scientific, technical and strategic expertise – including the protection of radio astronomy from threats of radio interference, establishing a ‘social license to operate’ for research infrastructure, and international cooperation and policy development. He most recently chaired the South African Department of Science and Innovation’s expert task team to develop a National Open Science Policy.

Adrian STANICA

Adrian STANICA

Romanian National Institute of Marine Geology and Geoecology - GeoEcoMar / DANUBIUS-RI ESFRI
Director / Coordinator

Dr Adrian Stanica, Director General of GeoEcoMar (Romanian Natl. Institute of Marine Geology and Geoecology) since 2016, main expertise in river, delta, lagoon and coastal sedimentology and morphology, with a focus on coastal dynamics, Research Infrastructures. PhD in geology, University of Bucharest, 2003, degree in geology, Bucharest University (1993), Master in Economy of Energy and Environment, Scuola Superiore “Enrico Mattei”, Milan, Italy (1994). Marie Curie Fellow at the Fondazione ENI Enrico Mattei (Venice, 20022 – 2003), NATO-CNR senior fellow – ISMAR – CNR (Venice, stages in 2004 and 2005).

General coordinator of the DANUBIUS-RI ESFRI project (The International Centre for Advanced Studies for River-Sea Systems) and of related H2020 DANUBIUS-PP and Horizon DANUBIUS IP. Member of the core team that developed the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for the Black Sea (SRIA). General coordinator of H2020 DOORS and SUSTBLACK, dedicated to the implementation and launch of the SRIA. 2009 – 2015 – national representative (Romania) in ESFRI (European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures) Environment Strategic Working Group.

Since December, 2019, Honorary Professor at the University of Stirling, UK.

Agnieszka CHŁOŃ-DOMIŃCZAK

Agnieszka CHŁOŃ-DOMIŃCZAK

SGH Warsaw School of Economics
Vice-Rector for Science and Director of the Institute of Statistics and Demography

Vice-Rector for Science and Director of the Institute of Statistics and Demography at SGH Warsaw School of Economics. Member of the Committee on Demographic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and leader of the Polish research group at SHARE 50+ (Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe).  In 2008–2009, she served as an undersecretary of state in the Polish Ministry of Labour and Social Policy; she was also a member of the Supervisory Board of the Polish Social Insurance Institution (ZUS) and a member of the Polish Financial Supervision Authority. In 2007–2009, she was a Vice Chair of the Social Protection Committee (SPC) of the Council of the EU. In 2010–2017, she managed projects at the Educational Research Institute (IBE) in preparation of the implementation of the Polish Qualifications Framework. Her areas of specialisation include demography, pension systems, the labour market, social policy, health and education.

Alasdair REID

Alasdair REID

EFIS Centre, Belgium
Policy Director

Alasdair Reid, policy director of the Brussels based European Future Innovation System Centre, has over 25 years’ experience in designing, implementing and evaluating research and innovation (R&I) policies. He has advised the European Commission, the OECD, the World Bank, the Nordic Council of Ministers, UNECE, national and regional governments and agencies throughout the EU and in third countries.  In the area of research infrastructures (RIs), Alasdair has worked in the framework of ESFRI, on the development of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and since 2011 has overseen over €300m in investments to RIs in the framework of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).  During 2022, he is the lead author of an assessment panel of the 28 Greek National RIs in the framework of the Horizon Europe Policy Support Facility.  From 2018 to 2020, he was co-ordinator of the RI-PATHS project on socio-economic impact assessment of RIs and he co-authored several publications on the socio-economic impact of RIs.  In 2019, he was a member of the ESFRI working group on key performance indicators and contributed to the ESFRI publication on this topic.  In 2020, he was team member for a study on the societal benefits of the European Southern Observatory.

Andrew HARRISON

Andrew HARRISON

DIAMOND LIGHT SOURCE LTD., UK
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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. From November 2022 Andrew will be Director of Science, Extreme Light Infrastructure ERIC. 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.

Anita HEWARD

Anita HEWARD

School of Physical Sciences, University of Kent
Communications Manager, Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure

Anita Heward has led communications for Europlanet since its establishment in 2005, and has overseen the development of communications, outreach and policy strategies for Europlanet through successive EU-funded projects. The current Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure (RI) is a €10 million project, funded under Horizon 2020, that runs from January 2020 until July 2024, with over 50 beneficiaries led by the University of Kent. Offering access to over 40 facilities and field sites across 20 countries and four continents, the Europlanet distributed infrastructure is the world’s largest collection of planetary simulation and analysis facilities.

In 2018, Anita was elected as the first Secretary of the Europlanet Society, which was established for the advancement of planetary science and related fields. She holds a MSc degree in Earth Observation Science, a BSc degree in Physics and Space Science and an MA in Creative Writing. She started her career as part of the team that set up the National Space Centre, the UK’s largest attraction dedicated to space exploration and space science. With over 25 years’ experience of freelance communications in the space and astronomy sector, she has overseen the press offices for over 30 international conferences, and organised two editions of the British Festival of Space. She is a director of the educational charity, the Dill Faulkes Educational Trust.

Anna PANAGOPOULOU

Anna PANAGOPOULOU

Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, European Commission
Director for ERA & Innovation

Since April 2021, Ms Anna Panagopoulou has been Director of ‘ERA & Innovation’ at the Research and Innovation Directorate General of the European Commission. The directorate is responsible for Research and Innovation Policy, reinforces at crosscutting level the engagement with citizens & society, with academic and research organisations and with research and industrial infrastructures. The directorate is also responsible to promote dialogue and collaboration with Member States, research and  innovation actors  on research and innovation policy,  investments and reforms. Between 2016 and 2021, Ms Panagopoulou had been Director of directorate 'Common Implementation Centre' responsible for the implementation strategy for European Union R&I programmes. Previously, she was Head of Department for Programme Support and Resources at CINEA in 2014. Ms Panagopoulou started her career in the European Commission in 1997 being responsible for files in the area of EU research and innovation, transport and energy policy. Beforehand she worked for 6 years in the private sector. She holds a degree in electrical engineering.

Apostolia KARAMALI

Apostolia KARAMALI

DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR RESEARCH AND INNOVATION, EUROPEAN COMMISSION
HEAD OF UNIT

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.

Benoît PIRENNE

Benoît PIRENNE

Ocean Networks Canada
Director

Benoît Pirenne is Ocean Networks Canada’s Director, User Engagement. He joined the University of Victoria in October 2004 to build the Data Management and Archiving System for the NEPTUNE Canada and VENUS observatories. The division he directs consists of four departments: Science Services, Applied Science Solutions, the Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System — Pacific Regional Association, and the World Data System — International Technology Office. Previously, Benoît spent 18 years at the European Southern Observatory (ESO, Munich, Germany), a leading Organization for astronomical research. At ESO Benoît assumed a number of scientific and technical positions. As Head of the Operations Technical Support Department in this Organization, he was responsible for running the data management and archiving system supporting both ESO's telescopes and the NASA/ESA's Hubble Space Telescope. Benoît earned a B.CSc. from Liège, Belgium, and a M.CSc. from the University of Namur, Belgium.

Bruno COUTARD

Bruno COUTARD

Unité des Virus Emergents, Aix Marseille University, France
Professor / Coordinator of EVA-G

Bruno Coutard is currently professor at Aix Marseille University. In 2007, he obtained a PhD in Biotechnology dedicated to infectious diseases. He was appointed by CNRS from 2001 to 2018. During this period, he participated to several European programs dedicated to emerging viruses, their structural and functional characterization as well as drug-design projets for the development of antivirals. He is among the first partners of the European Virus Archive (EVA), an international collection viruses supported by EU since 2008. He became coordinator of EVA in 2022.

Bryony BUTLAND

Bryony BUTLAND

UK Research and Innovation
Programme Director

Dr Bryony Butland led the development of the UK Research and Innovation Infrastructure roadmap which set out opportunities for creating a step-change in the next-generation of infrastructure capability in the UK. Since publication in 2018 she has led the development and implementation of a cross organisation prioritisation process for major infrastructure investments. The first projects to be funded were announced in 2021. Alongside this she leads work on the financial sustainability of research for UKRI, most recently focused on responding to COVID19 alongside analysis of longer term economic pressures.

Prior to joining UKRI Bryony spend 15 years as a civil servant in the UK Government where the majority of her roles focused on research policy and the use of research in government. This included work on 4 Government science and innovation strategies; the case for investment in research in UK Government spending reviews; policy for assessing impact of Government investment in research and the setup of Innovate UK, UKRI and the Higher Education and Research Bill. She has also worked on energy strategy, public health policy, for the Government Office for Science's Foresight Programme on childhood obesity and on Civil Contingencies.

Bryony started her career as a researcher completing her PhD in Genetics and a postdoc in a biotech company. She was awarded an OBE for services to science in 2016.

Carlos BATTHYÁNY DIGHIERO

Carlos BATTHYÁNY DIGHIERO

Institut Pasteur de Montevideo
Executive Director

I am a M.D., PhD. (Universidad de la República, Uruguay) with a postdoctoral degree in pharmacology and chemical biology (Department of Pharmacology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, USA). Upon returning to Uruguay (2007-2013) I began working as co-head of the Analytical Biochemistry and Proteomics Unit, one of the first units to acquire state-of-the-art mass spectrometers in South America. Later, I developed my own laboratory: Lab. of Vascular Biology and Drug Discovery.  The Lab. of Vascular Biology and Drug Discovery has been focused on understanding the molecular and cellular basis of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases (e.g., atherosclerosis, metabolic syndrome, obesity, hypertension) as well as in the development of novel strategies for the prevention and treatment of these leading cause of death worldwide. We founded a startup (EOLO Pharma inc., USA) with the aim of being able to take the discoveries from the laboratory to clinical trials in humans.

Caterina BISCARI

Caterina BISCARI

ALBA Synchrotron, Spain
Director

Born in Italy, 1957. Studied Physics in Universidad Complutense of Madrid and is Dr in Physics of the Università degli Studi di Napoli. Experimental physicist recognized for significant contributions to the design, construction and operation of particle accelerators, having worked as postdoc at CERN and then at the Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati of INFN.

Since 2012 director of the ALBA Synchrotron facility, Barcelona, a public national institution. ALBA is nowadays operating ten experimental beamlines, while expanding the instrumental offer with the construction of new ones, four of them to be open to users in the next four years. She has managed the start and consolidation of the facility operation and the development of the project as a large multidisciplinary research facility with international projection. She is now leading the project of the upgrade of the facility to a 4th generation, ALBA II.

Vice Chair of LEAPS, the League of European Accelerator-based Photon Sources, the alliance of 20 European synchrotrons and FELs, who have joined forces for developing a better science for a better society.

Member of several international advisory committees and boards, as CERN Scientific Policy Committee, PSI Advisory Board, KEK Scientific Advisory Committee, SLAC Scientific Program Committee. Among her honors the ‘Condecorazione della Stella d’Italia’ by the Italian Republic President and the Narcis Monturiol Medal by the autonomic Catalan president.

Cathy FOLEY

Cathy FOLEY

Australian Government
Chief Scientist

Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM commenced as Australia’s ninth Chief Scientist in January 2021 after an extensive career at Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO.

Dr Foley is an internationally recognised physicist with major research achievements in superconductors and sensors which lead to the development of the LANDTEM™ sensor system to locate valuable deposits of minerals deep underground, resulting in discoveries and delineation of minerals worth more than $6 billion.

Dr Foley’s scientific excellence and influential leadership have been recognised with numerous awards and fellowships, including election to the Australian Academy of Science in 2020, along with an Order of Australia for service to research science and to the advancement of women in physics. She is also a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (2008) and an honorary Fellow of Australian Institute of Physics (2019).

Dr Foley is an inspiration to women in STEM across the globe and is committed to tackling gender equality and diversity in the science sector to embrace the full human potential of all.

Claire SAMSON

Claire SAMSON

CANADA FOUNDATION FOR INNOVATION
VICE-PRESIDENT, PROGRAMS AND PLANNING

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.

Claudia ALÉN AMARO

Claudia ALÉN AMARO

Instruct-ERIC
Senior Programme Manager

I joined as Instruct as the Project Manager to the Instruct Preparatory Phase project in 2008 and have since helped Instruct to grow and develop through to ERIC status. Now as the Senior Instruct Programme Manager, I manage the operational activities of Instruct, specialising in the access, training and communications work. I have taken a special interest in developing Instruct’s outreach to Latin American countries which have expanded the consortium into Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina and established MoUs with several major scientific institutions. I supervise the Horizon Europe project work at the Hub training new managers and supervising their work. I oversee the communication of Instruct including social media and have built Instruct visibility. Instruct is a distributed research infrastructure with facility managers and users all over Europe and beyond.

Claudia FILIPPONE

Claudia FILIPPONE

Senior Scientifc Programme Manager
ERINHA AISBL Central Coordinating Unit

Claudia Filippone is a virologist with an international scientific career. She was trained at the University of Bologna (Italy) and the NIH in Bethesda (USA), and achieved her PhD in 2007. She was then fellow at the Haartman Institute (University of Helsinki - Finland). During these years, she has studied both molecular and cell biology aspects of human parvoviruses.

She then acquired >10 years research experience at Institut Pasteur in France and at the Pasteur International Network in Africa, working on viral emergence and zoonoses, especially on Non-Human Primate retroviruses and hemorrhagic fever viruses. In Madagascar, as International Technical Expert of French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, she has investigated zoonotic hantaviruses in both animal reservoir and humans, and she acted for public health priorities, heading the arbovirus National Reference Center and coordinating the biological surveillance across the country.

Dr Filippone has been largely involved in teaching and training activities, as well as capacity building actions.

She joined the European Research Infrastructure on Highly Pathogenic Agents in 2021. She is largely involved on supporting implementation of research projects, including TransNational Access projects, on Risk Group 4 viruses, SARS-CoV-2/ COVID-19 and epidemic/pandemic-prone diseases.

Clifford NXOMANI

Clifford NXOMANI

NATIONAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION OF SOUTH AFRICA
DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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.

Daniel STACH

Daniel STACH

Czech TV
Journalist, presenter, science communicator

TV professional, presenter of programmes Hyde Park Civilisation and Veda24 (both concentrated on science) and special broadcasts (concerning e.g. covid pandemic, war in Ukraine, significant scientific discoveries and awards). Interviewer of the most distinguished scientists (31 Nobel Prize laureates, live interview with ISS) in Czech and English. Member of Science department of Czech TV. Moderator of various social events (especially expert conferencies) and sport events (e.g. Prague International Marathon, World Championships and World Cups in slalom kayaking or Mountain Bike). He is married and has a son and a cat called Mr. Rozarka.

Ed MITCHELL

Ed MITCHELL

ESRF – The European Synchrotron, France
Experiments Division, Head of Business Development

Ed Mitchell, since initial training at Oxford in molecular biophysics, has spent over 25 years at The European Synchrotron on various projects, including macromolecular crystallography beamline scientist, project lead for the preparation of the €250M ESRF Upgrade Programme and general manager for the international Partnership for Structural Biology. He is now charged with the Business Development Office, which has a growing role in opening the ESRF’s door to industry via services and tech transfer, and collaboration via European and national programmes. Beyond industry relations, Ed was coordinator of the Horizon2020 OPEN SESAME project, continuing Europe’s long-time support to the Middle Eastern “SESAME” synchrotron and is a member of the African Light Source Foundation Executive Committee, which is working actively for a light source to be built in Africa.

Edith HEARD

Edith HEARD

EMBL
Director General

Professor Edith Heard was born in London. She was introduced to biology while taking the Natural Sciences Tripos for her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Cambridge in the 1980’s. Inspired by her teachers at the time, she switched her focus from physics to biology and graduated in Genetics. Edith then went on to obtain her PhD from the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (later Cancer Research UK) at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, in London. Thereafter, she spent nine years at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, first as a postdoctoral fellow and then as a permanent researcher, before undertaking a one-year sabbatical at Cold Spring Harbor in the USA. In 2001, she set up her own group at the Institut Curie and in 2010 became Director of the Institute’s Genetics and Developmental Biology Unit. Edith was appointed as a Professor of the Collège de France in 2012, holding the Chair of Epigenetics and Cellular Memory. As part of her professorship, Edith continues to give an annual series of public lectures at the Collège de France, choosing a different scientific theme each year. She is also co-chair of the French national programme PAUSE which helps to temporarily host scientists living in geopolitical crisis zones. In January 2019, Edith started as Director General of EMBL.

Ewa DEELMAN

Ewa DEELMAN

Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California
Research Professor and Research Director

Ewa Deelmanreceived her PhD in Computer Science from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institutein 1998. Following a postdoc at the UCLA Computer Science Department she joinedthe University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI) in2000, where she is serving as a Research Director and is leading the ScienceAutomation Technologies group. She is also a Research Professor at the USCComputer Science Department and an AAAS and IEEE Fellow. The USC/ISI ScienceAutomation Technologies group explores the interplay between automation and themanagement of scientific workflows that include resource provisioning and datamanagement. Dr. Deelman pioneered workflow planning for computations executingin distributed environments. Her group has led the design and development ofthe Pegasus Workflow Management software and conducts research in jobscheduling and resource provisioning in distributed systems, workflowperformance modeling, provenance capture, and the use of cloud platforms forscience.

Ewan HARRISON

Ewan HARRISON

COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium (COG-UK) | Wellcome Sanger Institute and University of Cambridge
Deputy Director COG-UK | Group Leader

Dr Harrison is a group leader at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, and the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge.  He completed his PhD at the University of Leicester on the genomics and pathogenesis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.  His post-doctoral work at the University of Cambridge focused on the analysis of MRSA populations in animals and humans and tracking the transmission of MRSA in healthcare facilities.  During the COVID-19 pandemic he coordinated the set-up of the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium and now acts as Deputy Director with a focus on health data.  His current research combines pathogen sequencing, host genetics, and microbiome data along with electronic health records to understand pathogen biology and transmission.

Franciska DE JONG

Franciska DE JONG

CLARIN ERIC
Executive Director

As of September 2015 Franciska de Jong is full professor of e-Research for the Humanities and executive director of CLARIN ERIC, the governing body of CLARIN which has its statutory seat at Utrecht University (The Netherlands). CLARIN (Common LAnguage Resources and Technology INfrastructure) has the objective is to support scholars in the humanities and social sciences and beyond, by providing seamless access to digital language data and processing tools hosted by a distributed network of certified repositories all across Europe and other continents.

Franciska de Jong studied Dutch language and literature at Utrecht University (UU). She did a PhD in theoretical linguistics and started to work on language technology in 1985 at Philips Research where she worked on machine translation. For 30 years she was a professor of language technology at the computer science department of the University of Twente.

Her main research interests are in the field of text mining, access technology for and spoken audio archives, cross-language retrieval, and e-research at large. She is the coordinator of the UU initiative Driven by Data.

From 2008 till 2016 she was a member of the Governing Board of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), and from 2009 till 2019 of the Governing Board of the National Library of the Netherlands (KB). Currently she is a board member of the Netherlands eScience Center (since 2014), the NWO Permanent Committee for Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructure (since 2018), and the executive board of ERIC Forum (since 2020).

Gabriela MEJIAS

Gabriela MEJIAS

DataCite
Community Manager

Gabriela Mejias has been working in the field of persistent identifiers and open research infrastructure for the past six years. She's DataCite Community Manager and leads DataCite participation in two European Commission funded projects: FAIR-IMPACT and FAIRCORE4EOSC. In her role, she also contributes to DataCite outreach and collaborates with the broader community. Previously, Gabriela worked at ORCID focusing on community engagement, driving membership and adoption across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region and within ORCID consortia. She volunteers across organizations and initiatives to promote openness and inclusion in scholarly communications. She serves in the Board of Networked Digital Library of Thesis and Dissertations (NDLTD), in the NISO Plus Advisory Committee and NISO Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility committee. She has a degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina).

Gary W. MILLER

Gary W. MILLER

Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
Vice Dean for Research Strategy and Innovation, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences

Dr. Miller serves as Vice Dean for Research Strategy and Innovation and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He is an international leader on the exposome. Dr. Miller founded the first exposome center in the U.S. and wrote the first book on the topic. He has helped develop high-resolution mass spectrometry methods to provide an omic-scale analysis of the human exposome. Dr. Miller directs the Exposomics Core in Columbia’s Irving Institute Precision Medicine Resource, which supports integration of environmental measures into clinical and translational research projects. He is a member of the NIH All of Us Research Program Advisory Panel and the NIEHS Advisory Council. He previously served as an advisor to the Human Biomonitoring for the European Union (HBM4EU) project. Dr. Miller is the founding editor of the new journal Exposome, published by Oxford University Press.

Gelsomina PAPPALARDO

Gelsomina PAPPALARDO

CNR-IMAA
Director

Dr Pappalardo founded in 2006 the CNR-IMAA Atmospheric Observatory (CIAO), the only Italian station present in GRUAN (GCOS Reference Upper-Air Network - the climate reference network).

She has a scientific background in laser spectroscopy and over 30 years of experience in research activity in the field of studying the physical properties of the atmosphere with remote sensing techniques. She coordinated several EU and national research projects, mostly related to Research Infrastructures.

Dr. Pappalardo is the EARLINET (European Aerosol Lidar Network) speaker and co-chair of GALION, the GAW Aerosol Lidar Observation Network.

Dr Pappalardo was the Chair of the ESFRI Strategy Working Group for Environment in the period 2012-2019. She is the Italian delegate in the ESFRI Forum since 2016 and member of the ESFRI Executive Board since 2019. She is the Italian representative of the Horizon Europe Programme Committee for Research Infrastructures and alternate National Representative for the Mission “Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities” in HORIZON Europe.

Gihan KAMEL

Gihan KAMEL

Synchrotron Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East
Infrared Beamline Principal Scientist / Team Supervisor

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).

Giorgio ROSSI

Giorgio ROSSI

Physics Department of the Università degli Studi di Milano / NFFA-Europe RI
Professor / Coordinator

Giorgio Rossi is Professor of Physics at the Università degli Studi di Milano; he leads an experimental research group on the physics of matter at low dimension, exploiting and operating instrumentation at synchrotron radiation facilities in collaboration with CNR and Elettra in Trieste, Italy. He coordinates the NFFA-Europe (Nano Foundries and Fine Analysis) European research infrastructure for nanoscience since 2008. He has chaired the Physical Sciences and Engineering Strategy Work group of European Strategy Forum on research Infrastructures (ESFRI) in 2013-2016 and served as ESFRI Chair in 2016-2018. GR has chaired in 2019 the High-Level Expert Group on Long Term Sustainability of Research Infrastructure. He has coordinated the expert group who wrote the Italian National Plan for Open Science that become effective in 2022. He is member of the EOSC Steering Board and co-chair of the Policy sub-group. He is author or co-author of over 240 research papers in ISI journals.

