Meet the RDA Europe Early Career grantees joining the 14th RDA Plenary in Helsinki

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Meet the RDA Europe Early Career grantees joining the 14th RDA Plenary in Helsinki
21 Oct 2019

Meet the RDA Europe Early Career grantees joining the 14th RDA Plenary in Helsinki

Now in its 12th edition, the RDA Europe Early Career programme has become a platform for early career researchers working with data to share ideas, experiences and practical advice.

RDA Europe has selected a new group of Early Career grantees for its support programme, offering grant winners the opportunity to engage directly with and support the work of RDA Working and Interest Groups, to learn and contribute, and become a part of the RDA global data sharing community.

10 Early Career researchers covering diverse research fields, topics and addressing data challenges

Nuria Bautista Puig

 Nuria Bautista Puig is a Ph.D. candidate from the University Carlos III  in Spain. Her areas of expertise includes the fields of bibliometrics/ scientometrics and technological activity. Moreover, she is involved in the SciShops project, that aims to connect society with the different stakeholders to identify societal concerns and problems and work together on its solution through citizen science and participatory activities methodologies.
João Cardoso

João Cardoso completed his MSc in Telecommunications and Informatics Engineering in 2013 at the Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon. He has since been working as a Junior Researcher at INESC-ID in Lisbon. In 2016 he started a PhD programme in Computer Science Engineering at the Instituto Superior Técnico. João has collaborated in european projects such as TIMBUS and E-ARK and most recently has been an active member of the Portuguese ELIXIR node where he is aiding in the establishment of a data management service.  He is also an active member of the RDA's DMP Common Standards WG. His PhD thesis focuses on machine-actionable Data Management Plans.
Connie Clare

Connie Clare is a PhD student in Developmental Biology at the University of Nottingham. After winning Springer Nature's ‘Better Science through Better Data 2018’ Early Career Researcher writing competition, Connie became an advocate for Open Research. She has recently completed her 3-month internship at Delft University of Technology where she has been publishing articles to promote the work of TU Delft’s Data Champions and learning how to effectively engage researchers with research data. She hopes to inspire other early career researchers to consider exploring career avenues within the exciting field of Open Research.

Alexander Götz

Alexander Götz studied food- and biotechnology at theTechnical University of Munich (TUM). From 2014 to 2018 he worked as a research associate at TUM in the field of protein dynamics of transmembrane domains with special relations to neurodegenerative disease, using molecular dynamics simulations of different scales. Alexander has done a number of publications on this topic of research and will conclude his PhD at the end of 2019.  Alexander currently works at the Leipzig Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) in the field of research data management. His main interest are systems and concepts for storage and management of research data.

Yulia Karimova

Yulia Karimova has a background in Mathematics, Information and Science, and is currently attending a PhD in Digital Media at the University of Porto and Data Steward of INESC TEC research data repository. Yulia collaborates with researchers from different scientific domains to analyse the difficulties they face in RDM activities and DMP creation to reduce their effort and time required to execute these activities.

Péter Király

Péter Király is a cultural heritage/digital humanities software developer and researcher since 1996. He worked in university libraries, archives, national library, digital libraries, and library vendors. Since 2014 he is a member of Göttingen eResearch Alliance focusing on research data management. Péter works in different fields: searching, metadata quality measurement, long term archiving, Digital Humanities. He contributes to open source/data projects such as Europeana, Dataverse, Project Gutenberg, eXtensible Catalog, Göttingen Dialog in Digital Humanities, Göttingen Data Science Meetup, and Hungarian Electronic Library. Péter is editor of the Code4Lib Journal. In 2019 he defended his doctoral thesis summa cum laude on “Measuring Metadata Quality”. 

João Moreira

João Moreira has a background in software engineering and data science, with emphasis on semantic interoperability of ICT solutions for seamless big data integration and analytics. Dr. Moreira works as a postdoctoral researcher at the University VU Amsterdam (UCDS group) for the FAIR workflows project, which aims at improving the reproducibility and reuse of scientific protocols and workflows. He also contributes to the European Telecommunication Standardization Institute (ETSI) on extending the IoT ontology standard (SAREF), using the e-Health extension that he produced during his PhD, which received a best paper award in FOIS 2018.

Simon Oblasser

Simon Oblasser is a master’s student of Software Engineering and Internet Computing at the TU Wien. In 2018 he joined the Information & Software Engineering Group and was involved in a pilot project to build a research data management infrastructure at the TU Wien. His research focuses on Open Science topics such as machine-actionable DMPs and data repositories, as well as engineering topics such as software architecture and cloud computing. In his master’s thesis, he aims to close the gap between science and engineering and describe how a system supporting machine-actionable DMPs at a university or research institution could look like and be of benefit for all stakeholders involved.

Sarah Stryeck

Sarah Stryeck is a post-doctoral researcher in the ORRG. As project researcher in data stewardship, she is involved in the conception and development of services and policies for research data management. Sarah has a PhD in biochemistry (Medical University of Graz, 2019) and, before joining the ORRG, she was involved in a variety of projects in the field of integrated structural biology and metabolism research.

Maria Tsagiopoulou

Maria Tsagiopoulou is currently concluding her PhD studies on the topic: «Epigenetic mechanisms in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia» at the Institute of Applied Biosciences, (CERTH) in Greece. Her research interests are focused on the better use of publicly available NGS data, in support of open science and reproducibility of scientific results. She is involved in several data-related training activities, has been co-teaching at the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Advanced Workshops on Advanced Bioinformatics workshop and is an Instructor of the Carpentries.


Grantees will be presenting a poster detailing their work so make sure you join the RDA 14th Plenary Poster session and speak to them. 

RDA Europe is offering financial support to Early Career European Researchers & Scientists working with data to attend the 14th RDA Plenary meeting, to be held in Helsinki, Finland 23-25 October 2019. To learn more about the grants programme visit