Nordic Open Science and Research Forum Speaker Profiles
Mikael Karstensen Elbæk
Permanent Secretary for the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, M.A., University of Helsinki, 1987, Finland
Ms Anita Lehikoinen was appointed Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education and Culture on 1 May 2013. She is head of operations of the Ministry in cooperation with the Minister of Education and Culture, and leads the implementation of the Government programme within the Ministry´s administrative sector.
Prior to her current position, she served as Director General in the Ministry, in charge of higher education and science policy development. She has also worked in the field of higher education and internationalisation strategy for higher education, among other things. She has also been involved in work to reform the steering system of Finnish universities.
Ms Lehikoinen has served in many national and European committees in the field of higher education, research and internationalization.
As part of the Finnish Government, the Ministry of Education and Culture is responsible for developing education, science and cultural, sport and youth policy, as well as international cooperation in these fields.
The mandate of the Ministry of Education and Culture covers early childhood education and care, education, training and research; the arts, culture, sport and youth work; the archival, museum and public library systems; the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Orthodox Church and other religious communities; student financial aid and copyright.
Head of Unit Data, Open Access and Foresight at at European Commission
Jean-Claude Burgelman is presently Head of Unit Data, Open Access and Foresight and Chair of DG RTD Taskforce on Open Science. As Head of Unit, he is responsible for open science and data policies as well as foresight for research priorities.
He joined the European Commission in 1999 as a Visiting Scientist in the Joint Research Centre (the Institute of Prospective Technological Studies - IPTS), where he became Head of the Information Society Unit in 2005. In January 2008, he moved to the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (attached to the president of the EC) as adviser for innovation policy. Since 1-10-2008, he joined DG RTD, as advisor and then Head of Unit in charge of top level advisory boards like the European Research and Innovation Area Board, the Innovation for Growth Group and the European Forum for Forward Looking Activities.
Till 2000 he was full professor of communication technology policy at the Free University of Brussels, as well as director of the Centre for Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication and was involved in science and technology assessment. He has been visiting professor at the University of Antwerp, the European College of Brughes and the University of South Africa and sits on several academic journals. He chaired the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Innovation and was a member of its Science Advisory Committee.
Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bergen
Hallvard Fossheim is professor of philosophy at the University of Bergen. He has served as Director of the Norwegian National Research Ethics Committee for the Social Sciences and Humanities, and previously as their appointed ethics expert member. Fossheim recently Vice Chaired the OECD Expert Group on New Forms of Data for Social and Economic Research. He has published on virtue ethics and research ethics as well as within the history of philosophy.
Professor in Philosophy, University of Bergen (2015–)
Associate Professor in Philosophy, University of Bergen (2014–2015)
Professor II in Philosophy, University of Tromsø (2012–2015)
Director, Norwegian National Research Ethical Committee for Humanities and Social Sciences (2011–2014)
PostDoc Research Fellow, Ethics Programme/IFIKK, University of Oslo (2008–2011)
Research fellow at The Centre for Advanced Studies, Oslo, on "Ancient Happiness" (2009–2010)
Jutta Haider, Associate professor Information Studies, Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund university, Sweden
Jutta Haider researches digital cultures' emerging conditions for production, use and distribution of knowledge and information. This includes research on both public knowledge (e.g. search engines, open data, online encyclopaedias) and the scholarly communication system. She has considerable experience of researching open access and research data as well as other aspects of scholarly communication. Most recently, she has published on temporal aspects of how we understand and handle research data and the shifting meanings arising from this. Her current project is entitled "The humanities' invisible data".
PhD in Marine Science, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Institute of Aquatic Resources www.aqua.dtu.dk, Denmark
Ivo Grigorov holds a PhD in Marine Science, currently managing a portfolio of marine research projects at Denmark`s National Institute of Aquatic Resources at DTU. He advocates for applying Ocean Literacy and Open Science principles to marine & climate research, for both individual career benefit as well as institutional visibility and impact.
Current lines of work include working with Graduate Schools to integrate Open Science in the Research Excellence curriculum, synergies and conflicts between Open Science and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), and training Horizon 2020 National Contact Points (NCP) in grant proposal benefits of Open Science.
DTU (www.dtu.dk) is the leading centre of engineering education and research in Denmark, and one of the largest technical universities in Northern Europe.
Sverker Holmgren led the work producing the NordForsk report "Open Access to Research Data – Status, Issues and Outlook", commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers. Holmgren has a part-time position at NordForsk, where he is the Director of the Nordic eScience Globalisation Initiative (NeGI). He is also a Professor in Scientific Computing at Uppsala University, Sweden, where he is the head of the Computational Science research program and the Dean of Mathematics and Computer Science.