Gregory BOEBINGER

Gregory BOEBINGER

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, USA
Director

Greg Boebinger is a condensed matter physicist recognized for his research involving high magnetic fields. Boebinger was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University in 1981 with undergraduate degrees in physics, electrical engineering, and philosophy. After a year as a Churchill Fellow at Cambridge University, he began working toward his Ph.D. at MIT, which he received in 1986 for experiments performed at the Francis Bitter Magnet Laboratory on the fractional quantum Hall effect. After a year as a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, Boebinger accepted a position at Bell Laboratories, where he established his own pulsed magnet laboratory and began his research on high temperature superconductivity. In 1998, Boebinger moved to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to become director of the pulsed magnet laboratory of the new National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab), founded in 1990 as a partnership among Florida State University (FSU), the University of Florida (UF), and LANL. In 2004, Boebinger became director of the MagLab, moving to its FSU headquarters and accepting appointments as Professor of Physics from both FSU and UF. Greg Boebinger is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Hanifeh KHAYYERI

Hanifeh KHAYYERI

Department of Computer Science, RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden
Vice President

Hanifeh has a PhD in Bioengineering from Trinity College Dublin. She has conducted research in several European universities before she started working with research policy and funding. Hanifeh has worked as special advisor at the largest public funder of research in Sweden with a specific focus on national and international research infrastructures, including e-infrastructures. She has been the Swedish delegate in several large-scale European RI's, such ESRF, Euro-XFEL and PRACE. As Sweden is the host of European Spallation Source, Hanifeh has also been working with the Swedish commitments around ESS as well as the national synchrotron infrastructure, MAX IV. E-infrastructures for research is another focus area for Hanifeh where she has been the co-chair of European Open Science Cloud (2019-2021) and the Swedish delegate in the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking. Last year, Hanifeh was asked by the Ministry of Research and Education in Sweden to join a Commision of Inquiry on the governance, organisation and financing of research infrastructures. This Commission is part of the legislative process in Sweden when the government wants to make larger reforms; it submitted its report to the minister of research and higher education in July 2021. Today, Hanifeh is Vice-President of Computer Science at the RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden and is working closer with the industry needs, including test and demonstration facilities for Cybersecurity, AI and green data centers.

Hank LOESCHER

Hank LOESCHER

Battelle - National Ecological Observatory Network, USA
Director of Strategic Development, Environment and Infrastructur

He is currently directing Battelle’s strategic development efforts for Environmental Research Infrastructures. Hank’s career has been at the nexus of science, engineering and project development of research facilities. He has a PhD and MSc is from the U Florida.  At Oregon State U, he administrated the DOE AmeriFlux program, a DOE research infrastructure that had over 120 observational sites spanning the entire US. He was the second hire for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), a first-of-its-kind continental-scale major research facility in ecology and has lead numerous NEON Science and Development Teams. He establishes international research opportunities for US scientists and facility collaborations, including training of underserved groups. For example, he develops synergistic and value-added activities onto and among user facilities that includes the federation of large-scale Research Infrastructures globally, i.e., the Global Ecosystem Research Infrastructure (GERI). He is an (current and past) Advisor for several national and international user facilities. Hank’s research interests include determining the biotic and abiotic controls on ecosystem-level carbon and energy balance across spatial and temporal scales, with >70 publications and he continues to be an active member in the global biogeochemistry research community and user-facility communities.

Hugh POSSINGHAM

Hugh POSSINGHAM

Chair / Professor
Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network Advisory Board / University of Queensland, Australia

Professor Hugh Possingham is a conservation scientist and mathematician who has held positions in the university, public and not-for profit sectors. He is a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and was the Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy (2016 to 2020). His most significant contribution to conservation was the co-development of Marxan, software first used to rezone the Great Barrier Reef, and now used in almost every country in the world to inform the expansion of marine and terrestrial protected area systems.

Imraan PATEL

Imraan PATEL

South African Department of Science and Innovation
Deputy Director-General: Socio-Economic Innovation Partnerships

A public policy and strategy manager with a focus on science, technology and innovation, inclusive development, sustainability, social and economic development, science impact, and public management and governance.

Employed since 2006 at the Department of Science and Innovation, he is currently a Deputy Director-General responsible for research development and support. He is a current member of the board of the Water Research Commission and Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) and a past board member of MINTEK and SASSCAL.

Prior to joining the DSI, he worked at the Centre for Public Service Innovation, an agency of government supporting innovation in the delivery of public services and the Department of Public Service and Administration. He began his working life with a five-year stint at the Workplace Information Group (WIG), a non-governmental organisation supporting trade union followed by three years during the formative years of the National Labour and Economic Development Institute (NALEDI), a think tank to COSATU.

At DSI, he is responsible for strategically driving a portfolio of investments and policies that enable the leveraging of science, technology and innovation. This includes investments in human capital development and knowledge production, science engagement, the basic sciences, open science, research infrastructures and science missions.

Inmaculada FIGUEROA

Inmaculada FIGUEROA

Spanish Ministry of Science & Innovation
Deputy Director General

Inmaculada Figueroa is Deputy Director General in the Spanish Ministry of Science & Innovation and Vice-Chair of ESFRI.

MSc in Electrical Engineering by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, before joining the Ministry in 2009, she worked 17 years in the Space domain at the Spanish National Research Center for Aerospace, being responsible for the Assembly, integration and verification of scientific satellite payloads in national and European Space Agency (ESA) projects.

She coordinates the participation of Spain in Large research infrastructures, being member of different councils such as CERN, ESO, EMBL, ESRF, SKA, CTA, INSTRUCT, LifeWatch, ESS, EuroHPC, among others.

Inmaculada Figueroa is member of ESFRI since 2010, and its Executive Board since 2016, being Vice-Chair since 2018 in three consecutive mandates. She also represents Spain in the Horizon Europe Program Committee for Research Infrastructures and in the European Research Infrastructure Consortium Committee (ERIC Committee).

She coordinates the Horizon2020 Project EU-LAC ResInfra, “Towards a new European Union-Latin América & Caribbean partnership in Research Infrastructures” which aims the establishment of a sustainable collaboration among the two regions in Research Infrastructures.

Among other competences in the Ministry, she is responsible for international relations in science and Innovation and European Affairs, being part of different committees of the European Research Area, such as the ERA FORUM and its Global Approach Working Group. She is also involved in the Multilateral Dialogue in principles and values for international cooperation recently launched by the European Commission and in the European Open Science Cloud Governing Board (EOSC GB).

Ivan BARTOŠ

Ivan BARTOŠ

Government of the Czech Republic
Deputy Prime Minister for Digitisation and Minister of Regional Development

Ivan Bartoš has been a Chairman of the Czech Pirate Party for many years and was one of its founding members in 2009. Since the autumn of 2017, he has been a Member of the Parliament of the Czech Republic and was re-elected in 2021. He served as a Chairman of the Committee on Public Administration and Regional Development in the Chamber of Deputies for four years and was active in the field of digitisation as well.

Ivan Bartoš was born in Jablonec nad Nisou in North Bohemia. When he was 17, he left to study in the United States and successfully graduated there. After his return, he passed the Czech school-leaving exams at U Balvanu Grammar School in his hometown. At the age of 19, he began to study at two faculties: Theology at the Hussite Theological Faculty and Information Studies and Librarianship at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University. He eventually decided to focus on the Information Studies and obtained a PhD degree. He returned to the U.S. once again during his studies and spent a semester studying Computer Science at the University of New Orleans.

During his professional career, he worked in IT departments in multiple Czech and multinational companies, such as Newton IT, Monster Worldwide, T-Mobile and was at the launch of the Air Jobs recruitment platform.

He is married and has two children. He is fluent in English and gets by in French and Russian.

Jacques DEMOTES

Jacques DEMOTES

ECRIN-ERIC
Director General

Jacques Demotes is the director general of the European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN-ERIC) since its creation in 2013. In this role, he is responsible for the strategy and overall management of the infrastructure with the support of the ECRIN Management Office (located in Paris, France), the ECRIN European Correspondents (located in each Member / Observer country), and ECRIN’s Scientific Partners (i.e., national networks of clinical trial units).

A neurologist and professor of cell biology, Demotes is a scientific advisor to the biology and health research department at the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. While at ECRIN, he has contributed to numerous initiatives and collaborative projects related to multinational clinical trials. In particular, he chaired the working group that drafted the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Council Recommendation on the Governance of Clinical Trials.

Prior to ECRIN, he worked as a clinical neurologist and basic neuroscientist, then as director of the clinical investigation centre in Bordeaux.

Demotes received his MD (with a specialisation in neurology), a PhD in neuroscience, a Master of Science (MS) in neuroscience, and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in mathematics and computer science from the University of Bordeaux. He also received an MBA from IAE Paris, and completed a training course in science policy with the Institute of Advanced Studies in Science and Technology in Paris.

Jana KLÁNOVÁ

Jana KLÁNOVÁ

RECETOX, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Director

Jana Klánová is a professor of environmental chemistry at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic and a director of the RECETOX Centre and RECETOX research infrastructure. She is also a coordinator of the ESFRI Research Infrastructure on human exposome (EIRENE RI). Her research interests are in environmental health sciences, namely environmental determinants of health. Jana is a member of the ESFRI Strategic Working Group on Environment and the Czech national Board on Large Infrastructures for Research and Innovation. She is a lead of the Group of Earth Observation Initiative GOS4POPs (Global Observation System for Persistent Organic Pollutants). She has been leading multiple large-scale projects from the European Structural and Investment Funds, EU Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe projects with a total value of 80 mil. Eur, and published more than 200 research papers.

Jana KOLAR

Jana KOLAR

European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI)
Chair

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.

Jane FITZPATRICK

Jane FITZPATRICK

Australian National Fabrication Facility Ltd (ANFF)
Chief Executive Officer

Dr Jane Fitzpatrick is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) and is based in Brisbane.

As the CEO of this NCRIS-funded facility, Jane supports and fosters world-class research in Australia and the development of the industries, such as Defence, MedTech, Energy and Space. ANFF provides world class tools and expertise in the area of micro and nanofabrication on an open access framework to all of Australia for the research, development and commercialisation of technology. ANFF is made up of 21 institutions organised into eight nodes of expertise, coordinating open access to over 500 tools. The National office is tasked with maintaining the health and high levels of success across this distributed network.

Before her various roles within ANFF at the Node level and now with the National office, Jane previously held positions within academia, the MedTech start-up space and industry focussed research entities, as well as Board positions for Women in Technology.

Jane holds a PhD in Applied Immunology and a degree in Biotechnology, and she has added technical expertise in many areas, including micro and nanofabrication, throughout her career.

Jean-Claude BURGELMAN

Jean-Claude BURGELMAN

Frontiers Policy Labs
Editor in Chief

Jean-Claude Burgelman is professor of Open Science at the Free University of Brussels. He retired on 1-3-2020 from the European Commission where he was in charge, from 2014 onwards, of Open Science at DG RTD.

He and his team designed and developed the EC’s polices on open science, the European Open Science Cloud, open data and open access. He joined the European Commission in 1999 as a Visiting Scientist in the Joint Research Centre where he was in charge of socio economic research on digital technologies. In January 2008, he moved to the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (attached to the president of the EC) and one year later joined DG RTD, where he created top level advisory boards like the European Research and Innovation Area Board, the Innovation for Growth Group and the European Forum for Forward Looking Activities.  All these groups contributed to the design of the Framework programs for research and innovation of the European Union.

Till 2000 he was full professor of communication technology policy at the Free University of Brussels, as well as director of its Centre for Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication and was involved in science and technology assessment. He has been visiting professor at the University of Antwerp, the European College of Brughes and the University of South Africa and sits on several academic journals. He chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Innovation and was a member of its Science Advisory Committee.

He recently joined the advisory board of Open Knowledge Maps and became the editor in chief of Frontiers Policy Lab.

In  2022 he became the director of the Frontiers Planet Prize, a new prize to stimulate science that can save the planet.

Jiří NANTL

Jiří NANTL

CEITEC (Central European Institute of Technology), Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Director

Jiří Nantl is the Director of the Central European Institute of Technology at Masaryk University. He had previously served in a number of positions involved in respect of educational and science policy, including as First Deputy Minister of Education.  He was a principal architect of the Strategy of the Educational Policy of the Czech Republic up to the year 2020 and contributed to the preparations of changes in university legislation and the implementation of new models of support for the quality of universities. He has been involved conceptually in the creation of the National Register of Qualifications as an instrument for communication between the educational system and practice. Among other things, he also served as Vice-Chairman of the Council of Higher Education, member of the National Council for Qualifications, and member of the Committee for Educational Policy of OECD. He inspired the foundation of the Alliance4Life, a network of research institutes across Central and Eastern Europe, and has been the Chair of this Alliance since 2018. In November 2020 he has been elected as Deputy Governor of the South Moravia Region.

Joanna DRAKE

Joanna DRAKE

Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commisison
Deputy Director-General

Joanna DRAKE has been the Deputy Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate-General (DG) for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) since 2021. In this role, she provides overall assistance to the Director-General in the management of the DG, contributing to the definition, coordination and implementation of strategy and policy orientation. She is also Mission Manager for the EU Mission Cancer.

She was previously Deputy Director-General of DG Environment (2016-2021) where she chaired a cross-cutting Task Force spear-heading strategic positions for the DG on (inter-alia) the post-2020 Commission financial framework negotiations, Brexit co-ordination, the urban agenda and the future-proofing of the EU's environmental acquis. Between 2010 and 2015 she was director for SME's and Entrepreneurship in the DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). During her tenure in DG GROW she also led the Commission's Task Force on The Collaborative Economy, New Business Models And SME's.

By training, Joanna is a doctor of laws from the University of Malta, where she also lectured full time in the Department of European and Comparative Law. She acquired a post-graduate degree in Advanced European Legal Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. She held various legal and management posts in the private and public sector before joining the European Commission as head of the European Commission Representation in Malta in 2005. She also had a key role in the Malta-EU accession negotiations as member of the Malta-EU Steering and Action Committee.

Johannes GUTLEBER

Johannes GUTLEBER

Directorate Office for Accelerators and Technology, CERN
Future Circular Collider, assistant to the project leader

Johannes Gutleber is in charge of developing strategies and implementation scenarios for future research infrastructure projects at CERN. In particular, he coordinates CERN’s its host states, France and Switzerland. In the frame of this work, Johannes leads socio-economic studies, an integral part of CERN's future project developments, to identify new tools for measuring and optimising the different types of societal benefits that stem from investments in large-scale research infrastructure.

Before the launch of the FCC study in 2014, Johannes conceived and managed the implementation of a number of key systems for the MedAustron particle-accelerator based cancer treatment facility. The project was developed as a cooperation between the Austria and CERN and is considered as an example of knowledge transfer from fundamental scientific research to societal applications.

Before the MedAustron project, between 1997 and 2008 Johannes developed the on-line software systems of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS), one of the two large experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This was one of the mission critical subsystems of the experiment that enabled scientists the timely scientific research that led to the quick experimental verification of the Higgs boson.

Johannes Gutleber holds a doctorate degree and a diploma engineer degree from the Technical University Vienna, Austria in technical sciences and in computer science.

Joshua Z. RAPPOPORT

Joshua Z. RAPPOPORT

Boston College
Executive Director, Research Infrastructure & Operations

Dr. Joshua Z. Rappoport received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Brown University and then went on to earn a Ph.D. from the Program in Mechanisms of Disease and Therapeutics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Graduate School of Biological Sciences of New York University.

Dr. Rappoport performed postdoctoral work at The Rockefeller University in New York City in the Laboratory of Cellular Biophysics. Subsequently he was recruited as a faculty member in the School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham in England.

In 2014 Dr. Rappoport returned to the United States to serve as the Director of the Center for Advanced Microscopy and Nikon Imaging Center at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and as a faculty member in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology.

In March, 2019, Dr. Rappoport was recruited to Boston College, where he serves as the Executive Director, Research Infrastructure & Operations.  This position in the office of the Vice-Provost for Research focuses upon expanding and improving the shared research resources available to BC faculty, such as core facilities and recharge centers, as well as oversight of the building operations management team for the sciences.

Julia FERNANDEZ-RODRIGUEZ

Julia FERNANDEZ-RODRIGUEZ

Core Technologies for Life Sciences
President

Head of the Centre for Cellular Imaging, University of Gothenburg, Node of the National Microscopy (NMI) Infrastructure and Unit of the SciLifeLab Infrastructure in Sweden. Vice-chair of the Panels of Node Board for the Euro-BioImaging ERIC consortium and President of the Core Technologies for Life Sciences Association (CTLS). Graduated (1989) in Biology from the University Santiago de Compostela (Spain), and received her PhD (1996) in Biochemistry from the University of Vigo (Spain). She has a background in Cell and Molecular Biology, and is the main responsible of an open-access Correlative Multimodal Imaging Facility that provides technical and scientific excellence by the integration of multiple imaging technologies, together with image processing and analysis tools in a single core. Main interest is to provide expertise in correlated multimodal imaging workflows, from experimental design to image acquisition and analysis, tailored to various research domains within the Life Sciences.

She has more than 20 years of experience in organization, implementation and management of resercah infrastructures and training activities at the National and International level. She is the scientific coordinator of the NMI, member of the main Board of the Nordic Microscopy Society (SCANDEM) and the Bridging Nordic Microscopy Infrastructure (NordForks). On the European landscape, she is also well connected to several other European facilities, through the European Light Microscopy Initiative, ELMI (member of the Steering committee). She is a partner of the EU-funded project RItrainPlus. External Advisor for the Focus Group, Core Facilities & Big Data” at the Alliance4Life. Member of the Czech-BioImaging Advisory Board. Furthermore, she represents Sweden in the Management Committee and is the Coordinator of the Short-Term Scientific Missions of the European COST Action (CA17121)-network in Correlated Multimodal Imaging in Life Sciences (COMULIS).

Karel LUYBEN

Karel LUYBEN

European Open Science Cloud Association
President

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.

Karen PAYNE

Karen PAYNE

World Data System, International Technology Office at the University of Victoria, Canada
Associate Director for International Technology

Dr. Payne is the first Director of the World Data System International Technology Office (WDS-ITO). The WDS is an operational component of the International Science Council. The ITO was created to support WDS members, a consortium of scientific data distribution centers located around the world delivering data for the public good. In this role, Dr. Payne works with partners to build services that contribute to the global open research commons, an ambitious vision of a global set of interoperable resources necessary for data managers, researchers, and policy makers to address societal grand challenges. As part of this work, Dr. Payne co-chairs the Research Data Alliance Global Open Research Commons International Model Working Group. In Dr. Payne’s previous roles she supported the international community involved in disaster relief and recovery activities, providing services to the WFP, UNOCHA, UNSPIDER and UNHCR. Dr. Payne received her PhD, a joint degree in geography and engineering, from the Australian National University, where her work focused on using artificial intelligence techniques to interpret satellite imagery.

Karl TISCHLER

Karl TISCHLER

EUROfusion Programme Management Unit
Head of Communications

Originally hailing from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, I moved to Germany in 2015 and joined EUROfusion as Editor of Fusion in Europe magazine in 2019, then as Head of Communications in October 2020. My background is in marketing and business, which to this day shapes my focus: delivering the highest value outcomes possible to stakeholders. I am deeply interested in energy and the environment, and am truly honoured to now have the opportunity now to work in support of the brilliant, hard-working and dedicated European fusion energy researchers and their goal to realise fusion energy. I hope that my daughters Anna (3) and Ida (due August) will grow up in a world of energy abundance.

Lavanya PREMVARDHAN

Lavanya PREMVARDHAN

Institut Curie
Coordinator of the CurieCoreTech

After completing a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University in the US, LP continued her research career in biophysics in Europe – first at the Vrije University in the Netherlands, and then at various labs in France, including CEA-Saclay and the SOLEIL Synchrotron. A shift in career to science management followed in the last decade, with a number of years spent managing, and setting up, European projects in the FP7 and H2020 framework programmes. As the coordinator of 19 Core Facilities at Institut Curie’s Research Centre since early 2018, LP has worked towards addressing the needs, and common challenges, of core facilities and research infrastructures, both within Institut Curie, and externally within networks and alliances such as EU-LIFE, Core for Life and CTLS.

Leonel MALACRIDA

Leonel MALACRIDA

Institut Pasteur of Montevideo and Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay
Associate Professor and Head of the Advanced Bioimaging Unit

Leonel Malacrida’s journey to advanced bioimaging started during his Ph.D. research in biophysics in Uruguay. He first studied lung surfactant—a biofilm coating the lung interior that enables us to breathe—and wanted to understand this biological material at the molecular level. During his postdoc at the Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics at the University of California, Irvine, he delved into opportunities using advanced microscopy to evaluate biology quantitatively. He developed several methods and instrumentations for advanced microscopies, such as the Multidimensional Phasor approach, connectivity maps, and sideSPIM. Leonel is particularly interested in developing methods to image cells hidden in deep layers of tissues not accessible to regular microscopes. As an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine at the Universidad de la República of Uruguay, he recently established the Advanced Bioimaging Unit, a world-class core facility for developing novel instrumentation and providing services and training to researchers throughout Uruguay and the region. In 2020 he joined the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative as part of their “Imaging Scientist” program to democratize access and train the next generation of young researchers in modern advanced microscopy. He is founder and Executive Committee of Latin America Bioimaging and serves as Manager Board member of Global Bioimaging and Scientific Advisory Board of Africa Bioimaging Consortium.

Louise WILLINGALE

Louise WILLINGALE

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and the Gérard Mourou Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, University of Michigan
Associate Professor

Louise Willingale is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan and is the Associate Director for the 3 PW National Science Foundation sponsored laser facility ZEUS. She is a co-PI for X-lites (Extreme Light in Intensity, Time, and Space), an NSF sponsored multi-institution, international initiative to promote collaboration among researchers to make full use of the new laser facilities, promote cross-field connections, and encourage broad participation in frontier laser-driven science.  Primarily an experimentalist, her research uses high-intensity laser plasma interactions to study magnetic field generation, dynamics and reconnection, relativistic transparency, proton and ion acceleration and proton deflectometry. She received an NSF CAREER Award for research in laser-driven magnetic reconnection and is a Kavli Fellow.

Lía Isabel PIETRASANTA

Lía Isabel PIETRASANTA

University of Buenos Aires
Associate Professor

I hold a degree and a PhD in Biochemistry from the National University of the South (Universidad Nacional del Sur, UNS). Then I completed my training with post-doctoral studies in the United States, Germany, and Argentina, installed and formed my research group at the University of Buenos Aires. My research focuses on biophysical aspects of cellular mechanotransduction. To achieve this, the strategy is to combine biophysical techniques including atomic force microscopy, traction force microscopy, and advanced optical microscopy with molecular biology and theoretical modelling.

