Donatella Castelli_0.JPGDonatella Castelli, Project Director, BlueBRIDGE

Dr. Donatella Castelli, is Senior Researcher at CNR-ISTI and leader of the InfraScience research group. Her current  research interests include data infrastructure content modeling, interoperability and architectures. She is author of several research papers in these fields. Under her supervision, the InfraScience team coordinated and participated in several EU and nationally funded projects on Digital Libraries and Research Data Infrastructures. In particular, she has been the scientific coordinator of the D4Science and iMarine EU projects. Dr. Castelli is also a member of the RDA Europe Expert Group that that promotes research and cross-infrastructure coordination at global level. Currently, she is technical coordinator of the EU OpenAIRE2020 project and the coordinator of the BlueBRIDGE project.

Inbox.pngAnton Ellenbroek, Fishery Office - iMarine, Food and Agricolture Organisation (FAO) on the United Nations

Anton Ellenbroek studied biology at Wageningen University, with a focus on modelling plant diseases and competition for nutrients between plants. He has worked in Suriname (Agronomy) and Amsterdam (NC-IUCN, and in Oracle telecommunication projects). Since 2000, he has been in Rome with FAO of the UN; he works primarily with databases and IT systems, and contributes to the H2020 BlueBRIDGE project in the Work Packages for Stock assessment and Environmental data services.


Untitled design (1).pngLicia Florio, Project Development Officer, GÉANT

Licia joined GÉANT (formely TERENA) in 2001. She is one of the project development officers to develop and manage GÉANT community driven activities and task-forces. Over the years Licia's work has focused more and more on trust and identity aspects, covering both policies and technical aspects.
Her role has been extended - lately reporting directly to the CEO - to inform policy and strategies in the trust and identity area for GÉANT. 
Currently Licia is the coordinator of the AARC project, an Horizon2020 EC-funded project with 20 partners which aims to bring federated access to the eScience community. 
Licia has developed skills to write proposals for EC-funded grants (the last two were submitted and approved as part of the Horizon2020 framework) and to manage these type of projects. 
Licia is also supporting the work of REFEDS (https:/, which aims to harmonise policies and to define best practices for the identity federations operating in the research and education. 
Prior to AARC, Licia led the research activity on trust and identity within the GN3 EC-funded project., that gathers all the Research and Education Networks in Europe. The aim of the research work was to address gaps that prevented seamless access to federated resources among national federations.

Untitled design (11).pngSara Garavelli, Project Manager and Project Management Officer at TRUST-IT

Sara Garavelli is a Project Manager and Project Management Officer at Trust-IT Services, a UK SME specialised in analysing and communicating Information and Communication Technologies across Europe and globally.
Sara is currently the Outreach Manager for the BlueBRIDGE EU-funded project, Building Research environments fostering Innovation, Decision-making, Governance, and Education for Blue Growth.
Sara’s expertise lies in analytical reporting, research and problem solving, primarily related to streamlining company internal procedures & informatics processes, and design of technological solutions (mainly ICT web-centric communication platforms & mobile apps) specifically for communities to promote their services and increase their revenue in an international market.
Sara also serves as Communication Manager the EUDAT European Data Infrastructure, and HNSciCloud initiatives.
Finally, Sara has a degree in Telecommunications engineering from the University of Parma, Italy, and has a Masters degree in logistics and organization for industry and commerce.

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Neil Holdsworth, Head of Data and Information at International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)

Neil Holdsworth is head of the Data Centre at the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Neil's background is in environmental sciences but for most of his working life he has focused on the retrieval and manipulation of data through programming, GIS, databases and data management. With previous experience in both the public and private sector, in his current role the focus is on data partnerships and the dissemination of data through direct feeds and as part of other networks. Large, Professional Officer, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)

He is professional Officer for Advisory Services at the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), where he facilitates the production of scientific advice for international decision-making on marine issues throughout the North Atlantic by working with fisheries and environmental scientists to conduct stock assessments, benchmark analytical processes, and draft scientific advice. Prior to ICES, Scott served as a postdoctoral researcher at National Marine Fisheries Service in Woods Hole. In this capacity, he developed quantitative and empirical techniques to identify thresholds in ecosystem responses to fishing and the environment.

Untitled design (10).pngWainer Lusoli, Policy Officer, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

Wainer Lusoli is an Italian academic, trained as a political scientist and policy analyst. He has worked on policy areas including science policy, open science, science in society, political participation, electronic democracy, digital identity, social computing and cloud computing.
From 2012 he has been a policy officer at the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, working on the European Open Science Cloud and on Responsible Research and Innovation . From 2008 until 2012 he was a Scientific Officer and Senior Scientist at the Joint Research Centre (European Commission), Institute for Prospective Technological Studies and a Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Chester. Previously, he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chester and a Research Fellow at the University of Salford and at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Macmillan-Lawler, Programme Leader, GRID-Arendal 

Miles has extensive work experience in marine and spatial related matters, having worked with both  University and Government organisations prior to joining GRID-Arendal. HIs previous work experience include development of policy relating to marine spatial planning, design of marine protected area networks in Australia and public consultation on spatial plans.
His research experience includes 10 years working on marine habitat mapping and environmental assessment in south east Australia. In this time he has conducted extensive vessel based field work including diving, acoustic and video surveys and physical and chemical sampling. He has strong spatial analysis skills coupled with a good understanding of ecological processes.

