Jul 10 – 14, 2023
Europe/Zurich timezone
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Speaker List

Julieta Arancio

Julieta Arancio is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Science, Technology and Society, Drexel University (US), and an associated researcher at CENIT-UNSAM (Argentina). She holds a degree in environmental science from Universidad de Buenos Aires and a PhD in science and technology studies from Universidad Nacional de Quilmes. Her current work, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, explores open hardware as an enabler of research questions and agendas that are not favored by current incentives and funding schemes. Julieta co-founded the open science hardware network in Latin America (reGOSH) and the mentorship program “Open Hardware Makers”. She is currently teaching seminars on open hardware for graduate students at the Technical University Berlin.


Michael Arentoft

Michael was previously Deputy Head of International R&I Cooperation Strategy, Innovation Union policy officer, Acting Head of Strategy for ICT R&I, Sector Head of ICT R&I Work Programme and Planning, coordinator of ICT Essential Technologies and Infrastructures, and project officer in High Performance Computing and Networking. Before joining the EC, he was with Computer Resources International and with Rovsing International. 

His educational background is from the University of Pennsylvania’s Computer and Information Science PhD program and from the Technical University of Denmark’s Electrical Engineering Master’s program.


Sonia Barbosa

Sonia Barbosa is the Manager of Data Curation for the Harvard Dataverse and Manager of the Murray Research Archive. Her responsibilities include initiating outreach and acquisitions of data and promoting the use and benefits of the Dataverse tool, the Harvard Dataverse Repository, and the Murray Archive. Sonia leads training on using Dataverse, consults with users on organizing, cleaning, and preparing data for sharing and preservation, and provides curation support and guidance for users of the tool. 

Sonia is an experienced data curation manager with over 25 years of hands-on experience in the field. She holds a degree in Psychology with a concentration in African American Studies from the College of the Holy Cross, 1995, and a BSN from Simmons University, 2009 and has worked for Harvard University in data acquisition, curation, and sharing for over 25 years, 20 of those years have been spent working as a member of The Dataverse Project Team at IQSS, Harvard. Sonia has been committed to promoting open and responsible data-sharing practices. A strong advocate for open science, she has been actively involved in various initiatives and collaborations to advance open research practices.


Arianna Becerril Garcia

Dr. Arianna Becerril Garcia is full-time professor at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM). Member of the National System of Researchers (SNI) of Mexico. She was the recipient of the 2021 Early Career Scientist Award (South America and the Caribbean) by the International Science Council. She holds a PhD and MSc in Computer Science, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico. And she holds a BA in Computer Engineering, UAEM. She is part of the founding team of the Scientific Information System Redalyc.org where she is the current Executive Director. Dr Becerril is founder and president of AmeliCA Conocimiento Abierto S.C. She’s co-founder of Red Mexicana de Repositorios Institucionales (“Mexican Network of Institutional Repositories”). She participated as part of the advisory team of the Open Access national legislation in Mexico in 2014. 

She’s currently a member of the the council of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). She also participates as advisory board’ member of different international initiatives. She has coordinated various multilateral projects supported by UNESCO, in partnership with organizations such as the Indian Statistical Institute, and governmental entities as the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation of Angola, where she participated in the recommendations for the national legislation on Open Access.


Jamie Boyd

Jamie Boyd is an experimental particle physicist and a senior scientist at CERN. He has worked on large scale particle physis experiments at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in California, and at CERN, in Geneva. With the ATLAS experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) he contributed to the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012, and he has led the ATLAS group searching for supersymmetric particles at the LHC. Jamie currently leads the FASER experiment at the LHC. In addition to scientific research Jamie has been involved in coordination and strategic planning activities at CERN. In this context, he led the LHC Open Data working group, which crafted the LHC Open Data policy, endorsed by the LHC experiments in 2020.


Chris Bourg

Chris Bourg is the Director of Libraries at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she also has oversight of the MIT Press. She is also the founding director of the Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship (CREOS). Prior to assuming her role at MIT, Chris worked for 12 years in the Stanford University Libraries. Before Stanford, she spent 10 years as an active-duty U.S. Army officer, including three years on the faculty at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She received her BA from Duke University, her MA from the University of Maryland, and her MA and PhD in sociology from Stanford.

Chris has extensive experience promoting equitable and open scholarship, and is an advocate for the role of libraries in promoting social justice and democracy. Chris co-chaired the MIT Ad Hoc Task Force on the Future of Libraries and the MIT Ad Hoc Task Force on Open Access to MIT’s Research, and is a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science, as well as the Higher Education Leadership Initiative for Open Scholarship. Chris is a member of several advisory boards and steering committees, including: SocArXiv Steering Committee; Harvard Board of Overseers Committee to Visit the University Library; External Advisory Board of the Stanford Data Science Institute’s Center for Open and Reproducible Science (DSI-CORES); Cambia Board of Directors; and SPARC Steering Committee.