Coordinator of the Center for Advanced Microscopy, School of Exact and natural Sciences, University of Buenos Aires (2002-present). Coordinator of the National Microscopy System (SNM, 2011-present). President (2017-2018) and Past President (2018-present) of the Argentinean Biophysical Society (SAB). Member of the Argentinean Society of Microscopy (SAMIC, 2008-present). Member of the Argentinean Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SAIB, 2007-present). Member of the Scientific Council of the Argentine-German University Center (CUAA-DAHZ, 2018-present). Member of the Executive Committee of the Latin American Bioimaging (LABI, 2021-present).

Marialuisa LAVITRANO

Marialuisa LAVITRANO

BBMRI.it
Director

Marialuisa Lavitrano is full professor of Pathology, director of Molecular Medicine Unit and of the Executive Masters’ in Management of Research Infrastructures at Milano-Bicocca University. As vice-rector for International Affairs [2006-2013], she was responsible for the international teaching and research activities and coordinated Faculty, Staff and Students training and mobility. Prof. Lavitrano is member of Research and Health Ministries joint Commission for strategic planning.

Over the years, she contributed to the international strategies of the Ministries of Research and of Health and coordinated the Italian participation in the BioMedical Sciences ESFRI roadmap. Prof. Lavitrano participated in the preparatory phase of BBMRI, ECRIN and EATRIS as Italian Member State representative and in 2013 she was appointed BBMRI.it (Biobanking and BioMolecular resources Research Infrastructure - Italy) Node-Director. Prof. Lavitrano has a long-standing experience in managing R&D projects with leading roles in 11 European funded projects within H2020 and Horizon programs, 9 of which related to research infrastructures. Prof. Lavitrano is the coordinator in the H2020 RItrainPlus project, GA: 101008503.  Moreover, she is interested in the bioethical aspects of science and research and participated at Bio-ethic Commissions of the Council of Europe, of the Vatican, and of the Italian government. In December 2020 prof. Lavitrano has been elected in the board of eight directors of the EOSC Association and has been nominated vice-president.

Mark LEGGOTT

Mark LEGGOTT

Digital Research Alliance of Canada
Director, International Relations

As Director of International Relations for the Digital Research Alliance of Canada, Mark coordinates the strategy and framework for the development of international partnerships, and facilitates the adoption of best practices across the DRI pillars of advanced research computing, research software, and research data management.  Prior to this role Mark was the Executive Director at Research Data Canada, where he engaged with national and international stakeholders in all sectors, public and private, and via events such as the National Data Services Framework Summit. As the Director of CANARIE’s RDM Program, Mark helped shape a funding approach based on the FAIR Principles, national data services, and interoperability. Mark is active in a number national and international organizations, including the Pan-Canadian Population Cohorts Working Group, Research Data Alliance, Research Software Alliance, Open Science Clouds Executive Roundtable, RaID Advisory Group, and the Global Core Biodata Resource Selection Committee. Prior to RDC, Mark served as the University Librarian at two Canadian institutions, along with senior administrative roles in technology and continuing education. Mark has long been a proponent of things open, from open source and open access to open science and open innovation, and was the founder of the Islandora project, the Islandora Foundation, and the start-up, discovery garden inc.

Mary-Jane BOPAPE

Mary-Jane BOPAPE

South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), National Research Foundation
Managing Director: SAEON

Mary-Jane Bopape is the Managing Director: South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON). Dr Bopape has a C2 (established researcher) National Research Foundation (NRF) rating. She holds a PhD degree in meteorology with a focus on cloud microphysics modelling obtained from the University of Pretoria. Mary-Jane worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow focused on modelling the greyzone boundary layer at the University of Reading. She also worked at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and South African Weather Service (SAWS) where she focused on weather and climate studies. She also lead activities on a weather and climate project to implement the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Cyber-Infrastructure Framework. She co-supervises postgraduate students at the Universities of Venda, Witwatersrand and North West. She is one of twenty one 2019 Climate Research for Development (CR4D) fellowship grantees and a 2021 AIMS Women Fellow in Climate Change Science. She was recognised by the President of South Africa as a pathfinder in 9 August 2019 speech on women’s day. She is a co-recipient of the 2008 World Meteorological Organization (WMO) award for young researchers, and a recipient of the 2013 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Natural Resources and the Environment (NRE) most promising young researcher award. She served as the co-President of the South African Society for Atmospheric Sciences (SASAS) during the 2018-2020 term. She was listed as one of the most influential Africans of 2021 by the New African magazine.

María Natalia LISA

María Natalia LISA

Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Rosario (IBR, CONICET-UNR), Argentina
Head of the Protein Crystallography Unit

At the beginning of my career in Rosario (Argentina) I used different structural biology strategies to understand the mechanism of enzymes involved in bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Then, in my first post-doc, at the Institut Pasteur (Paris, France) for 5 years I specialized in the use of X-ray protein crystallography to study essential signaling pathways in pathogenic mycobacteria. In my second post-doc, at the Institut Pasteur de Montevideo (Uruguay), I continued working on signal transduction, in this case on Leptospira interrogans, the cause of one of the most widely distributed zoonoses in the world. At the beginning of 2018, I joined the IBR (Rosario, Argentina) as an associate researcher of CONICET, to be in charge of the Protein Crystallography Unit. My current scientific work focuses on the use of integrative approaches for the structural study of large protein complexes. I am part of the Argentine Platform for Structural Biology and Metabolomics (PlaBEM) and since 2021 I am the general coordinator of the Center for Structural Biology of the Mercosur (CEBEM).

Matthew J. HAWKINS

Matthew J. HAWKINS

LARGE FACILITIES OFFICE, NSF
HEAD

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.  

Michihiko MINOH

Michihiko MINOH

RIKEN Information R&D and Strategy Headquarters, Japan
Director

●Professor of Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies (ACCMS), Kyoto University from April 2002 to March 2018

●Director of ACCMS from April 2006 to March 2010

●Vice Director in the Kyoto University President’s Office from October 2008 to September 2010

●Chief Information Officer at Kyoto University and Director-General at Institute for Information Management and Communication, Kyoto University from October 2010 to September 2016

●Executive Director, RIKEN from April 2018 to March 2022

●Director, RIKEN Information R&D and Strategy Headquarters(R-IH) from April 2022

He received the D.Eng. degree in Information Science from Kyoto University in 1983. His Research interest includes a variety area of Image Processing, Artificial Intelligence and Multimedia Applications, particularly, model centered framework for the computer system to help visual communication among humans and information media structure for human communication.

Mirjam VAN DAALEN

Mirjam VAN DAALEN

Paul Scherrer Institut
Head of PSI communications

Mirjam van Daalen has a PhD in structural Geology and is currently director of communications at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). During her work at PSI since 2009, first as Science Officer of the SwissFEL project and after as chief of staff of the Photon Science Division she has a strong expertise in the field of building and running RIs. In 2020 she was very involved in creating ARIE a consortium of seven Europe-wide research networks that are working together to address the Missions of HE. Since 2018 Mirjam is Swiss Delegate in the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) mandated by Swiss state Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation.

While coordinating and participating in EU FP7 and HZ2020 projects, she gathered long term experience in the development of policy frameworks on the European level and creation of a sustainable federated open data infrastructure, integrating the existing user data systems, data management and data analysis systems of the European Photon and Neutron facilities. Mirjam was Swiss delegate for the working group on EOSC sustainability of the EOSC secretariat and was chairing the ESFRI taskforce on EOSC until March 2022. She is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Helmholtz Federated IT Services Project HIFIS and chair of the Beamline for Tomography at SESAME (BEATS) steering committee. She was strongly involved in the new League of European Accelerator Based Photon Sources (LEAPS), and was vice-chair of its coordination board until 2020.

Nahla AFIFI

Nahla AFIFI

Qatar Biobank
Director

Dr Nahla Maher Afifi earned her MBBCh with honors from Ain Shams University, Egypt. She received her Master of Anatomy & Embryology, and a Diploma of Gynecology and Obstetrics from the same University.

She received her Ph.D. of Anatomy & Embryology in 1996 from Ain Shams University under a joint supervision with University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey, USA. Dr Afifi started her academic career as a Medical Researcher in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She then served as Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Embryology at Ain Shams University, and Dubai Medical College for Girls, UAE. Dr Afifi joined Qatar University's Biomedical Sciences Program in 1999 and was promoted to Associate Professor of Anatomy and Embryology and to Full Professor in 2007.

She was assigned as a Head of Dept. of Health Sciences from 2007-2009. In December 2013 she joined QF as Education and Scientific Manager obtained Certificate” Principles in Biobanking form Luxembourg University and in 2017 was appointed as Qatar Biobank Director. Dr Nahla Afifi has numerous grants and published research in her field of expertise. She is a member in several international societies’ AAA, ASIP, ISBER and ESBB and was awarded the ISBER 2022 Outstanding Achievement in Biobanking Award.

Nicolas PADE

Nicolas PADE

European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC-ERIC)
Executive Director

Nicolas Pade holds a PhD in molecular and spatial ecology from the University of Aberdeen (2009) with a focus on marine predators. His research focused on using molecular tools and satellite tracking to determine population genetic structure across ocean basins and local movement patterns. After his postdoctoral work, Nicolas moved into research management, being involved in the creation of the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC), European project management, and acting as academic liaison officer for the Marine Biological Association of the UK (MBA) engaging with regional policy makers and the private sector. In 2017, Nicolas became the executive officer for the french national research infrastructure EMBRC-France, before taking over as the executive director of EMBRC-ERIC to coordinate the full European research infrastructure. Since taking office, Nicolas has successfully launched the first coordinated ‘omics based observatory in Europe, the European Marine Omics Biodiversity Observatory Network (EMO BON), across 16 sites, implementing shared protocols, best practices, and detailed metadata standards.

Nicolaus HANOWSKI

Nicolaus HANOWSKI

European Space Agency, Earth Observation and Missions Management & Ground Segments
Department Head

Nicolaus Hanowski holds a Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences. He started as a researcher in the US and then transferred to Mission Operations at the German Space Operations Centre. In 2009 he joined ESA and became responsible for the development of Science Ground Segments for missions, such Rosetta, Gaia, JWST, Solar Orbiter and Euclid in the Science Directorate. Since 2014 he is responsible for the Operations and Ground Segments of the ESA Earth Observation Missions and the Copernicus Sentinel satellites and the corresponding data management aspects at ESA. He is coordinating the Copernicus Long Term Scenario of Copernicus and the Destination Earth activities within ESA.

Obed M. OGEGA

Obed M. OGEGA

African Academy of Sciences
Programme Manager

Obed Ogega, PhD is a climate scientist and program management specialist focused on research capacity strengthening for development in response to Africa’s developmental needs and priorities. Dr. Ogega is a Programmes Manager at the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) leading a team that is working towards the creation of a critical mass of emerging, and established, research leaders that will deliver the ‘Africa We Want’ as envisioned in Africa’s Agenda 2063. One of the programmes under his docket is the African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence through which 44 research groups in 38 countries across Africa are supported to implement cutting-edge research.

Before joining the AAS, Dr. Ogega worked with CORDIO East Africa and the Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi in various capacities. He holds a PhD in Environmental Studies (Climate Change & Sustainability) and is well-published in the area of climate science and its application to agriculture and health. His research is currently focused on intraseasonal climate change and variability in East Africa with a specific interest in extreme event detection, attribution, and projection.

Ornella DE GIACOMO

Ornella DE GIACOMO

CERIC-ERIC, Italy
Deputy Executive Director

Dr. Ornela De Giacomo is Deputy Executive Director of CERIC-ERIC since 2015.  As such, she oversees the operations of the consortium and supports the Executive Director and other consortium bodies in the definition and implementation of the consortium strategy. She has 18+ years of experience in large analytical Research Infrastructures in roles dealing with open access, quality and project management. In her professional career she also worked in technology transfer for a private company. Her background is in Food Engineering (2000) and she completed her PhD in Nanotechnology in 2008. She was trained in Strategic Management of Research Infrastructures and Project management for engineers in Virginia, US, in 2018. She has focused in the last 5 years in the sustainability of Research Infrastructures. She is currently the Chair of the PaNOSC Executive Board (2022) and a member of the Task Force Financial Sustainability of EOSC. She is also a member of the EPOS SP External Advisory Body (since 2020) and the Conseil Scientifique d'E-RIHS France (since 2019).

Pierre DELSAUX

Pierre DELSAUX

European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority
Director General

Pierre Delsaux is Director-General to the European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (DG HERA). After studying Law at the University of Liège, he obtained his Master of Law at the Northwestern University, Chicago. He was Legal Secretary at the European Court of Justice.  He worked in the private sector before joining the European Commission in 1991.  He started his career within the European Commission in the Directorate General for Competition.  In 2007, he was appointed Director responsible for regulating the financial services.  In 2011, he was appointed Deputy Director General with responsibilities for the Single Market in the EU. From November 2015, he was in charge of Space Policy and Defence.  On 01/01/2020 he was appointed Deputy Director General at the European Commission Directorate General for Defence Industry and Space (DG DEFIS). On 1st December 2021, he joined the Directorate General for Health (DG SANTE).

Pierre NORMAND

Pierre NORMAND

Canada Foundation for Innovation
Vice-President, External Relations and Communications

As Vice-President of External Relations and Communications, Pierre Normand is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders in all sectors, as well as providing management and direction to the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s communications and government relations activities. He provides the vision and leadership necessary to project a vibrant corporate image and uphold the organization’s strategic positioning in the public environment.

For most of his career, Mr. Normand has worked in management, communications and external relations for university research, innovation and post-secondary education organizations. Prior to joining the CFI, Mr. Normand held the position of Director of Communications at the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences where he was responsible for providing advice on governance and organizational issues, policy, and government relations.

As a business owner — Normand Communications — from 1997 to 2008, he provided strategic advice and communications services to leading national organizations, including the CFI, the Networks of Centres of Excellence, Library and Archives Canada, and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network.

From 1988 to 1997, he served as the Chief of Communications at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

Mr. Normand is a graduate of Université Laval, in Quebec City (Canada), in political science and communications.

Piyawut SRICHAIKUL

Piyawut SRICHAIKUL

NSTDA Supercomputer Center, Thailand
Director

Dr. Piyawut Srichaikul is a principal researcher at National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC), a member of National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand.  His experience includes Computational Science, High Performance Computing, Geo-informatics, Data Analytics, Research Program Management, and Organization Management.  Currently, he is the director of NSTDA Supercomputer Center (ThaiSC)*.  He has also served on ASEAN HPC Taskforce** as a co-chair, since 2018. Dr.Srichaikul holds a BSc degree in Physics from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, and a PhD (Solid State Physics) from Auburn University, USA.

* NSTDA Supercomputer Center or ThaiSC was founded in 2019 as one of NSTDA’s National S&T Infrastructure units. ThaiSC’s primary mission is to provide large scale supercomputing resource to researchers and scientists in Thailand.  

** ASEAN HPC Taskforce consists of HPC key opinion leaders (KOL) from all 10 ASEAN Member States. The taskforce was commissioned to explore initiative of “shared ASEAN HPC infrastructure”.

Roberta MARINELLI

Roberta MARINELLI

National Science Foundation
Director, Office of Polar Programs

Dr. Roberta Marinelli is Director of the Office of Polar Programs at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).  In this role, she oversees the portfolio of NSF’s science and infrastructure investments in the Arctic, Antarctica and the Southern Ocean that enable discovery and innovation in polar regions.  Dr. Marinelli works closely with federal agency partners in development of policies that support polar research, exploration, and conservation from a global perspective.  Prior joining NSF, Dr. Marinelli was the Dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU), where she oversaw major research projects, large facilities, and undergraduate and graduate academic programs that span the ocean, the earth system and the human dimension.  

Dr. Marinelli also was the Executive Director of the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California, an endowed position that included oversight of the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, and development of interdisciplinary research programs to advance sustainability. She received her A. B. in Environmental Studies from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina. Her field of research is biological oceanography, with an emphasis on understanding seafloor biology and geochemistry.

Rodrigo PORTUGAL

Rodrigo PORTUGAL

Brazilian Nanotechnology National Laboratory / National Center for Energy and Materials Research
Group Leader, Head of Cryo-EM Facility

Rodrigo Portugal earned his master’s degree in Computational Physics and a PhD in Biomolecular Physics, both from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He joined the group of Prof. van Heel in Imperial College London for a post-doc in cryo-EM, focused on methodological developments and, in 2010, he joined the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory, to establish cryo-EM in the center. Over the last decade, he has been working at CNPEM, supporting Brazilian researchers in adopting cryo-EM, as well as working on capacity building and dissemination of this technology in the country. He was responsible for establishing the cryo-EM imaging core at LNNano/CNPEM, being the first in Latin America to operate single-particle cryo-EM. Currently, he is Vice-President of the Brazilian Society for Microscopy and Microanalysis.

Roland ROBERTS

Roland ROBERTS

National Science Foundation, USA
Deputy Chief Officer for Research Facilities

Dr. Roberts is the Deputy Chief Officer for Research Facilities at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He assists with the formulation of the agency’s goals and priorities with respect to major and mid-scale research infrastructure and works with the Chief Officer for Research Facilities (CORF) to advise the Director on all aspects of research infrastructure. He contributes to strategic portfolio planning for research infrastructure and implements the policies and practices necessary for the success of research infrastructure in the NSF context. At NSF, he previously served as a Program Director in Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI) in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) where he managed awards to the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) and the Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio) hub. He also managed the Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) and the Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) programs. In addition to program management, he has worked on initiatives to increase the participation of under-served groups in the biodiversity sciences and biodiversity informatics.

A botanist by training, Dr. Roberts’ research focuses on the systematics of the tribe Astereae, Asteraceae (Sunflowers). That work has resulted in numerous publications, chapters in regional flora, and contributions to the Flora of North America. During his 10-year tenure at Towson University, he taught courses in introductory biology for non-majors, biodiversity, plant taxonomy, molecular evolution, and molecular systematics. He mentored numerous independent undergraduate and graduate research projects - most involving laboratory and field components. Dr. Roberts holds a doctoral degree in plant biology from Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge and an M.S. in biology from Texas State University at San Marcos.

Rosario DURÁN

Rosario DURÁN

Institut Pasteur de Montevideo
Head of Technological Unit

An important contribution of my work has been the incorporation of mass spectrometry for macromolecules into our local academy, bringing entirely new analytical capabilities for comprehensive high-throughput quantitative proteomic analysis.  I have participated in the installation of the first national Biological Mass Spectrometry Service in 2000 located at the Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas Clemente Estable (IIBCE), Ministry of Education and Culture, Uruguay. Until 2006 I have been the operational manager of this service. I have co-founded the Analytical Biochemistry and Proteomics Unit, IIBCE & Institut Pasteur de Montevideo (2007) where I have worked first as Associate Researcher and as Head of the Unit since 2012.  Our Unit is a research-oriented core facility that conducts and supports biomedical research based on mass spectrometry and proteomics. Participation in multidisciplinary research teams to provide scientific assistance and access to analytical tools is one of our main objectives. We have also made a long-term effort to provide training  and to contribute to local and regional educational programs in this area. The array of strategies and technologies in proteomics is rapidly expanding,  thus keeping updated in terms of equipment and trained human resources is a major current challenge.

Roseann O´REILLY RUNTE

Roseann O´REILLY RUNTE

Canada Foundation for Innovation
President and CEO

On August 1, 2017, Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte became the fifth President and CEO of the CFI. Dr. Runte has previously served as President and Vice-Chancellor at Carleton University, President of l’Université Sainte-Anne, Principal of Glendon College, President of Victoria University and of Old Dominion University.

She graduated with a B.A. summa cum laude in French from the State University of New York and obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. She is the author of numerous scholarly works in the fields of French, comparative literature, economic and cultural development. She is a creative writer and has received a poetry prize from the Académie française.

Dr. Runte has been awarded the Order of Canada, the French Order of Merit, fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada, and is Commander of the Order of the Crown of the Kingdom of Belgium and Officer in the Order of the Academic Palmes of the French Republic, along with several prizes for her work on the environment, and for community and national service. She also holds a number of honorary degrees.

Dr. Runte has served on numerous boards and commissions in Canada and the United States, including serving as President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, President of the Humanities Federation of Canada, a member of the Executive Committee of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Chair of the Board of the Foundation for International Training, Vice-Chair of the Board of the Gardiner Museum, member of the Virginia Industrial National Development Authority, the Virginia Advanced Shipbuilding Integration Center, the Advisory Board of SunGard SGT, the non-profit LifeNet Health Board, the Ontario Quebec Private Sector Advisory Committee, the National Bank of Canada, and the Executive of the Royal Society. She currently chairs the Board of Fulbright Canada-U.S. and is a member of the executive committee of the World University Service of Canada. She is a member of both the European and the World Academies of Arts and Sciences.

Rosie HICKS

Rosie HICKS

Australian Research Data Commons
Chief Executive Officer

Rosie Hicks is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC). The ARDC is a sector-wide initiative enabled by the Australian Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) to provide Australian researchers with competitive advantage through data. The ARDC’s mission is to accelerate research and innovation by driving excellence in the creation, analysis and retention of high-quality data assets. Rosie has expertise and extensive knowledge of the Australian research infrastructure sector, and leadership experience as the former CEO of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF). Her career, spanning Japan, UK and Australia, includes every aspect of scientific instrumentation from product development and technical marketing to the management of multi-user facilities, working in environments that cross academic and industry domains.

Ruxandra DRAGHIA-AKLI

Ruxandra DRAGHIA-AKLI

JANSSEN R&D
Global Head, Johnson & Johnson Global Public Health R&D

Ruxandra Draghia-Akli, is Global Head, Johnson & Johnson Global Public Health R&D, where her and her team advance global public health into the next era of innovation through discovery, development, and technology capabilities. She accelerates GPH’s end-to-end strategy by collaborating with teams across Johnson & Johnson on assets with application in global public health settings. Under her leadership, GPH R&D adds value and generates new external innovation opportunities through our J&J Centers for Global Health Discovery and other external partnerships.

Ruxandra is a cross-sector leader with experience in industry, government, and academia. She led Medical and Scientific Affairs for vaccines at Merck, and she worked for the European Commission, first as Director and later as Deputy Director General, overseeing research and innovation programmatic initiatives, leading public-private partnerships, global programs and consortia, and development of novel research financial instruments, while contributing to the Commission’s strategy for improving public health. Ruxandra has a track record of unlocking innovation in biotechnology as both a founder and head of research at ADViSYS, Inc. and VGX Pharmaceuticals (now Inovio Pharmaceuticals).

Ruxandra holds a M.D. from Carol Davila University, Romania, and a Ph.D. in human genetics from the Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences. She undertook doctoral training at University Rene Descartes in Paris, France and a postdoctoral training at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, with a focus on rare diseases, molecular biology, gene therapy and novel vaccines. Ruxandra has authored and co-authored more than 100 papers and holds over 100 patents.

