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The Open Science Advisory Board of CHIST-ERA consists of high-level experts working or having expertise in Open Science. This includes researchers, research administrators or policy makers. The board is involved in the shaping of the Open Science policy of CHIST-ERA. It can also be consulted to suggest further activities, e.g. support to ICT-related R & I for developing technical opportunities for Open Science, gauge the impact of the Open Science actions of CHIST-ERA and ensure complementarity with the main Eurpean and internation Open Science fora.


Andrea Cavallaro Queen Mary University of London United Kingdom
Isabel Bernal Spanish National Research Council Spain
Oscar Corcho Technical University of Madrid Spain
Irene Celino Politecnico di Milano Italy
Raul Palma Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center Poland
Laurent Romary Inria France
Jiří Marek Masaryk University Czech Republic
Leonhard Held  University of Zurich  Switzerland

Short CVs

Andrea Cavallaro, Queen Mary University of London (United Kingdom)



Andrea Cavallaro is Professor in Multimedia Signal Processing & Director of the Centre for Intelligent Sensing at Queen Mary University of London. Hi is also a Turing Fellow in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Alan Turing Institute.


Isabel Bernal, Spanish National Research Council (Spain)

Isabel Isabel Bernal has been manager of DIGITAL.CSIC, the Open Access repository of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) since 2010. She has a background in Library Science, International Relations, Economics and History. She worked in EIFL Knowledge Sharing, Negotiations with Publishers and Library Consortium Building Programmes and in the European Commission on ICT applications in libraries, museums, and archives and in academic affairs. Her fields of expertise include Open Science (with a particular focus on repositories, research data management, copyright and other legal issues) as well as access to knowledge in developing and transition countries. She is a member of DataCite Metadata Schema Working Group and COAR Controlled Vocabularies Advisory Board. Currently she participates in EOSC SYNERGY Project and is a member of European Group of FAIR Champions (EGFC) under the umbrella of FAIRsFAIR project and is a member of DIGILAB Working Group associated with IPERION HS.

Oscar Corcho, Technical University of Madrid (Spain)

OscarOscar Corcho is full professor at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and co-leads the Ontology Engineering Group. His research activities are focused on the Semantic Web and the Web of Linked Data, Ontological Engineering and the application of semantic technologies to different domains, such as Open Science. In all of these areas, he combines foundational and applied research.
In terms of the FAIR Working Group, Oscar will bring in his experience in the development of ontologies related to the Open Science domain, including the work on the Research Object ontology, and on open data policies and deployments for public administrations, including higher education and research institutions. He is also part of the GO FAIR implementation network GO Inter: Cross-Domain Interoperability of Heterogeneous Research Data.

Irene Celino, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

IreneIrene Celino is a Computer Scientist with a passion for Research and Innovation. She is an expert in Web and Data technologies, with a specialization in Semantic Web, Semantic Interoperability, Human Computation, Citizen Science, Open Science, Human-in-the-loop Machine Learning and Data Analytics.
She is the Head of the Knowledge Technologies group, one of the 10 competence centers in Cefriel, the research, innovation and technology transfer center of Politecnico di Milano: she leads a group of talented professionals specialized in Human Computation and Data Spaces with a focus on Smart Cities and transport/mobility.
She has 15+ years of experience in 30+ cooperative research projects, at regional, national and European level, in which she covers the roles of Project Manager, Project Coordinator and Principal Investigator. She has been involved in numerous competitive project proposals' submission, with successful grant acquisition for around 5M euro funding for her organization.
She is the author of 100+ publications and she had the pleasure of winning different awards for her scientific and applied research work.

Raul Palma, Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (Poland)

RaulDr Raul Palma is the head of the Data Analytics & Semantics department at Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center in Poland. He received his PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain), and holds also a M.Sc. in Information Systems. He has more than 16 years of experience in research and development (R&D) in different areas related to Artificial Intelligence, including knowledge representation, semantic data integration, discovery and reasoning, Open and Linked Data, and the application of Semantic technologies in different domains. During this time, he has led in different projects the activities related to the specification of system architectures, application interfaces and deployment environments, and has also coordinated and supported the technical aspects of different innovation activities and projects. He is coordinator of the H2020 project RELIANCE, which will extend the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) with an enhanced support for the research lifecycle management in Earth Science in line with FAIR and Open Science principles. He has led the participation of PSNC in many other projects, including EU projects CYBELE, DEMETER, OPEN IACS, SIEUSOIL, STARGATE, EVEREST, FOODIE, SmartAgriHubs, DataBio, Wf4Ever and others, and has contributed to several other national ones. He is member of the executive committee of Plan4All, a non-profit association sustaining and further enhancing the results of multiple research and innovation projects in areas like precision farming, environment and spatial planning, leading the open data objectives. Before PSNC, he was a researcher in the Ontology Engineering Group (OEG) (Spain), where he contributed in different projects, including flagship projects NeOn, Knowledge Web and other national ones. He is co-founder and leader of ROHub project and team. He has published multiple articles, papers and book chapters and has authored or co-authored several vocabularies and ontologies.

Laurent Romary, Inria (France)

LaurentLaurent Romary is Senior Researcher at Inria (team ALMAnaCH), France and former initiator and director general of the DARIAH European infrastructure. He carries out research on the modelling of semi-structured documents, with a specific emphasis on texts and linguistic resources. He has been active in standardisation activities with ISO, as chair of committee ISO/TC 37/SC 4 (2002-2014), chair of ISO/TC 37 (2016-) and the Text Encoding Initiative, as member (2001-2011) and chair (2008-2011) of its technical council. He has been involved in scientific information, now called open science, policies and corresponding infrastructure deployments (HAL, Episciences) since 2005 within various research performing organisations.

Jiří Marek, Masaryk University (Czech Republic)

jiriJiří Marek works as Open Science Manager at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. His primary responsibilities at the university are developing Open Science Policy on a day-to-day basis and creating a university support system towards Open Access to scientific publications and research data. Based on his current position and his major in chemistry (specialization in hydrogen technologies) and ICT law (specialized in Open Access, Open Agenda, and copyright law), he is used to work between sectors and domains on an everyday basis. All his work is basically about the transfer of specific knowledge between different groups of people and systems. In the free time, he is also a tourist guide, interested in the development of modern cities and finally a citizen of Brno - the City in the heart of Europe - from his childhood.

Leonhard Held, University of Zurich (Switzerland)


Leonhard Held is Department Chair and Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Zurich (UZH). He is UZH Open Science Delegate, Director of the Center for Reproducible Science ( and Steering Committee Member of the Swiss Reproducibility Network ( His current research focuses on the design and analysis of replication studies.