Roland Bertelmann 

Roland Bertelmann is heading the Helmholtz Open Science Office. His main focus is on the open research data, open access for scientific publications, open research software, and the corresponding incentives for the cultural shift to Open Science. He has been involved in Open Science for 20 years in various projects and roles. Among other roles, he is currently co-spokesperson of the Initiative Digital Information of the Alliance of German Science Organizations, is active in the board of the German Initiative for Network Information, and member of the of the Working Group re3data. From 2000 to 2020, he was Head of Library and Information Services at the Helmholtz Centre German Research Centre for Geosciences.


Roberto Di Cosmo

An alumnus of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa , with a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Pisa , Roberto Di Cosmo was associate professor for almost a decade at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. In 1999, he became a Computer Science full professor at University Paris Diderot, where he was head of doctoral studies for Computer Science from 2004 to 2009. President of the board of trustees and scientific advisory board of the IMDEA Software institute and chair of the Software chapter of the National Committee for Open Science in France , he is currently on leave at Inria .

His research activity spans theoretical computing, functional programming, parallel and distributed programming, the semantics of programming languages, type systems, rewriting and linear logic, and, more recently, the new scientific problems posed by the general adoption of Free Software, with a particular focus on static analysis of large software collections. He has published over 20 international journal articles and 50 international conference articles .

He created in 2015, and now directs Software Heritage , an initiative to build the universal archive of all the source code publicly available, in partnership with UNESCO .


Steve Crawford

Steve Crawford is an astronomer currently working as the Science Data Officer for the Science Mission Directorate of NASA. Previously, he has managed the teams maintaining the open source calibration software for the Hubble Space Telescope and for the Webb Space Telescope. Before that, he spent 11 years working as the Data Manager for the Southern African Large Telescope at the South African Astronomical Observatory. He was a founding member of the Astropy Project, a scientific editor for the AAS Journals specializing in software and machine learning, and a member of the Astronomy brain trust.


Rosemarie De La Cruz Bernabe

Rosemarie Bernabe holds the position of Professor of Research Ethics and Research Integrity at the University of Oslo, as well as being an Adjunct Professor of Medical Research Ethics at the University of South-Eastern Norway.

Her research interests include emerging technologies, global health ethics, research ethics, research integrity, and regulatory science. Her expertise lies at the intriguing intersection of these captivating fields, where she explores the intricate web of ethical considerations and integrity in research.

Rosemarie also spearheads multiple consortia that explore the ethical boundaries of research. Among her achievements are her leadership roles in the prestigious Horizon 2020/Horizon Europe projects. These include the EDCTP project, focused on improving post-trial access in Sub-Saharan Africa (AccessAfrica), the Responsible Open Science in Europe (ROSiE) project, the Equitable, Inclusive, and Human-Centered XR Project (XR4Human), the BEYOND project which seeks to promote a behavioral and evidence-based approach to research ethics and integrity in Europe, and the AccessAfrica2 project, which aims to strengthen clinical trial regulatory and ethical review oversight in East Africa.

Rosemarie also leads the NORPART project, Enhancing Ethics and Integrity Capacity in Medical Research and Clinical Practice (ETHIMED), which sets out to empower and equip students, academic and healthcare professionals from partner countries with research ethics and clinical ethics capacity. Additionally, she will lead the Norwegian Research Council project, aptly titled, Developing national and global agendas for the ethics of post-trial arrangements in LMICs during pandemics/epidemics (Pandemic Ethics), a vital initiative aiming to shape ethical frameworks in low- and middle-income countries during times of crises.


Sünje Dallmeier-Tiessen

Sunje has always had a passion for research. Starting out in the geosciences and then in scientific publishing, her interest in responsible and open research practices led her to the world's largest particle physics research laboratory: CERN. After a PhD at CERN and Humboldt University in Berlin, a research stay at Harvard University and, most recently, a secondment to Germany's largest research organisation, she returned to her roots at CERN. She works with the communities towards open research practices and services.

Through the various assignments Sunje has developed an understanding of research management from all possible perspectives: researchers, citizens, research institutions and policy makers. She believes: The increasing complexity of data driven and reusable research practices demand a comprehensive and scalable approach to prepare for a fruitful future. Research results need to remain trustworthy and accessible to be or become part of the global decision making.


