Speakers Open Science Conference 2018

Speakers and Panelists 2018

(in alphabetical order)

Stefan Bender

Stefan Bender is Head of the Research Data and Service Center of the Deutsche Bundesbank. In addition, he is vice-chair of the German Data Forum. Before joining the Deutsche Bundesbank Bender was head of the Research Data Center (RDC) of the Federal Employment Agency at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), which he has international established including access to IAB data in the US (for example Berkeley, Harvard). His research interests are data access, data quality, merging administrative, survey data and/or big data, record linkage, unemployment, management quality and mobility of inventors. He has published over 100 articles in journals including the American Economic Review or the Quarterly Journal of Economics. More recently, he co-edited together with Julia Lane, Victoria Stodden and Helen Nissenbaum a volume on “Privacy, Big Data, and the Public Good: Frameworks for Engagement”, which was published in 2014 by Cambridge University Press and –for example –discussed in Science.


Dr Juan Bicarregui

Juan Bicarregui is Head of the Data Division in the Scientific Computing Department at STFC. Juan’s division has responsibility 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 chaired the cross 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 of the RDA Organisational Advisory Board.

Currently, Juan is coordinator of the H2020 EOSCpilot project that is supporting the first phase in the development of the European Open Science Cloud

Jean Claude Burgelman

Jean-Claude Burgelman is presently Head of Unit Open Data Policy and Science Cloud and Chair of DG RTD Taskforce on Open Science. 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.

Mercè Crosas, PhD

Mercè Crosas is the Chief Data Science and Technology Officer at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University. She has more than 10 years of experience leading the Dataverse project and more than 15 years of experience building data management and analysis systems in academia and biotechnology companies. She is part of numerous committees and working groups focused on data sharing, research data management, data citation, and data standards. Crosas is co-PI of the Dataverse Project, with IQSS director Gary King, and supervises the Consilience project for text analysis, the Data Science Services, and Data Curation team at IQSS. She collaborates with a wide range of data related projects, including the NIH Data CommonsHarvard Privacy ToolsDataTagsData Provenance, the Structural Biology Grid Data , Cloud Dataverse with the Massachusetts Open Cloud, and the Boston Area Research Initiative, among others.

Crosas holds a Ph.D. in Astrophysics and a B.S. in Physics.

Dr Simon Hodson

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. Simon is also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Dryad Data Repository, a not-for-profit initiative to make the data underlying scientific publications discoverable, freely reusable, and citable; and he sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of CESSDA ERIC, the European data infrastructure for the social sciences.

Simon has a strong research background, as well as considerable project and programme management experience: from 2009 to 2013, as Programme Manager, he led two successful phases of Jisc’s innovative Managing Research Data programme in the UK.

Professor Wolfram Horstmann

Wolfram Horstmann is the director of the Göttingen State and University Library (University of Göttingen) since 2014 and professor at the Institute for Library and Information Science (IBI) at Humboldt-University Berlin, teaching `Publishing` and `Digital Research`. Prior to his current position he was Associate Director at the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford, UK. He is currently leading several strategic projects in the areas scholarly communication, open access, research data and digital transformation. He is on the governing boards of the European research library associations LIBER and CERL, the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) or DuraSpace.

In the Research Data Alliance (RDA), he is member of the Organisational Advisory Board and engaged in several groups, e.g. “Libraries for Research Data” (founder and co-chair until 2017) and „Long Tail of Research Data“. He acted as advisor to several bodies and initiatives, e.g. the European Commission, the German Research Foundation DFG, or the Nature journal „Scientific Data“. In earlier positions, he was Chief Information Officer for Scholarly Information at Bielefeld University, where he was responsible for strategic development of the institutional services for content, data and tools in research and education between 2007 and 2011. He has also served as European project manager for the State and University Library of Göttingen and as head of Publishing Services at the Academic Library Centre in Cologne. He is a biologist by training, having worked in the field of computational neuroscience, did a PhD in the context of Philosophy of Science before he actively turned his attention towards scholarly communication and libraries.

Dr Robert Jones

Robert Jones is a senior member of the scientific staff at CERN  and a leader of the Helix Nebula initiative , 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 which is procuring innovative cloud services to establish a cloud platform for the European research community and contributing the European 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.

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones is Associate Director at the Digital Curation Centre (DCC). She coordinates work on the DCC’s Data Management Planning tool – DMPonline – and undertakes research on data policy and data management planning. She has written several articles and book chapters on these topics, and co-edited Delivering Research Data Management Services: fundamentals of good practice.