Sally CHAMBERS

Sally CHAMBERS

Centre for Digital Humanities, Ghent University, Belgium.
Digital Humanities Research Coordinator

Sally Chambers is Digital Humanities Research Coordinator at the Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities where she is project coordinator for CLARIAH: Open Humanities Service Infrastructure  In March 2022, Sally was appointed to the DARIAH-EU Board of Directors  As part of her role in DARIAH, she is active in the EOSC Future project  where she coordinates the integration of EOSC Core Services into European research practice. Previously, Sally was Secretary-General of DARIAH-EU based in the Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities, Germany, where she played a central role in establishing DARIAH as a European legal entity (European Research Infrastructure Consortium). Over the years has served as DARIAH National Coordinator for Belgium and as Chair of the National Coordinator’s Committee and member of the DARIAH Senior Management Team. Sally has been active in the Research Infrastructures Task Force of CESAER since 2017 contributing to the CESAER white paper on ´Universities of Science and Technology (S&T) as engines of excellence, talent and innovation´ and since September 2022 is CESAER Envoy to the ESFRI Stakeholder Forum.  She represents Belgium on the ESFRI Strategy Working Group on Social and Cultural Innovation  contributes to the Architecture Working Group of the Flemish Open Science Board and serves on the DiSSCo Scientific Board.

Sanna SORVARI SUNDET

Sanna SORVARI SUNDET

Research Infrastructure Services, Natural Resources Institute Finland, Finland
Vice President, Research Infrastructure Services

Sorvari Sundet has a long experience on working with research infrastructures at the European, Nordic, and national level. She is leading a Research Infrastructure Services Unit at the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) providing research infrastructure services in the field of food production, forestry, bioeconomy, sustainable use of natural resources including fisheries and game research. Sorvari Sundet coordinated and led ESFRI research Infrastructure ACTRIS (Aerosols, Clouds, Trace Gases) in its ESFRI roadmap process, preparatory phase and first years of implementation towards ERIC organisation. Sorvari Sundet has also been a member of ICOS ERIC (Integrated Carbon Observation System) set up team (2011 - 2015) and chaired eight years of collaborative board of 24 European environmental RIs (ENVRI/BEERi).  Sorvari Sundet is a member of ESFRI Environmental Strategic Working Group and a chair of AnaEE ERIC (Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystem) Assembly of Members. Addition to RI work, Sorvari Sundet has involved in open research data activities, e.g. by co-chairing OECD expert group on global data infrastructures, participating in European Open Science Cloud projects and acting as vice-chair for H2020 Expert Advisory Board for RIs and e-RIs. Her scientific background is in climate and Arctic research and paleoecology.

Signe RATSO

Signe RATSO

Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, European Commission
Acting Director-General

Signe Ratso is as of 1 September 2022 Acting Director-General of Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission. In addition she will continue as Deputy Director-General and a member of the Management Board as Chief negotiator, responsible for negotiations of association agreements with third countries associated and future potential associated countries to the EU R&I programmes Horizon Europe and Euratom, association policy and its interlinkages with EU R&I international cooperation strategy.

She is also responsible for Open Innovation and for citizens’ engagement and social innovation in research and innovation policy. As a member of the Management Board she oversees some of the priority areas of the Commission in DG R&I. Before joining DG R&I she worked in different senior management positions in DG TRADE since 2006.

Signe Ratso has always been involved in international affairs. Before joining the Commission she worked as Deputy Secretary General (from 1994 to 2005) at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of the Republic of Estonia. She has two University degrees from Tartu University in Estonia.

Silke SCHUMACHER

Silke SCHUMACHER

Instruct-ERIC
Hub Coordinator

I am a PhD-trained biochemist with more than 20 years of experience in private and public research organisations, most recently at Instruct-ERIC as Hub Coordinator.

Previously, I served for 10 years as the first EMBL Director International Relations and member of the directorate, advising the Director General to manage relations with member states, EU bodies and to oversee communications across all EMBL sites. Under my guidance, the EMBL membership was enlarged by nine countries as well as the first new EMBL site in twenty years established in Barcelona, Spain. Before joining EMBL, I ran successfully a start-up pharmaceuticals company, Anadys Pharmaceuticals Europe GmbH for three years.

My involvement in the establishment and operation of several ESFRI RIs, including INSTRUCT, ELIXIR and Europe-Bioimaging, led to my engagement by EC DG Research & Innovation as external expert in 2020-2021 to assess the ERIC Regulation in the role of rapporteur as member of EGERIC, chaired by Carlo Rizzuto.

Silvia VIGNETTI

Silvia VIGNETTI

Development and Evaluation Unit, CSIL, Italy
Director

Silvia Vignetti started at CSIL in 1999 as a research fellow. She became a member of the Board of Directors in 2007. She has several years of experience in conducting and coordinating research projects in the field of regional development policies, and research and innovation policies. She supports public decision-making in designing and evaluating policies, programmes, and projects and specialises in carrying out socio-economic impact assessment and feasibility studies. She gained extensive experience with EU policies by contributing to studies and technical assistance projects for the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Investment Bank, national governments, and international organisations.

A specific area of expertise of Silvia is the evaluation of the impacts of research infrastructures. She has recently coordinated the Evaluation of research infrastructures and activities supported by the European Regional Development Fund in the period 2007-2013. Since 2014, she has contributed to developing, testing and finetuning a methodological framework to assess the socio-economic costs and benefits of big science projects and large-scale research infrastructures, for both public authorities and infrastructure managers. She is currently working with CERN on the estimation of the socio-economic impacts of a new future particles accelerator at CERN. Also, as team member of the Open Science Impact Pathway (PathOS) research project, she is coordinating the research aimed at assessing the costs and benefits of selected open science practices.

Silvia graduated in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University in Milan.

Simon HODSON

Simon HODSON

CODATA
Executive Director

Simon Hodson has been Executive Director of CODATA since August 2013.

Simon is an expert on data policy issues and research data management. He has contributed to influential reports on Current Best Practice for Research Data Management Policies and to the Science International Accord on Open Data in a Big Data World.  He chaired the European Commission’s Expert Group on FAIR Data which produced the report Turning FAIR into Reality (https://doi.org/10.2777/1524). He was also vice-chair of the UNESCO Open Science Advisory Committee, with an influential role in drafting the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, which was adopted in November 2021.

Simon is now coordinator of the European Commission Funded Project ‘WorldFAIR’ which will prepare a set of recommendations for domain and cross-domain interoperability and a framework for FAIR assessment on the basis of close cooperation with a set of eleven international case studies. He is also a member of the EOSC Semantic Interoperability Task Force.

As a significant part of his CODATA role, Simon is tasked with preparing a major ISC and CODATA Decadal Programme on ‘Making Data Work for Cross-Domain Grand Challenges’, which will improve the coordination of specifications for data integration and interoperability for interdisciplinary research.  Simon also contributes to the coordination of the CODATA Data Policy Committee.

Sun Kun OH

Sun Kun OH

Konkuk University
Emeritus Professor of Physics

His major field is high-energy physics. He has been from 2009 to 2017 in the ALICE collaboration for the LHC experiment at CERN. He serves as a consultant for Center for Underground Physics (CUP) at Institute of Basic Science (IBS), an experimental facility for astro-particle physics.

He has been the Korean delegate to Global Science Forum (GSF) since 2000 up to present, including five years of the GSF bureau members between 2017 and 2022. He has been participated in several GSF agenda on research infrastructure issues such as “Optimising the operation and use of national research infrastructures,” “Reference framework for assessing the scientific and socio-economic impact of research infrastructure,” and “Digital platforms for facilitating access to research infrastructures,” some years ago. He has attended the ICRI 2018 which was held in Vienna, Austria.

He will describe briefly on how the concept of research infrastructure has been incorporated with the S&T policy in Korea. The research infrastructure, both national and international, is essential for a medium-sized country like Korea to level up the national S&T competitive power. Thus, Korea has established a national platform for optimal operation of research infrastructure scattered within the country. It has also encouraged Korean researchers to participate in the big international research projects, either in-kind or via collaboration. A typical example might be ITER. Korean government is aware of the economic impact of ITER, that the project has indeed created new jobs, expanded industries, and induced relevant technical innovations.

Susie ROBINSON

Susie ROBINSON

Australian Plant Phenomics Facility
Executive Director

Dr Susie Robinson leads the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF), a world-class research and innovation facility underpinning new developments in plant phenomics, to accelerate the development of new and improved crops, novel medicines, healthier food and more sustainable agricultural practice.

Prior to this, Susie was CEO of Higher Education Consulting Group, a specialist strategy consultancy, servicing the university, research and innovation sector, and was formerly Director, International and Industry Engagement for the Australian Technology Network of Universities. This is in addition to senior and executive roles in the UK and South Australian Governments in the portfolios of innovation, research, higher education, treasury and finance, and public sector performance.

Susie’s corporate governance experience includes Board roles with a major Australian zoo, disability service providers and educational institutions, including the Governing Council of the University of Adelaide. Trained in the sciences and business management, she holds a PhD from Cambridge University, UK. In her spare time, she is a keen accordionist.

Suzanne DUMOUCHEL

Suzanne DUMOUCHEL

OPERAS
Partnerships Coordinator

Suzanne Dumouchel, PhD in French literature, is a research engineer at the CNRS. She works in the Huma-Num unit, an infrastructure for digital humanities. She leads the European project TRIPLE which aims to develop a platform for data discovery, research projects and researchers in SSH. She is co-coordinator of the European research infrastructure OPERAS, dedicated to open access scholarly communication in the field of SSH. Member of the EOSC Board of Directors for 3 years, she is strongly committed to the Open Science movement. She is interested, among others, in research infrastructures, innovative technologies such as the blockchain, in questions and issues related to citizen science, or in the epistemology of digital humanities.

Tania ALTAMIRANO

Tania ALTAMIRANO

RedCLARA, Nicaragua
Academic Relations Manager

Master in Social Communication at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, with a postgrade in Marketing and Publicity Management from the Technical Institute of High Studies of Monterrey, Mexico (ITESM) and degree in Communication Sciences at the Central American University (UCA) of Nicaragua.

From 2009 is part of the RedCLARA (Latin American Cooperation of Advanced Networks) team from the Communications and Public Relationship area,  with the generation of informative material, the participation in IT international events and the organization of virtual meetings. Starting on 2014 her activities involved actions to support and enhance the work of research and academic communities in RedCLARA and with other regional networks in the world through global initiatives including ELCIRA and MAGIC projects. Since 2018 her role as Academic Relations Manager is focus in the articulation of initiatives in priority areas such as eHealth and Climate Change, the development of engagement strategies and the participation in global projects.

Tanja NINKOVIĆ

Tanja NINKOVIĆ

EMBL
Program manager of the ARISE training program

Tanja Ninkovic is an infrastructure and training enthusiast committed to strengthening open and collaborative life sciences culture. She is the manager of the ARISE program at European Molecular Biology Laboratory, EMBL. The program is training scientists for their future careers in RI. With other EMBL colleagues and over 40 ARISE partners, Tanja developed the first comprehensive training curricula for education of future experts for RIs. She described the competencies you need to be successful RI Scientist, and mapped the roles and career progression paths in the life science research infrastructures. She believes that it is the structure and expertise that makes the infrastructure strong.

Tanja started her journey in the infrastructure world 10 years ago, working in the team that led Euro-BioImaging from ESFRI project to ERIC status. She was also responsible for the coordination of different European infrastructure activities at EMBL, including participation in INFRAIA programs and Instruct-ERIC, where she is a member of the Training committee.

During her research years Tanja was a regular user of the core facilities, and worked with physicists and chemists on novel technology developments at Imperial College before she fully moved to infrastructure and training management. She loves infrastructures because they strengthen collaborations in science, making life of the scientists better and speed of discovery faster.

Theresa PATTERY

Theresa PATTERY

Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V. (Johnson & Johnson), Global Public Health R&D, Belgium
Vice President, Head of Disease Management Programs

Theresa Pattery is the Vice President, Head of Disease Management Programs at Janssen Pharmaceutica N. V., Research & Development within Global Public Health (Johnson & Johnson), focusing on the development and implementation of innovative, sustainable, integrated healthcare solutions, Biomarkers and Data Science analytics for infectious and communicable diseases, that are significantly impacting resource-limited countries and emerging markets.

Driven by her patient-centric insight, she is working on accessible, affordable, mobile digital health solutions to facilitate quality access to patient care by leveraging simple tools that can strengthen health systems and improve health outcomes. She achieves this by working side-by-side and establishing trusting and transparent partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, institutions, NGOs & funding organizations.

She is a Registered Medical Practitioner specialized with a Doctorate in Viral & Microbial Molecular Genetics from the Free University of Brussels (VUB). Previously, Theresa was part of Janssen Infectious Disease & Vaccines (J&J), within Medical Affairs as the US (CAP, CLIA, NY State & other US State Licenses) & EU-certified Laboratory & Medical Director for the accredited, clinical diagnostic laboratories in infectious diseases, oncology and immunology, for Janssen Pharmaceuticals and external business/pharmaceutical partners. She is a trained & certified CAP (College of American Pathologists) Inspector. In addition, she led the co-development of Idylla™ Ebola virus triage test with Biocartis N.V., that was granted emergency use authorization by US FDA and was the Principal Investigator, who ensured that the Idylla™ Respiratory (IFV-RSV) panel from Janssen received US FDA 510(k) clearance. Her prior clinical experience within hospitals and academia ranges from medical microbiology, microbial pathology and molecular genetics of bacterial and viral infectious diseases.

Thomas GEENEN

Thomas GEENEN

European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
Technology Partnership Lead for Destination Earth

Thomas Geenen is the technology partnership lead for Destination earth at ECMWF, focusing on the integration of our evolving digital agenda in the European digital landscape. He brings over 20 years of experience in HPC and HPDA, both working in academia and industry. Before joining ECMWF at the beginning of 2022, he worked at ASML, leading the enablement teams for simulation and large-scale data-analytics as well as managing the globally distributed simulation platforms. Thomas worked on digital twins at ASML in an industrial setting and now combines this with his academic background in solid earth system modelling to create digital twin(s) of the earth.

Tommaso CALARCO

Tommaso CALARCO

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Institute of Quantum Control, Germany
Director

Prof. Dr. Tommaso Calarco has pioneered the application of quantum optimal control methods to quantum computation and to many-body quantum systems. Currently the Director of the Institute for Quantum Control of the Peter Grünberg Institute at Forschungszentrum Jülich and Professor of Quantum Information at the Institute of Theoretical Physics of the University of Cologne, Tommaso received his PhD at the University of Ferrara and started to work as a postdoc in the group of P. Zoller at the University of Innsbruck. He was appointed as a Senior Researcher at the BEC Centre in Trento in 2004 and as a Professor for Physics at the University of Ulm in 2007, where he then became Director of the Institute for Complex Quantum Systems and of the Centre for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology. He has authored in 2016 the Quantum Manifesto, which initiated the European Commission’s Quantum Flagship initiative, and is currently the Chairman of one of the Flagship’s Governing Bodies: The Quantum Community Network (QCN). In 2020, together with the QCN, he has launched an initiative towards the creation of a consortium of European quantum industries, which has been legally established in 2021 under the name of European Quantum Industry Consortium (QuIC).

Toshiyasu ICHIOKA

Toshiyasu ICHIOKA

RIKEN, Japan
Director, RIKEN Europe Office

Toshiyasu ICHIOKA has been serving as the first Director for RIKEN Europe Office, established in Brussels since November 2018. His role includes enhancing RIKEN’s research capacity and visibility through collaborative research and innovation with partners in Europe and beyond, monitoring latest developments in terms of STI policies and programmes in Europe, collecting and analyzing relevant data, promoting talent circulation, among others. Prior to joining RIKEN, he was at Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and developed JST’s overall international strategy as well as overseeing European affairs. He also worked for the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial cooperation and promoted EU-Japan cooperation in science, technology, and innovation. His earlier roles include project management at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (ES) and scientific research at various research institutions: RIKEN (JP), CERN (CH), Aarhus University (DK), Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics (DE), and University of Latvia (LV). He holds PhD and MSc in Multi-Disciplinary Sciences from the University of Tokyo (JP) and BSc in Physics from Kyoto University (JP).

Tshiamo MOTSHEGWA

Tshiamo MOTSHEGWA

African Open Science Platform
Director

Dr Tshiamo Motshegwa is the inaugural Director of the African Open Science Platform (AOSP) with the strategic portfolio to direct and support the AOSP based at the Strategy, Planning and Partnerships (SPP) at the National Research Foundation, South Africa. AOSP aims to position African scientists at the cutting edge of data intensive science by stimulating interactivity and creating opportunity through the development of efficiencies of scale, building critical mass through shared capacities, amplifying impact through a commonality of purpose and voice, and to engage in Global Commons to address continental and global challenges through joint action.

Dr Motshegwa is a computer scientist and an academic in High-Performance Computing and Data Science research. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from City, University of London, UK

He has interest in the science, policy, industry and public interface, and multilateral engagements for advancing open science collaboration. For the past seven years he has served on various Ministerial Committees of the Government of Botswana, Southern African Development Community (SADC) Expert Working Groups, as well as in the Botswana Open Data Open Science (ODOS) Forum.

Udunna ANAZODO

Udunna ANAZODO

Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Assistant Professor

Dr Anazodo completed her doctoral training in Medical Biophysics at Western University in London, Canada and was a MITACS Accelerate Fellow at The Lawson Health Research Institute. She leads the Multimodal Imaging of Neurodegenerative Disease (MiND) Lab at The Montreal Neurological Institute where her group develops PET and MRI biomedical imaging techniques for quantitative neuroimaging. Dr Anazodo is very passionate about improving access to diagnostic imaging with focus on population and global health. She is the founder and Chair of the Consortium for Advancement of MRI Education and Research in Africa (CAMERA), a global network of MRI experts working to establish sustainable access to high-value MRI in Africa through local capacity building.

Vladimír BALAŠ

Vladimír BALAŠ

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
Minister

Prof. JUDr. Vladimír Balaš, CSc. was born in Prostějov. He graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Charles University. During his studies and practice, he attended a number of international training courses and was awarded prestigious scholarships from foreign universities. His work experience includes management positions at many major scientific institutions. He was Director of the Institute of State and Law of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences and the Czech Academy of Sciences, member of the Scientific Council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and President of the Czech Society of International Law. He has also served as a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague and as a representative of the Czech Republic in UN organisations. He teaches at Czech and foreign universities. He has co-authored several important publications on international law. In 1994-1998 he was a councillor of the city of Pilsen. In 2021, he was elected to the Parliament of the Czech Republic.

Xavier BARCONS

Xavier BARCONS

European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO)
Director General

Xavier Barcons is Director General of the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) since September 2017. ESO is a world-leading Intergovernmental Organisation building and operating most powerful ground-based observatories (such as VLT, VLT, ALMA and ELT) and fostering cooperation in astronomy.

MA Univ. Barcelona (1981) and PhD Univ. Cantabria (1985), he is CSIC Research Professor since 2002. He was founding director (1995-1999) of the Instituto de Física de Cantabria, where he established the first Spanish X-ray astronomy group. He had several research periods at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge (UK). His research activity in astronomy focussed on Active Galaxies and X-ray surveys. Has published 135 research papers and supervised 7 PhD students. Was involved in ESA’s X-ray observatory flagship missions XMM-Newton and Athena. He was advisor Spanish Government on Astronomy and Research Infrastructures (2004-14), served at ESA Science advisory bodies and was ESO Council delegate (2007-11), Vicepresident (2011) and President (2012-14).

Yasuhiro MURYAMA

Yasuhiro MURYAMA

NICT Knowledge Hub, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)
Research Executive Director

Dr. Yasuhiro Murayama is a Research Executive Director at NICT Knowledge Hub of NICT (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan), recently working on Open Science and research data sharing works, with background of atmospheric science and space physics. He is also a Member of Science Council of Japan, as well as is serving as a co-chair of G7 Open Science Working Group (WG established by G7 Science Ministers' Meeting 2016), Antarctic Observation Deliberation Committee at National Institute of Polar Research, and Board member of Japan Geoscience Union. Also, he served as a Visiting Professor at Research Institute of Sustainable Humanosphere of Kyoto University in 2013-2014, ex officio of ISC (Intl. Science Council)-World Data System (WDS) Scientific Committee in 2012-2021, member of Expert Panel of Open Science Promotion at Cabinet Office of Japan 2014-present, OECD/GSF-WDS Working Group of International Coordination of Data Infrastructures for Open Science (2016-2017), and High-Level Expert Group of European Open Science Cloud of European Commission (2015-2017). He was awarded by Japan's Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2007. He received his Ph.D. from Kyoto University in 1993.

York SURE-VETTER

York SURE-VETTER

NFDI (German National Research Data Infrastructure)
Director

Prof. Dr York Sure-Vetter, professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), was appointed Director of NFDI (German National Research Data Infrastructure) on 1 March 2020. He has established research experience in artificial intelligence and data science. His career has taken him to various stations in the science system and also to the private sector. Between 2009 and 2015, he was President of GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, the largest German research infrastructure for social sciences. At the same time, he held a professorship first at the University of Koblenz-Landau and then at the University of Mannheim. In 2015, he followed the call to the Institute for Applied Informatics and Format Description Methods (AIFB) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), where he taught and researched as a professor. He was also director at the Karlsruhe Service Research Institute (KSRI) of the KIT and at the FZI Research Centre for Information Technology.

Émilie PAQUIN

Émilie PAQUIN

Université de Montréal, Érudit Consortium
Director of research and strategic development

With Érudit since 2008, Émilie Paquin has been in charge of production and public relations, and has also been involved in major digitization projects. She has contributed to Érudit’s successful funding strategies as well as strategic planning for a diversified, equitable and independent research dissemination system.

general schedule

Mon
17. OCT
Tue
18. OCT
Wed
19. OCT
THU
20. OCT
FRI
21. OCT
Morning
SATELLITE EVENTS
ESFRI
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
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SATELLITE EVENTS
ESFRI FORUM MEETING
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9:00 - 12:00
SIDE EVENTS
7:30 - 8:45 EARLY MORNING SESSION

9:00 - 10:30 PARALLEL SESSIONS
9:00 - 9:40 PLENARY 3

9:40 - 11:00
PLENARY 4

11:30 - 12:15 AWARDS AND MEMORANDUMS CEREMONY
Afternoon
SATELLITE EVENTS
ESFRI
FORUM MEETING
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SATELLITE EVENTS
13:30 - 15:30 PLENARY 1

16:00 - 18:00
PLENARY 2
11:00 - 18:00 PARALLEL THEMES
12:15 - 13:00 PLENARY 5

14:00 - 17:00 SIDE EVENTS
evening
SATELLITE EVENTS
ESFRI
FORUM MEETING
19:00 - 22:00 SIDE EVENTS
19:00 - 22:00
SOCIAL EVENT
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Nahla AFIFI
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Nahla AFIFI

Nahla AFIFI

Qatar Biobank
Director

Dr Nahla Maher Afifi earned her MBBCh with honors from Ain Shams University, Egypt. She received her Master of Anatomy & Embryology, and a Diploma of Gynecology and Obstetrics from the same University.