Ulrich Dirnagl

In preclinical as well as in clinical studies Ulrich Dirnagl’s research has revealed pathobiology which impact on the outcome after a stroke. Several of these mechanisms can be therapeutically targeted, clinical trials are under way. In addition, through meta-research, he was able to identify opportunities for improving research practice and to obtain evidence for the impact of interventions targeted to increase the value of biomedical research. At the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin Ulrich Dirnagl is Professor of Clinical Neuroscience and served as founding director of the Department of Experimental Neurology from 1999 until 2022. 

Since 2017 he is also the founding director of the QUEST Center for Responsible Biomedical Research at the Berlin Institute of Health. QUEST aims at overcoming the roadblocks in translational medicine by increasing the value and impact of biomedical research through maximizing the quality, reproducibility, generalizability, and validity of research.


Christopher Erdmann

Christopher Erdmann is a community advocate, developer, and experimenter in the areas of Open Science and FAIR. Prior to joining the Michael J. Fox Foundation as the Associate Director for Open Science, he was the Assistant Director for Data Leadership at the American Geophysical Union where he was responsible for data stewardship and drove programs on open science and FAIR. He has previously worked for organizations such as the Renaissance Computing Institute at UNC, California Digital Library (The Carpentries), North Carolina State University, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, European Southern Observatory, Supreme Court of the US, United Nations, University of Washington, Smithsonian, and CNET. 

Christopher holds an MLIS from the University of Washington iSchool and a BA from the University of California, Davis.


Chelle Gentemann (Conference Co-Chair)

Chelle Gentemann studies the sea from space. Her research focuses on data production and analysis to understand and monitor changes in our weather and climate. She uses cutting-edge technologies to bring sweeping changes to how we approach science, specifically working to increase data accessibility and participation in science.  For 30 years, she has worked on passive microwave satellite missions, both domestically and internationally, from launch through decommissioning, leading research on open science, cloud computing, and remote sensing. She was awarded AGU’s Falkenberg Award and the Radiant Earth Foundation named her one of 15 Leading Women in Machine Learning for Earth Observation. She was co-chair of the National Academy of Sciences and Engineering (NASEM) Committee on Best Practices for a Future Open Code Policy for NASA Space Science, co-chair of the NASEM Standing Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space (CESAS), and testified to the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, “Discovery on the Frontiers of Space: Exploring NASA’s Science Mission.” 

Chelle is currently on an IPA assignment to NASA. At NASA headquarters, she leads the Transform to Open Science (TOPS) mission. TOPS will create an inclusive scientific culture that is ready for 21st-century challenges.


Joshua Greenberg

Joshua Greenberg is a Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, responsible for both the Technology and New York City programs. He established the Technology program shortly after joining the Foundation in 2010, and has since developed a portfolio of grantees ranging across data science, data curation, citizen science, scholarly communication, and open source software. 

From 2007 to 2010, Dr. Greenberg was the New York Public Library's first Director of Digital Strategy and Scholarship, where he founded and led the Digital Experience Group as well as the NYPL Labs team, developing and executing a digital strategy centered on building online visitors and deepening engagement through access to collections both on Library websites and third-party platforms as well as increased exposure to staff expertise via blogs and other social media. Prior to that he was Associate Director for Research Projects at George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media, where taught courses and workshops on digital history as well as helping to launch a number of innovative projects including Zotero, Omeka, and THATCamp.

Dr. Greenberg currently serves on the National Academies’ Board on Research Data and Information as well as on the ACLS Commission on Fostering and Sustaining Diverse Digital Scholarship, and is a Board Advisor for Code for Science and Society. His previous board service has included the American Geophysical Union, the Center for Open Science, and the Metropolitan Library Council.

Dr. Greenberg received his Bachelor of Arts in History of Science, Medicine and Technology from the Johns Hopkins University, and both Masters and Doctoral degrees from Cornell University's Department of Science & Technology Studies. His dissertation work on the early history of the consumer videocassette recorder and the invention of the video rental industry was published as From Betamax to Blockbuster by the MIT Press (2008).


Robert J. Hanisch

Dr. Robert J. Hanisch is the Director of the Office of Data and Informatics, Material Measurement Laboratory, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He is responsible for improving data management and analysis practices and helping to assure compliance with national directives on open data access. 

Prior to coming to NIST in 2014, Dr. Hanisch was a Senior Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Maryland, and was the Director of the US Virtual Astronomical Observatory. For more than twenty-five years Dr. Hanisch led efforts in the astronomy community to improve the accessibility and interoperability of data archives and catalogs.


Kristi Holmes

Kristi Holmes is the director of Galter Health Sciences Library and professor of Preventive Medicine in the division of Health and Biomedical Informatics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. She is Chief of Knowledge Management in Northwestern’s Institute for Augmented Intelligence in Medicine and serves on the leadership team of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS), where she directs evaluation and continuous improvement for a wide range of programs. Her research focuses on the discovery and equitable access to knowledge through collaborative computational and social initiatives. She brings extensive experience with highly cooperative technical information projects, and she is strongly committed to open science, attribution, meaningful impact, and a vibrant scholarly ecosystem.

