Mikael K. Elbæk

Mikael K. Elbæk is Senior Project Officer, Bibliometrics and Data Management, at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). He has vast experience in Open Access, both in policies development and the implementation. He was the originator of the pilot national open access barometer funded by and became a member of the working group that conceptualized and specified the development of the ministry of Higher Education and Science official open access barometer.

Mikael has also been coordinating some of the key infrastructures of the national Danish open access strategy including the implementation of ORCID in Denmark and taken active part in the development of a new national research portal including the national open access barometer. Moreover he is an active member of the steering committee of the Danish National Research Database and the National Research Data Forum, Knowledge Exchange Expert Group for Research Data Management. Currently Mikael is coordinating the development research data management services at the Technical University of Denmark.

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.

Since 2009, she has served as the project director of OpenAIRE, a major EC e-Infrastructure supporting open access in all scientific results, and is currently coordinating OpenMinTed, a H2020 project on Text and Data Mining for scientific literature. Her research interests include the topics of e-Infrastructures development and management, scientific data management, data curation and validation, complex data visualisation and open science policies.

Pablo de Castro

Pablo de Castro is LIBER's Open Access Project Officer. He leads the OpenAIRE2020 Gold Open Access Pilot. Before joining LIBER, Pablo worked on research information workflows and management systems at GrandIR Ltd in Edinburgh, building on the previous work carried out for the UK RepositoryNet+ Project at EDINA National Data Centre (2012-13).

He holds a MSC in Physics from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), has a background as Institutional Repository manager for the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC, 2007-2009) and as an Open Access advocate for Carlos III University in Madrid (UC3M, 2009-2011). Besides being an ORCID Ambassador and having until very recently served in ORCID Technical Steering Group member, Pablo is also a member of the euroCRIS Board.

Patrick Danowski

Patrick Danowski is the manager of IST Austria Library. He is one of co-authors of the “Recommendations for the Transition to Open Access in Austria" and since the founding of the Open Access Network Austria (OANA), a member of the core team.

He also serves on the board of Austrian consortium. He has a degree in computer science and library and information science. Earlier he worked at CERN as Emerging Technologies Librarian and in the Berlin State Library. His fields of interest are Research Data, Open Access, Linked Open Data and new technologies.

Rob Johnson (FCA, MSc)

Rob Johnson (@rschconsulting) is the founder and director of Research Consulting, which serves organisations involved in the delivery, dissemination and commercialisation of research.

Rob began his career with KPMG, the international professional services firm, and subsequently spent four years as Head of Research Operations at the University of Nottingham. Since founding Research Consulting in early 2013, he has worked on a wide range of projects in the field of open access for clients including Jisc, Knowledge Exchange, University College London, the University of Nottingham and SPARC Europe.

He is a member of the consortium tasked with monitoring the transition to open access in the United Kingdom, and an advisor to the Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. on the needs of academic institutions in relation to open access.

Ron Dekker

Ron Dekker is the Director of Institutes at the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

He started his career in labour market research at Maastricht University. In 1995 he moved to Tilburg University. During this period his research focus shifted to data management. The latter was his starting point at the NWO. In 1997 he became the head of the Data Agency. Later he worked as a team coordinator on the Open Programmes at the Social Sciences Division, and as head of the Central Programmes and Institutes Department. As of 2007, he was appointed as Director Institutes. In 2013, he was seconded part time to SURF as acting director and in 2014 he was seconded to the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture as project leader Open Access in preparation for the Dutch EU Presidency.

At NWO he has been closely involved in setting up the Open Access policy for the research council. At the ministry, Ron is elaborating on the national open access policy as well as seeking international support for the transition to access results of publicly funded research without financial and legal barriers. Open Access to publications and Optimal re-use of research data are priorities during the Dutch presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Rūta Petrauskaitė

Rūta Petrauskaitė is a professor of linguistics at the Department of Lithuanian Language, Vytautas Magnus University, vice-chair of the Research Council of Lithuania and Chair of the Committee of the Social Sciences and Humanities. She serves on the board of four journals of the humanities and her research interests comprise a range of topics from lexical semantics to text and discourse analyses. In the last decade she has been involved in six EU projects, as well as in the activities of the board of NGSLT (Nordic Graduate School of Language Technologies).

Stephan Kuster

Stephan Kuster is Head of the Policy Affairs Unit at Science Europe. The unit is responsible for the coordination of all policy activities of Science Europe, including the development of common approaches by the Member Organisations on areas such as Open Access, Cross-Border Collaboration, Gender and Diversity issues in research, Research Infrastructures and Research Careers and Mobility.

Before Joining Science Europe he worked as European Advisor for the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Contact Office for Research, Innovation and Education in Brussels, SwissCore, for several years.

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry, a native of Northern Ireland, is a professor of structural biology at Imperial College. His main research interests are in structural analysis using X-ray crystallography of the molecular basis of replication RNA viruses such as foot-and-mouth disease virus and noroviruses (which include the infamous ‘winter vomiting bug’).

Curry is also a regular science writer. He writes about his research and the scientific life past and present on his Reciprocal Space blog and at the Guardian. His writing often touches on the business of science and the larger social responsibilities of scientists, which has taken him into the debates on open access publishing, science funding and research evaluation. He served on the steering group for the 2014-15 UK review of the role of metrics in research assessment which produced the Metric Tide report.

In addition, Curry is a founder member and vice-chair of Science is Vital, and is on the board of directors of the Campaign for Science and Engineering, both organisations that seek to raise the profile of science in the UK.


Victoria Tsoukala

Victoria Tsoukala is the Head of the ePublishing and Social Sciences and Humanities Unit at the National Documentation Centre (EKT), in Athens,where she has worked since 2009.She earned her PhD and MA in Classical Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College, PA, USA and her BA in History and Archaeology at Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece. Her scope of work in Archaeology is food and its social context, and archaeological and epigraphic approaches to religion.

Αt ΕΚΤ she oversees the organization’s strategy and initiatives for open science in the Social Sciences and the Humanities, placing an emphasis on open access to scientific and cultural information, investigating new paths for scholarly communication and e-infrastructures. Current flagship initiatives she supervises include the Greek Reference Index for the Social Sciences and the Humanities ( (alpha)), the main Greek harvester, the ePublishing@EKT service (, a nation-wide not-for-profit publishing e-infrastructure service for the Greek scientific community. She coordinates the open access policy support project PASTEUR4OA (, as well as the organization’s participation in various EU projects that relate to open access, such as and open access to research data, such as

She serves as member of European Commission’s expert groups for the European Research Area and as a reviewer for projects and publications in scholarly communications and e-infrastructures. She publishes in scholarly communications, open access and research policy and archaeology.