She received her Ph.D. of Anatomy & Embryology in 1996 from Ain Shams University under a joint supervision with University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey, USA. Dr Afifi started her academic career as a Medical Researcher in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She then served as Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Embryology at Ain Shams University, and Dubai Medical College for Girls, UAE. Dr Afifi joined Qatar University's Biomedical Sciences Program in 1999 and was promoted to Associate Professor of Anatomy and Embryology and to Full Professor in 2007.

She was assigned as a Head of Dept. of Health Sciences from 2007-2009. In December 2013 she joined QF as Education and Scientific Manager obtained Certificate” Principles in Biobanking form Luxembourg University and in 2017 was appointed as Qatar Biobank Director. Dr Nahla Afifi has numerous grants and published research in her field of expertise. She is a member in several international societies’ AAA, ASIP, ISBER and ESBB and was awarded the ISBER 2022 Outstanding Achievement in Biobanking Award.

Claudia ALÉN AMARO
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Claudia ALÉN AMARO

Instruct-ERIC
Senior Programme Manager

I joined as Instruct as the Project Manager to the Instruct Preparatory Phase project in 2008 and have since helped Instruct to grow and develop through to ERIC status. Now as the Senior Instruct Programme Manager, I manage the operational activities of Instruct, specialising in the access, training and communications work. I have taken a special interest in developing Instruct’s outreach to Latin American countries which have expanded the consortium into Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina and established MoUs with several major scientific institutions. I supervise the Horizon Europe project work at the Hub training new managers and supervising their work. I oversee the communication of Instruct including social media and have built Instruct visibility. Instruct is a distributed research infrastructure with facility managers and users all over Europe and beyond.

Tania ALTAMIRANO
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Tania ALTAMIRANO

RedCLARA, Nicaragua
Academic Relations Manager

Master in Social Communication at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, with a postgrade in Marketing and Publicity Management from the Technical Institute of High Studies of Monterrey, Mexico (ITESM) and degree in Communication Sciences at the Central American University (UCA) of Nicaragua.

From 2009 is part of the RedCLARA (Latin American Cooperation of Advanced Networks) team from the Communications and Public Relationship area,  with the generation of informative material, the participation in IT international events and the organization of virtual meetings. Starting on 2014 her activities involved actions to support and enhance the work of research and academic communities in RedCLARA and with other regional networks in the world through global initiatives including ELCIRA and MAGIC projects. Since 2018 her role as Academic Relations Manager is focus in the articulation of initiatives in priority areas such as eHealth and Climate Change, the development of engagement strategies and the participation in global projects.

Udunna ANAZODO
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Udunna ANAZODO

Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Assistant Professor

Dr Anazodo completed her doctoral training in Medical Biophysics at Western University in London, Canada and was a MITACS Accelerate Fellow at The Lawson Health Research Institute. She leads the Multimodal Imaging of Neurodegenerative Disease (MiND) Lab at The Montreal Neurological Institute where her group develops PET and MRI biomedical imaging techniques for quantitative neuroimaging. Dr Anazodo is very passionate about improving access to diagnostic imaging with focus on population and global health. She is the founder and Chair of the Consortium for Advancement of MRI Education and Research in Africa (CAMERA), a global network of MRI experts working to establish sustainable access to high-value MRI in Africa through local capacity building.

Vladimír BALAŠ
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Vladimír BALAŠ

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
Minister

Prof. JUDr. Vladimír Balaš, CSc. was born in Prostějov. He graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Charles University. During his studies and practice, he attended a number of international training courses and was awarded prestigious scholarships from foreign universities. His work experience includes management positions at many major scientific institutions. He was Director of the Institute of State and Law of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences and the Czech Academy of Sciences, member of the Scientific Council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and President of the Czech Society of International Law. He has also served as a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague and as a representative of the Czech Republic in UN organisations. He teaches at Czech and foreign universities. He has co-authored several important publications on international law. In 1994-1998 he was a councillor of the city of Pilsen. In 2021, he was elected to the Parliament of the Czech Republic.

Xavier BARCONS
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Xavier BARCONS

European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO)
Director General

Xavier Barcons is Director General of the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) since September 2017. ESO is a world-leading Intergovernmental Organisation building and operating most powerful ground-based observatories (such as VLT, VLT, ALMA and ELT) and fostering cooperation in astronomy.

MA Univ. Barcelona (1981) and PhD Univ. Cantabria (1985), he is CSIC Research Professor since 2002. He was founding director (1995-1999) of the Instituto de Física de Cantabria, where he established the first Spanish X-ray astronomy group. He had several research periods at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge (UK). His research activity in astronomy focussed on Active Galaxies and X-ray surveys. Has published 135 research papers and supervised 7 PhD students. Was involved in ESA’s X-ray observatory flagship missions XMM-Newton and Athena. He was advisor Spanish Government on Astronomy and Research Infrastructures (2004-14), served at ESA Science advisory bodies and was ESO Council delegate (2007-11), Vicepresident (2011) and President (2012-14).

Ivan BARTOŠ
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Ivan BARTOŠ

Government of the Czech Republic
Deputy Prime Minister for Digitisation and Minister of Regional Development

Ivan Bartoš has been a Chairman of the Czech Pirate Party for many years and was one of its founding members in 2009. Since the autumn of 2017, he has been a Member of the Parliament of the Czech Republic and was re-elected in 2021. He served as a Chairman of the Committee on Public Administration and Regional Development in the Chamber of Deputies for four years and was active in the field of digitisation as well.

Ivan Bartoš was born in Jablonec nad Nisou in North Bohemia. When he was 17, he left to study in the United States and successfully graduated there. After his return, he passed the Czech school-leaving exams at U Balvanu Grammar School in his hometown. At the age of 19, he began to study at two faculties: Theology at the Hussite Theological Faculty and Information Studies and Librarianship at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University. He eventually decided to focus on the Information Studies and obtained a PhD degree. He returned to the U.S. once again during his studies and spent a semester studying Computer Science at the University of New Orleans.

During his professional career, he worked in IT departments in multiple Czech and multinational companies, such as Newton IT, Monster Worldwide, T-Mobile and was at the launch of the Air Jobs recruitment platform.

He is married and has two children. He is fluent in English and gets by in French and Russian.

Carlos BATTHYÁNY DIGHIERO
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Carlos BATTHYÁNY DIGHIERO

Institut Pasteur de Montevideo
Executive Director

I am a M.D., PhD. (Universidad de la República, Uruguay) with a postdoctoral degree in pharmacology and chemical biology (Department of Pharmacology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, USA). Upon returning to Uruguay (2007-2013) I began working as co-head of the Analytical Biochemistry and Proteomics Unit, one of the first units to acquire state-of-the-art mass spectrometers in South America. Later, I developed my own laboratory: Lab. of Vascular Biology and Drug Discovery.  The Lab. of Vascular Biology and Drug Discovery has been focused on understanding the molecular and cellular basis of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases (e.g., atherosclerosis, metabolic syndrome, obesity, hypertension) as well as in the development of novel strategies for the prevention and treatment of these leading cause of death worldwide. We founded a startup (EOLO Pharma inc., USA) with the aim of being able to take the discoveries from the laboratory to clinical trials in humans.

Caterina BISCARI
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Caterina BISCARI

ALBA Synchrotron, Spain
Director

Born in Italy, 1957. Studied Physics in Universidad Complutense of Madrid and is Dr in Physics of the Università degli Studi di Napoli. Experimental physicist recognized for significant contributions to the design, construction and operation of particle accelerators, having worked as postdoc at CERN and then at the Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati of INFN.

Since 2012 director of the ALBA Synchrotron facility, Barcelona, a public national institution. ALBA is nowadays operating ten experimental beamlines, while expanding the instrumental offer with the construction of new ones, four of them to be open to users in the next four years. She has managed the start and consolidation of the facility operation and the development of the project as a large multidisciplinary research facility with international projection. She is now leading the project of the upgrade of the facility to a 4th generation, ALBA II.

Vice Chair of LEAPS, the League of European Accelerator-based Photon Sources, the alliance of 20 European synchrotrons and FELs, who have joined forces for developing a better science for a better society.

Member of several international advisory committees and boards, as CERN Scientific Policy Committee, PSI Advisory Board, KEK Scientific Advisory Committee, SLAC Scientific Program Committee. Among her honors the ‘Condecorazione della Stella d’Italia’ by the Italian Republic President and the Narcis Monturiol Medal by the autonomic Catalan president.

Gregory BOEBINGER
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Gregory BOEBINGER

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, USA
Director

Greg Boebinger is a condensed matter physicist recognized for his research involving high magnetic fields. Boebinger was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University in 1981 with undergraduate degrees in physics, electrical engineering, and philosophy. After a year as a Churchill Fellow at Cambridge University, he began working toward his Ph.D. at MIT, which he received in 1986 for experiments performed at the Francis Bitter Magnet Laboratory on the fractional quantum Hall effect. After a year as a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, Boebinger accepted a position at Bell Laboratories, where he established his own pulsed magnet laboratory and began his research on high temperature superconductivity. In 1998, Boebinger moved to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to become director of the pulsed magnet laboratory of the new National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab), founded in 1990 as a partnership among Florida State University (FSU), the University of Florida (UF), and LANL. In 2004, Boebinger became director of the MagLab, moving to its FSU headquarters and accepting appointments as Professor of Physics from both FSU and UF. Greg Boebinger is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Mary-Jane BOPAPE
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Mary-Jane BOPAPE

South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), National Research Foundation
Managing Director: SAEON

Mary-Jane Bopape is the Managing Director: South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON). Dr Bopape has a C2 (established researcher) National Research Foundation (NRF) rating. She holds a PhD degree in meteorology with a focus on cloud microphysics modelling obtained from the University of Pretoria. Mary-Jane worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow focused on modelling the greyzone boundary layer at the University of Reading. She also worked at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and South African Weather Service (SAWS) where she focused on weather and climate studies. She also lead activities on a weather and climate project to implement the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Cyber-Infrastructure Framework. She co-supervises postgraduate students at the Universities of Venda, Witwatersrand and North West. She is one of twenty one 2019 Climate Research for Development (CR4D) fellowship grantees and a 2021 AIMS Women Fellow in Climate Change Science. She was recognised by the President of South Africa as a pathfinder in 9 August 2019 speech on women’s day. She is a co-recipient of the 2008 World Meteorological Organization (WMO) award for young researchers, and a recipient of the 2013 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Natural Resources and the Environment (NRE) most promising young researcher award. She served as the co-President of the South African Society for Atmospheric Sciences (SASAS) during the 2018-2020 term. She was listed as one of the most influential Africans of 2021 by the New African magazine.

Jean-Claude BURGELMAN
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Jean-Claude BURGELMAN

Frontiers Policy Labs
Editor in Chief

Jean-Claude Burgelman is professor of Open Science at the Free University of Brussels. He retired on 1-3-2020 from the European Commission where he was in charge, from 2014 onwards, of Open Science at DG RTD.

He and his team designed and developed the EC’s polices on open science, the European Open Science Cloud, open data and open access. He joined the European Commission in 1999 as a Visiting Scientist in the Joint Research Centre where he was in charge of socio economic research on digital technologies. In January 2008, he moved to the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (attached to the president of the EC) and one year later joined DG RTD, where he created top level advisory boards like the European Research and Innovation Area Board, the Innovation for Growth Group and the European Forum for Forward Looking Activities.  All these groups contributed to the design of the Framework programs for research and innovation of the European Union.

Till 2000 he was full professor of communication technology policy at the Free University of Brussels, as well as director of its Centre for Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication and was involved in science and technology assessment. He has been visiting professor at the University of Antwerp, the European College of Brughes and the University of South Africa and sits on several academic journals. He chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Innovation and was a member of its Science Advisory Committee.

He recently joined the advisory board of Open Knowledge Maps and became the editor in chief of Frontiers Policy Lab.

In  2022 he became the director of the Frontiers Planet Prize, a new prize to stimulate science that can save the planet.

Bryony BUTLAND
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Bryony BUTLAND

Bryony BUTLAND

UK Research and Innovation
Programme Director

Dr Bryony Butland led the development of the UK Research and Innovation Infrastructure roadmap which set out opportunities for creating a step-change in the next-generation of infrastructure capability in the UK. Since publication in 2018 she has led the development and implementation of a cross organisation prioritisation process for major infrastructure investments. The first projects to be funded were announced in 2021. Alongside this she leads work on the financial sustainability of research for UKRI, most recently focused on responding to COVID19 alongside analysis of longer term economic pressures.

Prior to joining UKRI Bryony spend 15 years as a civil servant in the UK Government where the majority of her roles focused on research policy and the use of research in government. This included work on 4 Government science and innovation strategies; the case for investment in research in UK Government spending reviews; policy for assessing impact of Government investment in research and the setup of Innovate UK, UKRI and the Higher Education and Research Bill. She has also worked on energy strategy, public health policy, for the Government Office for Science's Foresight Programme on childhood obesity and on Civil Contingencies.

Bryony started her career as a researcher completing her PhD in Genetics and a postdoc in a biotech company. She was awarded an OBE for services to science in 2016.

Tommaso CALARCO
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Tommaso CALARCO

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Institute of Quantum Control, Germany
Director

Prof. Dr. Tommaso Calarco has pioneered the application of quantum optimal control methods to quantum computation and to many-body quantum systems. Currently the Director of the Institute for Quantum Control of the Peter Grünberg Institute at Forschungszentrum Jülich and Professor of Quantum Information at the Institute of Theoretical Physics of the University of Cologne, Tommaso received his PhD at the University of Ferrara and started to work as a postdoc in the group of P. Zoller at the University of Innsbruck. He was appointed as a Senior Researcher at the BEC Centre in Trento in 2004 and as a Professor for Physics at the University of Ulm in 2007, where he then became Director of the Institute for Complex Quantum Systems and of the Centre for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology. He has authored in 2016 the Quantum Manifesto, which initiated the European Commission’s Quantum Flagship initiative, and is currently the Chairman of one of the Flagship’s Governing Bodies: The Quantum Community Network (QCN). In 2020, together with the QCN, he has launched an initiative towards the creation of a consortium of European quantum industries, which has been legally established in 2021 under the name of European Quantum Industry Consortium (QuIC).

Sally CHAMBERS
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Sally CHAMBERS

Centre for Digital Humanities, Ghent University, Belgium.
Digital Humanities Research Coordinator

Sally Chambers is Digital Humanities Research Coordinator at the Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities where she is project coordinator for CLARIAH: Open Humanities Service Infrastructure  In March 2022, Sally was appointed to the DARIAH-EU Board of Directors  As part of her role in DARIAH, she is active in the EOSC Future project  where she coordinates the integration of EOSC Core Services into European research practice. Previously, Sally was Secretary-General of DARIAH-EU based in the Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities, Germany, where she played a central role in establishing DARIAH as a European legal entity (European Research Infrastructure Consortium). Over the years has served as DARIAH National Coordinator for Belgium and as Chair of the National Coordinator’s Committee and member of the DARIAH Senior Management Team. Sally has been active in the Research Infrastructures Task Force of CESAER since 2017 contributing to the CESAER white paper on ´Universities of Science and Technology (S&T) as engines of excellence, talent and innovation´ and since September 2022 is CESAER Envoy to the ESFRI Stakeholder Forum.  She represents Belgium on the ESFRI Strategy Working Group on Social and Cultural Innovation  contributes to the Architecture Working Group of the Flemish Open Science Board and serves on the DiSSCo Scientific Board.

Agnieszka CHŁOŃ-DOMIŃCZAK
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Agnieszka CHŁOŃ-DOMIŃCZAK

Agnieszka CHŁOŃ-DOMIŃCZAK

SGH Warsaw School of Economics
Vice-Rector for Science and Director of the Institute of Statistics and Demography

Vice-Rector for Science and Director of the Institute of Statistics and Demography at SGH Warsaw School of Economics. Member of the Committee on Demographic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and leader of the Polish research group at SHARE 50+ (Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe).  In 2008–2009, she served as an undersecretary of state in the Polish Ministry of Labour and Social Policy; she was also a member of the Supervisory Board of the Polish Social Insurance Institution (ZUS) and a member of the Polish Financial Supervision Authority. In 2007–2009, she was a Vice Chair of the Social Protection Committee (SPC) of the Council of the EU. In 2010–2017, she managed projects at the Educational Research Institute (IBE) in preparation of the implementation of the Polish Qualifications Framework. Her areas of specialisation include demography, pension systems, the labour market, social policy, health and education.

Bruno COUTARD
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Bruno COUTARD

Unité des Virus Emergents, Aix Marseille University, France
Professor / Coordinator of EVA-G

Bruno Coutard is currently professor at Aix Marseille University. In 2007, he obtained a PhD in Biotechnology dedicated to infectious diseases. He was appointed by CNRS from 2001 to 2018. During this period, he participated to several European programs dedicated to emerging viruses, their structural and functional characterization as well as drug-design projets for the development of antivirals. He is among the first partners of the European Virus Archive (EVA), an international collection viruses supported by EU since 2008. He became coordinator of EVA in 2022.

Ornella DE GIACOMO
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Ornella DE GIACOMO

CERIC-ERIC, Italy
Deputy Executive Director

Dr. Ornela De Giacomo is Deputy Executive Director of CERIC-ERIC since 2015.  As such, she oversees the operations of the consortium and supports the Executive Director and other consortium bodies in the definition and implementation of the consortium strategy. She has 18+ years of experience in large analytical Research Infrastructures in roles dealing with open access, quality and project management. In her professional career she also worked in technology transfer for a private company. Her background is in Food Engineering (2000) and she completed her PhD in Nanotechnology in 2008. She was trained in Strategic Management of Research Infrastructures and Project management for engineers in Virginia, US, in 2018. She has focused in the last 5 years in the sustainability of Research Infrastructures. She is currently the Chair of the PaNOSC Executive Board (2022) and a member of the Task Force Financial Sustainability of EOSC. She is also a member of the EPOS SP External Advisory Body (since 2020) and the Conseil Scientifique d'E-RIHS France (since 2019).

Franciska DE JONG
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Franciska DE JONG

CLARIN ERIC
Executive Director

As of September 2015 Franciska de Jong is full professor of e-Research for the Humanities and executive director of CLARIN ERIC, the governing body of CLARIN which has its statutory seat at Utrecht University (The Netherlands). CLARIN (Common LAnguage Resources and Technology INfrastructure) has the objective is to support scholars in the humanities and social sciences and beyond, by providing seamless access to digital language data and processing tools hosted by a distributed network of certified repositories all across Europe and other continents.

Franciska de Jong studied Dutch language and literature at Utrecht University (UU). She did a PhD in theoretical linguistics and started to work on language technology in 1985 at Philips Research where she worked on machine translation. For 30 years she was a professor of language technology at the computer science department of the University of Twente.

Her main research interests are in the field of text mining, access technology for and spoken audio archives, cross-language retrieval, and e-research at large. She is the coordinator of the UU initiative Driven by Data.

From 2008 till 2016 she was a member of the Governing Board of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), and from 2009 till 2019 of the Governing Board of the National Library of the Netherlands (KB). Currently she is a board member of the Netherlands eScience Center (since 2014), the NWO Permanent Committee for Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructure (since 2018), and the executive board of ERIC Forum (since 2020).

Ewa DEELMAN
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Ewa DEELMAN

Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California
Research Professor and Research Director

Ewa Deelmanreceived her PhD in Computer Science from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institutein 1998. Following a postdoc at the UCLA Computer Science Department she joinedthe University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI) in2000, where she is serving as a Research Director and is leading the ScienceAutomation Technologies group. She is also a Research Professor at the USCComputer Science Department and an AAAS and IEEE Fellow. The USC/ISI ScienceAutomation Technologies group explores the interplay between automation and themanagement of scientific workflows that include resource provisioning and datamanagement. Dr. Deelman pioneered workflow planning for computations executingin distributed environments. Her group has led the design and development ofthe Pegasus Workflow Management software and conducts research in jobscheduling and resource provisioning in distributed systems, workflowperformance modeling, provenance capture, and the use of cloud platforms forscience.

Pierre DELSAUX
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Pierre DELSAUX

European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority
Director General

Pierre Delsaux is Director-General to the European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (DG HERA). After studying Law at the University of Liège, he obtained his Master of Law at the Northwestern University, Chicago. He was Legal Secretary at the European Court of Justice.  He worked in the private sector before joining the European Commission in 1991.  He started his career within the European Commission in the Directorate General for Competition.  In 2007, he was appointed Director responsible for regulating the financial services.  In 2011, he was appointed Deputy Director General with responsibilities for the Single Market in the EU. From November 2015, he was in charge of Space Policy and Defence.  On 01/01/2020 he was appointed Deputy Director General at the European Commission Directorate General for Defence Industry and Space (DG DEFIS). On 1st December 2021, he joined the Directorate General for Health (DG SANTE).

Jacques DEMOTES
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Jacques DEMOTES

ECRIN-ERIC
Director General

Jacques Demotes is the director general of the European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN-ERIC) since its creation in 2013. In this role, he is responsible for the strategy and overall management of the infrastructure with the support of the ECRIN Management Office (located in Paris, France), the ECRIN European Correspondents (located in each Member / Observer country), and ECRIN’s Scientific Partners (i.e., national networks of clinical trial units).

A neurologist and professor of cell biology, Demotes is a scientific advisor to the biology and health research department at the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. While at ECRIN, he has contributed to numerous initiatives and collaborative projects related to multinational clinical trials. In particular, he chaired the working group that drafted the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Council Recommendation on the Governance of Clinical Trials.

Prior to ECRIN, he worked as a clinical neurologist and basic neuroscientist, then as director of the clinical investigation centre in Bordeaux.

Demotes received his MD (with a specialisation in neurology), a PhD in neuroscience, a Master of Science (MS) in neuroscience, and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in mathematics and computer science from the University of Bordeaux. He also received an MBA from IAE Paris, and completed a training course in science policy with the Institute of Advanced Studies in Science and Technology in Paris.

Ruxandra DRAGHIA-AKLI
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Ruxandra DRAGHIA-AKLI

JANSSEN R&D
Global Head, Johnson & Johnson Global Public Health R&D

Ruxandra Draghia-Akli, is Global Head, Johnson & Johnson Global Public Health R&D, where her and her team advance global public health into the next era of innovation through discovery, development, and technology capabilities. She accelerates GPH’s end-to-end strategy by collaborating with teams across Johnson & Johnson on assets with application in global public health settings. Under her leadership, GPH R&D adds value and generates new external innovation opportunities through our J&J Centers for Global Health Discovery and other external partnerships.