Dr. Holmes contributes to the global InvenioRDM open source community and collaborates with the Zenodo team on the NIH Generalist Repository Ecosystem Initiative. She serves in advisory roles on several relevant efforts, including the United States Repository Network, the InCommon Federation, the Research Centers in Minority Institutions Coordinating Center, and Make Data Count. She chairs the National Library of Medicine Board of Regents and its Comparative Genomics Resource (CGR) Working Group.


Codrina Illie

Codrina Ilie is a technical geographer, active in the international open source geospatial community for over 14 years. As an advocate for foss4g, since 2010 she has been a volunteer trainer in the Romanian geospatial community, geo-spatial.org. Since 2013, Codrina has been a Charter Member of the Open Source for Geospatial Foundation – OSGeo - and today serves the community as an OSGeo elected Board of Directors member, within her second term.   
As an open source GIS/RS power user, Codrina is a project officer working to develop geospatial data services and products with a focus on the (re)insurance market, at Terrasigna, an SME based in Bucharest, Romania. 


Neil Jacobs 

Dr. Neil Jacobs is Head of the Open Research Programme at the UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN); a five-year, national programme to accelerate the uptake of high quality open research practices. Prior to joining UKRN, he played a leading role in the strategy team at the main UK research funder, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), specifically focused on research integrity, and was involved in establishing the new UK Committee on Research Integrity. 

He has over 20 years’ experience in developing policy, support and infrastructure for open research, including 15 years at the UK digital agency Jisc where he led the team responsible for Jisc’s open science services, and oversaw Jisc’s strategy to support research. He has also had secondments both to the UK Government as co-lead for open science, and to cOAlition S to set up its programme of work. Among other roles, he is chair of the supervisory board for the Directory of Open Access Books.


Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones is EOSC Engagement Manager at GÉANT, where she works with NRENs on supporting Open Science. She is an information professional with over a decade working in research data services in the higher education sector. At the Digital Curation Centre she led the DMPonline service and worked on consultancy and training. Sarah was rapporteur on the European Commission’s FAIR Data Expert Group and independent expert on the EOSC Executive Board, chairing the FAIR Working Group. She now sits on the EOSC Association Board of Directors.


Heather Joseph

Since her appointment as SPARC’s Executive Director in 2005, Heather has focused the organization’s efforts on supporting the open and equitable sharing of digital articles, data, and educational resources. Under her stewardship, SPARC has become widely recognized as the leading international force for effective open access policies and practices. Among her many achievements, she convened the Alliance for Taxpayer Access and the Open Access Working Group, which provided critical advocacy for the establishment of the landmark 2008 NIH Public Access Policy and the 2013 White House Memorandum on Public Access to Federally Funded Research. Heather regularly participates in committees and collaborates on projects with U.S. federal agencies, ranging from the NIH National Advisory Committee on PubMed Central, to the NIST Steering Committee to establish a Research Data Framework. In 2015, she was appointed to the newly-formed Commerce Data Advisory Council and tasked with providing input to the Secretary of Commerce on issues surrounding open data, and in 2019, she spearheaded the establishment of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Roundtable an Aligning Incentives to Support Open Science. Internationally, Heather has worked on initiatives and consultations to promote the open sharing of research outputs at the United Nations, The World Bank, UNESCO, and World Health Organization. Through SPARC’s global network of affiliates in Europe, Asia and Africa, she is an active collaborator on projects that support community developed and controlled solutions for knowledge sharing. She is particularly committed to promoting leadership opportunities for students and early career professionals. Through the establishment of SPARC’s global OpenCon initiative and its student Right to Research Coalition, she has created opportunities for students and young leaders worldwide to actively advocate for the open sharing of research outputs and educational materials. Her community service includes terms on the Board of Directors of non-profit organizations that support the open sharing of knowledge, including PLOS, Public Resource, DuraSpace, EIFL, the Center for Open Science, and OurResearch, as well as extensive volunteer advisory support for new and developing open initiatives.

Prior to joining SPARC, Heather spent 15 years as a publishing executive in both commercial and not-for-profit organizations. She was the publisher at the Director of Publishing for the American Society for Cell Biology, where she managed the growth of Molecular Biology of the Cell, the first journal to commit its full content to the NIH’s pioneering open access repository, PubMed Central. She is also the founding President and COO of BioOne, a collaborative publishing organization designed to keep non-profit publishers operating independently. She is a frequent speaker and writer on issues relating to knowledge sharing, and on open access in particular.


