e-IRG Workshop webinars, 25-26 May 2020 under the Croatian EU-Presidency

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Tome Anticic
State Secretary for Science and EU funds at Ministry of Science and Education. • Coordinating the creation of the new Law of Science and Higher Education, which will increase competitiveness and mobility, introduce a tenure track hiring system, place emphasis on project success, radically decrease administration, enable performance based funding to research institutions, introduce flexible pay depending on excellence, make international experience mandatory for hiring and promotion, promote open access at all levels, and foster a much higher cooperation between science, education, and industry. This is planned to be a radical departure from the traditional research and higher education system currently in place in Croatia. • Cooperating with the European Commission, World Bank and numerous other public and private entities on introducing new funding schemes and policies to Croatia regarding the improvement and internationalisation of its innovation system, research system and higher education system.
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Isabel Bernal
Isabel has been manager of DIGITAL.CSIC, the Open Access repository of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) since 2010. She has a background in Library Science, International Relations, Economics and History. Before joining DIGITAL.CSIC, she worked in EIFL Knowledge Sharing, Negotiations with Publishers and Library Consortium Building Programmes and in the European Commission on ICT applications in libraries, museums, and archives and in academic affairs. Her fields of expertise include Open Science (with a particular focus on repositories, research data management, copyright and other legal issues) as well as access to knowledge in developing and transition countries. She currently participates in EOSC SYNERGY Project.
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Juan Bicarregui
Dr Juan Bicarregui is Head of the Data Division in the Scientific Computing Department at STFC. Juan's division is responsible for research and development of the data systems that handle much of the huge volume of scientific data that is produced by the STFC research facilities. Juan has played a key role in formulating UK policy on opening up access to research outputs, and he has also chaired the Research Council group which published the RCUK Joint Principles on Data and associated Guidelines. Juan was a member of the steering group that set up the Research Data Alliance and co-chaired the RDA Organisational Advisory Board. Currently, Juan Bicarregui has been coordinator of the H2020 EOSCpilot project that is supporting the first phase in the development of the European Open Science Cloud.
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Matthew Dovey
Head of e-Infrastructure Strategy at Jisc where he develops and implements strategies for supporting the UK's national and global research. He is also a member of the European Grid Infrastructure Executive Board and Council. He is also on the advisory board for the Software Sustainability Institute.
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Sonja Filipovska
Sonja Filiposka is a professor at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, North Macedonia. In the last 10 years, she has been an active participant in a number of EU funded infrastructure and research projects focusing on orchestration, virtualisation and automation. Currently, she is the training task leader for the NI4OS-Europe EOSC 5b regional project. Her research areas of interest include wireless mobile ad hoc networks, complex networks, computer networks, applicative software, parallel computing, electromagnetic compatibility and women in engineering.
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Erik Fledderus
Until May 1st, Erik Fledderus was managing director of SURF and chair of its Executive Board; at the moment he serves as principal advisor to the board. He has been the e-IRG delegate for the Netherlands from 2015 onwards, and was key-editor of the e-IRG Roadmap 2016 and co-initiator of the GO-FAIR programme in the Netherlands, together with Barend Mons. Mr. Fledderus previously worked as the managing director of the Information Society at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and he has been a principal ICT scientist. As a professor of Wireless Communication, he also works at Eindhoven University of Technology. He has over 20 years of technical and managerial experience in various positions at organisations such as the University of Twente, KPN Research, TNO, the Knowledge Platform on Electromagnetic Fields and Health, CLICKNL, and the Joint Institute for Innovation Policy (JIIP).
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Hans-Josef Linkens
Hans-Josef Linkens is Head of Division 421, Research Data, at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. This division is responsible for research information infrastructures and respective national initiatives. He is a co-chair of the EOSC Governance Board, a member of the German Council for Scientific Information Infrastructures and he is active in various working groups about the digital transformation in science. He achieved his doctor´s degree in biochemistry.
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Natalia Manola
Natalia Manola is the Managing director of OpenAIRE (www.openaire.eu), a pan European e-Infrastructure supporting scholarly communication and open science Europe since 2009. She is also a research associate in "Athena" Research and Innovation Center and in the University of Athens, Department of Informatics & Telecommunications. She holds a Physics degree from the University of Athens, and an MS in Electrical and Computing Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has several years of employment as a Software Engineer and Architect employed in the Bioinformatics commercial sector. She has expertise in Open Science policies and their implementation, and she currently serves in the EOSC Executive Board (chairs the WG on Skills and Training), has served in the Open Science Policy Platform, an EC High Level Advisory Group to Commissioner Moedas to provide advice about the development and implementation of open science policy in Europe. Her research interests include the topics of e-Infrastructures development and management, scientific data management, data curation and validation, text and data mining and research analytics. Natalia has also served in the EC Future Emerging Technology (FET) Advisory Group (2013-2017).
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Barend Mons
Barend Mons is a molecular biologist by training (PhD Leiden University 1986). He spent over 15 years in malaria research in close collaboration with endemic countries. After that he gained experience in computer-assisted knowledge discovery, which is still his research focus. He spent time with the European Commission as a Seconded National Expert with the INCO-DC programme (1993-1996) and with the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO 1966-1999). Barend also co-founded several spin off companies. In 2000 he founded the Biosemantics group in Rotterdam and later also in Leiden. Currently, Barend is Professor in Biosemantics at the Human Genetics department of Leiden University Medical Center. He was also the first Head of Node for ELIXIR-NL at the Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences (until 2015), is Integrator Life Sciences at the Netherlands eScience Center, and board member of the Leiden Centre of Data Science. In 2014, Barend initiated the FAIR data initiative and in 2015, he was appointed Chair of the European Commission's High Level Expert Group for the "European Open Science Cloud", from which he retired by the end of 2016. Barend is an ambassador of GO FAIR and co-founder of the GO FAIR initiative, an initiative to kick start developments towards the Internet of FAIR data and services, which will also contribute to the implementation of components of the European Open Science Cloud. Recently, Barend has been elected President of the Executive Committee of CODATA where he will work closely with the Executive director and the rest of the team to develop CODATA in the scope of the International Council of Science.
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Liina-Mari Munari
Liina Munari is the Deputy Head of Unit at the unit C1 "e-Infrastructure and Science Cloud" of the DG Connect of the European Commission in Luxembourg. With over 20 years experience at the service of the European institutions, she has worked in several sectors of EU technology research and innovation, including learning technologies, digital libraries and digital preservation.
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Fotis Psomopoulos
Dr. Fotis Psomopoulos received his doctorate and engineering diploma from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), in 2010 and 2004 respectively. In 2014 he was awarded with a post-doctoral fellowship scholarship by the AUTh Research Committee. He has worked as a teaching assistant and academic fellow at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as a Visiting Professor at Quest University (Vancouver, Canada) and as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Western Macedonia. Moreover, he has participated as a researcher and project manager in several European (RAPP, Microme, ASSIST) and national research projects. His research focus lies at the intersection of Bioinformatics, Data Mining and Cloud Computing, with over 90 peer-reviewed publications in international journals and conferences. In addition to his research, he is an active proponent of Open Science, especially within Life Sciences and Bioinformatics in particular. In this context, he was selected to be an EGI Champion on Bioinformatics in 2013, and as an RDA-EU Ambassador on Bioinformatics in 2019. Moreover, he is the deputy Training Coordinator for ELIXIR-GR, a member of the ELIXIR Training Platform Executive Committee, and the co-chair of the ELIXIR Machine Learning Focus group. Finally, since 2020 he is a member of the EOSC Skills and Training working group.
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