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e-IRG Workshop, 20-21 May 2019, Switzerland.

Serge Bogaerts
Managing Director of PRACE
Serge Bogaerts graduated in 1992 as Mechanical and Electrical Engineer of the Free University of Brussels (ULB). Researcher in numerical fluid mechanics at the von Karman Institute, then study engineer in nuclear safety at Tractebel Engineering and, in 2003, researcher in CFD-Multiphysics at Cenaero, Serge knows the challenges of numerical simulation. He managed the operations of Cenaero supercomputers from 2006 which allowed him to build up a confirmed experience in leading projects of procurement and operation of HPC infrastructures. Since October 2012, he has been appointed Belgian Delegate to the PRACE Council in which he also served as Council Secretary from October 2015 on. He left Cenaero to start as PRACE Chair of the Board of Director and Managing Director on 1 February 2017.
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Christine Choirat
Swiss Data Science Center
Christine received her PhD in Applied Mathematics in 2003 (Paris Dauphine University). She joined the Swiss Data Science Center in 2019 from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where she was a Senior Research Scientist and an instructor in the Master of Science in Health Data Science. Her research interests are statistical software, reproducible workflows, and environmental policy and health policy. Recent published works include the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Annals of Applied Statistics.
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Ingrid Dillo
Deputy Director at DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services)
Dr Ingrid Dillo is Deputy Director at DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services) in the Netherlands. She holds a PhD in history and has worked in the field of policy development for the last 30 years, including as senior policy advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the National Library of the Netherlands (KB). Among her areas of expertise are research data management and the certification of digital repositories. Ingrid is Co-Chair of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Council. She is also Treasurer of the Board of CoreTrustSeal (CTS) and Vice Chair of the Scientific Committee of the ISC/World Data System (WDS). Ingrid is project coordinator of the European H2020 project FAIRsFAIR.
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Fulvio Galeazzi
GARR, Italy
Fulvio Galeazzi Holds a PhD in Physics from University of Padova and a degree in Physics from "La Sapienza" University of Rome. He has worked at INFN where, after 10 years as an experimental particle physicist, since 2002 has started dealing with computing matters, managing computing farms for data processing and analysis for the BaBar (the only reprocessing farm outside SLAC, and the Italian users' farm) and ARGO-YBJ experiments (data processing farm and data analysis farms for the Italian collaboration). He joined GARR (the Italian NREN, National Research and Education Network) in 2010 and has been mainly involved in computing-related activities, also in the context of several European projects (EumedGRID-Support, EuChinaGRID, GN2, GN3plus): he also acted as FP7-DECIDE (RI-261593) Project Manager. He is part of the CSD (Distributed Computing and Storage) Department at GARR since its inception in 2013, his main fields of activity including management of OpenStack clouds, monitoring systems and Ceph-based storage clusters. He is the Project Manager of EOSC-Pillar (857650), an H2020 project from the INFRAEOSC-05-2018-2019 call, which is due to start its activities on 1st July 2019.
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Françoise Genova
e-IRG delegate, France
Françoise Genova has been the director of the Strasbourg astronomical data centre CDS from 1995 to 2015, and one of the founding parents of the astronomical Virtual Observatory project. She has been the coordinator of several European projects dealing with the European Virtual Observatory. She currently leads the "Data Access, Discovery and Interoperability" Work Package of the European ASTERICS astronomy Cluster, which aims at optimizing the usage of the data from the astronomical large projects through the Virtual Observatory. She is one of the French Delegates at the e-IRG. She was a member of the High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data set up by the European Commission in 2010, and one author of the "Riding the wave" report published in October 2010 and of its follow-up "Data Harvest" report, and is currently a member of the EC Expert Group on Turning FAIR data into reality. She is an active member of the RDA, in particular as member of the RDA Technical Advisory Board (co-chair since October 2015), and of the RDA Europe 1-3 projects. She is in charge of the RDA-France National Node in the RDA Europe 4.0 project.