NordForsk is an organisation under the Nordic Council of Ministers that provides funding for and facilitates Nordic cooperation on research and research infrastructure. NordForsk's key stakeholders comprise the national research councils, universities and other research-funding bodies. NordForsk works to identify common Nordic priorities and provide funding for research and research infrastructure. Through the financing and administration of research programmes NordForsk brings together national research groups and promotes research activities of the highest scientific quality.
Professor at University of Southern Denmark
Dr. Henrik Pedersen is a mathematician with a research interest in differential geometry, mathematical physics, and complex deformation theory, studying equations from physics, including the Einstein equations, by methods from algebraic geometry. For the last three decades he has held positions at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) as professor in mathematics and dean of the Science Faculty. He is currently engaging in a large number of data related initiatives, and is member of the Danish Data Management Change Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the Danish National Research Database, the Advisory Board of the Danish National Archive, the Archive Board of the Ministry of Culture, and is the chairman for the SDU and national forums for research data management.
Professor biostatistics at University of Gothenburg and director at Swedish National Data Service, Sweden
Professor Max Petzold has a vast experience in planning and conducting quantitative research studies primarily within the field of medicine and public health. As both a user and producer of research data he was recruited to the Swedish National Data Service 2015 to develop its strategies for the period 2018-2025 when the demand for data sharing is expected to increase rapidly. Max brings his experience from Nordic collaboration after working at the Nordic School of Public Health into the collaboration between the Nordic research data repositories.
SND is an infrastructure for Swedish research specialized in the humanities, social sciences, health sciences and environment&climate. Core services are the trusted digital repository and the research data search portal to help Swedish and international researchers gain access to existing data within and outside of Sweden. SND provides support and guidance to researchers throughout the entire research process.
MLIS, Senior Project Officer, Bibliometrics and Data Management, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Since 2007 Mikael K. Elbæk has been on the forefront of the Open Access and later Open Science movement in Denmark. He has chaired the Danish Open Access Network and been member of several Knowledge Exchange experts groups including being a current member of the KE expert group on Research Data. He has been leading the Danish participation in European initiaitves such as DRIVER and OpenAIRE. Currently he is leading the build up of the Research Data Management support at DTU – this includes developing policies, building services and infrastructures, buttom-up policy implementation and creating a stakeholder platform that ensures buy-in from departments and researchers. The DTU approach has been perceived as exemplary by many institutions in Denmark. Mikael also has a deep passion for advancing the library profession and last year he helped to bring Data Science Training 4 Librarians (DST4L) to Denmark for the first time outside of the US.
For almost two centuries DTU, Technical University of Denmark, has been dedicated to fulfilling the vision of H.C. Ørsted – the father of electromagnetism – who founded the university in 1829 to develop and create value using the natural sciences and the technical sciences to benefit society.
DTU is unique among Danish universities due to its polytechnic, single-faculty nature and the specified civic and social aim of its purpose in society. DTU's activities are aimed at benefiting society, including developing and utilizing the natural and the technical sciences to serve as a business development driver.
DTU is recognized internationally as a leading university in the areas of the technical and the natural sciences, renowned for our business-oriented approach, our focus on sustainability, and our amazing study environment.
The number of student enrolment is higher than ever and, for the eleventh consecutive year, we have received a record-breaking number of applications from students who want to pursue a degree from a technical elite university with a global outlook.
PhD, NBIS – National Bioinformatics Infrastructure Sweden
Niclas has a PhD in Microbiology from Uppsala University, Sweden. After working as a bioinformatics teacher and doing a bioinformatics postdoc at the Sanger Centre (now Sanger Institute), he moved to AstraZeneca, where he stayed for 11 years in several different roles. After this he then worked with process improvement at the National Genomics Infrastructure, before taking on the role of Data Manager at NBIS. The aim of this role is to enable for Swedish Life Science researchers to adhere to the Swedish Research Council's Proposal for National Guidelines for Open Access to Scientific Information.
NBIS (National Bioinformatics Infrastructure Sweden) is a distributed national research infrastructure supported by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet), Science for Life Laboratory and all major Swedish universities, providing state-of-the-art bioinformatics to the Swedish life science researchers community. NBIS is also the Swedish contact point to the European infrastructure for biological information ELIXIR.