Ruxandra is a cross-sector leader with experience in industry, government, and academia. She led Medical and Scientific Affairs for vaccines at Merck, and she worked for the European Commission, first as Director and later as Deputy Director General, overseeing research and innovation programmatic initiatives, leading public-private partnerships, global programs and consortia, and development of novel research financial instruments, while contributing to the Commission’s strategy for improving public health. Ruxandra has a track record of unlocking innovation in biotechnology as both a founder and head of research at ADViSYS, Inc. and VGX Pharmaceuticals (now Inovio Pharmaceuticals).

Ruxandra holds a M.D. from Carol Davila University, Romania, and a Ph.D. in human genetics from the Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences. She undertook doctoral training at University Rene Descartes in Paris, France and a postdoctoral training at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, with a focus on rare diseases, molecular biology, gene therapy and novel vaccines. Ruxandra has authored and co-authored more than 100 papers and holds over 100 patents.

Joanna DRAKE
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Joanna DRAKE

Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commisison
Deputy Director-General

Joanna DRAKE has been the Deputy Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate-General (DG) for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) since 2021. In this role, she provides overall assistance to the Director-General in the management of the DG, contributing to the definition, coordination and implementation of strategy and policy orientation. She is also Mission Manager for the EU Mission Cancer.

She was previously Deputy Director-General of DG Environment (2016-2021) where she chaired a cross-cutting Task Force spear-heading strategic positions for the DG on (inter-alia) the post-2020 Commission financial framework negotiations, Brexit co-ordination, the urban agenda and the future-proofing of the EU's environmental acquis. Between 2010 and 2015 she was director for SME's and Entrepreneurship in the DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). During her tenure in DG GROW she also led the Commission's Task Force on The Collaborative Economy, New Business Models And SME's.

By training, Joanna is a doctor of laws from the University of Malta, where she also lectured full time in the Department of European and Comparative Law. She acquired a post-graduate degree in Advanced European Legal Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. She held various legal and management posts in the private and public sector before joining the European Commission as head of the European Commission Representation in Malta in 2005. She also had a key role in the Malta-EU accession negotiations as member of the Malta-EU Steering and Action Committee.

Suzanne DUMOUCHEL
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Suzanne DUMOUCHEL

OPERAS
Partnerships Coordinator

Suzanne Dumouchel, PhD in French literature, is a research engineer at the CNRS. She works in the Huma-Num unit, an infrastructure for digital humanities. She leads the European project TRIPLE which aims to develop a platform for data discovery, research projects and researchers in SSH. She is co-coordinator of the European research infrastructure OPERAS, dedicated to open access scholarly communication in the field of SSH. Member of the EOSC Board of Directors for 3 years, she is strongly committed to the Open Science movement. She is interested, among others, in research infrastructures, innovative technologies such as the blockchain, in questions and issues related to citizen science, or in the epistemology of digital humanities.

Rosario DURÁN
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Rosario DURÁN

Institut Pasteur de Montevideo
Head of Technological Unit

An important contribution of my work has been the incorporation of mass spectrometry for macromolecules into our local academy, bringing entirely new analytical capabilities for comprehensive high-throughput quantitative proteomic analysis.  I have participated in the installation of the first national Biological Mass Spectrometry Service in 2000 located at the Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas Clemente Estable (IIBCE), Ministry of Education and Culture, Uruguay. Until 2006 I have been the operational manager of this service. I have co-founded the Analytical Biochemistry and Proteomics Unit, IIBCE & Institut Pasteur de Montevideo (2007) where I have worked first as Associate Researcher and as Head of the Unit since 2012.  Our Unit is a research-oriented core facility that conducts and supports biomedical research based on mass spectrometry and proteomics. Participation in multidisciplinary research teams to provide scientific assistance and access to analytical tools is one of our main objectives. We have also made a long-term effort to provide training  and to contribute to local and regional educational programs in this area. The array of strategies and technologies in proteomics is rapidly expanding,  thus keeping updated in terms of equipment and trained human resources is a major current challenge.

Julia FERNANDEZ-RODRIGUEZ
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Julia FERNANDEZ-RODRIGUEZ

Core Technologies for Life Sciences
President

Head of the Centre for Cellular Imaging, University of Gothenburg, Node of the National Microscopy (NMI) Infrastructure and Unit of the SciLifeLab Infrastructure in Sweden. Vice-chair of the Panels of Node Board for the Euro-BioImaging ERIC consortium and President of the Core Technologies for Life Sciences Association (CTLS). Graduated (1989) in Biology from the University Santiago de Compostela (Spain), and received her PhD (1996) in Biochemistry from the University of Vigo (Spain). She has a background in Cell and Molecular Biology, and is the main responsible of an open-access Correlative Multimodal Imaging Facility that provides technical and scientific excellence by the integration of multiple imaging technologies, together with image processing and analysis tools in a single core. Main interest is to provide expertise in correlated multimodal imaging workflows, from experimental design to image acquisition and analysis, tailored to various research domains within the Life Sciences.

She has more than 20 years of experience in organization, implementation and management of resercah infrastructures and training activities at the National and International level. She is the scientific coordinator of the NMI, member of the main Board of the Nordic Microscopy Society (SCANDEM) and the Bridging Nordic Microscopy Infrastructure (NordForks). On the European landscape, she is also well connected to several other European facilities, through the European Light Microscopy Initiative, ELMI (member of the Steering committee). She is a partner of the EU-funded project RItrainPlus. External Advisor for the Focus Group, Core Facilities & Big Data” at the Alliance4Life. Member of the Czech-BioImaging Advisory Board. Furthermore, she represents Sweden in the Management Committee and is the Coordinator of the Short-Term Scientific Missions of the European COST Action (CA17121)-network in Correlated Multimodal Imaging in Life Sciences (COMULIS).

Inmaculada FIGUEROA
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Inmaculada FIGUEROA

Spanish Ministry of Science & Innovation
Deputy Director General

Inmaculada Figueroa is Deputy Director General in the Spanish Ministry of Science & Innovation and Vice-Chair of ESFRI.

MSc in Electrical Engineering by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, before joining the Ministry in 2009, she worked 17 years in the Space domain at the Spanish National Research Center for Aerospace, being responsible for the Assembly, integration and verification of scientific satellite payloads in national and European Space Agency (ESA) projects.

She coordinates the participation of Spain in Large research infrastructures, being member of different councils such as CERN, ESO, EMBL, ESRF, SKA, CTA, INSTRUCT, LifeWatch, ESS, EuroHPC, among others.

Inmaculada Figueroa is member of ESFRI since 2010, and its Executive Board since 2016, being Vice-Chair since 2018 in three consecutive mandates. She also represents Spain in the Horizon Europe Program Committee for Research Infrastructures and in the European Research Infrastructure Consortium Committee (ERIC Committee).

She coordinates the Horizon2020 Project EU-LAC ResInfra, “Towards a new European Union-Latin América & Caribbean partnership in Research Infrastructures” which aims the establishment of a sustainable collaboration among the two regions in Research Infrastructures.

Among other competences in the Ministry, she is responsible for international relations in science and Innovation and European Affairs, being part of different committees of the European Research Area, such as the ERA FORUM and its Global Approach Working Group. She is also involved in the Multilateral Dialogue in principles and values for international cooperation recently launched by the European Commission and in the European Open Science Cloud Governing Board (EOSC GB).

Claudia FILIPPONE
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Claudia FILIPPONE

Senior Scientifc Programme Manager
ERINHA AISBL Central Coordinating Unit

Claudia Filippone is a virologist with an international scientific career. She was trained at the University of Bologna (Italy) and the NIH in Bethesda (USA), and achieved her PhD in 2007. She was then fellow at the Haartman Institute (University of Helsinki - Finland). During these years, she has studied both molecular and cell biology aspects of human parvoviruses.

She then acquired >10 years research experience at Institut Pasteur in France and at the Pasteur International Network in Africa, working on viral emergence and zoonoses, especially on Non-Human Primate retroviruses and hemorrhagic fever viruses. In Madagascar, as International Technical Expert of French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, she has investigated zoonotic hantaviruses in both animal reservoir and humans, and she acted for public health priorities, heading the arbovirus National Reference Center and coordinating the biological surveillance across the country.

Dr Filippone has been largely involved in teaching and training activities, as well as capacity building actions.

She joined the European Research Infrastructure on Highly Pathogenic Agents in 2021. She is largely involved on supporting implementation of research projects, including TransNational Access projects, on Risk Group 4 viruses, SARS-CoV-2/ COVID-19 and epidemic/pandemic-prone diseases.

Jane FITZPATRICK
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Jane FITZPATRICK

Australian National Fabrication Facility Ltd (ANFF)
Chief Executive Officer

Dr Jane Fitzpatrick is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) and is based in Brisbane.

As the CEO of this NCRIS-funded facility, Jane supports and fosters world-class research in Australia and the development of the industries, such as Defence, MedTech, Energy and Space. ANFF provides world class tools and expertise in the area of micro and nanofabrication on an open access framework to all of Australia for the research, development and commercialisation of technology. ANFF is made up of 21 institutions organised into eight nodes of expertise, coordinating open access to over 500 tools. The National office is tasked with maintaining the health and high levels of success across this distributed network.

Before her various roles within ANFF at the Node level and now with the National office, Jane previously held positions within academia, the MedTech start-up space and industry focussed research entities, as well as Board positions for Women in Technology.

Jane holds a PhD in Applied Immunology and a degree in Biotechnology, and she has added technical expertise in many areas, including micro and nanofabrication, throughout her career.

Cathy FOLEY
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Cathy FOLEY

Australian Government
Chief Scientist

Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM commenced as Australia’s ninth Chief Scientist in January 2021 after an extensive career at Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO.

Dr Foley is an internationally recognised physicist with major research achievements in superconductors and sensors which lead to the development of the LANDTEM™ sensor system to locate valuable deposits of minerals deep underground, resulting in discoveries and delineation of minerals worth more than $6 billion.

Dr Foley’s scientific excellence and influential leadership have been recognised with numerous awards and fellowships, including election to the Australian Academy of Science in 2020, along with an Order of Australia for service to research science and to the advancement of women in physics. She is also a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (2008) and an honorary Fellow of Australian Institute of Physics (2019).

Dr Foley is an inspiration to women in STEM across the globe and is committed to tackling gender equality and diversity in the science sector to embrace the full human potential of all.

Thomas GEENEN
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Thomas GEENEN

European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
Technology Partnership Lead for Destination Earth

Thomas Geenen is the technology partnership lead for Destination earth at ECMWF, focusing on the integration of our evolving digital agenda in the European digital landscape. He brings over 20 years of experience in HPC and HPDA, both working in academia and industry. Before joining ECMWF at the beginning of 2022, he worked at ASML, leading the enablement teams for simulation and large-scale data-analytics as well as managing the globally distributed simulation platforms. Thomas worked on digital twins at ASML in an industrial setting and now combines this with his academic background in solid earth system modelling to create digital twin(s) of the earth.

Johannes GUTLEBER
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Johannes GUTLEBER

Directorate Office for Accelerators and Technology, CERN
Future Circular Collider, assistant to the project leader

Johannes Gutleber is in charge of developing strategies and implementation scenarios for future research infrastructure projects at CERN. In particular, he coordinates CERN’s its host states, France and Switzerland. In the frame of this work, Johannes leads socio-economic studies, an integral part of CERN's future project developments, to identify new tools for measuring and optimising the different types of societal benefits that stem from investments in large-scale research infrastructure.

Before the launch of the FCC study in 2014, Johannes conceived and managed the implementation of a number of key systems for the MedAustron particle-accelerator based cancer treatment facility. The project was developed as a cooperation between the Austria and CERN and is considered as an example of knowledge transfer from fundamental scientific research to societal applications.

Before the MedAustron project, between 1997 and 2008 Johannes developed the on-line software systems of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS), one of the two large experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This was one of the mission critical subsystems of the experiment that enabled scientists the timely scientific research that led to the quick experimental verification of the Higgs boson.

Johannes Gutleber holds a doctorate degree and a diploma engineer degree from the Technical University Vienna, Austria in technical sciences and in computer science.

Nicolaus HANOWSKI
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Nicolaus HANOWSKI

European Space Agency, Earth Observation and Missions Management & Ground Segments
Department Head

Nicolaus Hanowski holds a Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences. He started as a researcher in the US and then transferred to Mission Operations at the German Space Operations Centre. In 2009 he joined ESA and became responsible for the development of Science Ground Segments for missions, such Rosetta, Gaia, JWST, Solar Orbiter and Euclid in the Science Directorate. Since 2014 he is responsible for the Operations and Ground Segments of the ESA Earth Observation Missions and the Copernicus Sentinel satellites and the corresponding data management aspects at ESA. He is coordinating the Copernicus Long Term Scenario of Copernicus and the Destination Earth activities within ESA.

Andrew HARRISON
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Andrew HARRISON

DIAMOND LIGHT SOURCE LTD., UK
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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. From November 2022 Andrew will be Director of Science, Extreme Light Infrastructure ERIC. 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.

Ewan HARRISON
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Ewan HARRISON

COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium (COG-UK) | Wellcome Sanger Institute and University of Cambridge
Deputy Director COG-UK | Group Leader

Dr Harrison is a group leader at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, and the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge.  He completed his PhD at the University of Leicester on the genomics and pathogenesis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.  His post-doctoral work at the University of Cambridge focused on the analysis of MRSA populations in animals and humans and tracking the transmission of MRSA in healthcare facilities.  During the COVID-19 pandemic he coordinated the set-up of the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium and now acts as Deputy Director with a focus on health data.  His current research combines pathogen sequencing, host genetics, and microbiome data along with electronic health records to understand pathogen biology and transmission.

Matthew J. HAWKINS
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Matthew J. HAWKINS

LARGE FACILITIES OFFICE, NSF
HEAD

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.  

Edith HEARD
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Edith HEARD

EMBL
Director General

Professor Edith Heard was born in London. She was introduced to biology while taking the Natural Sciences Tripos for her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Cambridge in the 1980’s. Inspired by her teachers at the time, she switched her focus from physics to biology and graduated in Genetics. Edith then went on to obtain her PhD from the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (later Cancer Research UK) at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, in London. Thereafter, she spent nine years at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, first as a postdoctoral fellow and then as a permanent researcher, before undertaking a one-year sabbatical at Cold Spring Harbor in the USA. In 2001, she set up her own group at the Institut Curie and in 2010 became Director of the Institute’s Genetics and Developmental Biology Unit. Edith was appointed as a Professor of the Collège de France in 2012, holding the Chair of Epigenetics and Cellular Memory. As part of her professorship, Edith continues to give an annual series of public lectures at the Collège de France, choosing a different scientific theme each year. She is also co-chair of the French national programme PAUSE which helps to temporarily host scientists living in geopolitical crisis zones. In January 2019, Edith started as Director General of EMBL.

Anita HEWARD
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Anita HEWARD

School of Physical Sciences, University of Kent
Communications Manager, Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure

Anita Heward has led communications for Europlanet since its establishment in 2005, and has overseen the development of communications, outreach and policy strategies for Europlanet through successive EU-funded projects. The current Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure (RI) is a €10 million project, funded under Horizon 2020, that runs from January 2020 until July 2024, with over 50 beneficiaries led by the University of Kent. Offering access to over 40 facilities and field sites across 20 countries and four continents, the Europlanet distributed infrastructure is the world’s largest collection of planetary simulation and analysis facilities.

In 2018, Anita was elected as the first Secretary of the Europlanet Society, which was established for the advancement of planetary science and related fields. She holds a MSc degree in Earth Observation Science, a BSc degree in Physics and Space Science and an MA in Creative Writing. She started her career as part of the team that set up the National Space Centre, the UK’s largest attraction dedicated to space exploration and space science. With over 25 years’ experience of freelance communications in the space and astronomy sector, she has overseen the press offices for over 30 international conferences, and organised two editions of the British Festival of Space. She is a director of the educational charity, the Dill Faulkes Educational Trust.

Rosie HICKS
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Rosie HICKS

Australian Research Data Commons
Chief Executive Officer

Rosie Hicks is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC). The ARDC is a sector-wide initiative enabled by the Australian Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) to provide Australian researchers with competitive advantage through data. The ARDC’s mission is to accelerate research and innovation by driving excellence in the creation, analysis and retention of high-quality data assets. Rosie has expertise and extensive knowledge of the Australian research infrastructure sector, and leadership experience as the former CEO of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF). Her career, spanning Japan, UK and Australia, includes every aspect of scientific instrumentation from product development and technical marketing to the management of multi-user facilities, working in environments that cross academic and industry domains.

Simon HODSON
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Simon HODSON

CODATA
Executive Director

Simon Hodson has been Executive Director of CODATA since August 2013.

Simon is an expert on data policy issues and research data management. He has contributed to influential reports on Current Best Practice for Research Data Management Policies and to the Science International Accord on Open Data in a Big Data World.  He chaired the European Commission’s Expert Group on FAIR Data which produced the report Turning FAIR into Reality (https://doi.org/10.2777/1524). He was also vice-chair of the UNESCO Open Science Advisory Committee, with an influential role in drafting the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, which was adopted in November 2021.

Simon is now coordinator of the European Commission Funded Project ‘WorldFAIR’ which will prepare a set of recommendations for domain and cross-domain interoperability and a framework for FAIR assessment on the basis of close cooperation with a set of eleven international case studies. He is also a member of the EOSC Semantic Interoperability Task Force.

As a significant part of his CODATA role, Simon is tasked with preparing a major ISC and CODATA Decadal Programme on ‘Making Data Work for Cross-Domain Grand Challenges’, which will improve the coordination of specifications for data integration and interoperability for interdisciplinary research.  Simon also contributes to the coordination of the CODATA Data Policy Committee.

Toshiyasu ICHIOKA
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Toshiyasu ICHIOKA

RIKEN, Japan
Director, RIKEN Europe Office

Toshiyasu ICHIOKA has been serving as the first Director for RIKEN Europe Office, established in Brussels since November 2018. His role includes enhancing RIKEN’s research capacity and visibility through collaborative research and innovation with partners in Europe and beyond, monitoring latest developments in terms of STI policies and programmes in Europe, collecting and analyzing relevant data, promoting talent circulation, among others. Prior to joining RIKEN, he was at Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and developed JST’s overall international strategy as well as overseeing European affairs. He also worked for the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial cooperation and promoted EU-Japan cooperation in science, technology, and innovation. His earlier roles include project management at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (ES) and scientific research at various research institutions: RIKEN (JP), CERN (CH), Aarhus University (DK), Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics (DE), and University of Latvia (LV). He holds PhD and MSc in Multi-Disciplinary Sciences from the University of Tokyo (JP) and BSc in Physics from Kyoto University (JP).

Gihan KAMEL
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Gihan KAMEL

Synchrotron Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East
Infrared Beamline Principal Scientist / Team Supervisor

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
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Apostolia KARAMALI

DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR RESEARCH AND INNOVATION, EUROPEAN COMMISSION
HEAD OF UNIT

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.

Hanifeh KHAYYERI
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Hanifeh KHAYYERI

Department of Computer Science, RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden
Vice President

Hanifeh has a PhD in Bioengineering from Trinity College Dublin. She has conducted research in several European universities before she started working with research policy and funding. Hanifeh has worked as special advisor at the largest public funder of research in Sweden with a specific focus on national and international research infrastructures, including e-infrastructures. She has been the Swedish delegate in several large-scale European RI's, such ESRF, Euro-XFEL and PRACE. As Sweden is the host of European Spallation Source, Hanifeh has also been working with the Swedish commitments around ESS as well as the national synchrotron infrastructure, MAX IV. E-infrastructures for research is another focus area for Hanifeh where she has been the co-chair of European Open Science Cloud (2019-2021) and the Swedish delegate in the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking. Last year, Hanifeh was asked by the Ministry of Research and Education in Sweden to join a Commision of Inquiry on the governance, organisation and financing of research infrastructures. This Commission is part of the legislative process in Sweden when the government wants to make larger reforms; it submitted its report to the minister of research and higher education in July 2021. Today, Hanifeh is Vice-President of Computer Science at the RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden and is working closer with the industry needs, including test and demonstration facilities for Cybersecurity, AI and green data centers.

Jana KLÁNOVÁ
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Jana KLÁNOVÁ

RECETOX, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Director

Jana Klánová is a professor of environmental chemistry at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic and a director of the RECETOX Centre and RECETOX research infrastructure. She is also a coordinator of the ESFRI Research Infrastructure on human exposome (EIRENE RI). Her research interests are in environmental health sciences, namely environmental determinants of health. Jana is a member of the ESFRI Strategic Working Group on Environment and the Czech national Board on Large Infrastructures for Research and Innovation. She is a lead of the Group of Earth Observation Initiative GOS4POPs (Global Observation System for Persistent Organic Pollutants). She has been leading multiple large-scale projects from the European Structural and Investment Funds, EU Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe projects with a total value of 80 mil. Eur, and published more than 200 research papers.

Jana KOLAR
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Jana KOLAR

European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI)
Chair

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.

Marialuisa LAVITRANO
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Marialuisa LAVITRANO

BBMRI.it
Director

Marialuisa Lavitrano is full professor of Pathology, director of Molecular Medicine Unit and of the Executive Masters’ in Management of Research Infrastructures at Milano-Bicocca University. As vice-rector for International Affairs [2006-2013], she was responsible for the international teaching and research activities and coordinated Faculty, Staff and Students training and mobility. Prof. Lavitrano is member of Research and Health Ministries joint Commission for strategic planning.

Over the years, she contributed to the international strategies of the Ministries of Research and of Health and coordinated the Italian participation in the BioMedical Sciences ESFRI roadmap. Prof. Lavitrano participated in the preparatory phase of BBMRI, ECRIN and EATRIS as Italian Member State representative and in 2013 she was appointed BBMRI.it (Biobanking and BioMolecular resources Research Infrastructure - Italy) Node-Director. Prof. Lavitrano has a long-standing experience in managing R&D projects with leading roles in 11 European funded projects within H2020 and Horizon programs, 9 of which related to research infrastructures. Prof. Lavitrano is the coordinator in the H2020 RItrainPlus project, GA: 101008503.  Moreover, she is interested in the bioethical aspects of science and research and participated at Bio-ethic Commissions of the Council of Europe, of the Vatican, and of the Italian government. In December 2020 prof. Lavitrano has been elected in the board of eight directors of the EOSC Association and has been nominated vice-president.

