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.


Johanna Havemann, PhD

With a background in Evolution and Developmental Biology, Johanna Havemann (PhD) is a trainer and consultant in [Open] Science Communication and Science Project Management. Her work experience covers NGOs, a science start-up and international institutions including the UN Environment Programme. With a focus on digital tools for Science and her label Access 2 Perspectives, she aims at strengthening Research on the African continent through Open Science.

Besides co-curating the podcast PhD Career Stories, Johanna coordinates communication and public relations for the Berlin based NPOs r0g_agency for Open Culture and Critical Transformation, the Disruption Network Lab and is a board member of the social innovation NGO Global Innovation Gathering.

At the Wikimedia Open Science Fellows Program, Johanna serves as a mentor and recently joined the Open Science MOOC as a steering committee member. With her colleague, Justin Sègbédji Ahinon, Johanna co-founded the preprint repository AfricArXiv and is currently co-organizing the second Africa Open Science Hardware summit to be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in April 2019.


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.

Bianca Kramer, PhD

Bianca Kramer (@MsPhelps) is a librarian for life sciences and medicine at Utrecht Library, with a strong focus on scholarly communication and Open Science. Through her work on the project ‘101 innovations in scholarly communication’ (including a worldwide survey of >20,000 researchers) she is investigating trends in innovations and tool usage across the research cycle, with special attention to open scholarly infrastructure. She regularly leads workshops on various aspects of scholarly communication (e.g. online search, altmetrics, peer review) for researchers, students and other stakeholders in scholarly communication, and has an active interest in data- and network visualization. She is a member of the steering committee of the Force11 Scholarly Commons Working Group, board member of FORCE11 and member of the EC Expert Group on the Future of Scholarly Communication and Scholarly Publishing.

Katharina Rieck

Katharina Rieck works as Open Science manager at the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and is as such responsible for the development of the FWF Open Access policy. In this role she also manages the programmes “Peer-Reviewed Publications” and the FWF “Open Research Data Pilot”. Katharina is a core team member of the “Open Science Network Austria (OANA)” where she chairs the working group on “Open Science Information”. She represents the FWF in several national as well as international networks and working groups such as the Science Europe working group on Research Data, the Europe PMC funder committee, Austrian Transition to Open Access (AT2OA) working groups etc. Among others, Katharina co-authored the “Recommendations for the transition to Open Access in Austria” and “The Vienna Principles: A Vision for scholarly communication in the 21st century”. Further information: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9316-165X


Mari Riipinen

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.

Olaf Siegert

Olaf works at ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, where he is the head of publication services and also acts as it’s Open Access representative. Olaf‘s team is responsible for several services and projects with relation to Open Access and Research Data Management in the field of Economics and Business Studies.

Moreover Olaf is chair of the Leibniz Open Access Working Group and has helped to set up and implement the Leibniz Open Access Policy. Besides he is involved in several other national and international Open Access related networks and working groups, e.g. for the Alliance of German Research Organisations, Science Europe and LIBER.


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.