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Frédéric Hemmer
Department Head IT Department European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Frédéric Hemmer studied Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (and Computing) in Brussels. He is Head of the CERN IT Department since 2009. IT mission is to provide the information technology required for the fulfilment of the laboratory's mission in an efficient and effective manner, including storage, network and support for the LHC and the rest of the experimental programme, as well as services for the accelerator complex, the whole laboratory and its users. It also provides a ground for the development of new technologies and advanced R&D with various partners. IT notably leads the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid collaboration, the CERN openlab, the Helix Nebula initiative, hosts the UNOSAT organization and participates in about 11 H2020 projects co-funded by the European Commission. IT Department has a budget of ~85 MCHF in 2019, including ~215 staff positions. Frédéric is also a member of the Swiss Innovation Agency (Innosuisse) Council and member of the IEEE and ACM. May 2019
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Edit Herczog
Member of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Global Council
Edit Herczog is Member of the Research Data Alliance Global Council, where she is member of the Financial Committee. She is Co – Chair of the RDA WG on FAIR Data Maturity Model. Since 2017, she has also been Senior EU Liaison Advisor for GÉANT, Europe's e-infrastructure for research and education. She is Director General of her company Vision and Values, an SME focused on strategic advice for the data, ICT and space sector. Edit served a decade in the European Parliament as a Member in the ITRE, IMCO, BUDG and CONT committees, and was a Treasurer and Vice - President for the S&D group, responsible for Financial and Human Resources. Prior to the EP she was member of the Hungarian Parliament and member of the delegation to the Council of Europe. Prior to her engagement with the public sector, she was Manager for Central and Eastern Europe at National Starch and Chemicals (ICI group later acquired by Unilever Chemicals). Edit is a food processing engineer specialized in fermentation and is Russian Interpreter to the food sector. She holds university degree in Portugese language and literature. She also obtained a certificate from the Institute of Directors in 2013.
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Sverker Holmgren
e-IRG Delegate Sweden
Sverker Holmgren is Professor in Scientific Computing at Uppsala University (UU), Sweden, where he is the head of the Computational Science research program. At UU, he is a member of the UU Council for Research Infrastructure and he is leading a project on UU support for research data management. Holmgren also recently lead a project analyzing the status for open access to research data in the Nordic countries and internationally. Holmgren is a Swedish delegate in e-IRG since many years and also served as chair of this group during 2013-2016. Earlier assignments also include beeing the Director for the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC) for six years and serving as the Dean of Mathematics and Computer Science at UU for six years.
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Odile Hologne
Delegate for scientific and technical information (IST) at the French Institute for Agricultural Research INRA
Odile Hologne is delegate for scientific and technical information (IST) at the French Institute for Agricultural Research INRA, in charge of the implementation of the open access and open data policy. Led by the Delegation for Scientific and Technical Information(https://ist.inra.fr/en/ist-at-inra/a-function-driven-by-science/), INRA's IST function (https://ist.inra.fr/en) is a network of professionals (https://ist.inra.fr/en/ist-at-inra/a-network-committed-to-an-open-science/) working for the access, management, dissemination, exploitation and analysis of information and knowledge. For many years, she has managed projects and teams linked to information technologies in the agri-food sciences. In her current position she is involved in many international working groups dealing with "open science in the agri-food sector" such as GODAN (Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition), RDA (Research Data Alliance) and GO FAIR. She was one of the associated expert of RDA Europe 3 and she is the coordinator the project eROSA « Towards an e-infrastructure roadmap for open science in agriculture » (www.erosa.aginfra.eu).
