The European Group of FAIR Champions (EGFC) is composed by scientific experts and “doers” in the field of FAIR data, carefully selected based on their individual merits and knowledge. The group works as an ambassador of FAIR by sharing FAIR implementation stories, enhancing synergies, contributing to training activities and webinars, and doing an effective cross fertilization with other communities, towards a broader engagement on FAIR.

Each EGFC member represents FAIRsFAIR stakeholders and provides advice on operational challenges, as well as promotes new policies to improve the adoption of policies for FAIR data which supports the EOSC and the FAIR data policy and practice. Their inputs will be included into the FAIR Landscape Analysis and white papers authored by FAIRsFAIR.


Who are the FAIRsFAIR Champions?


Mark Allen

Affiliation: Strasbourg Astronomical Data Centre
Country: France

Mark Allen is the Director of the Strasbourg Astronomical Data Centre (Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg, CDS), which provides services for astronomy reference data, in particular data connected to journal publications and also large astronomical sky surveys. He recently served as the Chair of the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA, 2017-19), and currently leads a work package in the European funded ESCAPE project for the connection of ESFRI projects to EOSC.

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Isabel Bernal

Affiliation: DIGITAL.CSIC
Country: Spain

Isabel has been manager of DIGITAL.CSIC, the Open Access repository of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) since 2010. She has a background in Library Science, International Relations, Economics and History. Before joining DIGITAL.CSIC, she worked in EIFL Knowledge Sharing, Negotiations with Publishers and Library Consortium Building Programmes and in the European Commission on ICT applications in libraries, museums, and archives and in academic affairs.

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Alastair Dunning

Affiliation: Delft University of Technology
Country: Netherlands

Alastair Dunning is the Head of 4TU.ResearchData (, a data repository for all researchers in science, engineering and design). He is also Head of Research Data Services at Delft University of Technology where he initiated the groundbreaking Data Stewardship project aimed at placing data experts in each faculty of the TU Delft Campus university.


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Odile Hologne

Affiliation: French Institute for Agricultural Research
Country: France

Odile Hologne is delegate for scientific and technical information at the French Institute for Agricultural Research where she has responsibility for implementing open access and open data policy and services. She is thus involved in many international working groups dealing with open science in the agri-food sector and these include GODAN (Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition), RDA (Research Data Alliance) and GO FAIR.

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Maria Johnsson

Affiliation: Lund University
Country: Sweden

Maria Johnsson is a Librarian at University Library,  Lund University, Sweden, specializing in services for research data management (RDM). Maria has also a part-time assignment for the European research infrastructure ICOS Carbon Portal. She has been working with research data management since 2014, in different projects and studies focusing on how research libraries can establish services for RDM. Maria has 20 years of experience as librarian/information specialist working with support to researchers in academic institutions as well as researchers in industry.

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Eetu Mäkelä

Affiliation: University of Helsinki
Country: Finland

Eetu Mäkelä is a professor in Human Sciences – Computing Interaction at the University of Helsinki. At the Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities, he leads a group seeking to develop computational tools to support humanities and social science research. Therein his personal interests lie in exploring the challenges posed to computer science by the complex data and questions inherent in the social sciences and the humanities.

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Andreas Rauber

Affiliation: Institute of Information Systems Engineering
Country: Austria

Andreas Rauber is Head of the Information and Software Engineering Group (IFS) at the Department of Information Systems Engineering (ISE) at the Vienna University of Technology (TU-Wien). He furthermore is president of AARIT, the Austrian Association for Research in IT and a Key Researcher at Secure Business Austria (SBA-Research. He received his MSc and PhD in Computer Science from the Vienna University of Technology in 1997 and 2000, respectively.


Susanna-Assunta Sansone

Affiliation: University of Oxford
Country: United Kingdom

Prof. Sansone has worked since 2001 in the areas of data interoperability and reproducibility, research integrity, and the evolution of scholarly publishing, and she collaborates with researchers, service providers, journal publishers, library science experts, funders and learned societies in academic, commercial and government settings alike. One of the authors of the FAIR Principles and an active contributor to several FAIR-enabling maturity indicators and tools. Prof Sansone has been a member of the Dryad and RDA Technical Advisory Boards and currently serves as co-chair of numerous working groups.


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Barbara Sierman

Affiliation: Digital Preservation
Country: Netherlands

Digital Preservation Manager of the KB Library in the Netherlands, and 2018 recipient of a Digital Preservation Coalition Fellow Award for her contributions to digital preservation, Barbara is active in the audit and certification areas and co-authored the ISO 16363 standard on Trustworthy repositories. A well-known expert on the OAIS standard, she has participated in European projects such as Planets, SCAPE and APARSEN, acting as project lead in several work packages. She also plays a key role in the Dutch Digital Heritage Network where she develops strategies to promote digital preservation and provides ongoing training. 

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Eefke Smit

Affiliation: International Association of STM Publishers
Country: Netherlands

Eefke Smit is the Director of Standards and Technology of the International STM Association, an international trade body for publishing organisations. She has more than 20 years of experience in the academic and professional publishing sector, having become involved in digital publishing as an early pioneer. In the first decade of this century, she held personal responsibility for several large internet platforms and search solutions for researchers that continue to define scholarly communications today. Since 2010, then on behalf of STM, she became actively involved in a whole range of research data initiatives. During her career, especially as a science publisher, Eefke has worked closely with several different research communities: Computer Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, Life Sciences. Her background is in Public Policy and Business Administration with Technology as its central focus.

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Tobias Weigel

Affiliation: German Climate Computing Center
Country: Germany

Dr. Weigel has a background in geoinformatics and computer science and works at the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ) in the area of e-infrastructures at European and international level. An advocate of persistent identifiers, machine-interpretable metadata and reusable software components for data management, Dr. Weigel has a strong interest in building innovative solutions across domains, and harnessing computer science concepts to make work with research data more productive and open.


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