Kati Lassila-Perini

Kati Lassila-Perini is a research scientist at the Helsinki Institute of Physics, Finland, with a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics from ETH Zurich, Switzerland. She leads the Open Data effort of the CMS experiment at CERN and has managed the release of over 3 PB of research-quality data into the public domain since 2014. Her top interest is the reusability of these data.



Stephanie Lumnitz

Stefanie's interests intersect high performance data analytics, artificial intelligence and open innovation advocacy, especially applied to Digital Twins, land ecosystem's research and managing the urban green transition. Much of her recent work focuses on building open and inclusive tools and services for open Earth Observation (EO) mission science and applications (biopal.org), and growing diverse open EO communities.

Stefanie is an Earth Observation Application Scientist in the Science, Applications and Climate Department of the European Space Agency leading activities under European flagship projects such as Destination Earth (destination-earth.eu), and ESA’s Green Transition Information Factories (gtif.esa.int). She is the chair of the conference Big Data from Space (bigdatafromspace2023.org) and currently serves as a member of the Python Software Foundation and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation. Previously, she served as a core-developer and steering-council member of the Python Spatial Analysis Library (PySAL) and dask-geopandas, and mentored students under NumFocus on developing geopandas and PySAL core functionality focused towards deployment on HPC Systems and applicability for geospatial high performance data analytics workflows.

Stefanie holds a MSc by Research on mapping urban trees with deep learning and street level photography from the University of British Columbia, and has filled different positions at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the New Zealand Forestry Research Institute, the University of British Columbia, Canada and the University of California, Riverside, USA.


Chris Marcum

Christopher Steven Marcum, Ph.D., F.G.S.A (he/him/they/them) is a Senior Statistician and Senior Science Policy Analyst in the Office of the Chief Statistician of the United States at the White House Office of Management and Budget. His portfolio focuses on data access, science policy, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence. Immediately, prior to his current role, Dr. Marcum served in the Biden-Harris Administration as the Assistant Director for Open Science and Data Policy in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  Dr. Marcum oversaw transformative science policies in his OSTP portfolio that led to the 2022 OSTP Public Access Memo, the 2023 Federal Scientific Integrity Framework, and the White House declaring the 2023 as a Year of Open Science. Dr. Marcum received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) in 2011. He also has a Master’s degree in demographic and social analysis from UCI and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in economics and statistics at the RAND Corporation. After his formal training, he joined the intramural research faculty of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a staff scientist and methodologist where his research focused on social networks and health. Eventually, he moved into science policy at the NIH and was appointed to be the Genomic Program Administrator and chair of the Data Access Committee at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). 

His professional accolades include over fifty scientific publications, a commendation of exceptional service from OSTP, two Special Act or Service Award honors from NIAID, a Matilda White Rile Early Stage Investigator Honor from the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research at the NIH, two GREAT Awards from the NHGRI, and an Order of Merit Award from the University of California-Irvine. He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, nominated by his peers for his research, training, and advocacy on issues related to aging and the life course. 
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0899-6143


Nokuthula Mchunu 

Dr Nokuthula Mchunu is the Deputy Director at the African Open Science Platform hosted by the National Research Foundation, South Africa. Dr Mchunu has a wealth of experience in academia outreach programmes, the popularisation of science, and STEM with local communities. She was senior Researcher from the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa in the Biotechnology Platform. She completed her doctoral degree in fungal genomics, was previously a senior scholar in the Department of Biotechnology of Durban University of Technology for more than 15 years.  She has also served as a scientist in a number of international institutions including the University of Cincinnati (USA), Lund University (Sweden), Tianjin University, (China) and the Centre for Chemical Biology (Malaysia). She is the first recipient of the Young Scientist Programme between China and South Africa. Her research focused on Covid and pathogen surveillance in wastewater, fungal genetics, Cannabis and Africa legume genomics.  


Erin McKiernan

Erin McKiernan is the Community Manager for the Open Funders Research Group (ORFG). In this role, she works with funders to better understand the tools and resources needed to develop, launch, and oversee open science policies. She also engages with funders to understand hurdles to policy adoption and strategies to address these issues. 
Erin is also a neurophysiologist who has been a professor in the Department of Physics, 
Biomedical Physics Program at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City since 2015. She has a B.A. in Psychology, and both a M.S. and Ph.D. in Physiological 
Sciences, all from the University of Arizona.


