RDA Plenary 9 - Opening session

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31 March 2017 1946 reads


09:00 - 09:10 Mark Parsons, Secretary General, Research Data Alliance

Mark Parsons is the first Secretary General of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and an Associate Director of the Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications. Before being appointed Secretary General, Mark was the Managing Director of RDA/United States and the Rensselaer Center for the Digital Society. He focusses on stewarding research data and making them more accessible and useful across different ways of knowing. He has been leading major data stewardship efforts for more than 20 years, and received the American Geophysical Union Charles S. Falkenberg Award as an advocate of robust data stewardship as a vital component of Earth system science and as an important profession in its own right.

Prior to joining Rensselaer, Mark was a Senior Associate Scientist and the Lead Project Manager at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). While at NSIDC, he defined and implemented their overall data management process and led the data management effort for the ICSU/WMO International Polar Year 2007-2008. He is currently active in several international committees while helping lead the Research Data Alliance in its goal of accelerating innovation through data exchange.  As a geographer, his research interests include the role of social interaction in the success, development, and extension of data sharing networks.

09:10 - 09:20  Mateo Valero Cortes, Director, BSC-CNS - Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Mateo Valero is a professor in the Computer Architecture Department at UPC, in Barcelona. His research interests focuses on high performance architectures. He has published approximately 700 papers, has served in the organization of more than 300 International Conferences and he has given more than 500 invited talks. He is the director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, the National Centre of Supercomputing in Spain.

Dr. Valero has been honoured with several awards. Among them, Seymour Cray Award, one of the IEEE Computer Society’s highest awards in contributions to high-performance computing; the Eckert-Mauchly Award, one of the IEEE-ACM highest awards in contributions to computer architectures; Harry Goode Award; ACM Distinguished service; Euro-Par Achievement Award; the “King Jaime I” in research and two National Awards on Informatics and on Engineering. He has been named Honorary Doctor by 9 Universities.  "Hall of the Fame" member of the IST European Program (selected as one of the 25 most influential European researchers in IT during the period 1983-2008. Lyon, November 2008)

Fellow of IEEE, ACM, Intel Distinguished Research Fellow. Member of Royal Spanish Academy of Engineering, Royal Academy of Science and Arts, correspondent academic of Royal Spanish Academy of Sciences, Academia Europaea and Mexican Academy of Science.

In 1998 he won a “Favourite Son” Award of his home town, Alfamén (Zaragoza) and in 2006, his native town of Alfamén named their Public College after him.

09:20 - 09:30 Arcadi Navarro Cuartiellas, Secretari d'Universitats i Recerca - Generalitat de Catalunya

Dr. Arcadi Navarro is the Secretary for Universities and Research of the Government of Catalonia.

He holds a BSc in Biology and a PhD in Genetics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).

He was ICREA professor at the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) Department of Experimental and Health Sciences, where he was director and led a research group in Evolutionary Genomics. He was also the director of the Population Genomics Node of the Spanish National Institute for Bioinformatics (INB), until his appointment as Secretary for Universities and Research of the Government of Catalonia in January 2016. He collaborated with the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) leading EGA@Barcelona project, the Barcelona site of the European Genome-phenome Archive database.

Previously, and after a period in the private sector, he was a postdoc in population genetics at the University of Edinburgh. In 2002, he joined UPF as a researcher within the Ramón y Cajal programme. It was there that he was appointed ICREA Research Professor in 2006, becoming full professor of Genetics in 2010. From 2009 to 2013 he was vice director of the Institute for Evolutionary Biology (UPF-CSIC) and coordinator of the Evolutionary Biology and Complex Systems Programme of the Experimental and Health Sciences Department.

He has published over 100 articles and books on genomics and evolution.

He is a founder and volunteer member of Demòcrates de Catalunya.

09:30 - 09:40 Clara Eugenia García,  DG de Política de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación, El Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad

Dr. García-García is, since 2016,  the General Director of Research, Development and Innovation Policy, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry and Competitiveness and the Chair of ERAC Standing Group on Open Science and Innovation. Between 2012 and 2016 she was the deputy Director of Planning and Monitoring of the State Secretariat for Research, Development and Innovation Ministry of Economic Affairs and Competitiveness. Between 2011 and 2015, she managed the Spanish Research Programmes “Severo Ochoa” and “María de Maeztu”, which are initiatives to promote and support centers and units of excellence.

Dr. García-García had a leading coordination role is R&I Policy Design and Planning such as: the National ERA Roadmap, the State Agency for Research (Agencia Estatal de Investigación), the Spanish Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation 2013-2020,  the National Plan for Science, Technology and Innovation 2013-2016, the Annual Action Programs (2013, 2014 and 2015) of National Plan for Scientific and Technological Research and Innovation 2013-2016 and the R&I chapter of the Partnership Agreement Spain-UE. 

She represented MINECO in the definition and negotiation of a new national licensing agreement with ELSEVIER on subscriptions and open access models and in the National Plan for the Promotion of Natural Language Processing Industries lead by the State Secretary for Information Technologies. Between 2012 and 2016, she coordinated the National policies for Open Access.

09:40 - 10:25 Augusto Burgueño Arjona, Head of the Unit "eInfrastructure & Science Cloud" at European Commission's Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology

Dr. Augusto BURGUEÑO ARJONA is currently Head of the Unit "eInfrastructure & Science Cloud" at European Commission's Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology. His unit coordinates the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud, and the European Grid Initiatiave (EGI) and is responsible for e-infrastructure projects such as the support action Research Data Alliance (RDA) Europe.

He has a PhD degree in Formal Methods in Computer Science from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (Toulouse, France), an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) and master degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Software Engineering from University of London (UK) and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain), respectively. Before joining the European Commission in 1998, he worked at ONERA (Toulouse, France), the European Space Agency (Noordwijk, The Netherlands), Telefónica and Iberia Airlines (Madrid, Spain).


Hilary Hanahoe, Director, Trust-IT Services & RDA Plenary Coordinator

Hilary Hanahoe is a director at Trust-IT Services, a dynamic SME which communicates ICT to markets with an international breadth where she focuses on international services & strategies execution and business development. Hilary has been communicating innovation, marketing & digital strategies in Information and Communication Technologies since 1996. She has a deep commitment in building programmes that forge strong bonds and higher levels of involvement with organisations, decision-makers, influencers in the creation of ICT opportunities for Europeans worldwide.

She served as Coordinator of the GRDI2020 initiative which produced a 10 year visionary roadmap on Global Research Data Infrastructures and successfully created a globally connected community of research data stakeholders. Hilary was the coordinator of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Europe initiative 2.0, is  a member of the RDA global secretariat where she brings her communications expertise to the table,  is responsible for communications and the RDA plenary meetings Coordinator.