The euroCRIS Board

The euroCRIS Board is responsible for the strategy, policy and management of the organisation.  It has an international composition and consists of a President, a Secretary, a Treasurer and seven other members. The term of office for the Board is two years: both acting Board members and regular members of euroCRIS can put their candidacy for (re)election in the biennial election process, which takes place by means of online voting.  The composition of the current euroCRIS Board (2021-2022) is as follows:

Pablo de Castro (United Kingdom)

Pablo has been a board member since 2013. Since 2018 he serves as Technical Secretary. His institutional affiliation is the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, where he works as Open Access Advocacy Librarian. Pablo holds a M.Sc. in Physics. 

Within the Board Pablo's main activities are focused on CRIS/repository interoperability and subsequently on the maintenance of the euroCRIS institutional repository. Pablo also manages the organisation website and the Directory of Research Information Systems (DRIS).

Hanna-Mari Puuska (Finland)

Hanna-Mari Puuska is a new Board member for the term 2021-2022. Hanna-Mari works as a Development Manager at CSC – IT Centre for Science in Espoo. CSC is owned by the Finnish state and higher education institutions and provides IT services for Finnish research and education. At CSC, she leads the Group for Research Information Management that develops and maintains Finnish national services for management of research metadata, provides bibliometric analyses, and coordinates various networks of research organizations and funders in Finland. Besides the managerial responsibilities, her current tasks consist of stakeholder cooperation as well as envisioning and development of the national research information ecosystem in Finland, including e.g. the VIRTA Publication Information Service, and the recently launched Hanna-Mari has also coordinated a pilot project on integration of national publication databases in Europe with the ENRESSH network.

Sebastian Herwig (Germany)

Sebastian is a new Board member for the term 2021-2022. As Head of Division for Research Information Management and Research Reporting at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWUM), he is responsible for the collection, curation, and quality assurance of metadata about the research activities performed and outputs produced by the whole university. Sebastian is the spokesperson for the German CRIS working group of the DINI (German Initiative of Network Information) and he's also a member of the euroCRIS Technical Committee for Interoperability and Standards (TCIS).

Jan Dvorak (Czech Republic)
Task Group Leader CERIF and CRIS Architectures

Jan has been a Board member since 2013. Between 1996 and 2016, Jan was the leader of the team that created and maintained the first generation of the national CRIS in Czechia (IS VaVaI). Since 2016 he works as research information system analyst at the Czech Technical University in Prague. Since 2011 he teaches at the Institute of Information Studies and Librarianship of the Charles University in Prague. Jan’s background is in applied mathematics.

Jan leads the euroCRIS CERIF and CRIS Architecture Task Group where he is active since 2009. From this position he leads the ongoing CERIF Refactoring Pilot Project.

Anna Guillaumet (Spain)

Anna is a new Board member for the term 2021-2022. She is in charge of the evolution and roadmap of the CRIS that SIGMA AIE provides to its universities, both on a functional and technological level. Her remit also includes identifying innovations that could be applied to the evolution of SIGMA universities' academic and research information systems. In order to fulfill these tasks, she's also responsible for international projects at SIGMA, which allows for close collaborations with organisations like euroCRIS and VIVO. Anna is Vice-Chair of the VIVO Leadership Group and she's also a member of the euroCRIS Technical Committee for Interoperability and Standards (TCIS).

Eiken Friedrichsen (Germany)

Eiken is a new Board member for the term 2021-2022. She leads the CRIS Division at the University of Kiel. Since 2013/2014 she has been a member of the DINI Working Group on Research Information Systems (DINI AG FIS). In Autumn 2019 she was elected as one of the two heads for the German-language Pure User Group.

Joachim Schöpfel (France)

Joachim is a new Board member for the term 2021-2022. He is a scholar and researcher in information sciences, specialized in scientific communication, at the GERiiCO laboratory of the University of Lille. He teaches information sciences to BA and Master students. Joachim's current research projects are in the field of open science (open access strategies of 1,500 French research laboratories), data quality (related to research information systems), research data (infrastructures, evaluation) and – because of my academic teaching on service marketing – smart libraries.

With over 15 published papers on CRIS systems (research data, dissertations, education and teaching, data quality…), the full list of his publications is available on Google Scholar.

Sadia Vancauwenbergh (Belgium)

Sadia has been a Board member since 2018 and takes over the role of euroCRIS President in 2021. She is Head of the Information Management and Strategic Data Analysis Team at Hasselt University in Flanders and project leader at ECOOM. Sadia is a member of the EOSC Working Groups for Landscape and Skills and Training and she represents her University as a member of the EOSC Association. She's also a member of the RDA DMP Common Standards WG and is Vice-Chair of the ISKO-LC (International Society for Knowledge Oganisation – Low Countries Chapter). Her work beyond Uni Hasselt includes the design and implementation of the architecture of the Flemish CRIS system FRIS (Flemish Research Information Space).

Sadia’s main activities within the euroCRIS Board are focused on standards for metadata on research information, including research classifications.

Miguel Ángel Sicilia (Spain)

Miguel Ángel has been a Board member since 2010. He is a professor in Computer Science at the University of Alcalá (Madrid, Spain). He is currently editor in chief of Emerald’s Data Technologies and Applications journal, and his current research interest is in applied machine learning.  

Miguel Ángel's main activities within the Board include Education and Training and Linked Open Data. He is currently the leader of the Technical Committee for Interoperability and Standards (TCIS). He has also chaired the technical committee for the last CRIS conferences. 

Ed Simons (Netherlands)

Ed has been a board member since 2009 and President of the organization from 2013 to 2020. He holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences. Ed has worked in the area of research information for more than 30 years and led the development process of METIS at Radboud University, The Netherlands, a Dutch CRIS previously used by all Dutch universities. He has been involved in international projects with academic institutions for most of his career, focusing on the development and implementation of academic information systems.

As a Board member, Ed’s activity focuses on the strategic partnerships and international relations of euroCRIS.

Peter Leijten (Netherlands)

Peter has been a Board member since 2017.  As treasurer Peter is responsible for the annual accounts, annual budgets and all other financial issues, including tax and project control.

Peter is a chartered accountant and has a master in business administration. He has been working as an external and internal auditor. From 2003 on he is working in the Radboud University and is amongst others responsible for the control department