Sarah is involved in several European e-infrastructure, coordination and open science projects including, FOSTER, EOSC, OpenAIRE and EUDAT. She is also rapporteur on the European Commission’s FAIR Data Expert Group. Her work in a European context focuses primarily on training and data management planning to facilitate open science and compliance with Horizon 2020 requirements.

Prof Karel Luyben

Karel Luyben is rector magnificus emeritus at the Delft University of Technology. He has been Rector Magnificus from 2010 till 2018, after serving 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 1990 to 1998 he also led the Department of Biotechnology. In 1989 he co-founded BIRD (Biotechnology Integrated Research & Development) Engineering, an SME in Biotech providing bespoke solutions and advice to the Biotechnology Industry. The company was later sold to Corbion.

He was president of CESEAR (Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research) from 2014 till 2018 and is now Vice-president. He is chairman of the Taskforce Open Science of CESAER.Since 2016 he is a Member of the Open Science Policy Platform of the EU (OSPP). The OSPP advices the Commission on how to further develop and practically implement open science policy. He was recently appointed as National Coordinator for Open Science by the National Platform Open Science in the Netherlands.

Throughout his career, he has provided and continues to provide consultation services to industries and governments in the areas of Technology and Strategy & Policy.

Natalia Manola

Natalia Manola is a research associate in the University of Athens, Department of Informatics and Telecommunications and the “Athena” Technology and Innovation Research Center. She has served as the managing director of OpenAIRE, a pan European e-Infrastructure supporting open access in all scientific results, since 2009 and is currently coordinating OpenMinTeD a H2020 infrastructural project on text and data mining.
Natalia holds a Physics degree from the University of Athens, and an MS in Electrical and Computing Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with several years of employment as a Software Engineer and Architect in the Bioinformatics sector.  Natalia has extensive expertise in Open Science policies and their implementation, and currently serves in the Open Science Policy Platform, an EC high level board that provides advice about the development and implementation of open science policy in Europe. Natalia’s research interests include the topics of e-Infrastructures development and management, scientific data management, data curation and validation, text and data mining complex data Visualization, and research analytics.

Dr Hans Pfeiffenberger

Hans Pfeiffenberger leads the IT Infrastructure Department at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research. This department conducts development, builds and operates data and information systems such as PANGAEA (with MARUM at the University Bremen) and one of the nodes of the Helmholtz Data Federation. Our concept O2A is a generic framework for enabling the flow of sensor observations to archives and publications. Hans is chair of the Helmholtz Open Science working group and member of the CODATA Data Policy Committee and has advised the Knowledge Exchange and chaired the Science Europe policy working group on Access to Research Data. He is also chief editor of the journal Earth System Science Data, an early, well imitated data journal providing quality assurance to published data through peer review.

Dr Felix Schönbrodt

Dr. Felix Schönbrodt is the managing director of the LMU Open Science Center. He obtained his PhD in psychology in 2010 at the Humboldt-University Berlin and received his habilitation 2014 at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. His research interests include implicit and explicit motives, quantitative methods, data visualization, and issues revolving open science and the replicability of research. One special focus is to provide statistical packages in R and interactive statistical web apps which can be used for teaching and for an enhanced understanding and usage of quantitative methods. Felix Schönbrodt is an initiator of the “Commitment to Research Transparency”. In 2016, he received the Leamer-Rosenthal prize from the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) which “recognizes important contributions by individuals in the open science movement”.

Dr Georg Schütte

Georg Schütte has been State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since December 2009. Prior to this, he had been Secretary General of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Bonn since 2004, an organization which helps foreign scientists and scholars to spend research periods in Germany.
From 2001 to 2003, he worked as Executive Director of the German-American Fulbright Commission in Berlin and in this capacity was able to contribute to academic exchange and a better understanding between Germany and the United States.

Emily Sena, PhD

Emily Sena is a research fellow at the University of Edinburgh specialised in validity of preclinical research. Her research interests are in the use of meta-research approaches (research on research) to drive improvements in the validity, transparency and reproducibility of primary research describing how we model human diseases in the laboratory and how we develop therapies to treat disease. Her research has informed laboratory practice guidelines, editorial policy and the design of clinical trials. She is a member of her university Animal Welfare Ethical Review Board, convenor of CAMARADES, on the steering committee of the REWARD alliance and on the scientific advisory panel for the Berlin Institutes of Health (BIH) Quest center for transforming biomedical research. Emily is also the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Open Science.