Keynote Speakers  

 Untitled design (10) Sophie Scott

Professor Sophie Scott FMedSci is at University College London (UCL), where her special interest is in researching the neuroscience of voices, speech and laughter. Professor Scott is known for her public engagement work and she has been awarded a UCL Provost’s Award for Public Engagement. As a pioneering researcher in the science of laughter, she’s made some unexpected discoveries — she was the first to show how laughter’s contagious effects can be seen in the brain, and that the one tactic that’s almost guaranteed to get someone to laugh is to show them someone else laughing. But as an occasional stand-up comedian with UCL’s Bright Club, she shows that she’s no slouch at getting laughs herself.

 Untitled design-5 Karel Luyben

Prof. ir. 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. 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. Professor Luyben was recently appointed as National Coordinator for Open Science by the National Platform Open Science in the Netherlands. As national coordinator, Luyben will work to achieve the Netherlands’ open science ambitions and to strengthen the country’s pioneering role in this field.


Untitled design (1) Jessica Polka

Jessica Polka is Executive Director of ASAPbio, a researcher-driven non-profit working to promote innovation and transparency in life sciences communication. ASAPbio aims to accelerate cultural change in two areas: preprints and open peer review reports. She became a visiting scholar at the Whitehead Institute and a research affiliate at MIT Libraries following postdoctoral research in synthetic biology at the Harvard Medical School and a PhD in biochemistry and cell biology at the University of California, San Francisco.


 Untitled design (6) Eva Méndez

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 (@evamen). She has been a lecturer at LIS department since 1997.She has been an active member of several international research teams on various standards for the Web: She is member of the Advisory Committee of the DCMI (Dublin Core Metadata Initiative), the Advisory Board of OpenAire, as well as an active member in other communities such as Metadata2020 and RDA. In 2005-06 she was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship, as part of the European Union postdoc programme, 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. She is one of the first signatories of The Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age. In 2015 she won the Young Researcher of Excellence award of her University. She is currently Deputy Vice President for Scientific Policy- Open Science at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and member of the EU-OSPP (European Open Science Policy Platform) on behalf of YERUN (Young European Research Universities Network). In November 2017 she was named “Open Data Champion” by SPARC Europe.

 Untitled design (9) Peter Kraker

Dr. Peter Kraker is founder and chairman of Open Knowledge Maps. He is a leading expert on scholarly communication, open science and altmetrics and has published more than 35 papers on these topics, including The Vienna Principles: A Vision for Scholarly Communication in the 21st Century. Peter is a long-time open science advocate: he is a core team member of the Open Access Network Austria, mentor in the Open Science Fellowship program of Wikimedia Germany and co-coordinator of the Open Science Working Group at Open Knowledge Austria. He is a sought after speaker, who has been invited to present at more than 60 events, and he serves on numerous editorial boards and program committees of open access journals and open science conferences. Prior to establishing Open Knowledge Maps, Peter was a senior researcher at Know-Center, managing the area of open science. He has worked in a number of EU-funded projects, including the H2020 CSA OpenUP and the FP7 Network of Excellence STELLAR. For his work, Peter received several awards and fellowships, including a Panton Fellowship of Open Knowledge and a Marie Curie Fellowship in the context of the EU project TEAM.

Elisabeth Moylan

Elizabeth Moylan is Publisher for Research Integrity and Publishing Ethics at Wiley where she works with colleagues to develop and implement policies which support open publishing practices, with emphasis on peer review and open science. Elizabeth previously worked at BMC (part of Springer Nature) on innovations in peer review strategy and related policy. She is an Editorial Board Member for Research Integrity & Peer Review and is an Advisory Board Member for two EU-funded projects ‘EnTIRE’ and ‘Virt2ue’ that aim to support researchers in upholding and practicing the principles of research integrity. Elizabeth completed her PhD and post-doctoral training at the University of Oxford, UK.


 Untitled design (2) Lambert Heller

With a background in social sciences, I’m a librarian by training, working as a subject specialist at a university library for several years, and kicked of the Open Science Lab at TIB (German National Library for Science and Technology) in 2013, now running a number of grant projects. Principal Investigator at projects like “Horizon Report Library Edition” (2014-2017). Advisory work for organizations like “Knowledge Exchange”. Facilitating and advising book sprints since 2014, e.g. the “Open Science Training Handbook” in 2018. Helped to make VIVO, a free current research information system (CRIS) based entirely on Linked Open Data, popular in Germany. Kicked of a few discussions in libraryland and elsewhere, e.g. on Blockchain for Science.
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 Untitled design (5) Mojca Kotar

Dr Mojca Kotar takes part in negotiations with publishers and helps with public procurement for scientific journals. She was active in OpenAIRE projects and collaborated with PASTEUR4OA and FOSTER projects. Nationally, she participated in projects establishing portal  and pilot national open access infrastructure for final works of studies and research publications. She took part in a working group that prepared the draft national open access strategy and the draft action plan (adopted by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia in September 2015 and May 2017, respectively).