Kamran Naim (Conference Co-Chair)

Dr. Kamran Naim is the Head of Open Science at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), where he leads a diverse portfolio of activities that aim to shape the future of global open science practice. This includes organizational policy development (facilitating the development of CERN’s Open Data and Open Science Policies), managing the operations of the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics, SCOAP3 (the world’s largest disciplinary open access initiative), and overseeing institutional and disciplinary open science services such as INSPIRE. Prior to his time at CERN, Kamran worked in academic publishing (pioneering the Subscribe to Open model), as well as with international organizations, including USAID, the US National Academies, and the World Bank to address issues of global inequity, particularly relating to scientific information. 

Kamran holds a PhD from Stanford University on collaborative and equitable models for scientific communication.


Lars Holm Nielsen

Lars Holm Nielsen is Head of Open Science Repositories at CERN IT where he leads Open Science services and projects for large-scale scholarly repositories. He built and grew Zenodo.org over the past 10 years from a proof of concept to being the largest general-purpose research repository supporting researchers around the world in any discipline to share and preserve their research products. He further leads the 25 partners InvenioRDM open source repository platform, helping institutions and domains to provide Open Science services. 

He has pioneered innovative solutions across research domains for research software citations as well as unlocking FAIR biodiversity data. He’s work focuses on providing core enabling infrastructure for Open Science to help accelerate scientific discovery and ultimately improve how science is conducted.


Brian Nosek

Brian Nosek’s research and applied interests are to understand how people and systems produce values-misaligned behavior; to develop, implement, and evaluate solutions to align behavior with values; and, to improve research methods and culture to accelerate progress in science. Brian co-developed the Implicit Association Test, a method that advanced research and public interest in implicit bias. Nosek co-founded three non-profit organizations: Project Implicit to advance research and education about implicit bias, the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science to improve the research culture in his home discipline, and the Center for Open Science (COS) to improve rigor, transparency, integrity, and reproducibility across research disciplines.

Brian is Executive Director of COS and a professor at the University of Virginia. Brian received his undergraduate degree in Psychology with minors in Computer Science and Women’s Studies from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1995, and his PhD in Psychology from Yale in 2002. He received honorary doctorates in science from Ghent University (2019) and University of Bristol (2022).


Yesenia Olaya

Dr. Yesenia Olaya Requene is the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of Colombia. Since 2019, she has been the Academic Coordinator of the Certificate in Afro-Latin American Studies of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Latin American universities. She recently joined the short list of pre-selected to be part of the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent. With extensive research experience in the field of Afro-Latin American studies, inclusive education, forced displacement, Afro-descendant and African migration, racism in Latin America and the Caribbean. As coordinator of the Certificate in Afro-Latin American Studies, she has led the inclusion and academic training of students from 26 countries in Latin America, the United States, and Europe, including social leaders, public officials, undergraduate and graduate students, in the field of Afro-Latin American studies. Within the framework of this program, it has promoted and materialized collaborative alliances with teachers, researchers, and work groups from universities in Latin America and the United States, to implement specialized courses and seminars offered in the Certificate, try to democratize academic content, and make institutions accessible. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. In December 2020 she received “Fray Bernardino de Sahagún” award for the best doctoral thesis and dissertation from the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico (INAH), with the research "Living between borders: mobilities of Afro-Colombian communities on the Colombia-Ecuador border. Memory of the new landscapes and territorial reconfiguration.


Rachel Paseka

Rachel Paseka is a Support Scientist with the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Open-Source Science Initiative. She supports implementation of the SMD Scientific Information Policy, including the development of policy guidance for researchers and working across scientific domains to ensure consistency in implementation. Rachel also supports NASA grant programs for open science tool development and the NASA Transform to Open Science (TOPS) mission.

Rachel’s journey into open science policy began as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, where she led the development of the US Department of Agriculture’s policy on public access to scholarly publications and scientific research data. In her past roles as a researcher, Rachel studied infectious disease ecology in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. She holds a PhD in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University.


Fernando Pérez

Fernando Pérez is faculty at UC Berkeley Statistics and a scientist at LBNL. Trained in physics, he builds tools for humans to use computers as companions in thinking and collaboration, mostly in the scientific Python ecosystem. Today, he focuses on open, reproducible science at scale to tackle problems like the climate crisis that bridge physical modeling, data analysis, and societal concerns. He co-founded Project Jupyter, 2i2c.org, and NumFOCUS.


Ana Persic 

Dr Ana Peršić is Programme Specialist at the Section of Science Technology Innovation Policy at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Ecologist by training (Master in Ecological Sciences at the University of Padova, Italy and PhD in Ecotoxicology at the University of Paris South, France), Dr Ana Peršić joined UNESCO in April 2006 as an Assistant Program Specialist in the Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences. From 2011 to 2018, she served as Science Specialist at the UNESCO Liaison Office in New York. Her work relates to the promotion of science technology and innovation in the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. She coordinated the development of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science and is currently working towards its implementation.