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Bob Jones
Senior member of scientific staff IT department CERN
Bob Jones is a senior member of the scientific staff at CERN and a leader of the Helix Nebula initiative (http://www.helix-nebula.eu/), a public private partnership to explore the use of commercial cloud services for big data science applications. He is the coordinator for the HNSciCloud Horizon 2020 Pre-Commercial Procurement project http://www.hnscicloud.eu/) which is procuring innovative cloud services to establish a cloud platform for the European research community and contributing the European Open Science Cloud (https://ec.europa.eu/research/openscience/index.cfm?pg=open-science-cloud) His experience in the distributed computing arena includes mandates as the technical director and then project director of the EGEE projects (2004-2010) which led to the creation of EGI (http://www.egi.eu/). Publications: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9092-4589 Twitter: @BobJonesAtCERN
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Dimitris Koureas
Director of international biodiversity infrastructures at Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Dr Koureas is director of international biodiversity infrastructures at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands and the coordinator of the DiSSCo (dissco.eu) Research Infrastructure. He holds a PhD in biosystematics with post-doctoral experience in biodiversity informatics. A DAAD scholar, awarded member of the Hellenic Botanical Society and elected member of the Linnean Society. Dr Koureas has previously led the development and implementation of several European funded research and infrastructure projects. He is currently coordinating European initiatives focused on the mobilisation of biodiversity information and he is an active member of RDA, where he co-chairs biodiversity-specific and cross-domain groups, and a member of the RDA Technical Advisory Board. Invited lecturer to MSc programmes (incl. University of Oxford and Reading University) teaching biodiversity informatics. He has been president of the international organisation for Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG.org).
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Philipp Langer
Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation at Switzerland's State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation
Philipp Langer is the Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation at Switzerland's State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation. He and his team are in charge of the EU Framework Programmes and of the European Research and Innovation Area (ERA). In this function, Philipp is the Swiss High-Level Negotiator for Switzerland's participation in the next generation of EU Framework Programmes and related programmes. Before joining the Federal Administration, Philipp did a scientific career with a BSc and MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences in Lausanne, Switzerland. This was followed by a PhD in Behavioural Genetics in Lausanne and Australia and a PostDoc in Game Theory and Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University. He is thus familiar with computational biology, and he followed the topic of research and digital infrastructures in his former role as ESFRI Delegate for Switzerland.
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Georg Lutz
Professor of political science and director of FORS
Georg Lutz is professor of political science and director of FORS since 2016. FORS, the Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences, implements large-scale national and international surveys, offers data and research information services to researchers and academic institutions and conducts methodological and thematic research. Through its data repository platform FORSbase (https://forsbase.unil.ch/), FORS acquires, documents, preserves and disseminates high quality quantitative and qualitative social science data and research information in conformity with national and international standards. Georg Lutz represents Switzerland in the General Assemblies of the European Social Survey (ESS) and the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) and in the ESFRI Strategic Working Group on Social and Cultural Innovation. As professor of political science at the University of Lausanne he focuses in his research on voting behavior and electoral participation, political institutions, electoral systems as well as Swiss politics, survey research methods and he participates in various large comparative research networks and projects.
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Jiri Pilar
European Commission, DG CONNECT G1, Data Policy & Innovation
Jiri Pilar is Legal & Policy Officer in Data Policy and Innovation Unit at the European Commission's Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT). Following the legal and journalism studies in the Czech Republic (Prague), Ireland (Limerick) and France (Paris), Jiri worked for several years at the Prague and Paris branches of the law firm Linklaters, focusing on commercial law transactions. After joining the European Commission, Jiri worked for five years in the unit that develops the policy and oversees the implementation of the EU's regulatory framework for electronic communications. For the last several years, he has been working on policy initiatives addressing new and emerging issues related to data (such as data access and transfer) and advancing the EU open data policy by reviewing the Open Data and Public Sector Information (OD&PSI) Directive.