Mojca believes that total transformation of scientific communication is needed – from subscription journals to open access journals, publishing platforms and other outlets of fully open scholarly communication that will match FAIR and open research data in the EOSC.

 Untitled design-6  Elisabeth Lex

Ass.-Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Lex is assistant professor at Graz University of Technology and she heads the Social Computing research area at Know-Center. Her research interests include Social Computing, Recommender Systems, Complex Networks, Open Science, Web Science and Machine Learning. Elisabeth has been work package leader in the FP7 IP Learning Layers, and scientific coordinator of the Marie Curie IRSES Web Information Quality Evaluation Initiative (WIQ-EI) project as well as task leader in the H2020 Analytics for Everyday Learning (AFEL) project. In AFEL, she researches on novel recommender systems and on opinion dynamics in online collaboration networks. Her group leads a work package in the H2020 CSA OpenUp project with focus on how to disseminate research results to a broader audience. Elisabeth has been member of the Expert Group on Altmetrics, which advised the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation. The expert group developed policies for the commission on how to use altmetrics to assess the impact of scientific artefacts. Elisabeth has published more than 60 scientific publications in venues such as the ACM World Wide Web Conference (WWW), ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media (HT), ACM Conference on Recommender Systems, as well as in journals such as Scientometrics, Frontiers in Resarch Metrics & Analytics and the International Journal of Human–Computer Interaction on topics such as Recommender Systems, Social Network Analysis, Altmetrics, Data Mining, and Machine Learning and she has given several invited talks in the mentioned fields. Elisabeth regularly acts as Senior PC member, PC member and co-organizes and co-chairs a number of workshops and conferences at venues such as ACM Web Science or OpenSym. Among other courses at Graz University of Technology, Elisabeth teaches Web Science and Complexity Science.


 Untitled design (8)  Frederick Fenter

Frederick Fenter (1961) is the Executive Editor of Frontiers, an innovative and rapidly growing open-access publisher based in Lausanne Switzerland.  He studied chemistry (Ph.D. Harvard, 1990) and conducted research in atmospheric science for a number of years (h=16) before moving into scientific publishing with an appointment as manager of the Inorganic Chemistry Program at Elsevier Science, Lausanne (1997).  Since then he has been founder of a start-up in publishing technology (FontisMedia SA, Lausanne); advisor to the launch of an institutional document repository (InfoScience); and publisher of an English-language University Press (EPFL Press, Lausanne). In 2013 he moved back to Frontiers, which he had previously advised as a consultant during its first 18 months of activity.

Moderators of interactive sessions  

 Untitled design (3) Bianca Kramer

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. 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.

 Untitled design (4) Jeroen Bosman

Jeroen Bosman is scholarly communications and geoscience librarian at Utrecht University Library. He is an expert in the field of open science and open access policy and practice and tools, reference management tools, scholarly search engines and web search. His main interests are Open Access and Open Science, scientometrics, visualization and innovation in scholarly communication. He is an avid advocate for Open Access, Open Science and for experimenting with open alternatives. He is co-author of the poster 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication depicting innovation trends by research workflow phases and he has led the global survey in Innovations in Scholarly Communication with his colleague Bianca Kramer.

 Untitled design (11) Tony Ross-Hellauer

Tony Ross-Hellauer is Senior Researcher in Open Science within the Social Computing research area at Know-Center GmbH, Austria and Editor in Chief of the Open Access journal ‘Publications’. Ross- Hellauer is formerly Scientific Manager for OpenAIRE at Georg-August-University Göttingen with a PhD in Information Studies (University of Glasgow, 2012), in addition to MA (Philosophy) and MSc (Information and Library Studies) degrees. He is an enthusiastic advocate of Open Access and Open Science whose research interests include (open) science policy, peer review, metadata and information retrieval, as well as the philosophy and history of technology.

 Untitled design (7) Eleni Toli
Eleni Toli is a research associate and Senior Project Manager at the Athena RC and at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications at the University of Athens. She has been involved in the scientific, technical and financial coordination of several EU-funded projects related to ICT in general, and to Research Data Infrastructures, Data Repositories, Open Data and Cloud Computing in particular. She holds an MSc degree in Quality Assurance and Information & Technology Management from the University of Bochum and a BS degree from the University of Ioannina.
 Untitled design-3 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 holds a Physics degree from the University of Athens, and an MS in Electrical and Computing Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has several years of employment as a Software Engineer and Architect employed in the Bioinformatics sector. From 2009 she has served as the managing director of OpenAIRE (, a pan European e-Infrastructure supporting open access in all scientific results, and is currently coordinating OpenMinTeD ( a H2020 infrastructural project on text and data mining. She has since expanded her expertise in Open Science policies and implementation, currently serving in the Open Science Policy Platform, an EC high level Expert Group to provide advice about the development and implementation of open science policy in Europe. Her 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.