Mark LEGGOTT
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Mark LEGGOTT

Digital Research Alliance of Canada
Director, International Relations

As Director of International Relations for the Digital Research Alliance of Canada, Mark coordinates the strategy and framework for the development of international partnerships, and facilitates the adoption of best practices across the DRI pillars of advanced research computing, research software, and research data management.  Prior to this role Mark was the Executive Director at Research Data Canada, where he engaged with national and international stakeholders in all sectors, public and private, and via events such as the National Data Services Framework Summit. As the Director of CANARIE’s RDM Program, Mark helped shape a funding approach based on the FAIR Principles, national data services, and interoperability. Mark is active in a number national and international organizations, including the Pan-Canadian Population Cohorts Working Group, Research Data Alliance, Research Software Alliance, Open Science Clouds Executive Roundtable, RaID Advisory Group, and the Global Core Biodata Resource Selection Committee. Prior to RDC, Mark served as the University Librarian at two Canadian institutions, along with senior administrative roles in technology and continuing education. Mark has long been a proponent of things open, from open source and open access to open science and open innovation, and was the founder of the Islandora project, the Islandora Foundation, and the start-up, discovery garden inc.

María Natalia LISA
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María Natalia LISA

Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Rosario (IBR, CONICET-UNR), Argentina
Head of the Protein Crystallography Unit

At the beginning of my career in Rosario (Argentina) I used different structural biology strategies to understand the mechanism of enzymes involved in bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Then, in my first post-doc, at the Institut Pasteur (Paris, France) for 5 years I specialized in the use of X-ray protein crystallography to study essential signaling pathways in pathogenic mycobacteria. In my second post-doc, at the Institut Pasteur de Montevideo (Uruguay), I continued working on signal transduction, in this case on Leptospira interrogans, the cause of one of the most widely distributed zoonoses in the world. At the beginning of 2018, I joined the IBR (Rosario, Argentina) as an associate researcher of CONICET, to be in charge of the Protein Crystallography Unit. My current scientific work focuses on the use of integrative approaches for the structural study of large protein complexes. I am part of the Argentine Platform for Structural Biology and Metabolomics (PlaBEM) and since 2021 I am the general coordinator of the Center for Structural Biology of the Mercosur (CEBEM).

Hank LOESCHER
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Hank LOESCHER

Battelle - National Ecological Observatory Network, USA
Director of Strategic Development, Environment and Infrastructur

He is currently directing Battelle’s strategic development efforts for Environmental Research Infrastructures. Hank’s career has been at the nexus of science, engineering and project development of research facilities. He has a PhD and MSc is from the U Florida.  At Oregon State U, he administrated the DOE AmeriFlux program, a DOE research infrastructure that had over 120 observational sites spanning the entire US. He was the second hire for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), a first-of-its-kind continental-scale major research facility in ecology and has lead numerous NEON Science and Development Teams. He establishes international research opportunities for US scientists and facility collaborations, including training of underserved groups. For example, he develops synergistic and value-added activities onto and among user facilities that includes the federation of large-scale Research Infrastructures globally, i.e., the Global Ecosystem Research Infrastructure (GERI). He is an (current and past) Advisor for several national and international user facilities. Hank’s research interests include determining the biotic and abiotic controls on ecosystem-level carbon and energy balance across spatial and temporal scales, with >70 publications and he continues to be an active member in the global biogeochemistry research community and user-facility communities.

Karel LUYBEN
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Karel LUYBEN

European Open Science Cloud Association
President

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.

Leonel MALACRIDA
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Leonel MALACRIDA

Institut Pasteur of Montevideo and Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay
Associate Professor and Head of the Advanced Bioimaging Unit

Leonel Malacrida’s journey to advanced bioimaging started during his Ph.D. research in biophysics in Uruguay. He first studied lung surfactant—a biofilm coating the lung interior that enables us to breathe—and wanted to understand this biological material at the molecular level. During his postdoc at the Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics at the University of California, Irvine, he delved into opportunities using advanced microscopy to evaluate biology quantitatively. He developed several methods and instrumentations for advanced microscopies, such as the Multidimensional Phasor approach, connectivity maps, and sideSPIM. Leonel is particularly interested in developing methods to image cells hidden in deep layers of tissues not accessible to regular microscopes. As an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine at the Universidad de la República of Uruguay, he recently established the Advanced Bioimaging Unit, a world-class core facility for developing novel instrumentation and providing services and training to researchers throughout Uruguay and the region. In 2020 he joined the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative as part of their “Imaging Scientist” program to democratize access and train the next generation of young researchers in modern advanced microscopy. He is founder and Executive Committee of Latin America Bioimaging and serves as Manager Board member of Global Bioimaging and Scientific Advisory Board of Africa Bioimaging Consortium.

Roberta MARINELLI
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Roberta MARINELLI

National Science Foundation
Director, Office of Polar Programs

Dr. Roberta Marinelli is Director of the Office of Polar Programs at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).  In this role, she oversees the portfolio of NSF’s science and infrastructure investments in the Arctic, Antarctica and the Southern Ocean that enable discovery and innovation in polar regions.  Dr. Marinelli works closely with federal agency partners in development of policies that support polar research, exploration, and conservation from a global perspective.  Prior joining NSF, Dr. Marinelli was the Dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU), where she oversaw major research projects, large facilities, and undergraduate and graduate academic programs that span the ocean, the earth system and the human dimension.  

Dr. Marinelli also was the Executive Director of the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California, an endowed position that included oversight of the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, and development of interdisciplinary research programs to advance sustainability. She received her A. B. in Environmental Studies from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina. Her field of research is biological oceanography, with an emphasis on understanding seafloor biology and geochemistry.

Gabriela MEJIAS
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Gabriela MEJIAS

DataCite
Community Manager

Gabriela Mejias has been working in the field of persistent identifiers and open research infrastructure for the past six years. She's DataCite Community Manager and leads DataCite participation in two European Commission funded projects: FAIR-IMPACT and FAIRCORE4EOSC. In her role, she also contributes to DataCite outreach and collaborates with the broader community. Previously, Gabriela worked at ORCID focusing on community engagement, driving membership and adoption across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region and within ORCID consortia. She volunteers across organizations and initiatives to promote openness and inclusion in scholarly communications. She serves in the Board of Networked Digital Library of Thesis and Dissertations (NDLTD), in the NISO Plus Advisory Committee and NISO Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility committee. She has a degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina).

Gary W. MILLER
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Gary W. MILLER

Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
Vice Dean for Research Strategy and Innovation, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences

Dr. Miller serves as Vice Dean for Research Strategy and Innovation and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He is an international leader on the exposome. Dr. Miller founded the first exposome center in the U.S. and wrote the first book on the topic. He has helped develop high-resolution mass spectrometry methods to provide an omic-scale analysis of the human exposome. Dr. Miller directs the Exposomics Core in Columbia’s Irving Institute Precision Medicine Resource, which supports integration of environmental measures into clinical and translational research projects. He is a member of the NIH All of Us Research Program Advisory Panel and the NIEHS Advisory Council. He previously served as an advisor to the Human Biomonitoring for the European Union (HBM4EU) project. Dr. Miller is the founding editor of the new journal Exposome, published by Oxford University Press.

Michihiko MINOH
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Michihiko MINOH

RIKEN Information R&D and Strategy Headquarters, Japan
Director

●Professor of Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies (ACCMS), Kyoto University from April 2002 to March 2018

●Director of ACCMS from April 2006 to March 2010

●Vice Director in the Kyoto University President’s Office from October 2008 to September 2010

●Chief Information Officer at Kyoto University and Director-General at Institute for Information Management and Communication, Kyoto University from October 2010 to September 2016

●Executive Director, RIKEN from April 2018 to March 2022

●Director, RIKEN Information R&D and Strategy Headquarters(R-IH) from April 2022

He received the D.Eng. degree in Information Science from Kyoto University in 1983. His Research interest includes a variety area of Image Processing, Artificial Intelligence and Multimedia Applications, particularly, model centered framework for the computer system to help visual communication among humans and information media structure for human communication.

Ed MITCHELL
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Ed MITCHELL

ESRF – The European Synchrotron, France
Experiments Division, Head of Business Development

Ed Mitchell, since initial training at Oxford in molecular biophysics, has spent over 25 years at The European Synchrotron on various projects, including macromolecular crystallography beamline scientist, project lead for the preparation of the €250M ESRF Upgrade Programme and general manager for the international Partnership for Structural Biology. He is now charged with the Business Development Office, which has a growing role in opening the ESRF’s door to industry via services and tech transfer, and collaboration via European and national programmes. Beyond industry relations, Ed was coordinator of the Horizon2020 OPEN SESAME project, continuing Europe’s long-time support to the Middle Eastern “SESAME” synchrotron and is a member of the African Light Source Foundation Executive Committee, which is working actively for a light source to be built in Africa.

Tshiamo MOTSHEGWA
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Tshiamo MOTSHEGWA

African Open Science Platform
Director

Dr Tshiamo Motshegwa is the inaugural Director of the African Open Science Platform (AOSP) with the strategic portfolio to direct and support the AOSP based at the Strategy, Planning and Partnerships (SPP) at the National Research Foundation, South Africa. AOSP aims to position African scientists at the cutting edge of data intensive science by stimulating interactivity and creating opportunity through the development of efficiencies of scale, building critical mass through shared capacities, amplifying impact through a commonality of purpose and voice, and to engage in Global Commons to address continental and global challenges through joint action.

Dr Motshegwa is a computer scientist and an academic in High-Performance Computing and Data Science research. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from City, University of London, UK

He has interest in the science, policy, industry and public interface, and multilateral engagements for advancing open science collaboration. For the past seven years he has served on various Ministerial Committees of the Government of Botswana, Southern African Development Community (SADC) Expert Working Groups, as well as in the Botswana Open Data Open Science (ODOS) Forum.

Yasuhiro MURYAMA
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Yasuhiro MURYAMA

NICT Knowledge Hub, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)
Research Executive Director

Dr. Yasuhiro Murayama is a Research Executive Director at NICT Knowledge Hub of NICT (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan), recently working on Open Science and research data sharing works, with background of atmospheric science and space physics. He is also a Member of Science Council of Japan, as well as is serving as a co-chair of G7 Open Science Working Group (WG established by G7 Science Ministers' Meeting 2016), Antarctic Observation Deliberation Committee at National Institute of Polar Research, and Board member of Japan Geoscience Union. Also, he served as a Visiting Professor at Research Institute of Sustainable Humanosphere of Kyoto University in 2013-2014, ex officio of ISC (Intl. Science Council)-World Data System (WDS) Scientific Committee in 2012-2021, member of Expert Panel of Open Science Promotion at Cabinet Office of Japan 2014-present, OECD/GSF-WDS Working Group of International Coordination of Data Infrastructures for Open Science (2016-2017), and High-Level Expert Group of European Open Science Cloud of European Commission (2015-2017). He was awarded by Japan's Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2007. He received his Ph.D. from Kyoto University in 1993.

Jiří NANTL
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Jiří NANTL

CEITEC (Central European Institute of Technology), Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Director

Jiří Nantl is the Director of the Central European Institute of Technology at Masaryk University. He had previously served in a number of positions involved in respect of educational and science policy, including as First Deputy Minister of Education.  He was a principal architect of the Strategy of the Educational Policy of the Czech Republic up to the year 2020 and contributed to the preparations of changes in university legislation and the implementation of new models of support for the quality of universities. He has been involved conceptually in the creation of the National Register of Qualifications as an instrument for communication between the educational system and practice. Among other things, he also served as Vice-Chairman of the Council of Higher Education, member of the National Council for Qualifications, and member of the Committee for Educational Policy of OECD. He inspired the foundation of the Alliance4Life, a network of research institutes across Central and Eastern Europe, and has been the Chair of this Alliance since 2018. In November 2020 he has been elected as Deputy Governor of the South Moravia Region.

Tanja NINKOVIĆ
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Tanja NINKOVIĆ

EMBL
Program manager of the ARISE training program

Tanja Ninkovic is an infrastructure and training enthusiast committed to strengthening open and collaborative life sciences culture. She is the manager of the ARISE program at European Molecular Biology Laboratory, EMBL. The program is training scientists for their future careers in RI. With other EMBL colleagues and over 40 ARISE partners, Tanja developed the first comprehensive training curricula for education of future experts for RIs. She described the competencies you need to be successful RI Scientist, and mapped the roles and career progression paths in the life science research infrastructures. She believes that it is the structure and expertise that makes the infrastructure strong.

Tanja started her journey in the infrastructure world 10 years ago, working in the team that led Euro-BioImaging from ESFRI project to ERIC status. She was also responsible for the coordination of different European infrastructure activities at EMBL, including participation in INFRAIA programs and Instruct-ERIC, where she is a member of the Training committee.

During her research years Tanja was a regular user of the core facilities, and worked with physicists and chemists on novel technology developments at Imperial College before she fully moved to infrastructure and training management. She loves infrastructures because they strengthen collaborations in science, making life of the scientists better and speed of discovery faster.

Pierre NORMAND
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Pierre NORMAND

Canada Foundation for Innovation
Vice-President, External Relations and Communications

As Vice-President of External Relations and Communications, Pierre Normand is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders in all sectors, as well as providing management and direction to the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s communications and government relations activities. He provides the vision and leadership necessary to project a vibrant corporate image and uphold the organization’s strategic positioning in the public environment.

For most of his career, Mr. Normand has worked in management, communications and external relations for university research, innovation and post-secondary education organizations. Prior to joining the CFI, Mr. Normand held the position of Director of Communications at the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences where he was responsible for providing advice on governance and organizational issues, policy, and government relations.

As a business owner — Normand Communications — from 1997 to 2008, he provided strategic advice and communications services to leading national organizations, including the CFI, the Networks of Centres of Excellence, Library and Archives Canada, and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network.

From 1988 to 1997, he served as the Chief of Communications at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

Mr. Normand is a graduate of Université Laval, in Quebec City (Canada), in political science and communications.

Clifford NXOMANI
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Clifford NXOMANI

NATIONAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION OF SOUTH AFRICA
DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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.

Roseann O´REILLY RUNTE
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Roseann O´REILLY RUNTE

Canada Foundation for Innovation
President and CEO

On August 1, 2017, Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte became the fifth President and CEO of the CFI. Dr. Runte has previously served as President and Vice-Chancellor at Carleton University, President of l’Université Sainte-Anne, Principal of Glendon College, President of Victoria University and of Old Dominion University.

She graduated with a B.A. summa cum laude in French from the State University of New York and obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. She is the author of numerous scholarly works in the fields of French, comparative literature, economic and cultural development. She is a creative writer and has received a poetry prize from the Académie française.

Dr. Runte has been awarded the Order of Canada, the French Order of Merit, fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada, and is Commander of the Order of the Crown of the Kingdom of Belgium and Officer in the Order of the Academic Palmes of the French Republic, along with several prizes for her work on the environment, and for community and national service. She also holds a number of honorary degrees.

Dr. Runte has served on numerous boards and commissions in Canada and the United States, including serving as President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, President of the Humanities Federation of Canada, a member of the Executive Committee of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Chair of the Board of the Foundation for International Training, Vice-Chair of the Board of the Gardiner Museum, member of the Virginia Industrial National Development Authority, the Virginia Advanced Shipbuilding Integration Center, the Advisory Board of SunGard SGT, the non-profit LifeNet Health Board, the Ontario Quebec Private Sector Advisory Committee, the National Bank of Canada, and the Executive of the Royal Society. She currently chairs the Board of Fulbright Canada-U.S. and is a member of the executive committee of the World University Service of Canada. She is a member of both the European and the World Academies of Arts and Sciences.

Obed M. OGEGA
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Obed M. OGEGA

Obed M. OGEGA

African Academy of Sciences
Programme Manager

Obed Ogega, PhD is a climate scientist and program management specialist focused on research capacity strengthening for development in response to Africa’s developmental needs and priorities. Dr. Ogega is a Programmes Manager at the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) leading a team that is working towards the creation of a critical mass of emerging, and established, research leaders that will deliver the ‘Africa We Want’ as envisioned in Africa’s Agenda 2063. One of the programmes under his docket is the African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence through which 44 research groups in 38 countries across Africa are supported to implement cutting-edge research.

Before joining the AAS, Dr. Ogega worked with CORDIO East Africa and the Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi in various capacities. He holds a PhD in Environmental Studies (Climate Change & Sustainability) and is well-published in the area of climate science and its application to agriculture and health. His research is currently focused on intraseasonal climate change and variability in East Africa with a specific interest in extreme event detection, attribution, and projection.

Sun Kun OH
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Sun Kun OH

Konkuk University
Emeritus Professor of Physics

His major field is high-energy physics. He has been from 2009 to 2017 in the ALICE collaboration for the LHC experiment at CERN. He serves as a consultant for Center for Underground Physics (CUP) at Institute of Basic Science (IBS), an experimental facility for astro-particle physics.

He has been the Korean delegate to Global Science Forum (GSF) since 2000 up to present, including five years of the GSF bureau members between 2017 and 2022. He has been participated in several GSF agenda on research infrastructure issues such as “Optimising the operation and use of national research infrastructures,” “Reference framework for assessing the scientific and socio-economic impact of research infrastructure,” and “Digital platforms for facilitating access to research infrastructures,” some years ago. He has attended the ICRI 2018 which was held in Vienna, Austria.

He will describe briefly on how the concept of research infrastructure has been incorporated with the S&T policy in Korea. The research infrastructure, both national and international, is essential for a medium-sized country like Korea to level up the national S&T competitive power. Thus, Korea has established a national platform for optimal operation of research infrastructure scattered within the country. It has also encouraged Korean researchers to participate in the big international research projects, either in-kind or via collaboration. A typical example might be ITER. Korean government is aware of the economic impact of ITER, that the project has indeed created new jobs, expanded industries, and induced relevant technical innovations.

Nicolas PADE
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Nicolas PADE

European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC-ERIC)
Executive Director

Nicolas Pade holds a PhD in molecular and spatial ecology from the University of Aberdeen (2009) with a focus on marine predators. His research focused on using molecular tools and satellite tracking to determine population genetic structure across ocean basins and local movement patterns. After his postdoctoral work, Nicolas moved into research management, being involved in the creation of the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC), European project management, and acting as academic liaison officer for the Marine Biological Association of the UK (MBA) engaging with regional policy makers and the private sector. In 2017, Nicolas became the executive officer for the french national research infrastructure EMBRC-France, before taking over as the executive director of EMBRC-ERIC to coordinate the full European research infrastructure. Since taking office, Nicolas has successfully launched the first coordinated ‘omics based observatory in Europe, the European Marine Omics Biodiversity Observatory Network (EMO BON), across 16 sites, implementing shared protocols, best practices, and detailed metadata standards.

Gelsomina PAPPALARDO
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Gelsomina PAPPALARDO

CNR-IMAA
Director

Dr Pappalardo founded in 2006 the CNR-IMAA Atmospheric Observatory (CIAO), the only Italian station present in GRUAN (GCOS Reference Upper-Air Network - the climate reference network).

She has a scientific background in laser spectroscopy and over 30 years of experience in research activity in the field of studying the physical properties of the atmosphere with remote sensing techniques. She coordinated several EU and national research projects, mostly related to Research Infrastructures.

Dr. Pappalardo is the EARLINET (European Aerosol Lidar Network) speaker and co-chair of GALION, the GAW Aerosol Lidar Observation Network.

Dr Pappalardo was the Chair of the ESFRI Strategy Working Group for Environment in the period 2012-2019. She is the Italian delegate in the ESFRI Forum since 2016 and member of the ESFRI Executive Board since 2019. She is the Italian representative of the Horizon Europe Programme Committee for Research Infrastructures and alternate National Representative for the Mission “Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities” in HORIZON Europe.

Anna PANAGOPOULOU
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Anna PANAGOPOULOU

Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, European Commission
Director for ERA & Innovation

Since April 2021, Ms Anna Panagopoulou has been Director of ‘ERA & Innovation’ at the Research and Innovation Directorate General of the European Commission. The directorate is responsible for Research and Innovation Policy, reinforces at crosscutting level the engagement with citizens & society, with academic and research organisations and with research and industrial infrastructures. The directorate is also responsible to promote dialogue and collaboration with Member States, research and  innovation actors  on research and innovation policy,  investments and reforms. Between 2016 and 2021, Ms Panagopoulou had been Director of directorate 'Common Implementation Centre' responsible for the implementation strategy for European Union R&I programmes. Previously, she was Head of Department for Programme Support and Resources at CINEA in 2014. Ms Panagopoulou started her career in the European Commission in 1997 being responsible for files in the area of EU research and innovation, transport and energy policy. Beforehand she worked for 6 years in the private sector. She holds a degree in electrical engineering.

Émilie PAQUIN
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Émilie PAQUIN

Émilie PAQUIN

Université de Montréal, Érudit Consortium
Director of research and strategic development

With Érudit since 2008, Émilie Paquin has been in charge of production and public relations, and has also been involved in major digitization projects. She has contributed to Érudit’s successful funding strategies as well as strategic planning for a diversified, equitable and independent research dissemination system.

Imraan PATEL
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Imraan PATEL

South African Department of Science and Innovation
Deputy Director-General: Socio-Economic Innovation Partnerships

A public policy and strategy manager with a focus on science, technology and innovation, inclusive development, sustainability, social and economic development, science impact, and public management and governance.

Employed since 2006 at the Department of Science and Innovation, he is currently a Deputy Director-General responsible for research development and support. He is a current member of the board of the Water Research Commission and Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) and a past board member of MINTEK and SASSCAL.

Prior to joining the DSI, he worked at the Centre for Public Service Innovation, an agency of government supporting innovation in the delivery of public services and the Department of Public Service and Administration. He began his working life with a five-year stint at the Workplace Information Group (WIG), a non-governmental organisation supporting trade union followed by three years during the formative years of the National Labour and Economic Development Institute (NALEDI), a think tank to COSATU.

At DSI, he is responsible for strategically driving a portfolio of investments and policies that enable the leveraging of science, technology and innovation. This includes investments in human capital development and knowledge production, science engagement, the basic sciences, open science, research infrastructures and science missions.

Theresa PATTERY
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Theresa PATTERY

Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V. (Johnson & Johnson), Global Public Health R&D, Belgium
Vice President, Head of Disease Management Programs

Theresa Pattery is the Vice President, Head of Disease Management Programs at Janssen Pharmaceutica N. V., Research & Development within Global Public Health (Johnson & Johnson), focusing on the development and implementation of innovative, sustainable, integrated healthcare solutions, Biomarkers and Data Science analytics for infectious and communicable diseases, that are significantly impacting resource-limited countries and emerging markets.

Driven by her patient-centric insight, she is working on accessible, affordable, mobile digital health solutions to facilitate quality access to patient care by leveraging simple tools that can strengthen health systems and improve health outcomes. She achieves this by working side-by-side and establishing trusting and transparent partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, institutions, NGOs & funding organizations.

