Speakers and Panelists

(in alphabetical order)

Arndt BodeProfessor Arndt Bode

Dr Arndt Bode holds the professorship for Computer Architecture at the faculty for Computer Science at the TU Munich. Arndt Bode is an internationally renown expert for computer architecture, especially concerning the design and programming of parallel and distributed systems. He was Vice-President and CIO of TU Munich from 1999 to 2008. He is a regular member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BAdW). 2002 he became a member of the Board of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ). In 2008 he was elected Chairman of the Board of the LRZ. professoren.tum.de/en/bode-arndt

BURGELMAN_150Jean-Claude Burgelman

Jean-Claude Burgelman is presently Head of Unit Data, Open Access and Foresight and Chair of DG RTD Taskforce on Open Science. As Head of Unit, he is responsible for open science and data policies as well as foresight for research priorities.
He joined the European Commission in 1999 as a Visiting Scientist in the Joint Research Centre (the Institute of Prospective Technological Studies – IPTS), where he became Head of the Information Society Unit in 2005. In January 2008, he moved to the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (attached to the president of the EC) as adviser for innovation policy. Since 1-10-2008, he joined DG RTD, as advisor and then Head of Unit in charge of 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.  Till 2000 he was full professor of communication technology policy at the Free University of Brussels, as well as director of the 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.

 Lorna Campbell

Lorna currently works as OER Liaison – Open Scotland within the Learning, Teaching and Web division at the University of Edinburgh. Her areas of expertise include digital infrastructure for OER, technologies for supporting the management and distribution of educational content, metadata, vocabularies, and digital repositories. Lorna has a long standing commitment to supporting open education technology, policy and practice; she was co-chair of the OER16 Open Culture Conference and is a Trustee of Wikimedia UK and the Association for Learning Technology. She maintains a number of blogs including Open World at lornamcampbell.org and Open Scotland at openscot.net and often provides social media coverage for academic conferences and events in the area of open education and learning technology.

Professor Jana Diesner

Jana Diesner is an Assistant Professor at the iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Jana’s research in human-centered data science and computational social science combines theories and methods from natural language processing, social network analysis and machine learning. In her lab, they advance computational solutions that help people to measure and understand the interplay of information and socio-technical networks. They also bring these solutions into various application context, e.g. in the domain of impact assessment. Jana has a Phd from Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science, and is a 2016 Dori J. Maynard senior fellow. For more information about Jana’s work see https://cpanel.ischool.illinois.edu/~jdiesner/lab/. 

Prof. Judit Bar-Ilan

Judit Bar-Ilan is professor at the Department of Information Science of Bar-Ilan University in Israel. She received her PhD in computer science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and started her research in information science in the mid-1990s at the School of Library, Archive and Information Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She moved to the Department of Information Science at Bar-Ilan University in 2002. She is a member of the editorial boards of JASIST, Scientometrics, Journal of Infometrics, PLoS ONE, Cybermetrics, Online Information Review and Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics. Her areas of interest include: informetrics, information retrieval, Internet research, information behavior and usability. Since 2015 she is academic head of MALMAD, the Israeli Inter-University Center for Digital Information Services and a member of the EU expert group on altmetrics. http://is.biu.ac.il/en/judit/

Professor Marco Kalz

Prof. Dr. Marco Kalz is UNESCO chair of Open Education at the Faculty for Management, Science and Technology and the Welten Institute of the Open University of the Netherlands. Marco is a fellow of the Interuniversity Center for Educational Sciences (ICO) and the Dutch research school information and knowledge systems (SIKS). He is the chair of the special interest group on Technology-Enhanced Assessment (SIG TEA) of the European Association of Technology-Enhanced Learning (EATEL). Over the last 5 years he could secure approx. 2 Mio EUR of research funding for his institution. Besides European projects he was and is regularly involved in educational innovation projects at the Open University of the Netherlands and in cooperation with other partners. His research interest lies on the use of open educational resources, pervasive technologies and formative assessment to support self-directed lifelong learning.http://www.marcokalz.de/

Ministerialdirektor Matthias Graf von Kielmansegg

Jahrgang 1965, verheiratet, drei Kinder. Studium der Rechtswissenschaften in Freiburg, Bonn und Göttingen. Von 1996 bis 1999 Senatskanzlei Berlin, von 1999 bis 2005 Planungsgruppe der CDU/CSU-Bundestagsfraktion, seit 2001 deren Leiter. 2005 Wechsel ins Bundeskanzleramt und dort bis 2010 Leiter des Stabes Politische Planung, Grundsatzfragen und Sonderaufgaben. 2010 bis Januar 2014 Gruppenleiter im Bundeskanzleramt für die Bereiche Familien-Senioren-Frauen-Jugend, Bildung und Forschung, Angelegenheiten der Neuen Länder, Demographischer Wandel, Kirchen und Religionsgemeinschaften. Seit Februar 2014 Leiter der Abteilung Grundsatzfragen; Strategie; Digitaler Wandel im Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung.


