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?


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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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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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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