 Untitled design Edit Görögh

Edit Görögh is currently working at the University of Göttingen as a project officer for OpenUP, an EU funded project. She was introduced to open scholarship 10 years ago at the University Library of Debrecen in Hungary, where she worked as a project manager and represented the National Open Access Desk in Hungary within the OpenAIRE project. The major area of her work focuses on alternative peer review methods and data publishing. Her open science advocacy is enhanced by her PhD degree in communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her Humanities background from the University of Debrecen.


 Untitled design-2jj (2) Michela Vignoli

Michela Vignoli is Scientist and Open Science expert at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. Her focus of interest lies on knowledge management in the digital era and on how to foster the transition of the current science system to a more Open Science.

In the H2020 project OpenUP she contributes to researching novel ways of scholarly communication beyond traditional research channels and alternative peer review methods. In 2016 she was nominated member of the EU high-level advisory group Open Science Policy Platform, representing the YEAR Network (Young European Associated Researchers). As YEAR board member, Michela considerably contributed to consultation activities with the European Commission and to the organisation of training events and conferences for young researchers.


Clemens Bluemel

Clemens Blümel is researcher at the German Institute for Science Studies and Higher Education. He is specialized in science studies and studies of scholarly communication. He also worked at the Fraunhofer Institute of Innovation and Systems Research in Karlsruhe and at the Science Studies Department at Humboldt-University. Within OpenUp, he is responsible for studying and landscaping the significance of altmetrics in different scholarly communities. He is also engaged in a project on the status and relevance of Open Science in Germany, financed by the Association for the Promotion of Science in Germany (Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft). Currently, he is interested in studying digital scholarly practices and the transformation of the scholarly publishing system.

 Untitled design-2jj (1) Melanie Imming

Melanie Imming works as a consultant in the area of Open Science and Cultural Digital Heritage. She recently delivered a report FAIR Data Advanced Use Cases: from principles to practice in the Netherlands for SURFsara, the Netherlands’ national supercomputing centre. She is lead of the engagement working group of the Dutch National Platform Open Science, and a member of the Knowledge Exchange task and finish group Economy of Open Science – Use cases and storytelling.

Before starting Imming Impact, Melanie was responsible for the overall management of EU projects for LIBER Europe, the association of European research libraries and Senior Project Manager at the National Library of the Netherlands (KB). Melanie is experienced in engaging stakeholders and translating more technical themes to the greater public. Melanie has a MA in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam.


Winners of the OpenUP blog competition  

  Marcel Knöchelmann

Marcel Knöchelmann is a doctoral student at the Department of Information Studies at University College London. His work focuses on scholarly authorship, the economics of publishing, and the history and philosophy of the humanities. More on his work can be found on his blog

Marcel has extensive practical experience in scholarly communication through work at John Wiley & Sons, De Gruyter, The Academic Book of the Future project, Knowledge Unlatched, and the International Arthurian Society, among others. Before his university studies, Marcel completed a three-year apprenticeship as a bookseller at an independent bookshop in Germany. He currently works as a teaching assistant at UCL and as a freelance editor and consultant.

Marcel received a 2016 SSP International Fellowship, was the 2015 John Wiley & Sons scholar, and holds a scholarship from the German National Merit Foundation. His research is funded by the AHRC UK through the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP).

  Victor Venema

Victor Venema is climatologist and works on the homogenisation of climate observations. His main blog is Variable Variability, but he blogs about grassroots journals at Grassroots Publishing. The easiest introduction to the concept of a grassroots journal may be the example journal on homogenisation.

  Nicolás Alessandroni

Nicolás Alessandroni is a PhD candidate in Psychology (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain). His current research is about the cognitive development of concepts during early childhood and how it relates to educational practices in the Infant School (0-1 classroom). He holds a master’s degree in Cognitive Psychology and Learning (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain / Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO)), a degree in Psychology, and a degree in Music (Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina). He is part of the teaching and research staff of the Faculty of Psychology of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He has published books, book chapters and articles in different journals. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Psychology (Faculty of Psychology, UNLP) and Epistemus, Journal of Studies in Music, Cognition and Culture (SACCoM, Argentina)..

Dasapta Erwin Irawan

Dasapta Erwin Irawan is a researcher and lecturer in hydrogeology. He works at Applied Geology Research Group, Faculty of Earth Sciences and Technology, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia. His research mainly focused at multivariate statistics in hydrochemistry. Aside to his main activity, he also keenly work on promoting open science to Indonesian scholars. He founded the INArxiv and had actively contributed his thoughts to international initiatives, such as: OpenScienceMOOC and Open Science Framework.