BlueBRIDGE Workshop:

“Virtual Research Environments for the Open Science Cloud”

Digital Infrastructures for Research 2016 Krakow, 30 Sept 2016

11.00-12.30 am ACC Cyfronet AGH


Sara Garavelli – Outreach Manager, BlueBRIDGE 

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. 


Dr. 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.


Donatella Castelli, BlueBRIDGE

Dr. Donatella Castelli, [F], 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.



Ken Haug, PhenoMeNal 

Kenneth Haug is a Project Manager and Technical Coordinator in the Cheminformatics and Metabolism group at EMBL-EBI. He is currently also the PhenoMeNal VRE Portal workpackage leader and project technology advisor. Ken studied IT in Oslo before joining Oracle in Norway as an IT Manager and later a Principal Consultant and Solution Architect for Oracle Consulting. 14 years ago Ken moved to the UK and worked for the next 6 years for an software consultancy in London and Reading, working on various projects as a customer-facing Project Manager and Consultant. Ken joined EMBL-EBI in 2009.


Dr. Josep Lluís Gelpí, MuG

PhD in Chemistry (1990, Univ. of Barcelona) Prof. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Univ. de Barcelona. Team leader at the Life Sciences Dept., Barcelona Supercomputing Center. Director of the Computational Bioinformatics group and Senior Technical Officer of the National Institute of Bioinformatics (the Spanish national ELIXIR node). Data Manager of the Spanish projects contributing to the ICGC and PCAWG consortia. Author of over 90 peer-review scientific papers in the field of computational biology. Main interests: macromolecules structure to function relationships, flexibility, and dynamics; Solutions for data integration in biology, including web-services, database management and integration in HPC environments. 


Günter Mühlberger, READ

Günter Mühlberger works as Senior Project Manager of the Digitisation and Digital Preservation group at the Department for German Language and Literature at the University of Innsbruck. He received his Ph.D. for a dissertation on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832). From 1991 to 2002 he worked as a research assistant for German Language and Literature and switched than to the university library as head of department for Digitisation and Digital Preservation. In 2012 he returned to the Department for German Language and Literature and aims now to build up services and tools for the Digital Humanities. Günter Mühlberger was responsible for several national and international projects, e.g. LAURIN (digitisation of newspaper clippings, 1998-2000), METADATA ENGINE (structural metadata extraction and OCR for gothic letters, 2000-2003), reUSE (2003-2006, digital preservation), IMPACT (sub-project leader for text recognition, 2008-2012), Digitisation on Demand / eBooks on Demand (DoD, EOD, 2006-2012), tranScriptorium (work package leader for data management for handwritten text recognition) and EU Newspaper (member of the executive board, OCR processing and enrichment of newspapers). Since 2016 he coordinates the Horizon 2020 Project READ (Recognition and Enrichment of Archival Documents) which focusses on Handwritten Text Recognition and make the technology available via the Transkribus Platform.


Chris Morris, West-Life project, EUDAT data pilot

Chris Morris is a data analyst and software developer, mostly working on life sciences projects. He works in the Hartree Centre at Daresbury Laboratory UK, part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council.  He is also project manager for the West-Life Horizon 2020 grant.

He has been developing software for twenty five years, including roles at an internet service provider and in the electricity supply industry. Eventually, he realised that the coding is not the hardest part of the job. Chris has a degree in pure mathematics from the Queen's College, Oxford.