External Expert Advisory Board

External Experts Advisory Board (EEAB) is a means of direct interaction with some stakeholders, extending FNS-Cloud’s expertise beyond of the consortium and, indeed, the European Union.

Members of the EEAB also help with identification of stakeholders and multipliers, offer feedback on innovation management, sustainability, and governance, and a route for introductions to potential users.

Christian Baumgartner

Milchprüfring Bayern e.V. (DE)

As a vet and cattle specialist, Christian has experience of non-profit organisations’ activities in veterinary medicine, milk production, dairy industry best practice, and research, as well as animal sport, nationally and internationally. He has contributed, as laboratory professional for raw milk analysis and expert, to international harmonisation and standardisation of analytical methods and procedures.

Currently, Christian is Managing Director of Milchprüfring Bayern e.V., State-licensed organisation for raw milk quality control in Bavaria and as Managing Director of AiM GmbH (Analytik in Milch Produktions und Vertriebs GmbH), a specialised enterprise producing microbiological inhibitor test systems for milk and milk products to improve dairy herd management and dairy cattle welfare. 

Clare Collins

Director of Research for the School of Health Sciences, University of Newcastle (AU)

Professor Clare Collins is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Director of Research for the School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine at the University of Newcastle (AU). She leads a large team of research dietitians internationally, developing food and nutrition ehealth tools, programmes as well as evaluating the impact on eating patterns and diet-related health across key life stages and chronic disease conditions.

Clare has published more than 400 publications and supervised 32 higher degree research candidates to completion. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, Fellow Nutrition Society of Australia, and Fellow of the Dietitians Australia. In 2018, she was awarded the Dietitians Australia President’s Award for Innovation in Honour of the Memory of Josephine Rogers for creating the online brief diet quality self-assessment tool (Healthy Eating Quiz).

Damion Dooley

Hsiao BC Public Health Laboratory (CA)

Damion is the Ontology Lead at the Hsiao BC Public Health Laboratory at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (Canada), and is affiliated with the University of British Columbia (CA) and Simon Fraser University (CA).  Since 2013, he has been developing biomedical ontology to support rapid enteric pathogen whole genome sequencing and analysis. Damion founded the OBOFoundry FoodOn food ontology and the Integrated Food Ontology Workgroup to facilitate agriculture and food science data sharing.

Alison L. Eldridge

Nestlé Research (CH)

Alison is an Expert Scientist in Dietary Intake at the Nestlé Research Center (Lausanne, CH). For the past six years, she has been the Principal Investigator for a global Nestlé project on dietary intake, lifestyle, and eating behaviours of infants, toddlers, and children. In 2019, she became an Adjunct Professor at University College Dublin, College of Health and Agricultural Sciences (IE). Recently, Alison led the ILSI-Europe Expert Group on evaluation of new methods for dietary intake assessment, and, currently, she serves on editorial boards for Journal of Nutrition and Nutrition Today.

Anton Ellenbroek

Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (IT)

Anton works in the FAO fisheries department to assist development of affordable data services to support sustainable management of marine living resources, especially through the iMarine initiative. This initiative manages some 10 VREs (virtual research environments) with dedicated services using D4Science. As coordinator for two demonstrators in BlueCloud, Fish, a matter of scales and the Aquaculture monitor, Anton aims to improve understanding of fisheries and aquaculture countries in a wider ecosystem context for monitoring and planning purposes.

Neil Hall

Director, Earlham Institute (UK)

Neil has been working in genomics for more than 15 years, most recently as Director of the Earlham Institute. Previously, he has led research groups at the Sanger Institute, The Institute for Genomic Research, and The University of Liverpool. Neil’s research focuses on comparative and evolutionary genomics in pathogens (particularly parasitic protists) to understand the molecular basis of important phenotypes such as virulence and host specificity. His group also apply genomics to the analysis of microbial communities in order to understand how they may influence health or respond to changing environments.

Eva Méndez

Deputy Vice President for Scientific Policy-Open Science, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (ES)

Eva Méndez holds a PhD in Library and Information Sciences and is an expert in metadata. She has been a lecturer at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), LIS department since 1997 and an active member of several international research teams, advisory boards and communities including DCMI, OpenAire, Metadata2020, and RDA. In 2005-06, Eva was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA). She has taken part in and led several research projects and acted as advisor to many more in the fields related with standardisation, metadata, semantic web, open data, digital repositories and libraries, in addition to information policies for development in several countries. Currently, Eva is Deputy Vice President for Scientific Policy-Open Science at UC3M and member of the EU-OSPP (European Open Science Policy Platform) on behalf of YERUN (Young European Research Universities Network).

Larisa Soldatova

Goldsmiths, University of London

Larisa Soldatova is an internationally recognised expert in artificial intelligence (AI) and its application in life sciences, specialising in knowledge representation and reasoning. Currently, Larisa is co-leading Action on Cancer, funded by EPSRC (UK), which aims to develop an AI system assisting with personalised treatments for cancer. The results of Larisa’s work are published in high-profile journals, such as Science, Nature Biotechnology, Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

Gergely Sipos

EGI Foundation (NL)

Gergely is the Head of the Services, Solutions and Support at the EGI Foundation (NL). He is responsible for provisioning and innovation of services owned by the EGI Federation and oversight of its operational status. His department, in collaboration with the national EGI e-infrastructures, performs user community engagement, requirement collection and analysis, service piloting, and service customisation for scientific communities as well as delivering operational services, training and support.

Since 2018, Gergely has led user engagement and support for the EOSC-hub project, advising projects and communities on uptake and delivery of services in the context of EOSC. Gergely holds an MSc and PhD in computer science, specialising in management, both from the University of Miskolc (Hungary).

Daniel Spichtinger

Independent consultant (AT)

Daniel is an independent consultant working on EU research policy and open science, including open access and data management policies. From 2012-2018, Daniel was part of the team dealing with open science in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research & Innovation. In this capacity, he contributed to development of Horizon 2020 open access policies, including design and implementation of the Open Access to Research Data Pilot.

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