Untitled design (9).pngPer Öster, Research Infrastructures Director at CSC - IT Ceter for Science 

Per has been the Director of Research Infrastructures at CSC for over three years. Prior to this, he has worked in such varied positions as the Chairman of the Board at EGI, Associate Director of KTH, and Consultant of Applied Mathematics at Volvo. In 1984, he graduated from Uppsala University with a degree in Physics, and in 1989 he graduated from the University of Gothenburg with a PhD in Physics.

 Pasquale Pagano, Senior researcher CNR-ISTI & Technical Director, BlueBRIDGE 

He has a strong background and experience on models, methodologies and techniques for the design and development of distributed virtual research environments (VREs) which require the handling of heterogeneous computational and storage resources, provided by Grid and Cloud based e-Infrastructures, and management of heterogeneous data sources. He participated in the design of the most relevant distributed systems and e-Infrastructure enabling middleware developed by ISTI - CNR. He is currently the Technical Director of the D4Science Data Infrastructure and he is serving the iMarine Data Initiative as a consultant. In the past, he has been involved in the iMarine, EUBrazilOpenBio, ENVRI, Venus-C, GRDI2020, D4Science-II, D4Science, Diligent, DRIVER, DRIVER II, BELIEF, BELIEF II, Scholnet, Cyclades, and ARCA European projects.

Kostas Seferis, CEO, 12S SA 

Kostas Seferis the CEO and managing director of i2s SA. Kostas graduated from the National  Technical University of Athens with an MsC degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then followed an MSc course in Computer Science at the Institute of Management and Informatics. He has worked as a Senior Engineer for many companies and has successful market the company in large farming groups globally. Since 1997 he began work for I2S and in 2004 Kostas became the managing director and CEO of the company. He has grown and marketed business well and steadily since this appointment. He participated in a number of European projects and has published a number of papers on knowledge management.


Untitled design.pngMarc Taconet, FAO-FI, Chief Fisheries Statistics and Information Branch (FIPS) & BlueBRIDGE External Advisory Board Chair

Marc Taconet has been with FAO since 1999. Prior to being the Chief Fisheries Statistics and  Information Branch, he was a Senior Fisheries Information Officer. He graduated in 1984 with an engineering degree in agronomy, and in 1985 with an engineering degree in fisheries.




Paul Taconet

Paul Taconet, Geomatics Engineer, Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD)
Paul Taconet has been with IRD in engineering study since August 2015. Prior to that he worked in a nature reserve as a database manager and geographic information systems (GIS) expert. He has working experiences related to the management of geospatial at the European Space Agency, the IFAD, and the Urban community of Le Havre (France). In 2012, he graduated from the University of Technology of Compiegne with an engineering degree in Environmental engineering and Planning with a focus on GIS.

victoria.jpgVictoria Tsoukala, Program Officer-Seconded National Expert- eInfrastructures and Open Science Cloud at European Commission, DG CONNECT

Victoria Tsoukala works as a Programme Officer in the European Commission, DG CONNECT, C1 Unit, eInfrastructures and the Science Cloud in Secondment from her position in Greece since September 2016. In DG CONNECT she oversees e-infrastructures projects and contributes to the development of policies and actions relating to Open Science and European Open Science Cloud, among others. She holds a PhD and MA in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College, PA, USA and a BA in History and Archaeology at Aristotle University, Thessaloniki.  
Her permanent position is with the National Documentation Centre/National Hellenic Foundation, where she has worked since 2009 on institutional infrastructures in scholarly communication for open science, as well as open access and open science policy. She has participated in and/or coordinated numerous EU-funded projects on the topic of open access policies and infrastructures such as OpenAIRE,  RECODE, MedOANet, PASTEUR4OA, among others. She publishes in scholarly communications, open access and research policy, and archaeology.  

Untitled design (12).pngMarco Weydert, Policy Officer in the Marine Resources unit, DG Research & Innovation, EU Commission 

Marco Weydert is currently Policy Officer in the Marine Resources unit of the Research and Innovation Department of the European Commission. He spent most of his career in public administration after a few years of deep sea floor research. Dr Marco Weydert got his Ph.D at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California in San Diego and his Diploma in Physics at the ETH in Zürich (Switzerland).