Karthik Ram

Karthik’s interests are focused on reproducible research, especially as it applies to global change biology. Much of his recent work focuses on building tools and services around open data and growing diverse data science communities. He contributes regularly to various open source projects, edits for the Journal of Open Source Software, ReScience, and The rOpenSci Software Review, and has served on boards of organizations such as The Carpentries, Research Software Alliance, The Software Sustainability Institute, and Many Labs.

Karthik is a senior scientist at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science and the director of The rOpenSci Project, a non-profit initiative founded in 2011 to make scientific data retrieval reproducible through an ecosystem of open-source tools, annual unconferences, and community-developed software.


Heidi Seibold 

Dr. Heidi Seibold is a trainer and consultant for open and reproducible data science and an independent researcher at IGDORE. She has a background in statistics and health research. She is host of the podcasts "Open Science Stories" and ">reboot academia" and writes a successful newsletter (https://heidiseibold.ck.page) about open science and reproducible data science. She is a member of the steering committe of the German Reproducibility Network and involved in a number of other initiatives including Open Innovation in Life Sciences and The Turing Way.

You can find Heidi on Twitter (https://twitter.com/HeidiBaya), Mastodon (https://fosstodon.org/@HeidiSeibold), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-heidi-seibold/), or learn more about her work on her website (https://heidiseibold.com/).


Javier Serrano

Javier leads the Electronics Design and Low level software section in CERN’s accelerator Controls Electronics and Mechatronics group. An engineer and physicist by training, his work on controls and data acquisition for particle accelerators was recognised in 2017 through the ICALEPCS Lifetime Achievement Award. He specialises in very precise synchronisation solutions such as White Rabbit, an extension of Ethernet whose reference implementation is fully open-source hardware, gateware, firmware and software. A native of Castellón, Spain, Javier was one of the trailblazers in the early days of Open Hardware, and has contributed extensively to its practice on several fronts: creating and managing the Open Hardware Repository, co-authoring the CERN Open Hardware Licence, working with companies and other stakeholders in finding appropriate business models, and coordinating CERN’s contribution to the development of KiCad. He is an alum Board Member of the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) and was involved in the launch of the Gathering for Open Science Hardware (GOSH).

Javier is also very keen on education and advocacy. He enjoys taking groups of students around the laboratory, teaching them Physics through hands-on experiments and telling them about Open (Science | Data | Access | Software | Hardware). He has contributed to the drafting of the hardware part of CERN’s Open Science Policy and to the creation of an Open Source Programme Office (OSPO) at CERN. He is currently investigating novel ways of combining open-source with economic activity and impact, working with CERN’s Knowledge Transfer group on the launch of the White Rabbit Collaboration.


Tibor Simko

Dr Tibor Šimko leads several open science and reproducible research data projects at CERN. Tibor is the founder of the CERN Open Data portal, the CERN Analysis Preservation service, and the REANA Reusable Analyses platform. Tibor worked as a Technology Director of INSPIRE, the high-energy physics information system built in a world-wide collaboration among CERN, DESY, FNAL, IHEP and SLAC laboratories. Tibor also founded the Invenio digital repository framework and participated in several EC projects related to data preservation and information management (BlogForever, CRISP). Tibor received PhD degrees in computational plasma physics from Comenius University (Slovakia) and from University Paris-Sud (France). Tibor's professional interests include open science, reproducible research, data preservation and analysis workflows, information management and retrieval, software architecture and development, psychology of programming, free software culture and more.


Tim Smith

An Open Science advocate, he launched CERN’s Open Data Portal to share LHC big data with the world, and nurtured Zenodo within the EC OpenAIRE project as an open data service for world-wide science. Tim strongly promotes open-source software, have fostered the InvenioRDM research data manager, Indico conference manager, and the MALT project for core IT services. A keen communicator and populariser of open science themes Tim most recently has been a vocal proponent for open search. 

Tim came to CERN at the end of the 80s, obtained a PhD in Particle Physics and performed research at the LEP accelerator for 10 years. He then joined the IT Department to lead teams innovating in computing farm management and physics data management.