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Andreas Rauber
Head of the Information and Software Engineering Group (IFS) at the Vienna University of Technology (TU-Wien)
Andreas Rauber is Head of the Information and Software Engineering Group (IFS) at the Department of Information Systems Engineering (ISE) at the Vienna University of Technology (TU-Wien). He furthermore is president of AARIT, the Austrian Association for Research in IT and a Key Researcher at Secure Business Austria (SBA-Research. He received his MSc and PhD in Computer Science from the Vienna University of Technology in 1997 and 2000, respectively. In 2001 he joined the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) in Pisa as an ERCIM Research Fellow, followed by an ERCIM Research position at the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA), at Rocquencourt, France, in 2002. From 2004-2008 he was also head of the iSpaces research group at the eCommerce Competence Center (ec3). He has published numerous papers in refereed journals and international conferences and served as PC member and reviewer/Editorial Board Member for several major journals, conferences and workshops. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Austrian Society for Artificial Intelligence (ÖGAI). His research interests cover the broad scope of digital libraries and information spaces, including specifically text and music information retrieval and organization, information visualization, as well as data analysis, neural computation and digital preservation.
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Thierry Sengstag
Associate Director of sciCORE
Thierry Sengstag is Associate Director of sciCORE, the scientific computing center of University of Basel and a platform of SIB - Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, since 2016. He obtained a PhD in computational physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) in 2001, and has been active in bioinformatics research since 2003. He has been involved in a leading role in multiple data infrastructure projects in support to biomedical research and genomics since 2006, in Europe, Japan and Switzerland. In 2017, the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), together with the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) and SIB, launched the Swiss Personalized Health Network initiative (SPHN), with the goal to accelerate biomedical research for the promotion of personalized health in Switzerland. In this context, Thierry Sengstag is leading one of the national infrastructure nodes supporting the project ("BioMedIT node") and is a member of its technology board.
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Tibor Simko
Dr Tibor Šimko leads several open science and reproducible research data projects at CERN. Tibor is the founder of the CERN Open Data portal, the CERN Analysis Preservation service, and the REANA Reusable Analyses platform. Tibor worked as a Technology Director of INSPIRE, the high-energy physics information system built in a world-wide collaboration among CERN, DESY, FNAL, IHEP and SLAC laboratories. Tibor also founded the Invenio digital repository framework and participated in several EC projects related to data preservation and information management (BlogForever, CRISP). Tibor received PhD degrees in computational plasma physics from Comenius University (Slovakia) and from University Paris-Sud (France). Tibor's professional interests include open science, reproducible research, data analysis workflows, information management and retrieval, software architecture and development, psychology of programming, free software culture and more.
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Gabriele von Voigt Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Professor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Group Computational Health Informatics (CHI), Institute of Distributed Systems, Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH).
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gabriele von Voigt - Professor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Group Computational Health Informatics (CHI), Institute of Distributed Systems, Leibniz University Hannover (LUH). Additionally she was the Managing Director of Leibniz University IT Services (LUIS) for 14 years, director of the Research Center L3S for 9 years at LUH where she still is a full member of. She was the Head of the Advisory Board of D-Grid, the German Grid Initiative. She was the chair of the national grid initiative NGI-DE, which was revived on her initiative in 2015 and is now enlarged as a merger between Germany and Austria. She was council member of EGI.eu and member of the Advisory Scientific Council (ASC) of CIMNE. Gabriele von Voigt is the Chair of e-IRG since 2017 and the German e-IRG Delegate since 2007 and also coordinated the previous e-IRGSP5 project. She is an expert in e-Infrastructure components and operation for supercomputing, grids, networks, in various fields of applications with the main focus on the hospital implementation.
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Christoph Witzig
Head of the Infrastructure and Identity Services department at SWITCH
Christoph Witzig is the head of the Infrastructure and Identity Services department at SWITCH, the national research and education network of Switzerland. The activities of this department comprise the Swiss higher education identity federation SWITCHaai (https://www.switch.ch/aai/ and https://www.switch.ch/edu-id/) and the cloud services of the SWITCHengines offering (https://www.switch.ch/engines/ ). In previous roles at SWITCH, he was responsible for the Swiss academic network and SWITCH's contributions to several EU projects. Christoph holds a degree in high energy physics from ETH Zurich, obtained his PhD from ETHZ on a CERN experiment and worked for several years at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY. He held various positions in the commercial sector before joining SWITCH in spring 2005.
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