She is a Registered Medical Practitioner specialized with a Doctorate in Viral & Microbial Molecular Genetics from the Free University of Brussels (VUB). Previously, Theresa was part of Janssen Infectious Disease & Vaccines (J&J), within Medical Affairs as the US (CAP, CLIA, NY State & other US State Licenses) & EU-certified Laboratory & Medical Director for the accredited, clinical diagnostic laboratories in infectious diseases, oncology and immunology, for Janssen Pharmaceuticals and external business/pharmaceutical partners. She is a trained & certified CAP (College of American Pathologists) Inspector. In addition, she led the co-development of Idylla™ Ebola virus triage test with Biocartis N.V., that was granted emergency use authorization by US FDA and was the Principal Investigator, who ensured that the Idylla™ Respiratory (IFV-RSV) panel from Janssen received US FDA 510(k) clearance. Her prior clinical experience within hospitals and academia ranges from medical microbiology, microbial pathology and molecular genetics of bacterial and viral infectious diseases.

Karen PAYNE
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Karen PAYNE

World Data System, International Technology Office at the University of Victoria, Canada
Associate Director for International Technology

Dr. Payne is the first Director of the World Data System International Technology Office (WDS-ITO). The WDS is an operational component of the International Science Council. The ITO was created to support WDS members, a consortium of scientific data distribution centers located around the world delivering data for the public good. In this role, Dr. Payne works with partners to build services that contribute to the global open research commons, an ambitious vision of a global set of interoperable resources necessary for data managers, researchers, and policy makers to address societal grand challenges. As part of this work, Dr. Payne co-chairs the Research Data Alliance Global Open Research Commons International Model Working Group. In Dr. Payne’s previous roles she supported the international community involved in disaster relief and recovery activities, providing services to the WFP, UNOCHA, UNSPIDER and UNHCR. Dr. Payne received her PhD, a joint degree in geography and engineering, from the Australian National University, where her work focused on using artificial intelligence techniques to interpret satellite imagery.

Lía Isabel PIETRASANTA
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Lía Isabel PIETRASANTA

University of Buenos Aires
Associate Professor

I hold a degree and a PhD in Biochemistry from the National University of the South (Universidad Nacional del Sur, UNS). Then I completed my training with post-doctoral studies in the United States, Germany, and Argentina, installed and formed my research group at the University of Buenos Aires. My research focuses on biophysical aspects of cellular mechanotransduction. To achieve this, the strategy is to combine biophysical techniques including atomic force microscopy, traction force microscopy, and advanced optical microscopy with molecular biology and theoretical modelling.

Coordinator of the Center for Advanced Microscopy, School of Exact and natural Sciences, University of Buenos Aires (2002-present). Coordinator of the National Microscopy System (SNM, 2011-present). President (2017-2018) and Past President (2018-present) of the Argentinean Biophysical Society (SAB). Member of the Argentinean Society of Microscopy (SAMIC, 2008-present). Member of the Argentinean Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SAIB, 2007-present). Member of the Scientific Council of the Argentine-German University Center (CUAA-DAHZ, 2018-present). Member of the Executive Committee of the Latin American Bioimaging (LABI, 2021-present).

Benoît PIRENNE
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Benoît PIRENNE

Ocean Networks Canada
Director

Benoît Pirenne is Ocean Networks Canada’s Director, User Engagement. He joined the University of Victoria in October 2004 to build the Data Management and Archiving System for the NEPTUNE Canada and VENUS observatories. The division he directs consists of four departments: Science Services, Applied Science Solutions, the Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System — Pacific Regional Association, and the World Data System — International Technology Office. Previously, Benoît spent 18 years at the European Southern Observatory (ESO, Munich, Germany), a leading Organization for astronomical research. At ESO Benoît assumed a number of scientific and technical positions. As Head of the Operations Technical Support Department in this Organization, he was responsible for running the data management and archiving system supporting both ESO's telescopes and the NASA/ESA's Hubble Space Telescope. Benoît earned a B.CSc. from Liège, Belgium, and a M.CSc. from the University of Namur, Belgium.

Rodrigo PORTUGAL
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Rodrigo PORTUGAL

Brazilian Nanotechnology National Laboratory / National Center for Energy and Materials Research
Group Leader, Head of Cryo-EM Facility

Rodrigo Portugal earned his master’s degree in Computational Physics and a PhD in Biomolecular Physics, both from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He joined the group of Prof. van Heel in Imperial College London for a post-doc in cryo-EM, focused on methodological developments and, in 2010, he joined the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory, to establish cryo-EM in the center. Over the last decade, he has been working at CNPEM, supporting Brazilian researchers in adopting cryo-EM, as well as working on capacity building and dissemination of this technology in the country. He was responsible for establishing the cryo-EM imaging core at LNNano/CNPEM, being the first in Latin America to operate single-particle cryo-EM. Currently, he is Vice-President of the Brazilian Society for Microscopy and Microanalysis.

Hugh POSSINGHAM
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Hugh POSSINGHAM

Chair / Professor
Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network Advisory Board / University of Queensland, Australia

Professor Hugh Possingham is a conservation scientist and mathematician who has held positions in the university, public and not-for profit sectors. He is a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and was the Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy (2016 to 2020). His most significant contribution to conservation was the co-development of Marxan, software first used to rezone the Great Barrier Reef, and now used in almost every country in the world to inform the expansion of marine and terrestrial protected area systems.

Lavanya PREMVARDHAN
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Lavanya PREMVARDHAN

Institut Curie
Coordinator of the CurieCoreTech

After completing a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University in the US, LP continued her research career in biophysics in Europe – first at the Vrije University in the Netherlands, and then at various labs in France, including CEA-Saclay and the SOLEIL Synchrotron. A shift in career to science management followed in the last decade, with a number of years spent managing, and setting up, European projects in the FP7 and H2020 framework programmes. As the coordinator of 19 Core Facilities at Institut Curie’s Research Centre since early 2018, LP has worked towards addressing the needs, and common challenges, of core facilities and research infrastructures, both within Institut Curie, and externally within networks and alliances such as EU-LIFE, Core for Life and CTLS.

Joshua Z. RAPPOPORT
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Joshua Z. RAPPOPORT

Boston College
Executive Director, Research Infrastructure & Operations

Dr. Joshua Z. Rappoport received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Brown University and then went on to earn a Ph.D. from the Program in Mechanisms of Disease and Therapeutics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Graduate School of Biological Sciences of New York University.

Dr. Rappoport performed postdoctoral work at The Rockefeller University in New York City in the Laboratory of Cellular Biophysics. Subsequently he was recruited as a faculty member in the School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham in England.

In 2014 Dr. Rappoport returned to the United States to serve as the Director of the Center for Advanced Microscopy and Nikon Imaging Center at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and as a faculty member in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology.

In March, 2019, Dr. Rappoport was recruited to Boston College, where he serves as the Executive Director, Research Infrastructure & Operations.  This position in the office of the Vice-Provost for Research focuses upon expanding and improving the shared research resources available to BC faculty, such as core facilities and recharge centers, as well as oversight of the building operations management team for the sciences.

Signe RATSO
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Signe RATSO

Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, European Commission
Acting Director-General

Signe Ratso is as of 1 September 2022 Acting Director-General of Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission. In addition she will continue as Deputy Director-General and a member of the Management Board as Chief negotiator, responsible for negotiations of association agreements with third countries associated and future potential associated countries to the EU R&I programmes Horizon Europe and Euratom, association policy and its interlinkages with EU R&I international cooperation strategy.

She is also responsible for Open Innovation and for citizens’ engagement and social innovation in research and innovation policy. As a member of the Management Board she oversees some of the priority areas of the Commission in DG R&I. Before joining DG R&I she worked in different senior management positions in DG TRADE since 2006.

Signe Ratso has always been involved in international affairs. Before joining the Commission she worked as Deputy Secretary General (from 1994 to 2005) at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of the Republic of Estonia. She has two University degrees from Tartu University in Estonia.

Alasdair REID
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Alasdair REID

EFIS Centre, Belgium
Policy Director

Alasdair Reid, policy director of the Brussels based European Future Innovation System Centre, has over 25 years’ experience in designing, implementing and evaluating research and innovation (R&I) policies. He has advised the European Commission, the OECD, the World Bank, the Nordic Council of Ministers, UNECE, national and regional governments and agencies throughout the EU and in third countries.  In the area of research infrastructures (RIs), Alasdair has worked in the framework of ESFRI, on the development of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and since 2011 has overseen over €300m in investments to RIs in the framework of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).  During 2022, he is the lead author of an assessment panel of the 28 Greek National RIs in the framework of the Horizon Europe Policy Support Facility.  From 2018 to 2020, he was co-ordinator of the RI-PATHS project on socio-economic impact assessment of RIs and he co-authored several publications on the socio-economic impact of RIs.  In 2019, he was a member of the ESFRI working group on key performance indicators and contributed to the ESFRI publication on this topic.  In 2020, he was team member for a study on the societal benefits of the European Southern Observatory.

Roland ROBERTS
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Roland ROBERTS

National Science Foundation, USA
Deputy Chief Officer for Research Facilities

Dr. Roberts is the Deputy Chief Officer for Research Facilities at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He assists with the formulation of the agency’s goals and priorities with respect to major and mid-scale research infrastructure and works with the Chief Officer for Research Facilities (CORF) to advise the Director on all aspects of research infrastructure. He contributes to strategic portfolio planning for research infrastructure and implements the policies and practices necessary for the success of research infrastructure in the NSF context. At NSF, he previously served as a Program Director in Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI) in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) where he managed awards to the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) and the Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio) hub. He also managed the Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) and the Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) programs. In addition to program management, he has worked on initiatives to increase the participation of under-served groups in the biodiversity sciences and biodiversity informatics.

A botanist by training, Dr. Roberts’ research focuses on the systematics of the tribe Astereae, Asteraceae (Sunflowers). That work has resulted in numerous publications, chapters in regional flora, and contributions to the Flora of North America. During his 10-year tenure at Towson University, he taught courses in introductory biology for non-majors, biodiversity, plant taxonomy, molecular evolution, and molecular systematics. He mentored numerous independent undergraduate and graduate research projects - most involving laboratory and field components. Dr. Roberts holds a doctoral degree in plant biology from Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge and an M.S. in biology from Texas State University at San Marcos.

Susie ROBINSON
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Susie ROBINSON

Australian Plant Phenomics Facility
Executive Director

Dr Susie Robinson leads the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF), a world-class research and innovation facility underpinning new developments in plant phenomics, to accelerate the development of new and improved crops, novel medicines, healthier food and more sustainable agricultural practice.

Prior to this, Susie was CEO of Higher Education Consulting Group, a specialist strategy consultancy, servicing the university, research and innovation sector, and was formerly Director, International and Industry Engagement for the Australian Technology Network of Universities. This is in addition to senior and executive roles in the UK and South Australian Governments in the portfolios of innovation, research, higher education, treasury and finance, and public sector performance.

Susie’s corporate governance experience includes Board roles with a major Australian zoo, disability service providers and educational institutions, including the Governing Council of the University of Adelaide. Trained in the sciences and business management, she holds a PhD from Cambridge University, UK. In her spare time, she is a keen accordionist.

Giorgio ROSSI
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Giorgio ROSSI

Physics Department of the Università degli Studi di Milano / NFFA-Europe RI
Professor / Coordinator

Giorgio Rossi is Professor of Physics at the Università degli Studi di Milano; he leads an experimental research group on the physics of matter at low dimension, exploiting and operating instrumentation at synchrotron radiation facilities in collaboration with CNR and Elettra in Trieste, Italy. He coordinates the NFFA-Europe (Nano Foundries and Fine Analysis) European research infrastructure for nanoscience since 2008. He has chaired the Physical Sciences and Engineering Strategy Work group of European Strategy Forum on research Infrastructures (ESFRI) in 2013-2016 and served as ESFRI Chair in 2016-2018. GR has chaired in 2019 the High-Level Expert Group on Long Term Sustainability of Research Infrastructure. He has coordinated the expert group who wrote the Italian National Plan for Open Science that become effective in 2022. He is member of the EOSC Steering Board and co-chair of the Policy sub-group. He is author or co-author of over 240 research papers in ISI journals.

Claire SAMSON
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Claire SAMSON

CANADA FOUNDATION FOR INNOVATION
VICE-PRESIDENT, PROGRAMS AND PLANNING

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.

Silke SCHUMACHER
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Silke SCHUMACHER

Instruct-ERIC
Hub Coordinator

I am a PhD-trained biochemist with more than 20 years of experience in private and public research organisations, most recently at Instruct-ERIC as Hub Coordinator.

Previously, I served for 10 years as the first EMBL Director International Relations and member of the directorate, advising the Director General to manage relations with member states, EU bodies and to oversee communications across all EMBL sites. Under my guidance, the EMBL membership was enlarged by nine countries as well as the first new EMBL site in twenty years established in Barcelona, Spain. Before joining EMBL, I ran successfully a start-up pharmaceuticals company, Anadys Pharmaceuticals Europe GmbH for three years.

My involvement in the establishment and operation of several ESFRI RIs, including INSTRUCT, ELIXIR and Europe-Bioimaging, led to my engagement by EC DG Research & Innovation as external expert in 2020-2021 to assess the ERIC Regulation in the role of rapporteur as member of EGERIC, chaired by Carlo Rizzuto.

Sanna SORVARI SUNDET
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Sanna SORVARI SUNDET

Research Infrastructure Services, Natural Resources Institute Finland, Finland
Vice President, Research Infrastructure Services

Sorvari Sundet has a long experience on working with research infrastructures at the European, Nordic, and national level. She is leading a Research Infrastructure Services Unit at the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) providing research infrastructure services in the field of food production, forestry, bioeconomy, sustainable use of natural resources including fisheries and game research. Sorvari Sundet coordinated and led ESFRI research Infrastructure ACTRIS (Aerosols, Clouds, Trace Gases) in its ESFRI roadmap process, preparatory phase and first years of implementation towards ERIC organisation. Sorvari Sundet has also been a member of ICOS ERIC (Integrated Carbon Observation System) set up team (2011 - 2015) and chaired eight years of collaborative board of 24 European environmental RIs (ENVRI/BEERi).  Sorvari Sundet is a member of ESFRI Environmental Strategic Working Group and a chair of AnaEE ERIC (Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystem) Assembly of Members. Addition to RI work, Sorvari Sundet has involved in open research data activities, e.g. by co-chairing OECD expert group on global data infrastructures, participating in European Open Science Cloud projects and acting as vice-chair for H2020 Expert Advisory Board for RIs and e-RIs. Her scientific background is in climate and Arctic research and paleoecology.

Piyawut SRICHAIKUL
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Piyawut SRICHAIKUL

NSTDA Supercomputer Center, Thailand
Director

Dr. Piyawut Srichaikul is a principal researcher at National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC), a member of National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand.  His experience includes Computational Science, High Performance Computing, Geo-informatics, Data Analytics, Research Program Management, and Organization Management.  Currently, he is the director of NSTDA Supercomputer Center (ThaiSC)*.  He has also served on ASEAN HPC Taskforce** as a co-chair, since 2018. Dr.Srichaikul holds a BSc degree in Physics from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, and a PhD (Solid State Physics) from Auburn University, USA.

* NSTDA Supercomputer Center or ThaiSC was founded in 2019 as one of NSTDA’s National S&T Infrastructure units. ThaiSC’s primary mission is to provide large scale supercomputing resource to researchers and scientists in Thailand.  

** ASEAN HPC Taskforce consists of HPC key opinion leaders (KOL) from all 10 ASEAN Member States. The taskforce was commissioned to explore initiative of “shared ASEAN HPC infrastructure”.

Daniel STACH
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Daniel STACH

Czech TV
Journalist, presenter, science communicator

TV professional, presenter of programmes Hyde Park Civilisation and Veda24 (both concentrated on science) and special broadcasts (concerning e.g. covid pandemic, war in Ukraine, significant scientific discoveries and awards). Interviewer of the most distinguished scientists (31 Nobel Prize laureates, live interview with ISS) in Czech and English. Member of Science department of Czech TV. Moderator of various social events (especially expert conferencies) and sport events (e.g. Prague International Marathon, World Championships and World Cups in slalom kayaking or Mountain Bike). He is married and has a son and a cat called Mr. Rozarka.

Adrian STANICA
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Adrian STANICA

Romanian National Institute of Marine Geology and Geoecology - GeoEcoMar / DANUBIUS-RI ESFRI
Director / Coordinator

Dr Adrian Stanica, Director General of GeoEcoMar (Romanian Natl. Institute of Marine Geology and Geoecology) since 2016, main expertise in river, delta, lagoon and coastal sedimentology and morphology, with a focus on coastal dynamics, Research Infrastructures. PhD in geology, University of Bucharest, 2003, degree in geology, Bucharest University (1993), Master in Economy of Energy and Environment, Scuola Superiore “Enrico Mattei”, Milan, Italy (1994). Marie Curie Fellow at the Fondazione ENI Enrico Mattei (Venice, 20022 – 2003), NATO-CNR senior fellow – ISMAR – CNR (Venice, stages in 2004 and 2005).

General coordinator of the DANUBIUS-RI ESFRI project (The International Centre for Advanced Studies for River-Sea Systems) and of related H2020 DANUBIUS-PP and Horizon DANUBIUS IP. Member of the core team that developed the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for the Black Sea (SRIA). General coordinator of H2020 DOORS and SUSTBLACK, dedicated to the implementation and launch of the SRIA. 2009 – 2015 – national representative (Romania) in ESFRI (European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures) Environment Strategic Working Group.

Since December, 2019, Honorary Professor at the University of Stirling, UK.

York SURE-VETTER
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York SURE-VETTER

NFDI (German National Research Data Infrastructure)
Director

Prof. Dr York Sure-Vetter, professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), was appointed Director of NFDI (German National Research Data Infrastructure) on 1 March 2020. He has established research experience in artificial intelligence and data science. His career has taken him to various stations in the science system and also to the private sector. Between 2009 and 2015, he was President of GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, the largest German research infrastructure for social sciences. At the same time, he held a professorship first at the University of Koblenz-Landau and then at the University of Mannheim. In 2015, he followed the call to the Institute for Applied Informatics and Format Description Methods (AIFB) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), where he taught and researched as a professor. He was also director at the Karlsruhe Service Research Institute (KSRI) of the KIT and at the FZI Research Centre for Information Technology.

Adrian J. TIPLADY
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Adrian J. TIPLADY

South African Radio Astronomy Observatory
Deputy Managing Director: Strategy & Partnerships

Dr Adrian Tiplady obtained his PhD in radio astronomy, and since 2005 has played a leading role in Africa’s successful bid to co-host the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, and later establishment of the SKA Observatory inter-governmental organisation. He has an extremely diverse range of scientific, technical and strategic expertise – including the protection of radio astronomy from threats of radio interference, establishing a ‘social license to operate’ for research infrastructure, and international cooperation and policy development. He most recently chaired the South African Department of Science and Innovation’s expert task team to develop a National Open Science Policy.

Karl TISCHLER
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Karl TISCHLER

EUROfusion Programme Management Unit
Head of Communications

Originally hailing from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, I moved to Germany in 2015 and joined EUROfusion as Editor of Fusion in Europe magazine in 2019, then as Head of Communications in October 2020. My background is in marketing and business, which to this day shapes my focus: delivering the highest value outcomes possible to stakeholders. I am deeply interested in energy and the environment, and am truly honoured to now have the opportunity now to work in support of the brilliant, hard-working and dedicated European fusion energy researchers and their goal to realise fusion energy. I hope that my daughters Anna (3) and Ida (due August) will grow up in a world of energy abundance.

Silvia VIGNETTI
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Silvia VIGNETTI

Development and Evaluation Unit, CSIL, Italy
Director

Silvia Vignetti started at CSIL in 1999 as a research fellow. She became a member of the Board of Directors in 2007. She has several years of experience in conducting and coordinating research projects in the field of regional development policies, and research and innovation policies. She supports public decision-making in designing and evaluating policies, programmes, and projects and specialises in carrying out socio-economic impact assessment and feasibility studies. She gained extensive experience with EU policies by contributing to studies and technical assistance projects for the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Investment Bank, national governments, and international organisations.

A specific area of expertise of Silvia is the evaluation of the impacts of research infrastructures. She has recently coordinated the Evaluation of research infrastructures and activities supported by the European Regional Development Fund in the period 2007-2013. Since 2014, she has contributed to developing, testing and finetuning a methodological framework to assess the socio-economic costs and benefits of big science projects and large-scale research infrastructures, for both public authorities and infrastructure managers. She is currently working with CERN on the estimation of the socio-economic impacts of a new future particles accelerator at CERN. Also, as team member of the Open Science Impact Pathway (PathOS) research project, she is coordinating the research aimed at assessing the costs and benefits of selected open science practices.

Silvia graduated in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University in Milan.

Mirjam VAN DAALEN
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Mirjam VAN DAALEN

Mirjam VAN DAALEN

Paul Scherrer Institut
Head of PSI communications

Mirjam van Daalen has a PhD in structural Geology and is currently director of communications at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). During her work at PSI since 2009, first as Science Officer of the SwissFEL project and after as chief of staff of the Photon Science Division she has a strong expertise in the field of building and running RIs. In 2020 she was very involved in creating ARIE a consortium of seven Europe-wide research networks that are working together to address the Missions of HE. Since 2018 Mirjam is Swiss Delegate in the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) mandated by Swiss state Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation.

While coordinating and participating in EU FP7 and HZ2020 projects, she gathered long term experience in the development of policy frameworks on the European level and creation of a sustainable federated open data infrastructure, integrating the existing user data systems, data management and data analysis systems of the European Photon and Neutron facilities. Mirjam was Swiss delegate for the working group on EOSC sustainability of the EOSC secretariat and was chairing the ESFRI taskforce on EOSC until March 2022. She is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Helmholtz Federated IT Services Project HIFIS and chair of the Beamline for Tomography at SESAME (BEATS) steering committee. She was strongly involved in the new League of European Accelerator Based Photon Sources (LEAPS), and was vice-chair of its coordination board until 2020.

Louise WILLINGALE
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Louise WILLINGALE

Louise WILLINGALE

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and the Gérard Mourou Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, University of Michigan
Associate Professor

Louise Willingale is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan and is the Associate Director for the 3 PW National Science Foundation sponsored laser facility ZEUS. She is a co-PI for X-lites (Extreme Light in Intensity, Time, and Space), an NSF sponsored multi-institution, international initiative to promote collaboration among researchers to make full use of the new laser facilities, promote cross-field connections, and encourage broad participation in frontier laser-driven science.  Primarily an experimentalist, her research uses high-intensity laser plasma interactions to study magnetic field generation, dynamics and reconnection, relativistic transparency, proton and ion acceleration and proton deflectometry. She received an NSF CAREER Award for research in laser-driven magnetic reconnection and is a Kavli Fellow.