Daniel Spichtinger

Daniel obtained a joint "Magister" (Mag.phil) degree from the University of Vienna (Austria) in English, Communication Science and History (2000), writing his thesis about the global spread of English. He also obtained a Master of Arts in Contemporary European Studies from the University of Bath (UK, 2002), where he first encountered European research policy and tackled the issue of involving civil society in FP6. After several internships in European umbrella NGOs and a stint as online editor for two Austrian newspapers he has been working on EU funded projects since 2005, in the areas of eHealth, ICT, SME support and the knowledge based bio-economy, in particular the MoniQA Network of Excellence (FP6). Within these projects he has developed policy related actions and communication activities with the aim of ensuring the concrete applicability of scientific results in the policy sphere and enabling the interaction with all stakeholders, including the citizens. He has also been involved in the preparation of a significant number of EU grant proposals, where he has contributed his expertise of clear and concise writing and in developing the potential impact of projects beyond their scientific results. From January 2012 to January 2018 Daniel was employed by the European Commission as a senior policy officer for open access to scientific peer-reviewed publications and research data. In this capacity he contributed to the development of open access and open research data policies in Horizon 2020 and the EU as part of the team developing open science policy. In this context he interacted with the Member States and relevant external stakeholders, providing presentations and trainings as well as managing projects in this area.As of September 2018 Daniel is registered as an advocacy expert in the field of EU research policy & Open Science. In this capacity he has monitored the development of Horizon Europe as well as being appointed rapporteur of the PSF expert group on developing recommendations for open access in Malta . He was a senior non-key expert on how to integrate open access in the reform of the Azerbaijani higher education system. In 2021 Daniel untertook an analysis of Data Management Plans in Horizon 2020, the results of which were published in Open Research Europe. In a follow up study he investigated the use of creative commons licences in DMPs. He also provided an assessment of the EOSC readiness of three European Countries for RFII (in German). He is also a lecturer at two Austrian universities and provides training for non-University clients. He regularily contributes to the Research Europe Magazine on issues such as Open Strategic Autonomy, science diplomacy and research budget negotiations.He is also employed part time at the Ludwig Boltzman Gesellschaft where he was PI for a data re-use project for the Open Innovation in Science Center in Vienna, Since January 2020 he is working in the LBG grants and policy office, supporting their EU activities.


Toma Susi

Born in 1983 in Helsinki, Finland, Toma Susi received his award-winning doctorate in nanomaterials from Aalto University in 2011. In 2013, he moved to Austria on an postdoctoral fellowship, and in 2017 received the ERC Starting Grant to create a new way to manipulate materials at the atomic level using scanning transmission electron microscopy. In 2019, he started on a Tenure Track at the University of Vienna, and in March 2021 was appointed Associate Professor at its historic Faculty of Physics. Toma is a member of the Steering Board of the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA). 

Toma has worked on materials synthesis, spectroscopy, electron microscopy and modeling, authoring over 80 peer-reviewed articles and reviews and contributing open data and code as well as an open grant application. He coordinated open science policy at the Young Academy of Europe in 2018-2020, chaired an open science task force at the Initiative for Science in Europe in 2020-2022, and was a member of the core drafting group for the European agreement on reforming research assessment. Toma serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Open Research Europe and on the Editorial Board of Scientific Data.


Geeta Swamy

Geeta Swamy, MD, is the Haywood Brown, MD Distinguished Professor of Women’s Health in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Duke University. A highly accomplished clinician-scientist, Dr. Swamy specializes in perinatal infection, maternal immunization, and complications of pregnancy. She is principal investigator on numerous grants (NIH, CDC, and industry sponsors) for studies of novel and licensed vaccines during pregnancy including influenza, pertussis, RSV, Group B strep, and COVID-19. She completed her term as a member on FDA-VRBPAC and currently serves on the National Vaccine Advisory Committee. She is a consultant on maternal immunization to the Gates Foundation, WHO, and the National Academy of Medicine. She is a member of the American College of ObGyn Immunization, Infectious Disease, and Public Health Preparedness Expert Working Group. Dr. Swamy is also the Associate Vice President for Research and Vice Dean for Scientific Integrity for Duke University and the School of Medicine. In these roles, she works with leaders across Duke to provide a consistent vision for research with regards to administration and operations, quality, and accountability. Her responsibilities and oversight include include pre- and post-award management for sponsored grants and contracts, human research, research quality, compliance, and integrity, conflict of interest, and other regulatory areas. She also oversees Duke’s Advancing Scientific Integrity, Services, & Training (ASIST) initiative to provide innovative tools and resources for data management and sharing. Dr. Swamy serves as the strategic lead for the Higher Education Leadership Initiative for Open Scholarship (HELIOS Open), a cohort of US academic institutions committed to collective action to advance open scholarship within and across their campuses.


Greg Tananbaum

Greg Tananbaum has served as Director of the Open Research Funders Group (ORFG) since its launch in 2016. He is also the secretariat for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science. He is the Roundtable's liaison to the Higher Education Leadership Initiative for Open Scholarship (HELIOS) and the Alliance for Open Scholarship (All4OS), a cohort of professional societies and associations collaborating to identify, articulate, and socialize appropriate open scholarship norms within their disciplines. 

Greg has 25+ years' experience in open science and scholarly communications. He holds a Master's Degree from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Yale University.