Alexia Meyermann



Barend MonsProfessor Barend Mons

  • Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences/Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands
  • Chairman of the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group of the European Open Science Cloud
  • Website


Anja Oskamp

Anja Oskamp has been rector of the Open University in the Netherlands since 2011. In that role she has been concentrating on improvement of quality, both in education and research. Much focus was laid upon improving access, retention and study success of the students of the Open University. The study programs have been transformed from mere distance education programs to complete on line programs. Before coming to the Open University in 2011 Anja Oskamp worked at the VU University Amsterdam. She was a professor in ICT and Law since 1997 and from 2005 until 2011 she was dean of the Law faculty. Anja Oskamp is presently president of the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (since 2014) and member of the Hochschulrat of the Fernuniversität (Hagen, Germany). http://www.open.ou.nl/stcentra/vlaanderen/130830-huldigingHasselt/


Professor Isabella Peters

Isabella Peters is Professor of Web Science at ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and Chair of the Web Science research group at Kiel University. She received her PhD in Information Science at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. Her research focusses on user-generated content and its potential in knowledge representation and information retrieval as well as on scholarly communication on the social web, e.g. altmetrics. zbw.eu/…earch/web-science/isabella-peters


Professor Marc Rittberger

  • German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF), „OERInfo“
  • Website


António Moreira Teixeira

António Teixeira is a Professor at Universidade Aberta (1991-present), where he’s heads the Department of Education and Distance Learning. He’s also a Director at Ibstpi – International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction and a past President of EDEN – European Distance and E-learning Network.

He’s also a researcher at the Centre for Philosophy of the University of Lisbon (2004-present), and collaborates with the Distance and E-learning Laboratory (LEaD) of the Portuguese open university, which he conceived and initially implemented.

He received his training in Philosophy at the University of Lisbon (MPhil – 1994, PhD – 2003) and in online education at the University of Turku (2004).


Gard Titlestad

Gard Titlestad is the Secretary General of ICDE, appointed by the Board of Trustees. Gard Titlestad joined ICDE in August 2011 after six years at the Nordic Council of Ministers in Copenhagen, Denmark where he was Head of the Department for Knowledge and Welfare. He managed the secretariat for various configurations of ministers; the ministers for education and research, the ministers for health and social affairs, and before that also the ministers for labour affairs and ministers for IT. Gard’s focus was on Nordic cooperation in education, research and innovation and the so called knowledge triangle, and in particular the role of universities. Under his guidance, major initiatives were taken within research and design including a top level research initiative targeted towards climate change and the sustainable economy, and within education the new Nordplus programme Nordic eScience, and development of cooperation on high capacity networks and supercomputing in the Baltic Sea area. http://www.icde.org/


Professor Dirk van Damme

Dirk Van Damme currently is Head of Division in the Directorate for Education and Skills at the OECD in Paris. He holds a PhD in educational sciences from Ghent University and is also professor of educational sciences in the same university (since 1995). In his academic career he was also part-time professor in comparative education at the Free University of Brussels (1997-2000) and visiting professor of comparative education at Seton Hall University, NJ, USA (2001-2008). His main academic work focused on the history of education, comparative education, lifelong learning and international higher education. He also served in various positions in the field of education policy in the Flemish part of Belgium, among others as general director of the Flemish Rectors’ Conference, as deputy and chief of staff of various Flemish education ministers. His current interests are evidence-based innovation in education, comparative analyses of educational systems, open education, inclusive education, and new developments in the learning sciences. At the OECD he is responsible for the Innovation and Measuring Progress Division (IMEP), leading both the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) and the Indicators of Educational Systems (INES) programme responsible for the yearly flagship publication Education at a Glance. https://www.oecd.org/edu/ceri/dirkvandamme-headofdivisionofthecentreforeducationalresearchandinnovationceri.htm


Willem Van Valkenburg

Willem is part of the leadership of the TU Delft Extension School. He is responsible for the production & delivery of OpenCourseWare, DelftX MOOCs, online Professional Education and online academic courses. In the past he was the director of TU Delft OpenCourseWare and project leader of DelftX MOOCs. He is also member of the TU Delft Strategy Framework Committee on Open Science and programme member of the TU Delft Open Science programme.In 2013 he was elected as member of the Board of Directors of the Open Education Consortium. His current term is until April 2018.Willem holds a Master of Science in System Engineering, Policy Analysis & Management of Delft University of Technology. http://www.oeconsortium.org/



vogel_330x330_swProfessor Johannes Vogel

Prof. Johannes Vogel, Ph.D., is Director General of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and Professor of Biodiversity and Public Science at Humboldt University (Berlin) since 2012. From 1992 to 2012 he worked at the Natural History Museum in London, from 2004 onwards as Keeper of Botany. As part of his commitment to citizen science and open science Johannes Vogel was founding member of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) and subsequently was appointed in 2016 by the EU Commission (RG Research, Science and Innovation) to chair the newly founded EU Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP). https://www.naturkundemuseum.berlin/en/einblicke/mitarbeiter/johannes.vogel


Dr Dr René von Schomberg

  • A.6-Data, Open Access and Foresight, DG Research & Innovation
  • Personal website