Speakers and Panelists 2019

(in alphabetical order)

Isabel Campos Plasencia

Isabel Campos is a staff researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). She is the Coordinator of the Spanish distributed computing network (es-NGI), representative of Spain in the EGI Council, and coordinator of IBERGRID in Spain. As a member of the 2nd EOSC High Level Expert Group appointed by the EC, she has played an active role in providing recommendations and policy baselines to support the launching of the EOSC initiative.

As scientific background, she holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics by the University of Zaragoza in in the area of computing simulations for Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics (Lattice QCD). She has held positions as research associate at DESY in Hamburg, Brookhaven National Laboratory (USA), and at the Leibniz Computer Center in Munich. She has a deep experience in parallel computing simulations for Lattice QCD in HPC systems, and has been involved in a number of projects to develop special purpose computers. She has an extensive experience in integration of applications and data management in the application areas of HEP, Environment, Nuclear Fusion and Complex Systems. She has over 55 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has participated or presented more than 70 communications to international conferences and seminars.


Kathleen Gregory

Kathleen Gregory is a researcher and PhD candidate at the Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. She holds a MS in Library and Information Science and a MA in Education and has worked on open science and scholarly communication topics in libraries in both the United States and Germany. Her research spans the intersection of information behavior, science and technology studies, and the evolving open science landscape. Her current work examines how researchers discover, make sense of and reuse (open) data, probing the contingent relationships between these practices and community-specific research infrastructures, cultures and policies.


Dr Peter Kraker

Peter Kraker is the founder and chairman of Open Knowledge Maps, a charitable non-profit dedicated to dramatically increasing the visibility of research findings for science and society alike. To this end, Open Knowledge Maps operates the world’s largest visual search engine for scientific knowledge.

Prior to founding Open Knowledge Maps, Peter was a senior researcher at Know-Center, Austria’s leading research center for data-driven business and big data analytics, managing the topic of Open Science. He was involved a number of EU-funded projects, most recently leading the work on innovative dissemination in the Horizon 2020 project OpenUP.

Peter coordinates the GO FAIR Implementation Network Discovery and is a core team member of the Open Science Network Austria (OANA). A long-time open science advocate, he is known for coining the term Open Methodology and for his leading role in creating The Vienna Principles – A Vision for Scholarly Communication in the 21st Century.


Dr Paolo Manghi

Paolo Manghi is a (PhD) Researcher in computer science at Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell’Informazione (ISTI) of Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), in Pisa, Italy. His research areas of interest are data e-infrastructures for science and scholarly communication infrastructures, with a focus on technologies supporting open science publishing within and across different disciplines, i.e. computational reproducibility and transparent evaluation of science. He is the Technical Director of the OpenAIRE infrastructure, coordinator of the H2020 OpenAIRE-Connect project, and technical manager and researcher for the EU-H2020 infrastructure projects OpenAIRE2020, SoBigData.eu, PARTHENOS, EOSCpilot, Data4Impact, OpenUP, eInfraCentral, and RDA Europe series. He is an active member of Research Data Alliance WGs, member of EC projects advisory boards, of the ResearchObject.org and RD-Switchboard initiative.


Mari Riipinen, PhD

Mari Riipinen is the Head of Research Development Unit at the University of Turku (UTU). The unit is responsible for drafting UTU’s research related policies, developing open science actions and research infrastructure related issues, coordinating CRIS system development as well as progressing research ethics activities at the university level. Furthermore the unit is responsible for advising and supporting the decision makers such as rector(s) and deans in research development issues. Riipinen is leading a unit which consists of about 10 high level research development specialists. Riipinen has also led a national network of research administration for three years. In addition she has been involved in various national working groups on open science and she was the chair person for the steering group for the national initiative to take into use a dmp tool Tuuli.

Riipinen has worked in research support related issues since 2009. She began her research support career in the pre award activities of research funding and therefore she is well acquainted with the national and international research funding environment. Before her career in research administration Riipinen worked as a researcher at the University of Oulu, Finland. She did her human geographical PhD research mainly working in an EU FP6 project PINE.


Professor Eva M. Méndez Rodríguez

Eva Méndez holds a PhD in Library and Information Sciences (LIS) and is an expert in metadata. She defines herself in her Twitter profile as an ‘open knowledge militant’. She has been a lecturer at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), LIS department since 1997.She has been an active member of several international research teams, advisory boards and communities including: DCMI, OpenAire, Metadata2020, RDA, etc. In 2005-06 she was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA). She has taken part in and led several research projects and acted as advisor to many more in the fields related with standardization, metadata, semantic web, open data, digital repositories and libraries, in addition to information policies for development in several countries. In 2015 she won the Young Researcher of Excellence award of her University. In November 2017 she was named “Open Data Champion” by SPARC Europe. She is currently Deputy Vice President for Scientific Policy-Open Science at UC3M and member of the EU-OSPP (European Open Science Policy Platform) on behalf of YERUN (Young European Research Universities Network). She is the OSPP chair for the 2nd mandate of the platform.


Mark D. Wilkinson

Mark Wilkinson is Fundacion BBVA Chair in Biotechnology and Isaac Peral Distinguished Researcher at the Center for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics, Technical University of Madrid. For the past 15 years, his laboratory has focused on designing biomedical data/tool representation, discovery, and automated reuse infrastructures – what would now be called “FAIR”. He is lead author of the primary FAIR Data Principles paper, and lead author on the first paper describing a reference implementation of those principles over legacy data. He is a founding member of the FAIR Metrics Authorship Group, tasked with defining the precise, measurable behaviors that FAIR resources should exhibit. Beyond FAIR, his laboratory also studies the application of Artificial Intelligence techniques to the problem of microbiome engineering.