NBIS is predominantly offering bioinformatics support in various research projects, depending on the user needs. In the projects, the NBIS persons are working close to the research group, and they spend part of their time to teach the users in order to propagate the bioinformatics knowledge. Furthermore, NBIS provides infrastructure and tools for bioinformatics analyses in order to facilitate these analyses for the users
Professor, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Mikko Mönkkönen (b. 1961) is tenured Professor of Applied Ecology and leads a research team in spatial ecology, ecological economics, and conservation, with many on-the-ground applications. Main research interests include community ecology, conservation and management of boreal biodiversity forest for maintaining biodiversity and providing ecosystem services. Major focus is also on cost-efficiency of conservation practices. Mönkkönen is member of the Finnish Open Science and Research Expert group of the Ministry of Education and Culture and currently the head of the department. Mönkkönen is one of the founding members of the open engagement peer-review platform, Peerage of Science (www.peerageofscience.org).
The Department of Biological and Environmental Science at the University of Jyväskylä educates researchers and experts in biological and environmental science. This education is associated with high-level research. The Department values openness, equality, responsibility and respect for scientific knowledge and research. The Department functions as a part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science. The Department participates actively in faculty intramural co-operative activities and in collaboration between faculties. The Department's research is renowned in the University's denoted core research activity fields of basic natural phenomena and mathematical thinking.
PhD, Department of Ecology, University of Oulu, Finland
Emma Vatka (born in 1983 in Oulu, Finland) is an animal ecologist. She defended her PhD thesis entitled "Boreal populations facing climatic and habitat changes" at the University of Oulu in February 2014. She is a member of a research group led by professor Markku Orell (Department of Ecology, University of Oulu). The research group maintains long-term programs for collecting demographic data of hole-nesting passerine bird populations by monitoring breeding attempts of individually marked birds every summer (since 1969). Currently, Emma Vatka is working on her post-doctoral project "Changing life-history strategies: multiple breeding attempts in European Parid populations" that aims at utilizing long-term datasets from several populations across Europe.
The University of Oulu is an international science university which creates innovation for the future, well-being, and knowledge through multidisciplinary research and education. The University of Oulu researches people and culture in a changing living environment, as well as opportunities that new technology provides for improving the well-being of people and the environment. The University of Oulu is a multidisciplinary expert in Northerness. Founded in 1958, our research and education community is 16 000 students and 3000 employees strong, and one of the biggest and the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. The ten faculties, the many departments and the specialized research units of the University of Oulu create the foundation for multiscientific research, innovation and training of experts for demanding professional tasks.
Helsinki Institute of Physics, Finland
Santeri Laurila is a Doctoral Student in the University of Helsinki, working in the CMS experiment project of Helsinki Institute of Physics. As an experimental particle physicist, Santeri works work for the CMS collaboration of CERN, analysing particle collision data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). He focuses on the search for a new kind of elementary particles, known as electrically charged Higgs bosons.
The Helsinki Institute of Physics is a physics research institute that is responsible for the Finnish research collaboration with CERN. The research activity at the institute covers an extensive range of subjects in theoretical physics and experimental subatomic physics. The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment is one of the two large multi-purpose experiments at CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The HIP CMS experiment project is involved in the CMS physics analyses, concentrating in particular in B physics, Higgs boson searches and jet physics. The project is also leading the CMS efforts in data preservation and open access.
Dr., CEO Profitmakers Oy (Ltd)
Dr. Lauri Tuomi has a long experience on developing and facilitating the strategic management and processes and programme and project evaluation both in public and private sectors. Prior to starting his company Profitmakers Ltd, Dr. Lauri Tuomi has worked as a Vice President on research, development and innovation at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences. During the working career he has served as a director in the educational field, researcher and as well as a business management consultant and as a developer of strategic and leadership skills. His specific interest areas are open research and innovation, export of education and strategic renewal of the organisations.
Profitmaker Ltd's mission is to get strategy to function as a tool of everyday life of the organisations and their employees. The offering covers the following services: strategy process renewal, strategic management and competence development as well as programme and project evaluations. More information on www.profitmakers.fi
Erja Heikkinen, Ph.D., Head of Science policy team, Department of Higher Education and Science policy, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland
Erja Heikkinen is the Head of Science policy group of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture with an emphasis in the development of the Finnish research and innovation system in collaboration with stakeholders nationally and internationally. She was conferred a PhD degree (population genetics) in 1992. After post-doctoral periods in the University of Tübingen and University of California at Davis she returned to Finland in 1995 to develop the newly established graduate school system. In 1997 Erja Heikkinen started as a bioinformatics expert in the national high performance computing center CSC. In 2001 Erja Heikkinen joined Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, where she started the since then strengthened trend of combining biomedical and ICT research projects. Since 2005 she has serve the Ministry.